Amazon Reviews

There’s been some talk across the blogosphere lately of reviews of product packaging over the products, themselves. People post negative reviews of a book on Amazon, for example, because there’s not a digital version of it available, as well.

Check this review out, of the forthcoming Blu Ray release of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy:

Some confusion among other reviewers that somehow we’re obligated to post a five star recommendation for the movie.

I don’t know which is worse, though: those other reviewers, or this guy’s logic.

The fact is, the disc hasn’t been released yet. I don’t know why Amazon even allows reviews to be posted of material that can’t be seen yet.

[…] This product is being created FOR NO OTHER REASON than to dupe people into buying this movie twice…again. Those of us who were huge fans bought the original DVDs of the theatrical releases. THEN the studio FINALLY released the extended editions, even though they could have released both at the same time.

Whoa whoa whoa. This guy is either stupid or ignorant. I’m not sure which.

First, no, the special edition DVDs could NOT have been released three or four months after the theatrical run. There were often hundreds of special effects shots added to the movie, not to mention additional scoring. Then, there were the two bonus discs worth of materials added to those special edition presentations. That stuff doesn’t happen overnight.

Second, every fan KNEW that there was a special edition coming out for Christmas at the time the regular edition came out months sooner. And if they didn’t know that about the first movie, certainly they were clued in for movies 2 and 3.

Third, I bet there are some people for whom the “shorter” 3 hour movies are more than enough.

Now that Blu Ray has won the High Def battle, the studios are salivating at screwing us all again the same way!

They won’t be screwing me. I’m not buying this Blu Ray set. I have the DVDs and they’ll do. Someday, they’ll release the four hour versions of the movies that I’ll never have the time to watch, and I’ll screw myself by buying them again. I’m sure they’ll look and sound AWESOME in my home theater.

Please do not let them get away with pretending that Blu Ray can’t hold both versions on one disc–it certainly can! A simple menu option would let you watch the Extended Edition when you have time, or Theatrical Edition when you don’t.

Yes, “seamless branching” is a technique that was very popular in the DVD world and worked every time they tried it. Wait, no, nobody ever went for it. It’s about as useful as BD-Live, honestly.

Look, I don’t know why they can’t release the special editions of the movies on Blu Ray right now. It is silly. But I’m mature enough to wait for the special editions, should I choose to ever watch these movies again. In the meantime, there are dozens of other movies that I can buy and watch. I don’t need to start a campaign on Amazon to “sink” a Blu Ray before it’s released.

He’s ALREADY DONE THE WORK–just copy what he did for the regular DVDs onto a new Blu Ray master!

It’s not always that simple. It’s not always a matter of pushing the up-res button on a computer and spitting out a perfect Blu Ray disc.

I don’t know why I’m trying to reason with this reviewer. He doesn’t care, and likely won’t ever read this. Even if he did, it’s tough to talk a man out of a jihad he’s started.

I’d like to rent one of those LOTR Blu Ray discs someday, though, just to see how they look and sound at the higher resolution and bit rate. Barring some insanely good sale on them, I’ll be passing.

6 thoughts on “Amazon Reviews

  1. With Blu-Ray, there is not as much of a need to go back and “re-buy” older movies as they were not filmed for Blu-Ray. The only DVD I plan on buying a second time for Blu-Ray will be Dark Knight.

  2. I disagree. Gone With The Wind looks spectacular on Blu-Ray: the color reproduction, the grain, the sharpness of the image (without annoying haloing or digital noise reduction), all of it looks magnificent. And that sucker’s 70+ years old.

  3. There are great exceptions, such as “Oz” and “The African Queen” and even “Godfather,” where they went back in painstaking detail to remaster the movie, often going back to the original film elements and recreating the color as it would have been seen at the time, and not as the washed out older copies looked on standard def TV screens for the last 50 years.

    Unfortunately, those are more the exceptions than the rule. Too many movies older than five years are just repurposed DVD transfers. I believe “The Princess Bride” has been slammed for that, amongst others.

    So, yeah, while there are cases to be made for older films looking amazing on Blu Ray, I think the vast majority of them are good enough on DVD.

  4. I don’t think anyone’s gonna make a case for re-purchasing, say, “Liar Liar” on Blu-Ray. (I don’t think anyone’s gonna make a case for purchasing it in any media, but that’s a kanish for another deli). All I can say is that there are certainly enough name movies that show remarkable improvement on Blu-Ray to justify the investment in the hardware. The classic Disney animation alone is breathtaking. Sleeping Beauty has never looked more majestic.

  5. This is something that can only really be decided on a case by case basis. I RARELY have the urge to buy a movie in blu-ray that I already own on DVD. Unless there is some clear improvement or the DVD is just so old that it doesn’t have the right ratio for my widescreen (like my Dune or Hunt for Red October), I pass.

    LotR is very much something that if you’re happy with the DVD’s you won’t need the blu-ray. People shouldn’t feel pressure to buy just cause it exists, nor should they blame studios for being nefarious or cheating. Now, if your George Lucas, then you are in fact a cheating, evil bastard ;)

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