The DVD Package
My chief rant at the moment is the need for keeping a razor knife handy in my home
theater. No, I am not protecting it from invasion. While the space is occasionally violated at
inconvenient moments, home theater madness has not yet taken me beyond reality. No razors for
interruptions. No, the reason for the sharp instrument is to open the ever growing number of DVD
packages that defy the ability of my fingers to function in a calm and purposeful way. From the
very beginning, DVDs in Amaray Keepcase packages or any of their cousins or bastards have used a
strip of tape at the top of the package to keep it sealed. A small arrow indicated where to begin
removal of the tape. Thank God I never had to take one of these tapes off as part of an
intelligence test. But now, in a futile attempt at an additional layer of security, manufacturer's
are taping three sides of the already difficult to open package. In the time it takes me to open a
DVD, I could have eaten an extra slice of pizza. Doesn't anyone get it? Taping DVD packages so
tightly that they may never oxidize (hmmmmm?) won't stop anyone from scrumptiously sliding a spiffy
new cloth package of Lawrence
of Arabia down the old trouser front. So, zip it up Mr. manufacturer and let's take the
Who would have imagined the preponderance of DVD special editions in the hey day of laser disc. Every time the Criterion Collection announced a new package filled with extras, it was joy in laser land. Over the years, more studios jumped in with delicious special editions, but not with the unparalleled frequency we get special editions on DVD. Let's not forget the generous contributions of film principals in setting their thoughts alongside their DVD images. Believe me, they ain't doin' it for the residualsJ
The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen/A,A-
Director Terry Gilliam's richly detailed interpretation of the outlandishly imagined and fabricated exploits of the legendary eighteenth-century German adventurer and storyteller.
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