Mixing formats (DVD/BluRay), various editions (standard, special, directors, etc) and so on

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Initial post: 14 May 2012 18:04:57 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 May 2012 18:06:39 BDT
The way Amazon mixed DVD and BluRay reviews together was annoying before as if you want the DVD you don't want to hear about all the stuff you're not going to get if you don't have a bluray player. However, I've just noticed that Amazon have changed how reviews appear under a DVD. Before, you had the title of the product so could see if it was a special edition, standard vanilla version, director's cut, etc. Now it appears that you can only know if it's "DVD" or "Bluray" as they've added "format" under each review which is fine if that's all the detail you want but if, like me, you prefer the special editions that's even less information than before.

Amazon, PLEASE, split DVD reviews (and scores) from Bluray reviews and if possible keep reviews for the SPECIFIC product separate too, which means no ordinary DVD reviews under the Director's cut versions, etc. Please, please, please can you do this - is that too difficult to do? Most of us want to read specific reviews on the specific product (ie, version) not a generalised, homogenised conglomeration of views which may have no relevance to what we're about to buy (or not).

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jun 2012 15:09:59 BDT
blueskies says:
Absolutely. Content is one thing, but picture quality / transfer is another. Maybe split those two categories?

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2012 04:12:12 BDT
filmart_dd says:
Dead right. I would never buy from Amazon for that reason.

Posted on 10 Jul 2012 04:20:59 BDT
filmart_dd says:
Also maddening is Amazon's whimsical listing of cast and credits. Without additional research, you cannot tell that this is in fact the film you are looking for.

Posted on 18 Jul 2012 14:08:18 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Jul 2012 14:08:43 BDT
I agree entirely. For example if you read the product reviews for the new Chariots of Fire 30th anniversary BluRay, which is apparently quite spectacular, then all you see are negative reviews for an old DVD version.

It's also a problem with books, where different editions with very different characteristics (e.g. illustrations, translators, supplementary material) are all lumped together.

Posted on 23 Jul 2012 15:01:40 BDT
Too right; it's as bad with audiobooks, you get lots of reviews for hardback and paperback editions and if there are reviews for the audio format you can barely find them in the clutter. And when I look for Kindle books I want a review that tells me about the Kindle edition, how interactive it is, how well formatted, if there are abridgements - not forty reviews of the paperback!

Posted on 27 Sep 2012 20:26:38 BDT
Ziegelstein says:
Amazon is hurting itself by doing this - for example, the new JK Rowling book receives mostly negative reviews just because the Kindle edition is more expensive than the paper version (which of course is stupid, dear publishers). Most customers therefore give one star (which is stupid in its own way because price has nothing to do with content). Result: the paper version has a less than mediocre rating - which is probably not a big selling point.

Posted on 7 Dec 2013 05:11:10 GMT
Webchimp says:
The reviews for Marvel's Avengers/Avengers Assemble are a complete mess as they mix up all the reviews for all the different editions and it's difficult to pick out the one's that you are interested in.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Dec 2013 05:29:39 GMT
filmart_dd says:
Yes, Amazon are villainous in confusing the different editions. In books, perhaps not an issue. In DVD, absolutely vital: that is why Criterion succeeds. Better for Amazon to offer nothing at all so that people go searching for themselves.

Posted on 3 Jan 2014 22:34:00 GMT
majaami says:
I have the same problem when looking for reviews for a certain DVD. Everything us bundled together: the DVD reviews, with the Blu-Ray ones. The single disc edition, the fan two-disc edition or even a complete box edition. This is totally useless when I am interested in one particular edition. Amazon get an editor to sift through the loft and make some sense of the mess. BTW I am an editor myself...

Posted on 3 Jan 2014 22:39:22 GMT
majaami says:
These comments go back to May 2012. Is anyone at Amazon reading this?

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jan 2014 23:02:27 GMT
filmart_dd says:
My own experience on this matter, and other apparent faults in Amazon's processes, is that A will be obstructive. A 'reply' may gush forth but of no substance. Sad to note.

Posted on 12 Feb 2014 21:04:19 GMT
I prefer to have a single master page for a particular movie or recording so I know the options available. Amazon the lists the different DVD and blu-Ray options and prices, and I would hope that reviews would specify which option is being reviewed.
I really don't like it when there is confusion about which option is being reviewed, especially when there are "multi-disc" packages that don't say exactly what you're getting (DVD, bluray, ultraviolet, or whatever.
Shopping for "Lincoln" and "Wizard of Oz" for instance...

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Feb 2014 22:07:04 GMT
majaami says:
I agree. Keep the discussion going. Maybe if there is enough support, Amazon will react...

Posted on 12 Feb 2014 22:11:34 GMT
It's likely to be too little too late, as the big problem is the aggregated rating and they have no way of pulling that apart and assigning to different versions unless they throw away all extant ratings.
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