Double Sided DVDs
By wyllys on Sep 14, 2004
I'm a big fan of netflix, since I started using it a couple of months ago. When I first signed up, I filled up my queue with tons of movies I'd been meaning to watch, but never got around to (or couldn't find at the local rental store). This past weekend, "Das Boot" moved to the top of the list and arrived in my mailbox just in time for weekend viewing. Good thing, too, cuz its a 209 minute movie. Wolfgang Peterson is a very good director, I did not see Troy yet, but I liked the Perfect Storm and some of his other work (The Enemy Mine, In the Line of Fire).
Because its so long, its one of those movies that either has to be split onto 2 discs or put on both sides of the same disc. This one is a double-sided disc. Someone else popped the movie into the machine for me and started it up. I thought the beginning was a bit odd because it just sort of jumped into the action without any opening credits or character introductions or anything, but dismissed it because it was a foreign film and figured maybe it would work out ok later. So, the movie ends about 135 minutes later and I knew something was terribly wrong since it was supposed to be 209 minutes long. Yup, we had watched side 2 and not side 1.
So, I flipped it over and watched the 1st half. Watching the movie in reverse is more than a little annoying. Either way, the movie was great and I highly recommend it, but I wish we had caught the problem in the first place.
So what was my point... oh yeah ... I don't like double-sided DVDs. However, Netflix counts it as 2 movies if you get 2 discs, so I guess a double-sided one is better for rentals like this.