Rant: Mr. and Mrs. Smith DVD

Posted in Movies, Opinion

Last night a few friends came over to watch a movie. After figuring out what everyone had or had not seen we decided to get Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Forget about how good or bad the movie is, what really pissed me off was being forced to see the previews for other really crappy movies before I could get to the movie menu and watch what I rented.

Normally, I put the DVD in and the copyright notice comes up, I press stop and then the menu button. This lets me skip directly to the menu and start the movie. But with this DVD first you get a copyright notice, then a short clip about how bad it is to download movies (stop saying copyright infringement = stealing!) and then 2 or three trailers for movies I’ve never heard about before. And you CANNOT STOP IT. If you press stop you get the nice "Operation not permitted" message. If I turn the player off and back on and then press menu I get the same crap. No way of skipping it.

They really went out of their way to make sure you watch those clips. Their message is "If you want to watch this movie then you are required to see this crap, if you disagree please turn your DVD player off now". Because if you want to skip that content you have to break the law (at least in the US).

If my friends weren’t over I would have taken the movie back, and I would have watched it a couple of hours later, without any stupid restrictions.

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One Response to “Rant: Mr. and Mrs. Smith DVD”

  1. [...] Ianiv blogs about one of my pet peeves: DVDs that force you to sit through ads before you get to see the movie you paid them for. But with this DVD first you get a copyright notice, then a short clip about how bad it is to download movies (stop saying copyright infringement = stealing!) and then 2 or three trailers for movies I’ve never heard about before. And you CANNOT STOP IT. If you press stop you get the nice “Operation not permitted” message. If I turn the player off and back on and then press menu I get the same crap. No way of skipping it. [...]



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