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Alien? Moulin Rouge? Fight Club? Braveheart? Master & Commander? It may seem like just a marketing gimmick to ramp up sales of already released DVDs, but the release this month of 30 2-disc Special Edition titles is a great example of how far DVD has taken us into a more meaningful and repeatable movie experience, reports Andrew L. Urban.

It seems ironic in this age of instant gratification and disposable products that the artform of the 20th century is being repackaged as something to re-consume in more complex form than at first contact. The DVD platform has not only expanded the library of available films with a massive back catalogue reaching into the first days of cinema, it has also provided a new way of consuming films.

This new way includes a more personal interface via the privacy of our homes. It also includes the exploration of films from a variety of vantage points during the creative and production processes. This is possible only because of DVD technology, and illuminates the magnitude of the collaborative imperative of filmmaking.

These thoughts are triggered by the release this month of 30 movies from the Fox library, movies which were accompanied by an entire disc of extra materials. These special editions cover several genres, and Fox claims these are the best examples of what a special edition can deliver. And as the company points out with exquisite pre-Christmas timing, they do make great gifts. The marketing imperative is not far below the surface, but consumers can cherry pick their favourites. Sometimes, of course, the second disc is even better value than the disc with the main feature on it!

The collection has been re-packaged, with consistent graphics, but there is no suggestion that the content has changed.

Here’s the list of the 2-disc titles available:

Abyss, The
Alien 3
Alien Vs Predator
Chariots of Fire
Darevdevil (Director’s Cut)
Day After Tomorrow, The
Die Hard
Die Hard 2
Fight Club
From Hell
Gallipoli (Peter Weir)
I, Robot
Ice Age Extreme Cool
Leage of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Longest Day, The
Master and Commander
Moulin Rouge
Planet of the Apes
Predator 2
Rocky Horror Picture Show
X-Men 1.5
X-Men 2

Published October 27, 2005

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