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Worst Blu-Ray menus ever
on May 13, 2014
Let me begin by saying that I found the movie far better than I expected, I had heard so many bad things about it that I expected far worse, and that is why I gave it TWO stars. I received this set as a gift, and I regret that I didn't buy it myself because I would have happily returned it. The reason this disk set deserves a poor rating is because it is the absolute worse Blu-Ray design I have ever seen. I watched this movie over the space of two days, because of external interruptions, and had to watch all of the previews FIVE ****ING TIMES! As soon as you stop the movie FOR ANY REASON, THE MOVIE STARTS OVER AT THE BEGINNING!!! If I ever see the ET preview again I'll scream, having to watch it five times in two days is just torture! "One of the most beloved movies of all time...", I can still hear it echoing in my brain... I hate menu systems that won't let you skip the previews to go to the main menu, and even more menu systems that hold you hostage. Top Menu, Main Menu, Options, this disk BLOCKS THEM ALL, FORCING YOU TO WATCH ALL OF THE ****ING PREVIEWS AND ADDS! My Sony Blu-Ray player is two years old and not connected to the internet, and this Blu-Ray disk wants you to download a Blu-Ray app which I did not do. I own several hundred DVDs and Blu-Ray disks and I have never seen this behaviour before; most of them remember where I was in the movie even if I take out the disk and put it back in a week later (my son does this constantly with "Ponyo".) This one, however, the phone rang, I paused it, the call lasted long enough for the player to go into standby, and when I hit play it's all of the ****ING PREVIEWS ALL OVER AGAIN! The disk claims to offer all sorts of new features but it can't even do the basics! In the future I am going to keep an eye out for the Universal BDLive disks and avoid them, if they can't even do such a basic function as restart from where you left off. Come on Universal, I know you want to track how many times I watch the movie, but I have a five year old and I'm not going to let him loose on your "free previews" site. If you can't get the basics right, why should I even try your add-financed app?
Conclusion, I would rate the movie three and a half (rounded up to four) stars, but the disk experience overall deserves a flat zero.