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Warner Brothers Announce The Matrix: Special Edit 243

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from the good-extras-and-extra-goodies dept.
Kartik3 writes "IGN.com is reporting that Warner Bros. is releasing a 2-disc special edition DVD of The Matrix (loaded with extras) on April 29th and The Animatrix (An Anime series set in the world of the Matrix) DVD on June 3rd." If Animatrix is half as cool as the promo comic that was given out at the Matrix opening, I'll like it.
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Warner Brothers Announce The Matrix: Special Edit

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  • by mark-t (151149) <markt@lynx . b c.ca> on Saturday February 01, 2003 @09:08PM (#5207413) Journal
    Slashdotted.

    That's what the matrix is.

    • by Anonymous Coward
      The last time this happened, they diverted more power to the servers, only to kill off about 10% of their "batteries." As the slashdotting continued, the problem only got worse.

      Luckily for the human race, the new policy is to just let the servers go down.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Maybe the original DVDs everyon bought have degraded?
  • by NetNinja (469346) on Saturday February 01, 2003 @09:10PM (#5207423)
    A blue Pill and a Red Pill ;)
  • by Robotech_Master (14247) on Saturday February 01, 2003 @09:11PM (#5207432) Homepage Journal
    ...I have no way of knowing: is this 2-disc set going to be substantially different from The Matrix plus The Matrix Revisited which are available now? I mean, I already have both of them. I don't see why I should have to pick up another.
  • Hmm... (Score:2, Funny)

    by The Human Cow (646609)
    Maybe I'll buy this one...I still don't have the Matrix on DVD. The only copy I have is the VHS I bought used at Blockbuster.
    • Best joke ever. Watching the Matrix on VHS. Tears man, Tears!!!
      • Watching the Matrix on VHS is akin to watching The Blair Witch Project on DVD...
  • by UrGeek (577204) on Saturday February 01, 2003 @09:14PM (#5207445)
    I miss Animaniacs so much! is Dot gonna be Trinity in Animatrix?

    Oh, wait......Nevermind
  • /.'ed (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01, 2003 @09:14PM (#5207446)
    Warner Home Video will be repackaging The Matrix as a 2-disc set. The new edition will essentially contain the current film and The Matrix Revisited discs. Revisited will be padded out with new promotional features like "Preload: On the Set of Reloaded," episodes 1&2 of The Animatrix: The Second Renaissance, a preview of The Animatrix, "What Is the Game?" trailer for the new Infograme "Enter The Matrix" videogame , a sample of music from Reloaded, and a Marilyn Manson "Rock Is Dead" music video. The set will also include a free ticket offer to The Matrix Reloaded. The Matrix: Special Edition is due on April 29 and will retail $27.95. Oh, and the packaging will be "foil-wrapped" (insert eye-rolling).

    Speaking of The Animatrix, this more ambitious project will be released on June 3rd. This disc will include nine short films conceived by the Wachowski brothers, delving into the world of the Matrix and its characters. The collection of shorts, ranging from traditional anime to full-blown CGI, will come from world-renowned anime directors Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Koji Morimoto, Mahiro Maeda, Takeshi Koike, Peter Chung and Andy Jones." Episode include "The Final Flight of the Osiris," "The Second Renaissance Parts 1 & 2," "Kid's Story," "Program," "World Record," "Beyond," "Detective Story," and "Matriculated." The Animatrix will retail $24.98. As for the two actual sequels, the Reloaded and Revolutions DVDs are already in production and are being promised as "breakthrough discs".
  • Eh? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Rameriez (644702)
    Wasn't The Matrix: Revisited a "2 Disc set loaded with extras"?

    I too would like to know if this release is any different. The title "special edit" suggests to me that perhaps there are some extended scenes in this one.
    • Sure the Matrix: Revisited had a lot of extras... but this has even more !! Personally I'm waiting for the FIFTH special edition of this movie, the one with the lost 30 minutes of footage of a farmer milking a cow right in the middle of the movie.
  • First they give us this version [amazon.com], and soon we'll have this "special edition" and let's not forget the inevitable "directors edition" and "boxed=set" editions that will be coming in the future!

    Hehehe... i don't care though - Matrix rules!
  • Animatrix Trailer (Score:5, Informative)

    by dolphinuser (211295) on Saturday February 01, 2003 @09:18PM (#5207471)
    You can watch the Animatrix trailer here [warnerbros.com]

    John
  • What Another? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by trinity93 (215227) on Saturday February 01, 2003 @09:19PM (#5207480) Homepage
    What is it with this footage manipulation crap everybody is doing? i mean just release the film in its entirety and stop holding out on us. Im starting to feel like im being taken by a realy sick and masive bait and switch scam. I can see haveing a directors cut but this is getting out of hand
    • The film in its entirety? Do you know how many hundreds of hours of footage they shoot for a movie? You're saying they should just give us all of that on fifty DVDs and let us decide what parts we like the best. I'd rather let them go through it for me and select the parts I'm most likely to like--it's a lot less time-consuming on my end.
      • Well the next thing i bet they try is Matrix by subscription. For 4 easy payments $19.95 you will get a extra 15 mins a month for 12 months or untill they run out of footage which ever comes first. It sounds silly but they are willing to try anything these days to make a buck
  • News at darkhorizons (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01, 2003 @09:21PM (#5207491)
    From darkhorizons [darkhorizons.com]:

    The Matrix: Special Edition (DVD): On April 29th, a few weeks shy of the first sequel's release, Warners will put out a special two-disc set for the original box-office smash with all sorts of stuff. All the extras that appeared on the single-disc release a few years back will be here, as will the entire "The Matrix Revisited" two-hour documentary. Joining it will be several new behind-the-scenes featurettes, three hours worth of audio music track, an 800+ still gallery, the Marilyn Manson music video "Rock is Dead", previews of the game & Animatrix episodes, and an exclusive preview of the second film. All of this will come in collectible foil packaging whilst worldwide release dates should fall along similar lines. Thanks to 'FanHalen'.

    Ooo! Foil packaging!

    Doesn't sound like a new edit. I really doubt I'm going to be replacing my old Matrix DVD.
  • by majestynine (605494) on Saturday February 01, 2003 @09:21PM (#5207500)
    I wonder how long the publishers of movies such as this are going to get away with doing this. The only reason they do this is to maximize the amount of money they possibly squeeze out of the mindless masses that enjoy seeing pretty pictures moving.

    I used to work (until quite recently) in the Entertainment section of a Kmart. When they released the Lord Of The Rings DVD (2 disc), people bought it in droves, and as I'm sure you'd guess, it was a best seller for months. Then once all the fuss has died down, they re release it in a special four disc edition, the extra discs containing a few average documentaries on the making of LOTR plus an extra half an hour of unseen footage. Of course, it sold like crazy again.

    As I was running the transactions through, I'd often ask (or sometimes just be told by) the customer, that they'd already bought the two disc set, but they had to have the extra discs for their content. Most of these people weren't your 'typical' hardcore nerd type person that obsesses about things like this: they were 'ordinary' people (like your older brother, or your mum), who were doing this.

    They'd also mention (and this is my point) that the next time things like this came out, they'd hold off until they released the "Special Extended Edition"s of all the really big name movies (LOTR, MATRIX etc).

    I admit that I've almost done this too, I bought the original Matrix DVD, and I bought the original LOTR dvd set (2 disc), and now that they've brought out the newer ones, I was not only quite pissed that they've brought out 'bigger' versions, I half contemplated buying the new editions. Now I've not forked over that money, and I certainly won't do it. However what I will do, and I'm sure that a majority of people will too: is to hold off buying it until they have released the Super Special Extended Amazing Edition of whatever movie it is.

    Their sales will drop until they realise they can't get away with it.

    • by Aexia (517457) on Saturday February 01, 2003 @09:34PM (#5207580)
      First they get you to buy the Matrix when it comes out on DVD. Then they release a 2-disc "Special Edition" a scant *three years* later!

      Bastards!
    • The last time I checked, the mindless masses were not being held up at ransom to buy both versions of LOTR. Perhaps the reasont that the film studios can get away with this is because there actually is a demand for these products. Imagine that, suppliers of movies actually supplying what the public demanded. Adam Smith would have been proud.
    • by TrentC (11023) on Saturday February 01, 2003 @10:27PM (#5207880) Homepage
      I used to work (until quite recently) in the Entertainment section of a Kmart. When they released the Lord Of The Rings DVD (2 disc), people bought it in droves, and as I'm sure you'd guess, it was a best seller for months. Then once all the fuss has died down, they re release it in a special four disc edition, the extra discs containing a few average documentaries on the making of LOTR plus an extra half an hour of unseen footage. Of course, it sold like crazy again.

      And anybody who was paying attention at the time would know that they announced the extended edition of the DVD at the same time as the original one.

      Jay (=
      • I bought the original Matrix DVD, and I bought the original LOTR dvd set (2 disc), and now that they've brought out the newer ones, I was not only quite pissed that they've brought out 'bigger' versions, I half contemplated buying the new editions.

      You can NOT compare the way they handled the Matrix, to the way they handled the LOTR release. New Line, right from the start, announced in a press release their intentions to release two separate DVD versions. They kept everyone informed as to their intentions, and thus have my respect for that. If you didn't do any research on the DVD release schedule, then you have noone to blame but yourself.
    • Actually I kinda like it when the studios do this.

      I hate when the studio spends 2 years getting everything perfect with a DVD release.

      I much prefer they release a basic DVD as soon as possible then spend a year or so adding all of the extras.

      Or even worse spending a year designing and creating those stupid intros (that you can't fast forward) just to get to the main menu.

      Yes, I know the studios do it to maximize profits.

      But I would rather have a basic version out quickly rather than having to wait 2 years for the 'real' version.
    • You chose the worst possible example, as the "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" 2 disc and 4 disc sets are a model for other DVD producers. It's release was the most ethical example - nothing on the two sets is duplicated. None of the extras are, and the film on the 4 disc set is substantially different and half an hour longer. And all these facts were known before the DVDs were released.

      Of course, you could just be a troll. Whatever.

    • I wonder how long the publishers of movies such as this are going to get away with doing this. The only reason they do this is to maximize the amount of money they possibly squeeze out of the mindless masses that enjoy seeing pretty pictures moving.

      I believe that this point (and the others you make) are true to a certain degree.

      I'm sure many of you have read/heard the analogy of a large company to a large sea-going vessel; the bigger the ship, the harder it is to steer. Now, multiplex this analogy to the RIAA/MPAA...you essentially have The Raft (From Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash novel...if you haven't read it, you should) of these big companies.

      Now, if it's hard to steer one big multinational company...how hard must it be to steer an entire raft of them all lashed together? Suffice to say, change is a hard sell to large companies, and the complexity of change is multiplied when large companies converge into organizations like the RIAA and MPAA. These organizations of conglomerates epitomize centralization in the market and they have hit the brick wall that is the de-centralized nature of the Internet.

      So they're experimenting on one front while violently defending their monopoly on another front.

      Their sales will drop until they realise they can't get away with it.

      I believe that your conclusion is correct, but I think that they already know that they can't/won't get away with it. I believe that they're fighting a digital war that they know they cannot win, so they have chosen to fight the digital equivalent of a "forced retreat". By that I mean that they (the RIAA/MPAA) are going to eke every cent they can out of their customers until their current leadership can bail out (with a golden parachute) and keep their reputations intact. Once those dinosaurs are gone, we might actually see an entertainment cartel more willing to acknowledge the rights of their customers. Unfortunately, this process will probably require many years and many millions of dollars.

      --K.
    • Well, it would be different if, say like Disney's Mary Poppins or the upcoming Roger Rabbit, if the first version was the full $30 price, and then the new release with extras was also $30. LOTR:Fellowship theatrical version went out in a "its too cheap to pass up" $15 price tag. Had it been for $30, people would have easily said "I can wait", but for $15 its "well, as long as its that cheap..." This matrix edition is for 1) the absolute nutso diehards (every movie has them), and 2) those that just got dvd players THIS christmas, and didn't get the matrix (less hype at the time, due to the hype around LOTR) for it yet and still *need* to get it. Sure, those who had players when Matrix came out on disc got it, as did those who got dvd players for christmas that year (or even the next year), but this past year, not everybody who got one picked it up, so there's plenty of new customers to hype to.
    • I wonder how long the publishers of movies such as this are going to get away with doing this. The only reason they do this is to maximize the amount of money they possibly squeeze out of the mindless masses that enjoy seeing pretty pictures moving.

      It's disgusting, it is. I bought "Army of Darkness - Limited Edition" right when it was released because it was (as the title says) a "limited edition" of which only 30,000 were supposed to be produced... but then later came the "Special Edition" (30,000 copies), the "Director's Cut" (30,000 copies) and the "Bootleg Edition" (as many copies as they can sell!)-- none of which are, to my knowledge, any different from the "Limited Edition" I purchased. Lately there's been rumor of yet another edition with actual EXTRA FOOTAGE beyond that found in the L.E., but that was the rumor about ALL of them before they came out. It's the lure of easy money: Rewrap the DVD in different artwork and re-release. Lather, rinse, repeat.

    • However what I will do, and I'm sure that a majority of people will too: is to hold off buying it until they have released the Super Special Extended Amazing Edition of whatever movie it is.

      If the 'normal' movie doesn't sell well, they think there isn't a market and won't bring out a Super Special Extended Amazing Edition.
  • by 1nv4d3r (642775) on Saturday February 01, 2003 @09:22PM (#5207508)
    They should call it "The Matrix: Repackaged"
    • We'll all meet again in The Matrix 1.1 - The Search For More Money.

    • They should call it "The Matrix: Repackaged"
      neo@zion# apt-get update
      Hit http://dvd.thematrix.net rc2/updates/main Packages
      Hit http://dvd.thematrix.net rc2/main Release
      Reading Package Lists... Done
      Building Dependency Tree... Done
      neo@zion# apt-get upgrade
  • The Sad Truth (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward
    Just another way to milk the first Matrix for more $$$$ before the next movie arrives this year.

  • Click here [matrixfans.net] to read it.
  • Will this be Matrix 1.5 like X-men? [amazon.ca]

    Just when you thought they couldn't squeeze more oney out of a francise they replace the natural number version system with a real number system.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 01, 2003 @09:55PM (#5207700)
    Here at Warner Bros, we appreciate the free advertising given to our Matrix entertainment product.

    We also appreciate how many Slash Dot readers purchase these "special edition" DVDs. It's comforting for us to know that all this talk of "boycotting the media corps" and "don't give them any of your money" is just hypocritical hot air.

    Sure, most of you have seen the movie already and could just save your money, or (ha ha) use it to support lesser known directors and actors who could use the exposure, but you choose to give it to us. We thank you for that.

    Rest assured, this money will go directly to our pockets, and occasionally to the pockets of a needy senator. Occasionaly, due to court orders and other circumstances beyond our control, we are forced to give some money to the actors, writers, and artists who create the movies.

    Again, we thank you dearly for your support of our wholesome movie industry, and we look forward to your future purchase of our upcoming 3-DVD "Matrix Multiplied" set. We know you'll buy it for that extra 30 minutes of footage. And of course the "Matrix Engaged" 4-DVD set which comes out after that, which comes with a set of Matrix stickers with your favorite personas.

    It's through your unwavering interest in our products that we're able to bring you innovative new products such as: pay-per-use DVDs, annoying copy-protection schemes, and corrupt corporate-welfare legal schemes like the DMCA.

    Sincerely,

    President
    Warner Bros
  • by bnavarro (172692) on Saturday February 01, 2003 @10:09PM (#5207788)
    I rushed out and bought the Alien special edition boxed sets. The first two movies were repackagings of the laserdisc sets, and the last two were featureless movie only editions. Now they are coming out with a new "Alien Quadrilogy" boxed set; new special editons for the first two, and real special editions for the other two.

    Despite all of the excitement [thedigitalbits.com] that seems to be surrounding this release, I won't buy it. I'll wait to replace my collection with the HD-DVD version, whenever that comes out. Same goes for the Matrix. How did I just know that they would eventually bundle that "Revisited" disc in with a super-super edition.

    Fortunately, they did announce the movie and special edions of FOTR at the same time, so I didn't get burned on that one. From now on, though, any blockbuster that is release in a "Movie-only" or "Limited suppliments" edition, I defanately will not buy, and will hold out for the eventual "deluxe" edition.

    I am really annoyed at the Alien set. I was certain that that would be the last time it was visited until HD-DVD. Crap.
    • I understand you're annoyed about the Alien set, but for what its worth,

      1) The old releases have been out a few years now.

      2) They really have cleaned them up a fair bit further, apparently, and transfer technology has moved on quite a lot as well.

      3) Aliens will apparently have the theatrical cut this time, thank God. Even just this alone would make it worth it for me, as I hate the extended version; it really ruins the pace for me.

      4) Alien3 should (hopefully - its not confirmed for certain) have the extra workprint scenes inserted to present the 'fan cut' everyone has been clamouring at Fox for the last x years to release.

      5) DTS tracks all round, and a proper 5.1 sound mix for Alien from the 70mm version, rather than the hacked into 5.1 release on the current disc.

      Finally, its sounding like some of the extras in your set (most notably the Goldsmith score on Alien) may not make it on due to the space taken by the new transfers, so it may be worth keeping both if you're a big fan.
  • My Matrix DVD is starting to decay and fall apart, this one will be out right around when my old one shatters into bits inside my DVD player!
  • "Extras" (Score:4, Informative)

    by GreggyBUIUC (262370) on Saturday February 01, 2003 @10:20PM (#5207837)
    I really hope the "extras" include a new commentary track. Have you guys ever sat through the commentary that comes on the DVD. It is a *painful* experience. Its such a great great movie that its sad to see such monotonous commentary. Carrie Moss has some interesting and funny comments, but honestly she just isn't present enough throughout the track. Instead its two of the "geeks" that helped put the movie together ( one was in charge of visual effects). Although some of the technical insight is interesting -- for the most part you find them talking through the best parts of the movie about totally unrelated subjects, or extending valid points way too far. Maybe I'm being a little too critical on something that's supposed to be off the cuff, but it just seemed like the techinical guys didn't have a clue as to how to make the commentary interesting for your average viewer. However, geeks never have been great at stimulating conversation for the masses for minutes, let alone hours.

    I love listening to the commentary tracks on DVDs -- Fight Club and Training Day being two of my favorites -- as they offer insight into the movie's themes and motif's and new perspectives on something you may have taken for granted after 5-10 viewings. After so many years and so many viewings, I'd love to finally know what the brother's think of their creation or hear more from Laurence or Hugo (probably not Keanu though :-) ).
  • Kazaa? (Score:3, Funny)

    by geekee (591277) on Saturday February 01, 2003 @10:24PM (#5207863)
    Is it available on Kazaa yet?
  • by cosyne (324176)
    So now i can pick up used copies of the 'inferior' versions of LOTR, Matrix, Tron, Pulp Fiction, etc for cheap, and not feel so bad about supproting the Hollywood Machine? Cool....
    • Not necessarily. You're what they call, an "enabler". Oh yeah, sure, your money didn't go to the MPAA, but joe-matrix-seller@ebay.com just took his fistful of dollars from selling his disk to you, and turned around to buy the special edition boxset.

      How is this any different from music CDs? I mean, how many re-re-re-revisions are there of the Beatles albums out there?

      The MPAA is learning all sorts of tricks from the RIAA.

  • Boycotting MPAA? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by MacDork (560499)
    Wouldn't it be wiser to not buy said special edition? At least half of the /.ers out there seem to truly detest the DMCA/RIAA/MPAA, so then why pad their pockets? Personally, I won't buy it. They've called me a thief though their actions and policies. I liked the Matrix, but I won't be filling the chest they dig from to buy off our representatives in the house and senate. I hope you all will do the same too.
  • I already have the original Matrix DVD and VHS. I think I will wait until next year when the whole triligy is released as a special edition box set.

  • I keep hearing that (some of) the Animatrix shorts are supposed to be released on the web this month. Anybody know anything about this?

    I found this page [warnerbros.com]. Some of the shorts have release dates listed (one of which is February 4) but others don't. Are release dates scheduled for these, or are they out already, and if so, where can I download them (if possible)?

  • by Belgand (14099) <belgand@planetfo ... m ['rtr' in gap]> on Saturday February 01, 2003 @11:51PM (#5208289) Homepage
    Yes, multiple sets suck, but some companies will put out shitty versions first or decide to come out with new versions for promotional reasons. Think about how many versions of Star Wars have come out over the years? Off the top of my head they're come out with the original releases, the THX remastered releases, the Special Edition releases, and the new set that came out a few years ago with some extra promo footage. Considering that the last 3 sets came out in both widescreen and pan and scan (a shame to see this crap coming to DVD... but that's another rant) that's at least 10 different sets. Sooner or (more likely) later we're going to have the DVD releases and there might very well be regular and special edition releases of both... not to mention the actual special edition releases to follow that.

    Terminator 2 has had two releases so far with another one on the way (can't have anything to do with the third movie now can it) to oust the previous so-called "Ultimate edition". Stargate has been out in 4 editions on DVD alone with another one coming out soon as well.

    For whatever reason you'll have extra editions for reasons good (LOTR needed time to produce the special features and compose the music and such) and bad. Think of the excellent newer version of Seven, or Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Sometimes though they don't even get the new version right (the new version of Reservoir Dogs is misframed and has color problems, but the old one had terrible video quality and sound) and it's worth it to come out with something better.

    The bottom line is to look around before buying something in case a new version might be on the way, no matter how long (Goodfellas has been in production for a while). If the current version is a bit weak on features or poorly made and a fairly big film... wait. The new version will probably come around eventually.
    • Think of the excellent newer version of Seven, or Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

      Sad part is ... I already had(have) Monty Python and the Holy Grail ... and I don't think it's worth the $25 for 24 additional seconds.

      My Dad purchased the special edition version (since he didn't have a DVD player before), and I'm glad I didn't shell out the extra $$$ for 24 seconds.

      Likewise, I won't buy newer "versions" of a DVD that I already have (sans LOTR since I consider that one set released at different intervals).

      I already have the first T2 ... I won't buy another ... unless mine contracts DVD-rot ... then I won't buy it again either ...

  • languages? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Scrameustache (459504) on Sunday February 02, 2003 @12:13AM (#5208376) Homepage Journal
    I have the Matrix DVD (in its cheap-ass warner carboard box), and its english-only. Does anybody know if the 2 disc special ed will have more than one language (French and Spanish)?

    I buy few Warner DVDs because they are so much cheaper than most other DVDs...they all come in this cheap, flimsy folded cardboard box (wich sounds as though you're breaking it every time you open it), and usually have only one language available and laughable extras (oooo! animated menus! wow!).

    The recent ones seem to have gotten over the monolingual deal and have some actually interresting extras (the powerpuff DVD is from Warner, and its got 3 languages and funky extras like character commentaries). But I'd like to know in advance.
    • Don't be too down on Warner's cheap packaging, they also sell their DVDs cheap. WB's stated goal is to make DVDs an impulse counter purchase, which is pissing off the other studios that were hoping to ream people on $25 a disc, as the music industry did in the transition from tape to CD. Personally, I find most DVD extras interesting for about 10 seconds. I'd much rather have a $12 DVD with just the original, english version of the movie than a $25 DVD with interviews with the director, the actors, the makeup artists, the cameramen, and the grips.
    • I'm personally looking for some kind of web-listing that has the movies available languages. A lot of movies have them listed, but if I don't know that something is going to be available in, e.g., spanish, I won't go out of my way to look for it.
  • > is releasing a 2-disc special edition DVD of The Matrix (loaded with extras)

    Hmmm, why didn't I get this the FIRST TIME I bought the movie?
  • by jacoplane (78110) on Sunday February 02, 2003 @01:12AM (#5208576) Homepage Journal
    since the Matrix was very much inspired [geocities.com] by another anime, Ghost in the Shell.
  • by bob670 (645306) on Sunday February 02, 2003 @01:50AM (#5208718)
    really turned me off, sold most of my collection on eBay, keeping only about 25 really essential films. This repackaged version of The Matrix won't lure me in, and frankly, as long as I get anamorphic transfers of full theatrical cuts, I could care less about all the extras. Outside of something really amazing like the additional footage they are tacking back into the LOTR films, they can keep thier multiple versions of every release. Way to cannabalize your own market and dump on your customers. Oh wait, I forgot we are dealing witha **AA group, that explains it.
  • Most popular movies now come with director's or extra footage at some stage a few years after the movie is released. This is just another Hollywood business model and a successful one at that.
  • by Winterblink (575267) on Sunday February 02, 2003 @06:03AM (#5209342) Homepage
    Big surprise here. It's called double-dipping, studios have been doing it since DVDs first came out. Look at "Men in Black". There's a regular version (DD5.1), regular version (DD5.1 + DTS), double disc edition (DD5.1) and double disc edition (DD5.1 + dts). If that isn't the worst case scenario, I don't know what is.

    How do they get away with this? Simple: it works. People buy newer editions, and as long as something sells well enough they'll continue to keep it up. The day everyone learns not to buy the same movie more than once, we'll no longer be treated like morons by the studios this way.

    • Spot on! Peter Jackson has my number and he's counting on me to buy every version of the Lord of the Rings DVD's. And you know what? I will because I lack will! chortle

      I'll also buy all the version sof the Matrix DVD's as well.

      Yup. I'm a sucker. PT Barnum called it right!

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