In a Quentin Tarantino movie, I'm looking for the man himself to talk at length about his original concept for the film . . . or about cottage cheese . . . I don't really care . . . that guy is nuts.
In a Reese Witherspoon movie, I'm looking for a deleted swimsuit or negligee-pillow-fight-scene.
In a George Clooney movie, I'm looking for bloopers and, well, deleted negligee-pillow-fight-scene.
Anyway . . .
I'm sure that many of you have noticed that many rental DVDs now come with only the movie and no extras whatsoever. This is an attempt by the movie studios to get consumers to buy the version that will have the bloopers, featurettes, deleted scenes, music video montage scenes, and in-depth interviews with the caterers.
Okay, I guess that makes sense. Why wouldn't I pay $20 for the full version DVD of X-Men: First Class after renting it for $1 from Redbox.
Oh, right: because it's $20. And I've already seen it. And now I'm pissed because I'm sure there's a clip of James MacAvoy forgetting his line and saying, "Oh, bollocks! Guess I'm not all that bloody psychic after all!" and Fox is too stingy to let me see it for the cost of the rental.
|I played Magneto in a movie and all I got was this stupid - |
hey, where's my shirt?
The thing is: what if the blooper reel is lame? What if it's five minutes of Oliver Platt getting tongue-tied saying "Sebastian Shaw." (Okay, bad example, because that would be awesome, but you get the idea.) What if the only featurette on Jennifer Lawrence's make-up process for Mystique is of a bunch of talking heads describing the application procedure. (I don't think that a little sideboob is too much to ask for $20. Fine, it can be Kevin Bacon's. I'm really not picky.) You see, if I won't gamble on spending $20 for the movie without having seen it, why think that I will gamble on the extras?
If I decide that I want to have a copy of that movie on my shelf, it will be because I liked it enough that I will watch it multiple times, not because the extras might be worthwhile. Yes, good extras could be a factor in my making a purchase, but they'd have to be really good. We're talking sideboob, giggling Fassbender, and somebody has to hit Hugh Jackman in the nuts. Here's my credit card, but, oh wait -
I don't know that those things are in the extras, do I?
Here's the thing I don't get, Hollywood:
Yes, DVD sales are down, but Blu-Ray sales are up - big time. Of course, there's probably no connection there.