DVD producers hunt for novelties - good or awful

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  1. oscar_merkx

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    I predict more newspapers will regurgitate the obvious.
     
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    The most disturbing thing in that article *to me* is that 13 Going on 30 grossed a lot more than Serenity.
     
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    If Universal Studios Home Entertainment surveys me, I'll tell them my favorite bonus feature is a DVD that plays properly.
     
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    A couple things: media is always months, if not years behind, in news like this. Heck, we know about this kind of stuff the minute it happens and it takes everyone else eons to figure it out. They're writing for a mass market, people who probably don't check HTF every night. So I can understand why this is "old" news to us.

    Second, isn't that one of the points of DVD? Not only to provide a superior video transfer and audio track of the film, but also to include things that the audience did not see before and would not have seen otherwise?

    Thirdly, I will take a horrible alternate ending or beginning over EPK and fluff featurettes any day of the week.
     
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    Maybe that's because 13 Going On 30 is a better movie than Serenity...

    [​IMG]
     
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    Specifically, DISCart. [​IMG] Death to the flippers!
     
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    I haven't seen Serenity, but there are few major studio movies that 13 Going on 30 is better than [​IMG]
     
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    I may be biased, but I'm agreed with this. IMO, there's only so many times you can watch "Big" before it gets old, even if it's a pretty woman playing Tom Hanks this time...
     
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    How about including the damn trailer and leaving the filmmaking to the filmmakers and not focus groups?
     
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    I'm pm'ing you my address..please send me some of that stuff you've managed to get your hands on.
     
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    I totally agree! I understand the need for focus groups, but there are some movies that just need to be left alone? Could you imagine a focus group watching "The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" or "Lost in Translation?"

    But, on to the subject. My favorite extras are the directors commentaries and technical commentaries. Sometimes actors commentaries are good, but most consist of talking about lunch that day or some other stupid stuff.
     
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    The problem with Focus groups, is that the people in them feel obligated to offer sugestions to "improve" the movie. Can anyone name a film that was actually improved by taking it away from a director/producer, and using a focus group as a guide?
     
  14. TravisR

    TravisR Studio Mogul

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    Yeah but most directors will admit that it helps to have someone that has zero affiliation with the movie take a look at it. It gives you an idea of how the movie plays to a crowd, what scenes work, which might need to be tweaked, what may need to be trimmed, etc. Granted, it can go horribly wrong and ruin a good movie but it can also help too. And of course, you can't take an audience's reaction to a movie and try to remake the entire movie but a focus group can show you what is or is not working for a movie.

    Or, like most things in life, it's not a black and white issue.
     

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