I thought the "poll" questions asked by Van Ling in the latest chat were really interesting and since I wasn't present for that chat (as were many I assume) I thought this thread might give us all a chance to voice our opinions. It would be great to get everyone's input, obtain some statistics to get the top 10 good things and top 10 bad things and present it to Van. I'm not sure how many good things I can think up, but there are a variety of things that annoy me so I can come up with some bad things easily. BAD THINGS 1) The first thing I want to see after inserting a disc is the menu. In other words, I really don't want to see "Coming soon on home video", commercials, FBI warnings or anything like that. I like previews for coming attractions and having them as a menu item is fine, but to force it down my throat is annoying. And yes, I understand that the FBI stuff must appear at some point, but can't it be at the END of the movie? 2) Do not start the movie automatically. Due to the annoying things that appear when you insert a disc, I frequently pop in a disc then go away for bit (get something to drink). I don't like coming back and having the movie running and 5 minutes into it already. 3) I like one single menu that allows me to select both AUDIO and SUBTITLES. Make this menu item available on the main menu, then let me select AUDIO (if this requires confirmation for DTS then BRING ME BACK to this menu and select None for subtitles) then SUBTITLES and then at this point, default to "Play Movie". 4) I actually don't care too much for Infinifilm extras. That is to say, the gimmick of viewing things in context isn't such a benefit to me. I prefer to view the documentary as such, non-stop. I don't like jumping back and forth from the movie to some extras. Once this link is no longer required, the documentary can go on the second disc and extras that REQUIRE synchronization with the movie (commentaries or the textual subtitle commentaries that many enjoy, myself included) can be placed here. This might even free up bit space for the growing-in-popularity DTS track. GOOD THINGS 1) Someone else mentioned menus that cycle and where the last frame matches the first frame for a seamless cycle. That's a nice touch. 2) I can't say enough about seamless branching. I don't know if this is difficult to author or what reason is behind it being so rare but T2:UE did a really nice job. It would be nice to ALWAYS have the theatrical version, but if there's extra footage for a director's cut or whatever, branching isa great way to incorporate this footage as opposed to appearing separately. I believe the Abyss does this quite nicely too. 3) Good commentaries. I wish Roger Ebert would do more (his Dark City and Citizen Kane are two of many people's favorites) or other "educated" critics. I know this may be asking too much, but if I directed a movie, and I was proud of it, and I wanted to do a good commentary, I'd watch the movie and TAKE NOTES (or record notes or have an assistant take notes) like "Remember to talk about such and such at 14:27 into the film". Then make index cards to refer to while recording the commentary or convert these into a tele-prompter or something so there are few "dead spots" in the commentary. I like John Carpenter movies and I thought the commentary for "Big Trouble..." was TERRIBLE when he and Kurt Russell went on and on about personal issues ("How's you son doing?" -- I want to hear about the freaking movie I'm watching). Maybe it's just me... -- John P.S. I've been a member for years and read HTF several times each day, but this is my first post in EONS. "Hi Everyone!"