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What's a non-interactive menu?

So I'm looking at the back of a DVD just the other day, and of course everyone's favorite Bonus Feature was proudly displayed as a bullet point: Interactive Menus.

This got me to thinking - what the hell is a NON-interactive menu? Is that just a picture that sits there, while the user uselessly stabs buttons on the remote? Arent all menus, by their very nature, interactive?
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Good point. I think the same thing, but have never though of it before
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Some early DVDs didn't have menus at all. You just put them in and they played the movie.

I kind of miss that.
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Now I have a craving for clam chowder.

DVDs will either have a menu (which can only be described as "interactive") or no menu at all (I think I only have one DVD like that). Maybe it was a "gosh wow!" thing back in 1997, but I really don't think that "interactive menu" even needs to be on the back of the packaging anymore.
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Originally posted by Josh Z
Some early DVDs didn't have menus at all. You just put them in and they played the movie.

I kind of miss that.
Yep, I miss it too. No annoying 5 minute animations with blaring sound or, even worse, trailers. Beetlejuice was one and I think Heat was the same.
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To answer the question truthfully, a non-interactive menu is what you had on Laserdisc. The first chapter of each side of the disc featured a menu that listed all the supplements found on that side and their corresponding chapter number.

Some DVD's that are really just laserdisc ports still feature these menus. The most well known example is Clerks.
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Originally posted by Josh Z
Some early DVDs didn't have menus at all. You just put them in and they played the movie.

I kind of miss that.
That was beautiful. I miss it too.
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My favorite "special feature" I've ever seen was one DVD: "digital transfer". Cause you know, I hate it when I buy a DVD and it turns out to be analog.
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I still dig FULL SCREEN as a special feature...
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Originally posted by Pants
To answer the question truthfully, a non-interactive menu is what you had on Laserdisc. The first chapter of each side of the disc featured a menu that listed all the supplements found on that side and their corresponding chapter number.
Laserdiscs didn't have menus for the movie portion of the disc. Some supplement discs did have Table of Content still-pages that would display at the beginning of the disc, if that is what you are referring to.
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A non-interactive menu is also known as an "Insert"
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The most useless menu I've seen is on Playboy Mansion Parties- its one option is- PLAY! Why bother to have it at all, just start the damn thing already!!
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Originally posted by Josh Z
Laserdiscs didn't have menus for the movie portion of the disc. Some supplement discs did have Table of Content still-pages that would display at the beginning of the disc, if that is what you are referring to.
That's precisely what I'm referring to. That's why I said:
each side of the disc featured a menu that listed all the supplements found on that side
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