As great as the whole DVD experience is, do you ever get the feeling that the film companies are using it to their own advantage? Much in the way that the Star Wars VHS saga has disillusioned a lot of people, I feel aggrieved about the way that the release of films on DVD is being managed. My gripe is the way that films are released, and then within a year or so a Special Edition follows, with better sound, a revised cut, or better extras. I'm prepared to accept that in the case of the earliest releases, this was a case of getting product to the market and ignoring the bells and whistles (a la Terminators 1&2), and that the Special Editions are a genuine bonus. What is inexcusable is that it now seems to be a deliberate ploy. Witness the Princess Bride: a classic film recently out on R1, but with few extras. Soon after release, we are told that there will be a SE version next year. Why couldn't they release one fulled loaded version? Answer: to make us pay twice. This is echoed by a whole range of other titles: the Lethal Weapon Director's Cuts; the forthcoming DTS releases of True Lies, Predator, Last of the Mohicans et al; the new versions of the Die Hard movies; the revised version of Seven; the myriad versions of Army of Darkness - the list goes on. When someone like Criterion makes an SE version, it is usually because they have invested a large amount of effort in making the disc really special. When the film companies re-release existing titles, it seems to me that they are saying that the first release wasn't up to scratch, which is worrying. If films like T2, The Bone Collector, and Pitch Black can include DD, DTS, and a host of extras, why can't other films aim for this benchmark? I for one would be willing to wait a bit longer and pay a bit more for one decent edition, rather than buy a no-frills version and then have to replace 12 months later. If you think I'm just whinging, let me know!