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Fox Removing Special Features from Rental DVD and Blu-ray Movies

Fox Removing Special Features from Rental DVD and Blu-ray MoviesIn the VHS days, rental versions of movies were usually saddled with preview after preview that you'd have to fast-forward through before getting to the main event -- a small penalty for not having to pay full-price to watch it. With the advent of the DVD, and now high-def Blu-ray discs, you're usually just a button-press away from the film itself. Increasingly, however, the real attraction of disc-based movies has become the special features -- deleted scenes, director commentary, blooper reels -- that are currently present on both retail and rental discs. Now, though, Fox wants to put a new penalty for renters in place, by stripping out those special features and restricting them only to the full-price versions that you buy.

For example, Fox's retail DVD copy of recent Oscar darling 'Slumdog Millionaire' will feature the usual selection of deleted scenes, making-of documentaries, and commentaries from those who worked on the film. The rental version, however, will only have the film itself and trailers for other upcoming Fox DVDs -- hardly a fair swap. 'Slumdog' will be the guinea pig for this business experiment along with 'Marley and Me,' also being released on March 31. Different films will feature different sets of features, and it remains to be seen whether this will have the impact Fox must surely be hoping for (more movies bought, fewer rented), but we're fairly certain most Netflix subscribers won't be too pleased to hear this news. [From: Boing Boing Badgets]

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