Thursday, January 10, 2008

Too much detail

Was in the store today and noticed something really annoying on the 52-inch HD displays: the newer DVDs are programmed to take advantage of the ability to sense the size and resolution of the displays. The end result is that Hollywood can cram an insane amount of information (translation: even the studio garbage man gets a credit) into one screen.

The store had the latest Harry Potter DVD in the drive. It had cycled around to where it was waiting for someone to push "Play". No central graphic. Just three columns of credits and disclaimers, with the "Play" button in the border at the bottom of the screen.

Blech!