Can we please just stop with the stupid DVD 'editions'?


25th November 2011

We all appreciate a good Director's Cut or an Uncensored Version. Hell, we may even own a Redux or two. But a new trend has been sneaking onto DVD packaging that needs to die in a horrible fire along with several poster gimmicks: specially-named 'editions' that literally don't mean anything.

Hyperbole editions

It's safe to assume this kind of thinking is what started the whole trend. When competing against legitimate extended cuts and so-called 'special' editions, the next logical step is to throw in increasingly more excited words like 'mega' and 'super-doopah-wow'. This also has the adverse effect of suggesting that any other release of the film is shit by comparison.

Release you probably won't see: Philadelphia - Fully Blown Edition
Thematic editions

As if the cover artwork and synopsis on the back isn't enough to tell us what the film is about, we can now be treated to some help from the DVD title as well. Is there a version of Primal Fear that doesn't contain hard evidence? Can we look forward to seeing a 'Circumstantial But We Still Banged Him To Rights' edition of the same film sometime in the future?

Release you probably won't see: Sophie's Choice - Extra Difficult Edition
Plot point editions

Now they're just ruining the films for us. The Immortal Edition of Highlander? What does that even mean? All that tells us is that Connor MacLeod is going to survive the events of this film. Coming soon: The Crying Game - Huge Schlong Edition.

Release you probably won't see: The Human Centipede (First Sequence) - Ass-to-mouth Edition
Dialogue editions

To a certain extent, I can understand using a film's most famous line to promote it on the DVD cover - "Don't call me Shirley", for example is about as close as you can get to a movie catchphrase. But the 'Whatever' edition of Clueless? That's not even close, and it makes me think that the main special feature is a still image of Alicia Silverstone shrugging.

Release you probably won't see: The Artist - "..." Edition
Trying too hard editions

Apparently, if all else fails, go for broke with something that literally has no bearing whatsoever on what the DVD contains. The Totallly Inappropriate edition of Horrible Bosses? Does that mean...I shouldn't buy it? And yes, that is The Fast And The Furious in there again. (*sigh*)

Release you probably won't see: Caligula - Eww That's Your Sister Edition
Just for fun, why not scour your own movie collections and let us know in the comments if you have picked out any offending films? Then throw them in a skip.

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