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1-Click Blooper Playback for Original Trilogy DVD

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the bezos-probably-holds-a-patent-on-this dept.

Star Wars Prequels 241

John Sheppard writes "Normally you have to jump through cheerios to view Easter eggs on a DVD video, but DVDFILE recently launched a new online app that lets you view the 'bloopers' egg on Star Wars Trilogy Bonus DVD with the click of a mouse. Requirements: Windows, DVD-ROM drive/playback capability, and a copy of the Star Wars Trilogy Bonus DVD. DVDFILE would like feedback on this sort of feature; should we do a lot more eggs?"

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241 comments

D'oh! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11029416)

Mmmmm...cheerios.

Re:D'oh! (-1, Offtopic)

pagerank (838418) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029866)

http://example.com/ [example.com]

Definitely (1)

Tiberius_Fel (770739) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029418)

I think these sorts of things should definitely go on in the future. I look forward to seeing the Star Wars one. :-)

Re:Definitely (2, Interesting)

Umbral Blot (737704) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029513)

Can someone please describe the easter eg and how you would normally get to it. I have seen some dvds where you have to try and select a seemingly innocent graphic or a certain sequence of selections, but to make a service like this I get the feeling that the Star Wars bloopers are much much harder to get to.

Re:Definitely (1)

anotherone (132088) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029599)

I think that this article refers to things in the movie itself, such as the famous "stormtrooper gets hit in the head" scene; or Luke (allegedly) shouting "Carrie" rather than "Leia".

Re:Definitely (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11029657)

or that deleted scene when Leia kissed Luke in Empire Strikes Back, and they went at it like rabbits, right there

...now THAT was an outtake!

I want only one Easter Egg (5, Funny)

9mm Censor (705379) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029419)

Star Wars Kid

Re:I want only one Easter Egg (2, Informative)

DoorFrame (22108) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029557)

I can't get it on the DVD for you, but now you can have it online.

Here you go: Star Wars Kid [rock103.com]

Re:I want only one Easter Egg (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11029882)

People are going to defend it, saying it's funny, but...

I have never watched it and never will - that poor kid went through hell because of this, and he never wanted it made public.

If people can't respect someone's wishes on something like that, I don't know if I can respect them for anything at all.

1st post! (-1, Troll)

Dweebs (528178) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029420)

wow, Im cool now.

ZZzz. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11029421)

The whole series is just one big blooper nowadays.

Re:ZZzz. (4, Funny)

tarunthegreat2 (761545) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029804)

In Soviet Russia, Luke's Father is YOU!
Darth Vader: All your planets are belong us!
Yoda: What you say?
Jabba: HO HO HO!

Re:ZZzz. (1)

djward (251728) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029816)

Right. I thought they made the special edition by putting the bloopers back IN. And then inventing a few more, for good measure.

Two things (5, Interesting)

zegebbers (751020) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029422)

a) it would be nice to have a link to this program... b) did anybody else get (appropriate for this story) "Nothing for you to see here. Please move along." when clicking on 'read more' ?

Re:Two things (4, Informative)

l1nuxpunk (738263) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029493)

It happens for any story if you click on it right away. Just one of slashdot's little bugs.

Anyway, if you give the story a few seconds before trying again, it should be there.

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11029423)

fp

Re:fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11029460)

YOU FAIL IT!

f-f-f-f-f-first post (-1, Troll)

fodi (452415) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029424)

Mod me down and I will become more powerful than you could possible imagine!!!!!

LOL +5 fonnayYYY!!!1one (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11029459)

in a word (5, Insightful)

menace690 (531682) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029425)

yes. Cross platform would be nice though

Linux? Mac? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11029426)

Not everyone has Windows.

Re:Linux? Mac? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11029450)

Thanks for sharing that piece of information with us. I'm sure no-one was aware of that fact.

Re:Linux? Mac? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11029895)

Many people think theres just Windows out there, for example my girlfriend's parents. However when it comes to /. what you say has to be true due to all of the linux/bsd/mac articles.

EVERYONE THAT MATTERS USES WINDOWS (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11029908)

see subject

For the patience impaired (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11029429)

Sounds like a great way to pass around one of these meme type things

what gives? (5, Informative)

majest!k (836921) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029431)

since the submitter didn't provide a link, here it is: http://www.dvdfile.com/software/eggs/trilogy.html

Re:what gives? (4, Funny)

bahamat (187909) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029685)

since the submitter didn't provide a link, here it is: http://www.dvdfile.com/software/eggs/trilogy.html


Not only am I pissed off about the state of Star Wars, the fact that there was even a Star Wars story on /., that I clicked it, found out that this is all about a windows only binary -- not really an easter egg at all, but that link you posted crashes Safari!

Why don't you give me a nice paper cut and pour lemon juice on it?

Re:what gives? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11029891)

Yep -crashes Safari in a nice repeatable manner. What the hell kind of site crashes Safari?

And why the heck is Safari crashing rather than handling it gracefully?

I am disappointed in both the easter egg site AND Apple now...

Uh oh! Does Amazon know about this? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11029433)

Patent infringment. Big time!

Re:Uh oh! Does Amazon know about this? (2, Insightful)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029704)

They should make it 0.999999999 clicks instead to get around the patent.

Re:Uh oh! Does Amazon know about this? (1)

serutan (259622) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029722)

Curse you, Anonymous Coward! You beat me to it.

The link (5, Informative)

krbvroc1 (725200) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029437)

The link is http://www.dvdfile.com/software/eggs/trilogy.html [dvdfile.com]

It requries ActiveX install to work--so only those willing to risk IE need apply.

Re:The link (1, Offtopic)

Capt'n Hector (650760) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029514)

How exactly is this redundant? Stupid mods... (I've got karma to burn.)

Close but no cigarr (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11029580)

It's redundant because post #11029431 [slashdot.org] came before it :-P

Re:Close but no cigarr (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11029640)

Yeah but that person was too lazy too make the link clickable.

Re:Close but no cigarr (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11029681)

Even that got modded redundant. go figure.

Re:Close but no cigarr (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11029728)

Yes. That's the reason I decided to give our "root node" a redundant in return, and at the same time moderate the other comment "underrated".

If we're going to have these "redundant" moderations and apply them to posts posted during the same minute (which I think is wrong -- you've got to think "did this person have a resonable chance of seeing the other post first"?), then it should at least be done fairly;when it comes to redundancy, first is first and later is redundant.

MOD PARENT UP (0, Offtopic)

Richard Allen (213475) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029523)

This is NOT redundant.

RTFA (2, Funny)

Eu4ria (110578) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029438)

How can I RTFA if there isn't one ?

Re:RTFA (1)

EvilCabbage (589836) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029603)

Click the submitters name. He's plugging his own site.

Re:RTFA (3, Funny)

Errtu76 (776778) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029828)

There is, but you have to press Up Down Left Right Left Right A B Start and it'll appear.

What a surprise (2, Funny)

Endor (118065) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029439)

Hmmm. Spend hours trying to get to some neat thing, or trust windows to find it for me? Maybe I better burn a "backup copy " first :)

RTFA?!? Whaaa???? (3, Funny)

illumin8 (148082) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029440)

Normally I'd just pipe up with some nonsense and hope that someone would say RTFA!!! In this case there is no FA! Perhaps a linky or two would be appreciated by those of us that actually like to RTFA.

Absolutely! (1)

davidwr (791652) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029446)

Do it, and tell us how to do it "the hard way."

Re:Absolutely! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11029479)

santa$ make list;lint list > list.out;grep naughty list.out > naughty;grep nice list.out > nice

gee, shouldn't you run:

lint list.out > list.checked.twice

OT: I tried - re: lint (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11029572)

Slashdot limits the length of .signature lines.

I tried several combos, this is the best I could come up with in a short period of time.

-davidwr

Can't watch the trilogy DVDs on Knoppix (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11029452)

As the DVDs are encrypted and Knoppix doesn't include libdvdcss. This madness must stop!!!

Re:Can't watch the trilogy DVDs on Knoppix (1)

Zen Punk (785385) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029697)

Well I suppose you could remaster it and include that library, couldn't you? CD-Rs are 50c nowadays...

Re:Can't watch the trilogy DVDs on Knoppix (1)

krymsin01 (700838) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029902)

But that is too hard, isn't it really? I mean, this poster wants something to make watching dvd easter eggs easier than clicking a remote a few times or going to some website because they couldn't figure it out for their selves.

normally? (5, Insightful)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029462)

almost any dvd player program on computer lets you choose what you want to watch from the disc(chapter by chapter wise.. i remember watching matrix dvd extras by this way.. waayyyyyy back.)

so those extras have ALWAYS been a click away on pc.

nice advert...

Re:normally? (2, Interesting)

Flamesplash (469287) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029512)

On the first Harry Potter DVD they made you go through this 'game' of which was really just going through the extras menu's in a certain way to get to the deleted scene's, it was quite involved about 10 steps, apparantly you can just hit back chapter on the DVD though and it wraps to the end where the menu for the deleted scenes is. Nice little trick that doesn't seem to work so much on others.

Re:normally? - No, Not Normally. (3, Informative)

CB-in-Tokyo (692617) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029687)

Easter Eggs are a different story. Easter eggs are hidden and not normally accessible unless you do certain click patterns. The Matrix extras were not hidden.

Try putting the Star Wars DVD in a regular player and see if you can find this easter egg.

Can't you do this yourself? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11029465)

Just by going through the tracks? I know Media Player Classic allows me to select any track on a DVD and play it. No need to hunt through menus.

Oh, for Pete's Sake (2, Interesting)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029469)

Active-X control required? So now we're giving websites direct control of our hardware? All yours, kid.

Surely there's a standard cutlist format that can reference a VIDEO_TS folder?

Re:Oh, for Pete's Sake (1)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029836)

"Active-X control required? So now we're giving websites direct control of our hardware?"

Yeah!! They should use stand-alone apps which are inherently very secure!

Re: Original Trilogy (0, Troll)

Saeed al-Sahaf (665390) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029472)

Stories like this confirm that Slashdot is the "new" FuckedCompany. Now, being nothing more than a weak parody of itself, Slashdot has sunk to the level of reporting on the soap operas of dying tech companies. The user commentary often eclipses the grammatical and intellectual level of the "editors", but al too often both sink to juvenile pitter patter centered of social status pecking orders. Like I said: Slashdot is the New FuckedCompany.

Re: Original Trilogy (0)

Demonspunk (832469) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029905)

How come people like to whine on here about a site they are currently visiting? If you don't like Slashdot than bugger off and stop being a whiner. Besides this part is usually for comments about the current news topic. Not for voicing your /. bias.

Link (0, Redundant)

fred911 (83970) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029473)

Here's 1 click [dvdfile.com] [slashdot.org] Make it easier

And finding this "app".... (1)

dameron (307970) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029475)

is how much less likely than finding out about these "easter eggs" via web search...

Hrmm....

I suppose a slashdot submission is in order...

-dameron

Manual (5, Informative)

cuteseal (794590) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029484)

For those interested in doing it the manual way: http://movieweb.com/dvd/eggs/egg.php?upc=024543123 415

Re:Manual (4, Informative)

thatnerdguy (551590) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029601)

for the lazy:
Clicky [movieweb.com]

timothy (0, Offtopic)

Omniscientist (806841) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029495)

I understand, I am without coffee tonight too. Sometimes stuff slips by without me noticing.

Sooo... (1)

dextroz (808012) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029497)

...finally, peoples hunt for the (hidden) Star Wars (Kid) is over?

IE Plug-in (5, Informative)

zev1983 (792397) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029499)

You want us /.ers to use Internet Explorer to use the features on your site? Not only use, but install an ActiveX plug-in for... I like easter eggs, and I'd like you to keep up your work, but I've buried IE so far down in my menus I sometimes forget where it is... And what about us Linux users? A platform independent plug-in would be nicest. I only use IE for Windows Update and online virus scans through trendmicro.com, that's all, and that's not going to change.

My first first post, I think...

Re:IE Plug-in (1)

dextroz (808012) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029510)

...you'd think people would just pipe-down and take the free stuff...

I've got an Elf Bowling game you can "just take" (3, Informative)

b00m3rang (682108) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029838)

for free! What, you don't trust some random stranger on the internet? Many of us don't, and many of us don't get viruses or spyware.

Re:IE Plug-in (2)

Enahs (1606) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029743)

AFAIK (don't have either mplayer or xine installed on this box, sorry) it's title 38, chapter 1, at least according to my DVD player.

Linux and MacOS users should have no problem going down the quick and easy path with mplayer...

Yes (4, Funny)

Valiss (463641) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029505)

should we do a lot more eggs?

Yes.

Why was that so hard?

this calls for eggscruciating puns! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11029826)

You didn't expect it to go over easy, did you?

Found the link! (4, Informative)

Omniscientist (806841) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029507)

Actually "John Sheppard" at the beginning of the submission is the link...very cleverly hidden! Almost like an easter egg itself!

Re:Found the link! (2, Interesting)

DrewCapu (132301) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029833)

Congratulations.

You have shown that you are worthy of a more challenging set of puzzles.

Do not pass Go. Instead, go directly to http://deathball.net/notpron/ [deathball.net]

Yes (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11029522)

Next story please.

you knew it was coming (1)

aardwolf204 (630780) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029532)

In Soviet Russia easter egg finds you!

But seriously folks, only old Koreans use easter eggs.

Time to check Groklaw (0)

sharkey (16670) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029533)

Has Amazon sued DVDFILE yet?

Easy (2, Informative)

skyman8081 (681052) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029536)

Just go to title 36 on the bonus DVD.

No messing with pressing 1138 on the remote, something that has never worked for me.

Title 38 (2, Informative)

skyman8081 (681052) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029667)

My bad, It's the last title on the disc, which is 38, not 36.

no thanks (2, Funny)

phreakv6 (760152) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029548)

...should we do a lot more eggs?

no thanks.. am vegetarian..

Re:no thanks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11029638)

Not funny, my friend. Sorry.

Re:no thanks (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11029718)

Actually, most vegetarians allow themselves to eat eggs. I'm a vegetarian, and I occasionally eat eggs, cheese and drink milk.
Vegans, however, do not.

Oh, unless you said veggetarian?

Re:no thanks (1)

Skadet (528657) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029840)

Sorry, but nobody likes a vegetarian! [bustedtees.com]

Disclaimer: not an affiliate

Re:no thanks (0, Flamebait)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029852)

"no thanks.. am vegetarian.."

He don't eat meat, but he sure likes the bone.

Hmmm... (0, Redundant)

Oliver Aaltonen (606410) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029549)

A link [dvdfile.com] would be nice.

Unusable DVD Menus (2, Insightful)

Doomstalk (629173) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029568)

I'd really love this for DVDs with virtually unnavigable menus. For example, it takes a lot of work to get to any of the special features on the Memento Special Edition DVD set (or the movie itself if you miss/lose the post-it note it comes with) because they thought it would be cute to test your memory to get to everything. Or, as is the case of the first Harry Potter DVD, when they make you play inane games every time you want to see a particular feature. Can you guys do stuff for that?

Re:Unusable DVD Menus (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11029903)

Don't rub it in - for those of us who picked up the region 4 Memento DVD, we got no special features... not even the Region 1/2 one where you could play the movie through in normal chronological order... Very sucky.

Now I have to hunt down a Special Edition or order a US version in...

Re:Unusable DVD Menus (1)

TiggsPanther (611974) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029916)

Or, as is the case of the first Harry Potter DVD, when they make you play inane games every time you want to see a particular feature.

I really hated that. It's bloody annoying if I want to check the missing scenes. Great idea in theory, but a real bastard of a chore in practice.

Why would they pull crappy stunts like that?

Good feature not my cup of tea. (1)

wormeyman (797562) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029589)

The fact that i have to use internet explorer to me is not the greatest idea. Secondly i refuse to install the interactual player when my dvd-drive came with better software and yet i still prefer Media Player Classic [sourceforge.net] for dvd playback. Awesome concept the fact that i have to install software to get it to work is not that great.

My verdict: keep it but realize that some of us refuse to install software for that functionality.

Re:Good feature not my cup of tea. (1)

Eric(b0mb)Dennis (629047) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029854)

Shut the fuck up you insensitive clod!

Read the fucking article!

Oh.. wait

Link to the article.. (1, Insightful)

EvilCabbage (589836) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029615)

Here you go [dvdfile.com]

At least, I assume that's what this story is all about, if so I can live without it.

I don't want, nor need your stinking IE plugins.

LAME! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11029621)

One day, I will figure out a way to mod stories down to prevent the common /.er from viewing such lameness.

In the meantime, I'll settle for taking advantage of my subscription to ensure I never see this story, or my post, again!

Litigation! (2, Funny)

obeythefist (719316) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029635)

Doesn't this violate the DMCA in some way? LucasArts make some very cool stuff but they can be very litigous. I wouldn't be surprised at all if the suits start bristling at this and the letters start flying.

Despite the fact that you're accessing the content on a DVD you purchased for the sake of accessing the content on it.

but... (1)

Anubis350 (772791) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029644)

but tracking down the eggs is part of the coolness of it, or at least knowing where in general it is but needing to find it.....

I actually enjoy the whole bit of getting to the easter egg, it makes it that much more rewarding to watch it, without being hidden they're just more extra material on the disc. Its the same as easter eggs in software, part of the neatness of it is simply that its hidden there

Re:but... (3, Insightful)

Omniscientist (806841) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029789)

Very true, I hardly consider something an easter egg if it's as easy as pressing down on the remote a couple times and...ooh looky there I guess I can select the person's eyeball...ooh a hidden menu?

If you remember those old easter eggs in old versions of excel (where you could fly around), the way to get to those easter eggs wasn't very easy and IMO would be basically impossible to discover without looking it up on the web. So I can't say that they've made this specific egg way too hard to find.

In a word, Yes (2, Insightful)

LardBrattish (703549) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029659)

If I'm paying for a movie I want to be able to get to all of the functionality any time I want and not have to mess around to access hidden features. It's "fun" maybe once to a certain kind of person - I'm not interested in the puzzle aspect, just get me to the Bytor 'toon NOW dammit!

win (2, Interesting)

torrents (827493) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029678)

is windoze a necessary evil to unlock the goodness of starwars? (without wasting massive amounts of time)

Spend time making better movie, not better eggs. (1)

voxel (70407) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029696)

Seriously.

I got one click access too... (1)

Teddy Beartuzzi (727169) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029769)

I just removed all the hoop jumping code and made it a direct link when I burned my own copy.

And it always nice to get rid of prolonged FBI warnings, etc.

This'll be a fairly big file (2, Funny)

Nine Tenths of The W (829559) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029819)

I mean, Jar Jar's in a lot of scenes

cheerios? (1, Funny)

Skadet (528657) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029825)

"Brian, there's a message in my alpha-bits! It says, 'ooooooo'!!"

"Peter, those are cheerios."

Where's the Egg that makes Han shoot first? (2, Funny)

rsilvergun (571051) | more than 9 years ago | (#11029915)

What, this far into a Starwars thread and nobody's made a "Han shoots first" crack? Come 'on /., I'm disappointed.
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