Hey! DVD makers! Yeah, you! I know none of you read this blog or even know of its existence, but maybe somebody somewhere reads this and has a fifth cousin who works with a man who has an uncle that knows the postman who delivers mail to the neighbor of a sister who knows a person who is in charge of making DVDs.
Can you please do me a favor? It's a small one, and easy to do.
Can you please include a 2.0 option on your audio? It would be so nice of you. Not everyone can afford a blue-ray player, or a hi-def TV, or even more than the two goddamn speakers most televisions come with. So, when watching a film on DVD, it's kinda nice to be able to actually hear the movie, you know? And that's hard to do when your only option is 5.1 or worse.
Typical movie in 5.1, as watched by me:
Turn movie on.
People talk, dialogue exchanged in flick.
Turn TV up. Way up. Can still barely make out dialogue.
An explosion in the movie! Gunfire! Screams! Shouts!
Fumble for remote to turn TV down so as not to blow out small speakers.
People talk. Dialogue not heard. Turn TV back up. Way up. Reverse DVD to hear what was missed.
Explosion! Screams! Gunfire!
Turn TV down.
Apologize to neighbor, banging on the wall of the apartment.
Dialogue. Turn TV back up.
Does that sound like much fun to you? Well, it's not to me.
So please, please, put a 2.0 option on every DVD. Why it's not standard, I don't know. But it would be greatly appreciated!