Is It Real Tuesday, Or Movie Tuesday?

Much has been made of the HD battle, and the victory of blu-ray. Of the mighty HD format, with it's crisp images and extended content. Honestly, I could give a ripe bin. I hate blu-ray. I hate the HD format in general, but blu-ray especially. Why, you ask yourself, is that patch of skin on the back of your calf always so dry? Who cares, pay attention.

Since Sony won the war of the formats, they've been pushing the market towards an all HD experience. Look at the flyer for your local electronics shop. All the video ads are for blu-ray, all the equipment ads for HD. Despite all this, the response has been mild at best. What was touted as the replacement for DVD has turned into a digital age Beta player, a contemporary for DVD, not a superior. Thing is, even with blu-rays dropping in price, DVDs remain cheaper, depreciate faster, and have a larger catalogue of available titles. Blu-ray sales continue to decrease. Some might argue that this is the effect of the digital format, but I don't buy that. Yes, the kids enjoy being able to watch whatever, whenever, on a four inch screen, but there will always be a market for the physical format. Being able to hold and keep something, and watch it properly on a large screen, is something you learn to appreciate. Too much of the market is focused on the shortsightedness of youth, ignoring the the stable purchases are made by more mature buyers.

You need no further proof of the failure of the blu-ray than the combo packs some companies (most commonly Disney) have been putting to market. The blu-ray, DVD, and digital all in one box, with a big price tag. That they can't convince people to by just the blu-ray alone is a sign of bad business, and the combo is desperate. Most TV series are only released on DVD, a trend that doesn't appear to be changing, as the only studios willing to sink the money into the format are the US cable networks, which still rely on the DVD as support.

What is reprehensible is the devaluing of DVDs by reducing or eliminating additional content on the discs entirely (without discounting the price proportionally). Again, Disney is the worst culprit, the recent Marvel movies coming with barely a gag reel attached. Gone are the days of one or two disc sets; welcome now to the bare bones, and the blu-ray era. If you want to see any special features or deleted scenes, you must buy the blu-ray. It is senseless formatism (coined, feel free to spread it around), a petty, bullish way to push people away from the DVD. I hate it, and I hate the tactic, but it's not working. Despite my chagrin, I'm not changing. The movie is what I'm looking for, first and foremost, and I can't miss what I've never seen. It just feels like being back in the days of VHS, or in the early days of the format, when features were few and far between, and that is a step backwards.

Blu-ray will never be what they wanted. At best, it'll fade as the digital format takes over, leaving DVDs as the backup format, to linger, for us who like holding the case, and the whir of the machine. Those of us who still keep a working Super Nintendo and VCR.

All of this has been a very long introduction to The Muppets DVD release, which because it is Disney, has nearly no bonus features. Most depressingly, no deleted scenes, of which there were many. You could buy the blu-ray, which has them, and other special features galore. But, if you're like me, you'll be picking up the DVD and have to be content with what you can scrounge online, like the above deleted scene.

To check out another deleted scene, and a couple behind the scenes videos, which are brilliant and you need to watch and make me hate Disney's decision about formats all the more, hit the jump.

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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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