Senior HTF Member
- May 22, 1999
- Real Name
Ah, the frustration I had signing up a forum account.. I had to go through 15+ iterations of my own name before it satisfied the Gorts' ultra-stringent "use-your-real-name" policy at the time. I actually had to PROVE that my name was my own, incorporate capitalization (one attempt got rejected b/c I didn't capitalize!) and come up with that separator thing because it had to be all one string of characters and no other spacer met approval. Further, each "attempt" that failed forced me to wait days in between, while powers that were made an executive decision.
Now, it's like anything goes, and you can be JBinkLass, CamMooMoo64evr, ChungyDarshum, T'achPah/T'achPeh or whatever.
Back on topic-- Anything distracting onscreen during the film or content proper should be a no-no. Disc or streaming. I personally can't stand the streaming thing where you get to the credits and the next show, film or ad pops up on a transparent menu and just "starts", and when you try to get out of that, you get another transparent menu that takes forever to respond. The posted example looks like physical media masquerading as a streaming experience. Not a good trend.
I also like to be able to turn off player-generated text, too, like "||> PAUSE" that stays up on a still frame. It bugs me because it reminds me of the frustration of trying to dub a VHS tape, when the slightest picture noise caused a blue screen, then the channel and time have to pop up, then the picture comes back with that stupid "HI-FI" flashing text that took forever to go away.
Damn, being old and cranky sucks!
I only just ran into this thread. I haven't purchased any Sony titles of late, but perhaps by now (2022) the practice you describe has been dropped (?). If not, they should be considered quite contemptuous of its consumers. Many people who buy Blu-rays are big movie fans, and want to watch through the credits without their being circumvented by needless clutter.
My feeling is this: if you pay for a movie, you should be able to watch it uninterrupted...by anything! I was in a theater watching INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS in 1978, and after just a couple of end credits, the lights went on and the image onscreen vanished. I protested to the manager, and he didn't think it was a very big deal. "We need the extra time to seat the audience for the second show..." What bullshit is that? I demanded that either the operator run the full credits for me then and there, or give me a pass for another movie, which he finally agreed to do just to shut me up (no one likes it when an irate customer makes a scene).
The "pause" problem exists with not all, but certain home video companies, and I abhor it. When running a classic Disney animated film or a photographically stunning film like BARRY LYNDON or CITIZEN KANE, I love to freeze on various images just to take in and study the composition and art. Twilight Time had mandatory timelines built into any pause, and I finally complained on this forum to the late, great Nick Redman (I wasn't the first) and he very kindly said he'd not been aware of the specifics in authoring the discs, and promised to stop incoporated them. Within two months, all new releases paused without the bothersome graphics, which were then rendered optional. Good for him. Incredibly nice man. Disney leaves the timeline up when you pause, but usually you can get rid of it by pushing the down button on your remote's circular navigation tool.
NOTE IN INDY: I checked my 60th Anniversary Edition of ALICE, and using the down button does eliminate the timeline graphic.
Premium channels are stealing part of your enjoyment of a movie you paid to see if they speed up end credits, or overlay their own ads on top of your picture. Enough conplaints and/or subscription cancellations will ultimately lead to change.