WTF?!? WINDEX Ad On CDN Big Fat Greek Wedding!

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  1. Dave Simpson

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    Bought this for my lady-friend for Valentine's Day, so it belongs to her, otherwise, it'd be going back to the store, and f**k you very much.
    I can live with the various forced trailers on Disney and Universal discs (I can always skip forward) becuase trailers are a part of the movie experience. But the commercial for Windex Wipes, a product I'll now never buy, which immediately precedes the movie on the Canadian dvd (widescreen version is the one we have; I understand that the American version has both WS and P&S versions on one disc) of My Big Fat Greek Wedding is the last straw. I paid my money for the friggin' disc, and the price I paid was full, so why the f**k do I have to sit through more commercials? I've been watching less and less network television to escape the endless ads and network promos, and thought that DVD was the solution. Looks as though I'm wrong...
    Cheers.

    DS.
     
  2. Tom Tsai

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    I know. I was as shocked as you are when I saw the commercial....I mean when you hit the PLAY button, you expect to watch a movie, not a commercial.
     
  3. Sam Davatchi

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    I thought that's part of the movie or something! [​IMG]
     
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    That really blows! [​IMG]
     
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    I noticed a year ago that commercials were making their way to movie theaters. I guess you can't get away from them, damn those advertisers[​IMG]
     
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    I thought it was kind of funny....especially if you've seen the movie before.
     
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    They better not start that shit in the U.S. or else they'll find themselves short at least one customer. If they want to give me the movie for free, I'll think about watching it, but I'll be damned if I'm going to pay to watch a commerical in my own living room.
     
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    Sounds to me like a good marketing tie-in.
     
  9. Juan C

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    I watched the movie yesterday and I thought 'WTF?' when I saw the Windex commercial, but in the context of the movie and especially the father's penchant for Windex as a cure-all, I think it was somewhat funny, a bit like the "Don't try this at home" public announcement before The Fast and the Furious.
     
  10. Tom Tsai

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    ^ I guess it was context-appropriate. But I would have appreciated it if they had included the commercial maybe before the menu selection screen or something...but NOT when you select "Play Movie"
     
  11. Bingo

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    To me, it was "almost" akin to the DTS or Dolby Digital trailer playing before the movie.

    This wasn't a "typical" commercial, but one that, to me anyway, appears to have been made specifically with this release in mind. (For those that haven't seen it, basically, someone "cleans" the inside of your television screen for you).

    I'm not saying I like forced commercials, but this one seemed different.
     
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    Is there any way to bypass the commercial?
     
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    Forced watched studio trailers,now commercials,whats next ? Public service announcements. Studios listen up. If you continue to add the commercials, You will not be getting any of my disposable income. I hope Johnson and Sons paid you well. You just pissed off a decent portion of your customer base.
     
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    Grrr.......this is bad news but I can't say that I am overly surprised.


    You know, my biggest fear is that Minority Report's vision of the inescapable advertisement future will someday become a reality....
     
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    I have not seen the Greek Wedding DVD. Is it on the US version? Thanks.
     
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    Some players are programable so that after you play a disc once, the player can 'remember' where the start of the movie is. You could use this to skip it. If using an HTPC, I know theatertek has this functionality.

    Matt
     
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    RE: Commercials hitting the movie theater.

    I was so damned surprised at the amount of commercials, not to mention previews, that I had to sit through when I went to go see Episode 2. Sure, some of them where fun, but I'm surprised there wasn't a mini riot with people shouting, 'Get on with it already!' Happened More with episode 1, but it did happen with the sequal.

    Isn't there some kind of regulatory area of that industry that can put a hold on this type of thing? I havn't gone to the movies as much since DVD became more prevalent, and after that experience, I really don't miss it that much. I mean, who wants to sit through 2 minutes of commercials?
     

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