I don't know where to put this but I really feel the need to get it off my chest.
When I had a knock on my door yesterday morning and was handed a box that said it came from San Rafael, I squealed with joy and quickly scampered back inside to enjoy my newly acquired treasures. Unfortunately, my happy dance was cut short when I noticed that the Freelance Police DVD was produced by Shout Factory.
Now I'm glad that I own the series, but I definitely would not have purchased it if I had've known that I'd have to sit through a whole bunch of ads before I could watch the DVD I'd stuck in my player.
I know that it sounds petty and I can just skip them or rip the DVD or find some other way to get around it, but the point is that *I shouldn't have to*.
I'm already a paying customer. If they make good products, of course I'm going to look at their entire catalogue. Why should I be subjected to additional advertising after I'd already forked out for something??? Surely that money would be better spent trying to get NEW customers. The brochure inside the DVD case is more than enough (if only in that it provides me with an updated checklist of what not to buy).
This isn't free to air TV. What justification is there for having this junk in there at all?
Why aren't the consumer's needs being thought of here? When I buy a DVD, I want to be able to put it in my drive, click play and sit back to watch without all the advertisements and other bollocks associated with watching TV. That's the *only* reason I buy DVDs, so why aren't I getting what I'm paying for here?
Nothing spoils a romantic movie night quite like having to sit through a huge bunch of loud and annoying ads (with the possible exception of a fire or food poisoning or something). It's nearly as bad as the piracy warnings that only the poor bastards who haven't pirated the damned thing have to sit through, but that's another rant for another time.
I guarantee that if record companies started putting 10 minutes worth of ads on the front of every audio CD they produced, everybody would be crying blue murder, so why is it even remotely acceptable to do it with video products?? Why couldn't this be put in as an item in the main menu rather than something that I have to be assaulted by up EVERY FREAKING TIME?
Steve, TellTale, Nelvana, and whomever else has been involved in getting the DVD out the door, if you're going to use this mob in the future, please please please please please please please make mention of it on the store so we can make more informed purchases (I know the Shout Factory logo is visible in the photo of the set, but it's that small it could be anything).
P.S. Don't buy the Weird Al Show DVD. The ads aren't skippable on that one.