We ask our members: top "five" questions interested people want to know about DVD

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Ronald Epstein, Oct 14, 2002.

  1. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Administrator

    Jul 3, 1997
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    Real Name:
    Ronald Epstein
    I have been asked to present this question to
    the membership....

    Give me an example of five questions that
    interested people may want to know about the
    MAKING of DVDs.

    Your answers may greatly influence an article
    on the subject.

    Thanks in advance
  2. Adam_WM

    Adam_WM Screenwriter

    Oct 25, 2001
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    1. How long does the production of a DVD typically take?

    2. What affects the choices of having animated menus or not?

    3. What is the primary concern of DVD production: picture, sound, extra features?

    4. With DVD's becoming more and more popular, are they becoming the focus instead of the box office?

    5. Who has the most say in a DVD's content?
  3. MikeEckman

    MikeEckman Screenwriter

    Jan 11, 2001
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    1. Why isnt the bitrate of the feature maximized to use 100% of the remaining disc space on a DVD including supplements?

    2. If a movie is presented in anamorphic widescreen, why arent all the other parts of the DVD the same way? (i.e. trailers, documentaries, deleted scenes, etc.)

    3. Why is it that after all these years of making DVDs, layer changes are not more carefully placed? Yes, the studios have gotten better at this, but they still have a long way to go to make them as seamless as possible.

    4. On catalog titles, who makes the decision to ask whether the fillmakers want to have any input on supplements?

    5. Why is it such a big deal to include English subtitles on a disc? To me, this is something that EVERY DVD should have, yet a good portion of studios do not include them.
  4. Patrick McCart

    Patrick McCart Lead Actor

    May 16, 2001
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    Georgia (the state)
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    Patrick McCart
    1. How does Lowry Digital Images' digital restoration system work? (As in a breakdown of the restoration process)

    2. How does Ultra-Resolution work (breakdown of the process)?

    3. How does the process of remixing mono into 5.1 work?

    4. How are odd-formats (70/65mm, VistaVision, etc) and anamorphic films transferred to DVD?

    5. How does sound restoration (like Sonic Solutions, etc) work?
  5. Chuck L

    Chuck L Screenwriter

    Feb 12, 2001
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    1) The decision process in what titles get to have a DVD release? Why certain films over another, while many films have never seen the light of day in home theater period?

    2) What are the legal issues that surround a DVD release that seems to hold them up? Clearance issues. Extra's. Things like that. Why aren't these things done when contracts are signed, not a year, to sometimes ten years after the fact? What is being done to prevent these issues on future releases of CURRENT films?

    3) Is it not more cost effective to release one copy of a DVD instead of their being two seperate releases? Instead of spending the money to alter art, publicity of release and such, release a DVD with both version of a film (on two different disc) (rated, unrated, OAR, P & S and all the extra's) in a double pack holder. That why you please everyone with one release to promote and not have the general public confusion.

    4) Why don't more studios utilize the technology of seamless branching that others do while others seem scared to? This way, it would simplify even more the points in Question #3.

    5) Why does it seem that when it comes to most DVD releases, the studios have choosen to bite the hands that fed them and the format?
  6. Patrick McNeal

    Patrick McNeal Auditioning

    Sep 13, 1999
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    1. What hardware/software is used in mixing for 5.1?

    2. Why are user restrictions placed on DVDs (can't change soundtracks on the fly, can't FF past FBI warnings, etc.)?

    3. How involved are the filmmakers in the production of DVDs of older movies?

    4. How much content is prepared before/during production of new movies?

    5. Who actually makes the decision of Widescreen or Fullscreen, and do the filmmakers supervise the pan&scan process themselves?
  7. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

    Dec 4, 1999
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    Not to steal anyone's thunder, but some of these questions are pretty basic and a print article should cover the more complex end, so here goes


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