Random Factoid #504

14 12 2010

And the continued harassment of the American movie renter continues…

According to a report by Cinematical, movie studios have begun to remove bonus features from rental discs.  Here’s what they had to say:

“A Consumerist reader recently wrote in to the consumer advocate blog to let them know that he had discovered the ‘Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World’ DVD he had rented from Blockbuster contained no special features. The $3.99 price tag he paid for the rental disc got him the menus for the special features, but any attempts to access them were met with a message proclaiming, ‘This disc is intended for rental purposes and only includes the feature film. Own it on Blu-Ray or DVD to view these bonus features and complete your movie watching experience.'”

So, the question has to be raised: do movie renters deserve bonus features, or are they truly just a “bonus” for those willing to pay $15-$20 for the disc to own?  I think that if they are going to slight the consumers still giving them money, renters should have access to some internet site or YouTube channel to watch some of the features.  Perhaps some are left exclusive for buyers, but I think it’s wrong to give the renters just the movie.

What do YOU think?



One response

17 12 2010
James D.

I was hit by that for the first time by The Kids Are All Right the other day. I never watch special features anyway, so I don’t really care. If I really was that into a movie that I wanted features, I would probably own the DVD.

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