How do you determine which dvds don't have previews?

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  1. WayneLVS

    WayneLVS Extra

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    Is there a way to tell if a dvd in a store has unwanted advertisments and previews? I recently bought 2 from wal-mart and they have 10 min of previews that my dvd player will not let me skip over, or fast forward through.

    Maybe the $10 price tag should have been a dead giveaway??
     
  2. MikeEckman

    MikeEckman Screenwriter

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    Its usually dependent on the studio. Universal was the first to put forced previews, but most Miramax and Buena Vista titles have em now.

    With that in mind, I have yet to see a DVD that doesnt allow some form of skipping past them. Most of the Miramax/BV titles allow you to press MENU to skip past them, and I believe Universals you can fast forward. They can't force you to sit there for 10 minutes watching previews.
     
  3. Rob Gardiner

    Rob Gardiner Cinematographer

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    Ahhh... the beauty of HTPC technology . . .

    Among the many benefits of this type of setup is the ability to override user prohibition.
     
  4. Malcolm R

    Malcolm R Executive Producer

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    Yes, some will not allow the "skip forward" function, but I haven't seen one yet that didn't allow "fast forward."
     
  5. Rhoq

    Rhoq Supporting Actor

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    If the forced previews won't let you fast forward and the menu button doesn't work - try pressing stop and then "menu".

    It usually works for me - when there is no other alternative.
     
  6. Lars Vermundsberget

    Lars Vermundsberget Supporting Actor

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    Ah. I'm "region free" and, as far as I know, "macrovision free", but it would also be great to have "the ability to override user prohibition"...
     
  7. Lynda-Marie

    Lynda-Marie Supporting Actor

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    Well, if worse comes to worse, and the darned thing won't let you skip the previews, use the chance to go to the bathroom, make sure your snacks and drinks are stocked up, or if they are really annoying, hit the mute button. I get more laughs when I hit the mute button and say, "There! I just raised the IQ of that commercial by at least 100 points."
     
  8. Brian L

    Brian L Cinematographer

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    FWIW, early Disney Titles allowed you to charpter skip, and even that caused a great outcry here and elsewhere. At some point, their titles started appearing with the "Press Menu" option, which is OK with me.

    Perhaps an organized campaign of respectful but firm e-mails and phone calls to current offenders would help them see the light?

    My wife watched Stepford Wives last night, and I bitched that it was such a PITA to have to chapter through the comemrcials.

    BGL
     
  9. Dave_P.

    Dave_P. Supporting Actor

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    I noticed Shrek 2 had the non-menuable previews as well. Soon we'll have commercial interruptions during the movie.
     

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