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Old 01-26-04, 05:39 AM
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Far too many "skip it" DVDs being reviewed

maybe it's just me but DVDtalk should review less of these (say 1 per day) and start reviewing better titles
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Old 01-26-04, 08:20 AM
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Well, we don't necessarily know that a movie-slash-DVD is awful until we see it. I would have thought there would be more complaints about reviews skewing positive since for the most part, the writers choose what they review. It's not a rating I personally use very often, popping up ten times in the past year. I usually have to be pretty disappointed to resort to it, but if I feel it's deserved... I'd love to have nothing but glowing reviews of phenomenal movies/DVDs, but not all of the product out there on store shelves is stellar.

Different reviewers also have different approaches to what those labels mean. I tend to look at "Rent It" not as meaning "hey, you should go out and rent this" so much as "if you're interested, you'd probably be better off with a rental". What I would use as "Rent It" would likely be another reviewer's "Skip It".
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Old 01-26-04, 12:25 PM
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Re: Far too many "skip it" DVDs being reviewed

Originally posted by Canadian Bacon
maybe it's just me but DVDtalk should review less of these (say 1 per day) and start reviewing better titles
I think we'd be better off if movie studios released less DVDs that were worthy of the "Skip It" rating.
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Old 01-26-04, 02:58 PM
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It's all subjective - for instance, I'd recommend And Now Ladies and Gentlemen for a rental. I thought there was a lot to like in the film & dvd but it got a 'skip it'.
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Old 01-27-04, 07:40 PM
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One persons's "skip it" is another person's "must buy". Reviews are so subjective, and differences of opinion are what makes them interesting.

In the case of the aforementioned "And Now Ladies and Gentlemen", I saw the film theatrically, it made my Top 10 for 2003, and I now own the DVD.
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Originally posted by rkndkn
One persons's "skip it" is another person's "must buy". Reviews are so subjective, and differences of opinion are what makes them interesting.
Exactly.
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Re: Re: Far too many "skip it" DVDs being reviewed

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I think we'd be better off if movie studios released less DVDs that were worthy of the "Skip It" rating.
Gotta agree with that.
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Our goal is to be as extensive in our coverage of DVDs as we can. There are literally hundreds of titles you'll only find reviewed on DVD Talk as many of the other sites out there just cherry pick the releases and review the top 10 or 15 DVDs in a given month.

Also, the recent 'wave' of skip its, is probably more reflective of an effort to clean out our backlog towards the end of the year than anything else. For the curious here's the breakdown of the %age of reviews in each rating:

All Reviews By Summary Rating
# Review Type Views
1. Skip It 9.95%
2. Rent It 27.64%
3. Recommended 37.53%
4. Highly Recommended 21.07%
5. DVD Talk Collector Series 3.81%
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