Allow me to get on my soapboax for a moment... It certainly was an eye-opener this week when we all received word through our promotional contacts that Universal is not making review copies of E.T. (and possibly) Back To The Future available to the on-line community. In fact, over the past year, Universal has greatly scaled back the product it has made available for any of us to review. If Universal doesn't want us reviewing two of their biggest releases this year -- fine. You know what? You saved me hours of work. I do want to make a point, however, that this is a very disturbing move. The studio readily forgets that it was forums like ours that launched the DVD format. It is forums like ours that provide more DVD information than any magazine or print. It is forums like ours that will lead the way into the next realm of home entertainment -- Hi-Def DVD. It's amazing that when the on-line community was desperately needed for feedback and promotion of the format, the studio was bending over backwards to make sure we had promotional product. Now that the format has gone mainstream, Universal has conveniently forgotten who helped that format get to where it is. It's bad enough that most all the studios have taken their advertising elsewhere leaving the on-line community (the ones that helped launch their format) struggling to stay afloat. Now, Universal wants to head the pack in making review copies unavailable to the Press. This means that except for those of you who get copies overseas or have friends in the industry, there are going to be no early reviews for either of these titles.