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Rental Only DVDs?

I know I’ve mentioned it before, I love movies. Joel and I have a Blockbuster Online membership. We get three discs at a time in the mail and can trade the mailers in for a rental at the physical store. It’s been a pretty good deal for us so far. However, recently I’ve been noticing a trend with the DVDs that we rent that I’m not excited about.

It’s kind of difficult to read because it’s covered with the sticker. It says Rental.

The disc says the same thing.

Seems like a good way to mark DVDs so people might be less inclined to steal them. The problem is, it’s not just a label. When you see it, you should know you’re about to be ripped off. Where The Wild Things Are is supposed to have special features, according to Amazon.com. This particular rental however,

Nothing.

I’ve had this experience with a couple DVDs now and it’s frustrating. One of the fun parts of renting a movie is watching the special features. I understand some movies choose not to include any but it feels like a major rip off knowing that there are supposed to be special features but I don’t get to see them because I rented the movie. I tried looking online to see if I could get any information on this new trend. I don’t know if it’s a Blockbuster thing or if Netflix, Redbox and other movie rental companies are doing the same thing. I’m assuming it saves them money somehow but again, I can’t find any information. Even the employee I asked at Blockbuster had no idea. I’m really curious so if anyone has any information please let me know. Also, any of you that have memberships with other DVD rental companies, have you seen the Rental label on any of your DVDs? Or is it time for us to switch companies?

Anyway, Where The Wild Things Are was a great movie. I highly recommend it. It’s dark, and artistic. Its not your typical kids movie, in fact, it’s almost more of an adult movie. It definitely captured the book beautifully. Luckily it was good enough that I plan on buying it and I’ll be able to see the special features. Not all movies are good enough to own though so I hope this Rental Only thing will remain the exception, not become the rule.

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  1. I subscribe to Netflix and have never had a “rental” experience. The only problem I have ever had is not a lack of extra features, but viewing the extra features because of a flaky DVD player. Sometimes the discs are a little worn and hard for my player to read. Netflix will send me another disc of the same movie if I request it and remove the worn disc from circulation.

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