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Rental Only DVDs Update

Well, Joel is basically magic at the internet and found some more information about the whole Rental DVD issue. There’s not much info but he managed to find a couple articles. Apparently Fox has decided to strip their rental DVDs of special features in an attempt to boost DVD sales.

Bah, this means, more than likely, all rental companies will be affected. The thing is, I can’t imagine that this will actually help boost sales. I know I would never buy a DVD just to see the special features. If a movie is good enough for me to buy it I’ll buy it whether it has great special features or not. On the other hand, DVDs are way too expensive to buy a crummy movie just for the special features. I have never pirated a DVD but this makes me almost want to. Not that pirating would get me any special features either. *sigh*

Hopefully other studios won’t decide to follow Fox’s lead. As far as I can tell they’re alone in this. Although Warner Bros. has invented their own way of trying to boost sales by not releasing DVDs to rent until 28 days after their original release date. Again, makes no sense to me. If I haven’t seen a movie there’s almost no chance of me buying it. I either need to see it in theaters or I rent it. I want to make sure I actually want to watch a movie more than once before I buy it.

Maybe I’m wrong, I haven’t studied this. Would you buy a DVD only to see the special features? My guess is no and if I’m right all Fox and Warner Bros. are doing is alienating customers. They’re at least alienating customers like me who care enough to do the research.

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 This particular rental however,


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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