Petty Hates : Blu-Ray Reviews

For the first time in a long time this week, I bought a blu-ray.

I bought Liverpool FC’s Season Review.  I wouldn’t do this on a yearly basis, but it was a good season in which Liverpool won the Champions League.  The main reason, though, was that it offered a full replay of the one of the best matches I’ve been to, when Liverpool beat Barcelona 4-0 at Anfield.  I was at the game, but I’d quite like to watch it again without the tension!

Obviously that’s a fairly polarising title and, with football being the way it is, one expected the reviews to a little, well, off subject.

However, my petty hate is actually something which I feel I’m probably I’m alone on and will have to stay with me as this sort of medium starts its slow decent in to the past.

Because my biggest problem with looking at Blu-Ray reviews was the number of people reviewing the film when I’m not entirely convinced that that’s the product.

For example:

This is a review of Trainspotting.  I know what it’s about, and that’s why I might think about getting the Blu-Ray.  By the way, I should add that I actually wasn’t looking at buying this, but it was the first film that came to mind that might be contentious!

This person has been very helpful saying that it’s not for them, but without saying who they are I can’t really form an opinion.

But the main thing is that they’ve said nothing about the product they’re buying that I won’t know.  What are the extras like? Are there sound issues? Is it the edit from the cinema or have scenes been cut meaning that I might need to look for a different product.  That’s what I want to know.

One wouldn’t, for example, buy a pan and leave a review saying that their spaghetti bolognese was lovely.  You’d mention build quality and how easy it is to clean.  So why not do that when reviewing a Blu-Ray?

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