I just find it amusing that people come in here and review the movie and obviously haven't bought the product itself. Amazon lumps all reviews together so it might get confusing (though they should probably indicate which version the person posted their review on sort of like they do with the hardback vs softcover book reviews), but it would be nice if someone would comment on what exactly is on the DVD itself rather than just doing a movie review. Yeah, I saw the movie in the theater, but that doesn't mean I feel like I should review the DVD.
Do a review of the DVD people in addition to a movie review. We can all go out and read the reviews on sites like Rotten Tomatoes to gauge whether the movie is any good.
Here here. I'm searching through all these heady reviews trying to find out if the HD-DVD look is worth the HD-DVD price tag, and all I can find is a bunch of reviews I can find on any old news website. Reviews should be about video, audio, extra content and price tag.
I disagree-- the most important part of the product, the reason that people actually BUY the product, is the feature. Everything else is secondary, and often ignored. The movie is the part that should be reviewed first and foremost, so that--by reading the reviews--one can determine if the DVD is worth buying. The features are simply extras. All the audio and video concerns should be addressed by Amazon itself, not by reviewers.
While you are actually buying the feature, Amazon.com is not the correct place for you to make your introductory foray into move criticdom. There are hundreds of blogs and other sites devoted to just that topic. What I would like to see here is a review of the DVD itself: Is it high quality? How's the commentary? Is it worth buying the special edition? Most times I've already seen the film before buying it on DVD so I've made the decision the feature is worth the investment.
"All the audio and video concerns should be addressed by Amazon itself, not by reviewers." I could see your point if this really was the case, but Amazon does not provide much/any information about the DVD content so it is left to reviewers to provide.
I am sooooo tired of it too. The movie's storyline, performers, or even performances are not the critical aspects to be critiqued HERE. The format IS.
Important considerations might be - How is the Blu-Ray picture quality, transfer, and audio when compared to the DVD format? What is the surround audio format.... LPCM, DTS-MA, etc....? Features? Extras?.... and so on.
I will admit that Amazon is terrible about passing on these details - or even realizing the importance of them to those who searching for the information. Just as they ignorantly group reviews to mix them across different media formats - which are actually DIFFERENT and separate products.
I have written customer service asking them to consider such things - and I hope others do as well.
If people are not seriously concerned with the audio and video details they obviously don't understand what the improved format was created to achieve. They are definitely wasting their money to buy Blu-Ray and should instead Buy the DVD, especially if they don't know the difference in the quality or resolution - or if their equipment can not reproduce it. Those who do care will want to know the details. Maybe someday this will be corrected.