I never went for LD because of the expense, and also due to the fact that I just knew they'd never last. I figured something smaller would take over, much like the CD - and would require no flipping of discs. Since I never went for lasers, it turned out saving me a ton of money in the long run. So when I first heard about this thing called DVD I was sold from the beginning. I became an instant fan of the format before the product was even launched (7 years ago this month!) and I predicted that DVD would do for movies what the CD did for music. It seemed like common sense to me. That's why I often use the nickname, "The First DVD Fan". I was the very first person I knew who bought a DVD player in March 1997, and I remember very well all the jeers and hostility and doubters everywhere who said DVD would never last, and that DIVX would dominate! I heard this everywhere: from video store owners/customers; from IMAGE themselves (who eventually and grudgingly released THE TERMINATOR as their first DVD, saying that if people want extras they can buy the laserdisc); and even movie conventions where there would actually be panel discussions called "DVD -- will it last?" I recall being literally the ONLY person in the entire audience among anti-DVD panelists who spoke up for DVD, while everyone else condemned it and felt it would never catch on! In 1997 I would actually go onto a computer chat room anywhere and say, "Let's discuss DVD" -- but people would always shoot back, "What's DVD??" I recall laserdisc owners pooh-poohing DVD and boycotting them, often times being quite nasty about it. Well, here we are now, 7 years later, and everyone -- even the LD fans - have embraced DVD! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!