Tuesday, November 16, 2004

DVD Review -- Shrek 2

While I thoroughly enjoyed both Shrek and Shrek 2, I have 2 major gripes...one of which is DVD related.


  1. Can't Skip Promotional Material: The arrogance of Dreamworks has passed to new heights with the introduction of a children's DVD in which you CANNOT SKIP THE PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL. In Disney DVD's, for instance, you can skip promotional material by using the Menu button. In Shrek 2...no dice. Use of the menu button, the chapter skip button, and who knows what else is restricted. Your only option is the fast forward button which conveniently slows back down between the Shark's Tale and Madagascar promotions.

  2. Adult Content: Why must Dreamworks continue to infuse adult content into movies primarily intended for children? In Antz, characters used the word "damn" a few times. The first Shrek movie starts off with Shrek sitting on the toilet, reading a fairy tale after which he says "What a load of...", flushing the toilet at just the appropriate time. Shrek 2 adds to this dubious practice with Pinochio's thong and a "mostly true" maiden amongst other things. If this were promoted as an adult movie, I wouldn't have a problem, but Shrek is clearly marketed to children.



While Shrek 2 is very entertaining, Dreamworks' practices have forced me to seriously consider not supporting their future work.

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