Gonna go off on a little rant here, and I'll apologize in advance for getting on my high horse. Not to sound like some crotchety old guy, but it seems like a lot of folks around here either need to a)remember, or b) learn that laserdiscs blazed the trail on a lot of the features that we all enjoy on DVDs today like OAR, director's commentaries, additional materials and so on. Laserdiscs were more expensive, less accessible, harder to handle (due to size and flipping) and considerably less mainstream, yet there were many of us who pressed on because they were the best quality available in their time. Having some understanding of this might make us all a little more thankful for what we have today, and a little less likely to complain that each highly anticipated DVD is grossly deficient in some way. This isn't to say that laserdiscs are superior, because as far as picture quality goes we all know that they're not any more. And it's not to say that as one who has been through the "dark ages" of LD I either want some respect or recognition, because I don't; I owned an LD player because I wanted the best quality I could afford, not because I was fighting a crusade for others. It's just that I'm getting a little sick and tired of hearing folks say that DVD's are the greatest thing ever without any understanding of their place in evolution. Yes, DVDs have spectacular audio, video and additional features. No, DVDs are not the first medium for the home to have these qualities (LD's weren't either). DVDs are merely the most recent in a long line of technologies that allow us to enjoy a theater-like experience at home; they too will have their place in history. As an example, I recently read a post about the "innovative" commentary track on the Superman DVD, which has two different people in the front left and right speakers, respectively. Cool? Yes. Innovative? No. I'm pretty sure this was done in 1994 on Criterion's Menace II Society LD, and even that probably wasn't the first time ever. This is just an example of the kind of things that I have been seeing more and more of lately that show no apparent knowledge of the past. Just becuase you haven't seen something before doesn't mean that it is new; enjoy it for what it is, but don't praise it for being "groundbreaking", "fresh" or "creative". And it's not even like I'm trying to be a hardass about people getting their facts right, because we all make mistakes, (although some seem to take a little more care before stating things as fact. A sincere "thank you" to all who do). It's just that the majority attitude seems to be that laserdiscs never even existed, and to me that's a real shame. I'm glad that DVDs have opened the door for home theater to a whole host of folks who had never experienced it before. I think it's great that through commentaries people have become more interested in the movie making process, and in understanding a director's vision. As the number of people who appreciate movies in the home grows we also become a stronger buying force, which in turn increases chances of new technologies coming to the market. I really believe in the phrase "the more, the merrier". This is a great hobby that we all share, and some of us are fortunate enough to have been involved for quite some time. I think many of us need to gain some historical perspective about how far we've come in a few short years, and remember that it wasn't always this easy to watch movies with top notch sound and video, in their OAR, and get extras and commentaries to boot; we really do have it good, and the constant complaining about missing DTS tracks and boring menus really need to stop, in my opinion. It is, after all, about the best possible presentation of the movie, isn't it? Of course, that's just my opinion. I could be wrong. (That's a Dennis Miller quotation) If you made it this far, thanks for putting up with me.