Originally Posted by scolumbo
So if I'm understanding you, using AnyDVD with this option rips the Main Movie and strips out the menus, and then gives you an easy way to navigate between titles? Or, is the full ISO intact, but it bypasses the menus?
Speed Menu option in AnyDVD removes the original Java menus and replaces them with a simple graphical menu of the playlists: the original content (apart from the menus) is unchanged. Since you navigate to the desired playlist directly, you can manually bypass any trailers etc.
Java menus are a complex graphical way to get to the playlists and select appropriate soundtracks and subtitles, but unfortunately they can also force a path through the playlists that the enduser has no control over (eg trailers, previews, forced subtitles, etc). Speed Menu removes all that enforced rubbish, but at the expense of not knowing what certain tracks represent (which can be a little confusing determining the sequence for episodes of a series, for example).
Here is an example of the Simple Speed Menu (there are Advanced and Sexy versions too, although they just modify the placement and background) that displays for Harry Potter 7.1 when played in PowerDVD.
Track 1 is the main movie.
Track 2 is the Maximum Movie Mode version of the main movie.
You scroll up and down the list and then select the desired track.
Speed Menu means I can use an old version of PowerDVD, without having to worry about it not being able to navigate a title; however, due to its limitations, is probably best used for titles that cause navigation issues with the standard Java menus.
[Apologies for the image quality as it was just a cheap and nasty camera pic of the TV screen: I couldn't get a screen print working for PowerDVD]