September 14, 2011

Blu-Ray: Incredibly consumer-hostile (, , )

by fluffy at 7:28 PM

After going disc-only on Netflix I decided to go ahead and turn Blu-Ray discs back on, since a significant portion of my queue is actually in that format now. I have very quickly learned to loathe Blu-Ray's advanced "features," which are of course being used for nothing but advertising now.

For example, in Where the Wild Things Are, there are about 15 minutes of unskippable, un-fast-forwardable trailers for other movies. Any attempts at getting out of those and into the movie are met with the trailers being completely restarted from the beginning. (This may have also been because it was the "rental edition" of the movie, which had no extra features.)

Next, The Blues Brothers opens up directly to the main menu — which doesn't load until it downloads a bunch of content from BD Live. All ads, of course. Until that happens, you're stuck with a repeating montage of the key scenes from the film. At least on my BD player it's possible to get past this by pressing "disc skip," but then as soon as the BD Live content finishes loading, it boots you back into the main menu. Absolutely irritating, and completely pointless. The BD Live content it was waiting for wasn't even anything related to the movie — it was all banner ads for other things coming out on Blu-Ray.

As always, piracy is the more consumer-friendly option.


#14189 Neillparatzo 09/14/2011 11:24 pm
    AnyDVD HD will strip prohibited user ops from blu-rays. It can even do this in-place and on the fly with an inserted BD.

    I don't have a solution for the "rental version" thing, though.
    #14190 fluffy 09/14/2011 11:27 pm
      I don't have a blu-ray drive for any of my computers and I have no plans to add one. I wonder if there's any hacks for my Sony BDP. (Probably not.)

      Meanwhile I finally turned off BD-Live on my BD player because I have never ever seen it do anything useful and while it's never actively broken my watching experience before, all it takes is one time for that to sour me on it forever.

      (Also the answer to the "rental version" thing is to torrent it, of course, but I mean I don't give a shit about the stuff that isn't on the rental version disc anyway. I just want to watch the goddamned movie.)