I f-ing love DVDs. I watch them all the time. In fact, I’m watching one right now as I type this. (Meet Bill if you are interested) Anyway, I have many likes and dislikes when it comes to these things, but my biggest pet peeve about DVDs is forced trailers.

If you’re not familiar with them, the forced trailers appear when you start up the DVD. Instead of taking you right to the menu, you’re subjected to a variety of trailers from the studio. Comedy Central and HBO are notorious for this. It’s not a horrible thing, but it’s a pain in the ass. I put the DVD in because I want to watch the movie. If I wanted to watch outdated trailers (because by the time I get around to watching the DVD, the trailers are months old) I’d look them up. If they’re that important, add them to the DVD as a special feature. If they’re in that location, then I might watch them. If you try to cram them down my throat by forcing me to watch them before the menu screen pops up, then I definitely won’t watch them. There’s a huge difference between the two approaches.

The real trouble with this stupid feature is when you can’t skip the trailers or bypass them altogether to get to the menu. This happens sometimes on HBO DVDs and instead of being able to watch my DVD right away, I am faced with no other option than to watch a bunch of trailers for shows that I might already have on DVD or are like two years old. And now I’m pissed off.

Now, I understand that studios want to let their fans know about other DVDs that we might be interested in, but this is a pain in the ass. You don’t get this kind of crap with any other purchase. I don’t buy a camera and have to sit through ten minutes of a slideshow explaining pictures taken with other cameras. It pisses me off.

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