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A Request to All Movie and Television Reviewers


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Initial post: Mar 29, 2008 5:25:12 PM PDT
Dreggor Gade says:
When looking at Blu-Ray or HD-DVD disc reviews, most customers know whether or not we like the film or program before we purchase it. What we really want to know is whether or not it is worth spending that extra money purchasing the more expensive High Definition version.

The large majority of Blu-Ray and HD-DVD consumers are not interested in a personal review of a program if the reviewer has seen it previously in another format such as the theatrical release, standard DVD version, or original television airing.

When looking at the Blu-Ray or HD-DVD release page for a product, consumers want to know whether or not the quality of the video/audio transfers and the extra features are worth making the purchase.

For example, if you have a review of a movie in reference to the theatrical release (for example AVP: Requiem), please post it on the proper page, such as:

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem [Theatrical Release]

Many people can and do appreciate your reviews of the content, myself included, but not here on the Blu-Ray or HD-DVD release (or pre-release) pages. Those are not the right places to post them if you have not actually experienced the Blu-Ray or HD-DVD version of the program.

An easy way to find the correct page for your review is to use a search engine like Google. Do an advanced search, using, for example the terms "Theatrical Release AVP Requiem" while limiting your search results to the domain of "amazon.com" only. There you can easily find the correct place for writing up a smashing review of the film you saw, whether it's a bomb or a gem.

By making this extra effort, you allow for Blu-Ray or HD-DVD consumers to review the qualities of the HD disc's audio and video transfers (such as the TrueHD versions of the soundtracks that are unique to HD products), as well as the bonus features included only in the these particular versions of the films and shows.

It's a win-win for everyone. People can write up their excellent reviews in the proper forums depending on which version they have viewed.

Unfortunately right now, people looking to buy Blu-Ray or HD-DVD discs have no choice but to sift through sometimes a hundred or more reviews to actually get to High Definition specific reviews in order to find out if it's worth spending the extra money on buying the more expensive release. Not only that, but far too often people write up reviews for High Definition discs before they are even released, which only serves to further this problem.

I hope that people are open-minded about this and that they take the effort to make their reviews as good as possible. As Amazon reviewers and consumers, we all respect each other's opinions. At the same time, to be respectful to your fellow reviewers, take the simple extra step to post your reviews in the appropriate forums.

If other reviewers have further suggestions on how to streamline this process, please post them. I know that I am not the only one to experience some minor frustrations concerning this issue, so please let your voices be heard here.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2008 9:36:27 AM PDT
N. S. Hinman says:
agreed. i don't think it is unreasonable to ask people to use (in this case unwrap, open, view) the product before they review the product, and also find it annoying when people don't do this.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2008 11:59:25 AM PDT
Dreggor Gade says:
Thanks. Spread the word. Perhaps if a number of us write to Amazon, they can do something about how they organize their reviews as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2008 7:13:49 AM PDT
T. Barker says:
Personally, it looks like some people have WAY too much time on their hands to worry about this stuff.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2008 9:26:00 AM PDT
Yeah, I personally review the discs I own primarily. I think Amazon also pulls a lot of the reviews on to one page. So I'm not sure your problem is 100% an issue. So if you have like a Blu-Ray version of Hitman and a regular DVD version of Hitman and someone reviews the regular DVD Amazon automatically links up the review posted. So on the Blu-Ray version, you'll see this little note "Taken from Hitman Regular DVD" or whatever. At least I've seen that on a ton of reviews. I'm not sure if you're problem will be fixed that easily, due to the way Amazon organizes their reviews/products.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2008 11:57:31 AM PDT
Bartholomew says:
"Personally, it looks like some people have WAY too much time on their hands to worry about this stuff."

How true...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2008 12:48:41 AM PDT
Mark says:
There are two things that need to change first. Will they change? I don't know.

First of all, Amazon has to get feedback from customers about stopping the combining of product codes and their reviews onto one page. As long as they keep doing this, the good specific reviews will always be burried under the generic editorials.

There are other issues with the review system that contribute to this problem. But first things first, the combining of these product reviews has to stop.

And then, users have to really go out of their way to vote for the helpful reviews. That's the only way people who take their valuable time creating useful reviews will be able to get top placement. Right now, most users only vote for the top reviews on the page, hence your problem.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2008 4:52:27 PM PDT
You are dealing with the public, and also with a corporation; while what you suggest is ideal, I don't think it is possible. Reviews are never going to be what they should. For example, I have read so many film/dvd reviews here that offer absolutely no insight into the filmmaking, and offer no critique whatsoever. All you get is the characters, a heavily detailed synopsis of the story, and maybe a reason why the reviewer likes or dislikes the film. Rarely does an Amazon review hit a home run in being an actual review like a film critic would write. Yes, there are gems among the junk, definitely. But for the most part you are going to get "This movie tells the story of..." followed by several paragraphs of a plot description. That's not a review. A review would state what the film lacks, and what the film offers to the viewer.

For good reviews, and especially for BluRay or HD reviews, I would not look here on Amazon. There must be websites and magazines that would be much better suited for those purposes.

Out of curiosity I looked up the BluRay version of The Shining on Amazon. Luckily the reviews under this version seem to be all for the BluRay edition. But one of the most 'helpful' reviews mentions not one word about the definition, clarity, or image presentation. It's another endless story description about Jack and the hotel. Ho hum. Some references to the director's style is included, but you'd never know it was a review for a BluRay dvd. So I think this is what concerns you.

That being said, it would be great if your suggestions were heeded by everyone... I just don't see that happening. Anyone can post a review: People like myself with average cinema and tv knowledge, people who know the craft extensively, and people who can't even spell the word review. Personally I would never review an HD film or program without mentioning the quality of the picture and sound. I would think that would be a prerequisite? But that's just me.

(Oh, and as for the people leaving witty little comments about too much time on someone's hands... your time is certainly well spent poking your nose in threads that clearly don't even interest you. And something tells me you haunt these threads regularly. Do yourself a favor and take up a hobby that's actually worthwhile.)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2008 4:59:43 PM PDT
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