New use for branching?

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  1. JulianK

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    The Malcolm in the Middle box set uses branching for the commentary tracks.
    For example, if you select the commentary option on the first disc, it plays the whole of the Pilot (which has a commentary track for its entire duration), and then about half an hour of clips from the rest of the episodes.
    Is this the first time branching has been used in this way? In my experience it's more usual for a disc with a patchy commentary to simply revert back to the film mix while the subject isn't speaking, or the viewer has to endure long periods of silence. This new technique is much better, although it does leave you feeling vaguely disorientated, as the disc hops from episode to episode!
     
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  3. Randy A Salas

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    The Ben-Hur DVD has a similar option. Charlton Heston's commentary doesn't run during the whole movie, so when he's done talking about a particular segment, an icon appears prompting you to chapter-skip to where his comments begin again. I believe this was the first disc to do it.
     
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    Hi,

    unless I'm missing something it doesn't really sound like braching to me. It just sounds like the DVD skips to an extra title track once the pilot episode is over instead of going to the menu.

    When the disc starts hopping from episode to episode, have you checked if it is in fact jumping to different tracks, or is it just one track that has the collection of all the clips they're commenting on?

    Chris
     
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    Yes, they call it seamless branching for a reason [​IMG]
     
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