In 1997, a product was released that would do what nothing (not Betamax, Laserdisc, nor various projector systems) seemed to be capable of: conquering the VCR/VHS system. This product was the DVD (Digital Video or Digital Versatile Disc). As soon as it hit stores in the United States, it was bought at unpredictable rates and with its superior visual and audio capabilities, it soon after replaced VHS as the leading medium for home movie viewing. The DVD was popular from its start, but certain changes in production and development made it even more profitable. The invention and distribution of the DVD created a large influx of money to the media business, largely due to the selling of various re-releases and special editions, especially the Criterion Collection, which gained popularity by offering many updated special features (which DVD buyers completely demand today) such as extra footage, making-of specials, and audio commentaries.
[...] Some also introduce the deleted scenes special features, and explain why they felt it was important that it was, or was not in the film. Good examples of this are Alexander Payne's commentary on Election, and Peter Verehoeven's Robocop (Parker and Parker, p. 16). Directors are not the only ones who provide interesting and useful commentary. At times, other members of the crew, for example cinematographers and screenwriters, can lend their insights as well. It is rather common lately, for directors to do their commentaries with the star of the film, or at times many stars. [...]
[...] propose new digital video disc format) (Electronics)." Popular Science 246.n4 (April 1995): 46(1). InfoTrac OneFile. Thomson Gale. University of Arizona Library Apr
[...] one type would only work on a specific player and another type would only work on a different player etc.). (Roberts, p. 42) Hollywood was also afraid of possible pirating, and foreign markets. They were worried about the possibility of Americans sending their friends in foreign countries copies of DVDs before they hit stores in that particular country. For this reason they wanted to implant region restrictions, meaning that only DVDs sold in France would work on French players, DVDs sold in Germany on German players, etc. [...]
[...] 54) The incredible quality in both sound and video quality are due mainly to the technology of the lasers that DVD players use to read the discs. According to Michael Antonoff's article it is the new type of laser used in the DVD player that makes such a difference. The wavelength is quite a bit shorter which makes it easier for it to focus on smaller pits. Having smaller pits allows the DVD to carry more pits in total: Another factor also affects the number of pits that can be placed on a disc. [...]
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