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Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by PJONG, Aug 12, 2001.

  1. PJONG

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    Having just rented a couple of DVD's from Blockbuster's for the first time in several month's I've noticed something which I find rather unsatisfactory.

    After enjoying Unbreakable, good film by the way and a fine transfer, I thought I'd have a look at the extra's.......none to be found. I then checked the other disc, Meet the Parents, again no extra's. I did eventually notice a 'Rental Copy' legend on the Unbreakable disc, is this the norm nowadays?

    Even though it's the film I'm interested in, a good set of extras can often add to the viewing experience, I can't believe that I'm being asked to pay £3.75 to rent a movie for one night that doesn't even contain the extra's advertised on the retail version!! What a rip-off!! Presumably in future if there are any Ex-rental bargains to be had, extras will be non-existent.

    Judicious purchasing rather than rentals is where I'm going.

    Phil
     
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    Hi Phil,

    Yep, this is the way some DVD firms want things. In their eyes, those who rent DVD's are only interested in the movie. Plus withholding extras, gives an incentive to people to go out and buy the retail versions.

    However, in my opinion, I think they are shooting themselves in the foot. If I wanted just the film, I could rent the video. However, I want the whole caboodle (package), so to speak. And that includes DD5.1 sound, extras, and widescreen anamorphic prints.

    Alas, if companies keep releasing bare-bones rental titles, then all it will do, is get more people to buy Region 1, especially in the case of "Unbreakable" which came out a couple of months ago now, with 2 DVD's worth of material!

    But, hey, what do we know?! We're only the public/consumer who buys/rents the product. obviously, we know nothing. <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0">

    The simple answer, is try not to rent a bare-bones DVD title, and import R1 titles. Alternatively, you can always write, phone or e-mail these firms and tell them what you think. (Obviously, keep it relatively polite. That way, they'll take more notice - hopefully.)

    Pooch
     
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    Matt,

    Only on very rare occasions. Most, however, are in their ususal widescreen ratios.

    Pooch
     
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    I rent dvd's about once a week from a local video shop, they charge only £2 for one night or £2.50 for two night's, I have only ever noticed a couple of rental dvd's, they seem to buy the regular one's most of the time <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> and then they sell the odd copy at a good price, for example they had What lie's beneath for £7.95.<br />So maybe you should shop round for a local video hire shop. try Global. they are all over the country and I was told they are cheaper than Blockbuster.
     
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    Aren't some dvd rentals pans & scan only as well?
     

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