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Sometimes it is better to say nothing,
This review is from: The Tin Drum [Dual Format Edition - DVD + Blu Ray] (DVD)And other times, you need to speak out.
'Dual-format' editions (or worse, 'triple play' ones) are always problematic - "DVD owner? Pay more to have a disc you cannot use! Blu Ray owner? Pay more to have a disc you do not want!" - but this is outrageous.
What we are expected to pay for here is a DVD with the theatrically released version and a Blu Ray disc with the theatrical and the extended versions.
If, like me, you do not have a Blu Ray player (actually, I refuse to have one - as well as saying no to the idea of re-buying material I have on perfectly good DVDs, I cannot support Sony's behaviour in the HD format war, in installing rootkits on customer's PCs, removing features from hardware people have bought, and much else) then you cannot see the extended version. There is no technical reason for this whatsoever: it is purely a marketing decision by someone who does not want the widest market for what is a cinematic masterpiece.
Do they want people to pirate it?
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Initial post: 7 Jul 2012 07:02:09 BDT
S. R. Basso says:
Your moral stand against Sony would be laudable (if daft), were it not capped by the intimation that you would feel justified in pirating the film.
Personally, I think you qualify for nose-cutter of the year.
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jul 2012 17:29:33 BDT
See, for example, the decision to have the UK cinema release of Grindhouse as two separate films, without the spoof trailers, after the US DVD release of it as one complete experience (as intended by Tarantino and Rodriguez). Did I pirate it? No - I saw the full thing at the Prince Charles (thank you Edgar Wright) but it was another very stupid decision and doubtless did increase piracy.
It is always nice to add another award to the set on the mantlepiece...
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2013 23:09:15 GMT
You don't have to re-buy any DVDs if you get a Blu Ray player. They upscale DVDs quite nicely. I also wanted nothing to do with Blu Ray, becuase of Sony's support of region coding. I have now gone the other way. I have two Blu Ray players, one set to UK, the other to USA. My change of heart? Becuase Blu Rays look great.
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jan 2013 00:02:06 GMT
I have an upscaling DVD player. It was a fraction of the cost of a Blu Ray player.
I am not selling my soul to a company that repeatedly does wrong for a few extra pixels.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2013 18:35:21 GMT
William J. Walker says:
You don't have to buy a Sony player and they a pretty cheap now.
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