Originally Posted by RDHolmes
As purchasers or renters why should we have to skip over anything in order to see the movie we purchased or rented?
I'll agree with this, but my point still is that at least Disney lets you do this on both purchased and rental discs, unlike some studios that make this as hard a possible to do on rental discs. If the stuff is going to be there, I'll take the ability to skip most of it with one press of the menu button over the alternative, which sometimes goes as far as the need to fast forward over stuff because even the skip button has been disabled.
Having said that, the best option is to go straight to the menu screen where you can choose to ply the feature, the special features or any trailers that might be on the disc. If someone wants to play the trailers, they're free to do so.
I can make a case for the ten second FBI/Interpol piracy warning, but after that the disc should go directly to the Menu.
I don't think even that should happen. The FBI warnings should follow the end credits if they're going to be there at all. No one reads them anyway and having them there isn't going to make a pirate go, "whoa, I guess I shouldn't copy this thing if the FBI says I shouldn't". Putting it right up front as the first thing you see when the disc spins up is the studio assuming the viewer is going to steal it before they even see the thing. By putting it at the end, it does due diligence of stating the rights of the studio and existing copyright law, but doesn't impede the buying customer.
Frankly, the copyright notice already in every end credit sequence should be enough.
If "Play Movie" is selected we should get exactly what we would have seen at the start of the movie in a Theater. Sure, they show trailers at the theater, but we can be at the snack bar or the bathroom while they are playing or we can do what I do to avoid the ads and trailers that the theaters show.
In most cases, that's what happens. The trailers are almost always before the menu. Some companies are better than others about letting you skip them. My point to you is that at least Disney lets you skip them all with one button. I'll take that over skipping each one individually or (the worst case) having to hit fast forward on each one.
What I hate is when you hit play and the studio throws all the FBI and interpol warnings or a message up there about how the studio isn't responsible for the content of the special features before the movie actually plays (something Fox often does).
At least most studios have stopped putting that annoying ant-piracy ad on the discs that plays about 10db louder than all the other content (click to be annoyed): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmZm8vNHBSU
Of course, it's likely they stopped using it because apparently they didn't have the proper distribution rights to the music they used in it, which is ironic in itself: http://www.pedestrian.tv/entertainment/news/anti-piracy-movie-ads-caught-using-pirated-music/60075.htm
I seldom go to a theater to see a film. The last two films I saw in a theater were Avatar and Chicago.
I'm so very sorry you had to pay full ticket price to see Chicago....
Somehow we need to find a way to communicate this to the Studios.
Sure, but how?
If we don't buy content, it sends the message that we don't want it. If we buy the stuff, it sends the message that everything is OK.
The problem is, there aren't discs out there without this stuff on there (at least not legal ones) that we can buy instead to make our point.