Easter Eggs, a thing of the past?

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  1. Eric Huffstutler

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    Easter eggs on DVDs were very popular about 3-4 years ago but seems like fewer and fewer new releases have them. Is there a reason?
     
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    Judging by posts here, I don't think most people liked them. I'd just as soon have the features clearly marked on a menu. But, I would expect some on the upcoming Star Wars disc.
     
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    I'd much prefer to know all the content on a disc and how to access it. If they were to become a "thing of the past" I'd have not problems with that.
     
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    i'd have not problems with that too.

    i hate them.

    even more so when they are marked as "features" of the dvd.

    now if it was something that needs to be hidden or it would never be on the dvd then go for it.

    just dont make it a feature.
     
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    I like them when it is something like on a Kevin Smith DVD where the interviewed person acknowledges that is in fact an egg and not just something hidden that just as easily could have been in the special features sections.
     
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    But, that could get you into trouble in certain countries where all content on a DVD is reviewed for a censor rating. If you try to "hide" stuff that is discovered later and found not to be appropriate for the rating given to the rest of the material, you'd be looking at a recall.

    The best example that comes to mind is the MTV music awards skit on Fellowship of the Ring:Extended Edition, which had to be left off of the R2 British version in order to avoid a rating classification jump.
     
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    My view on easter eggs is that they should only be used on material that otherwise wouldn't "belong". An excellent example would be the humorous easter eggs on The Lord of the Rings Extended Editions.

    It bugs me when material that is perfectly viable as serious bonus material is given easter egg status.

    An even worse situation is when the easter eggs are material that should be part of the feature. For example, Walt Disney Treasures: Silly Symphonies contained shorts such as "Who Killed Cock Robin?" (and other shorts that I don't recall at the moment) as easter eggs! Fortunately, they were easy to find because the cursor automatically highlights the NEXT item in a list when you return to the menu after watching a short, but that doesn't change the fact that content that should have been part of the feature was given easter egg status.
     
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    Minor ones are OK. Like on one of the original release 007 movies, if you moved over the Martini icon and hit enter it gave you a Martini recipie. Or the bit about the Lotus in the Spy Who Loved Me.
     
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    If its something small its no problem, IMO. I remember on the original X-Men release there was an easter egg when Spider-Men showed up in a scene.

    Or when Dinosaur CE had an few hidden videos, one being of the first animated film (a dinosaur no less).
     
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    Don't get me started about easter eggs...

    I used to think they were really cool in concept. There were plenty of them on the Mac. There was a great one on the Newton where you could write "egg freckles" and a Doonsbury cartoon would appear. (Yes, I am a geek: I have a Newton.)

    I echo most of the sentiments above--legitimate supplemental content should never be hidden as an easter egg.

    - Steve
     
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    The problem is that it's become more of a surprise when there ISN'T something hidden- I've automatically grown accustomed to hitting the arrow buttons in every way imaginable to make sure I haven't missed anything.

    Ones where you have to use the number keys and guess the number and where to enter it is just nuts though- the only way I find out about those is reading about them. I still haven't figured out how to get the picture of Van Ling's dog on the Abyss DVD, I might have to run that one through the computer to see it.

    I heard that a Playstation game just got pulled from a bunch of stores because of some hidden pornographic content, which got the ESRB rating changed when it was found.
     
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    Do tell.....
     
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    Add me to the list of people who DO NOT enjoy Easter eggs on DVDs. Now that the "new-ness" of DVD features is over, I'm glad to see Easter eggs are falling out of favor. I always figured they were put in place to showcase the DVD technology over VHS. I like the special features/extras to be clearly marked. After all, I'm watching a movie and not playing a video game.
     
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    I wish they were a thing of the past but don't think they are - still plenty of DVDs with eggs on them. In fact, they've been increasingly substantial. They used to be fluff, but now you'll find DVDs with major supplements like audio commentaries that are tough to find. [​IMG]
     
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    I liked the Kevin Smith easter egg for Mallrats where he yells at you for spending too much time looking for easter eggs. Other than that, LotR was really the only other DVD set doing them and they were stuff you really couldn't throw in the Special Features section, like the MTV stuff.
     
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    If I remember correctly, not even Van Ling can remember how to find that easter egg...
     
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    Oops... I meant to say Spider-Man.

    Anyways...

    From the main menu select special features then select theatrical trailers then from trailer A press left on your remote to light up the flower and press select. This will prove that Spiderman does truly interact with the X-men world.

    Its just a guy dressed up in a costume.
     
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    Easter Eggs should be used only when studios include something they don't want the kids to see. For example, on the Flintstones cartoon series, there was an old classic commercial of Fred and Barney smoking Winston cigarettes. These spots appeared on the Flintstones first 14 episodes laserdisc set, but did not appear on any of the DVDs (nor will they). If they would've been added to the first season set as Easter eggs, then the baby boomers would be able to watch them again, and the studios wouldn't have to fear the little kids being able to watch them. Just one example of a positive way Easter eggs should be used.
     
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    Yeah, but who, besides kids, has time to waste searching for Easter eggs?
     

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