Funny Girl: Joke RUINED for newbies!

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  1. Mark Walker

    Mark Walker Cinematographer

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    Hey Folks-
    Any of you annoyed when the studios ruin
    great plot points in films when they release
    them on DVD?
    This happens a little too often:
    First FOX destroyed PLANET OF THE APES:
    not only did you have to hide the DVD jacket cover
    from those who'd never seen it, but the main menu
    gives it all away as well.
    There are lots of examples.
    Well, I had some friends over last weekend,
    who had never seen Funny Girl.
    I popped in the DVD, and what do you know?
    In the montage that prompts the set up of
    the main menu, they have the shot of Babs
    with Spoiler:the pillow for the "beautiful brides" number.
    I didn't even notice until Teri (one of my friends) asked,
    Spoiler:"Is she pregnant in this film?"
    I asked why, and she said she'd just seen
    Barbra wearing a wedding dress,
    clearlySpoiler:showing a full term pregancy.
    I just told her she'd just have to wait and see.
    But, a scene that made me laugh out loud when
    I first saw it merely caused Teri to respond,"There it is!"
    Sure, she thought it was funny, but knew what was
    about to happen.
    Thanks, Columbia!
    Grrrr.
    Mark
    [Edited last by Mark Walker on October 30, 2001 at 05:43 PM]
     
  2. Michael Dueppen

    Michael Dueppen Stunt Coordinator

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    I absolutely agree.
    This happens to me quite often because I see many movies for the first time on DVD.
    This really has to stop. I'd really be interested what Peter and Martin think about this issue from a studio perspective. Is is really necessary to spoil the fun with the menu and/or cover? Especially the menus or the animations leading up to them are often the worst offenders. It's not like they need to show all the best scenes during the menu like many studios feel they should do in trailers. I have already bought the disc! Don't show me the best/most surprising/most shocking/most impressive scenes in the menu, please.
    All menus should be like Fight Club etc. That menu doesn't tell you anything. Just the way it should be.
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  3. JohnS

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    I NEVER saw the movie or DVD, but Didn't Astronaut's Wife have a spoiler in the main menu
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  4. Bjorn Olav Nyberg

    Bjorn Olav Nyberg Supporting Actor

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    The menus of "Astronaut's wife" at least in R2, showed
    Spoiler:astronauts getting attacked, which is certainly a spoiler since the suspense of the movie is supposed to come from the uncertainty of whether something has happened or not.
    Edited to add more spoiler bars, since upon rereading it some of my text did spoil some context as well.
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    [Edited last by Bjørn Olav Nyberg on October 30, 2001 at 06:22 AM]
     
  5. GerardoHP

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    Who's Teri?
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  6. Jaxon's Dad

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    quote: "Who's Teri?"
    I guess you'll just have to buy the dvd... [​IMG]
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  7. GerardoHP

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  8. Jesse Skeen

    Jesse Skeen Producer

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    Actually I think the Fight Club menu reveals too much about the movie- it gives away the "I am Jack's..." joke for one thing. Why can't they just make the disc START THE MOVIE when you put it in, and only show the menu when you hit the MENU button???
     
  9. Darrel Johansen

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    Speaking of spoilers: there was the version of Dr. Strangelove with a picture on the case of Slim Pickens riding the bomb down.
     

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