Sunday, June 24, 2007

Oh, the shame

I accidentally purchased a full-screen DVD. Normally, I would not admit to this, but this is my blog, and I try to be open and honest here. I had to send it back. I could have, I suppose, tried to hide my shame by burning the evidence and then calmly ordering a copy of the widescreen version, but that just raises the stakes... were anyone else to someday hear of my sin, that would make it only more embarrassing.

Perhaps worse, it was not just one DVD, but four. I ordered the Indiana Jones boxed set. I've had it in my order queue since before the movies were ever released on DVD, but finally got around to ordering. I haven't seen any of the Indiana Jones movies, other than a few clips, but I know that they involve Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, and Nazis, so they must be good.

My order queue is actually empty now. I'm mulling over subscribing to Netflix or Blockbuster Online in a month or so once I start wishing I had something to watch.


Anonymous said...

Hehehehe. I don't know how it is ordering online, but I firmly feel that some of the DVD places try to trick you into buying the full-screen DVD by hiding the fact that it is full-screen on the box, or by making the full-screen and wide-screen boxes identical in every detail (except for where it tells what format it is in) There have been countless times I have had to search to find what aspect ratio it is.

At least you know and understand why wide-screen is the way to go. If you try to explain the difference to people all they want to know is which one is the one which fills up all the space on their TV...That's the one they love!

Travis said...

I'd really, really like it if (or anyone, really) had a way to hide ALL full-screen DVDs unless something was only available in full-screen.

Anonymous said...

That's silly. Do they really have that big of a market for full-screen DVD's?

I love when people with HDTV's buy full-screen DVD's - they are so missing the point of their TV's!

Derrick Stolee said...

People are still really stupid and think that either widescreen movies will not show up properly on their 4:3 TV's, or that the little black bars are covering up part of the movie. It is annoying and stupid. I get angry seeing all the full-screen movies in stores.