DVD Knocks on Death's Door31 May, 2005 By: Holly J. Wagner
It's no secret that content providers, whether mainstream or niche programming, are providing enough information and entertainment on DVD for the format to take users from the cradle to the grave. But methinks some folks are getting a little carried away…
A couple of recent news items grabbed my attention. One was about one of those video transfer companies that puts your photos or video clips on DVD -- for a fee, of course. Play It Again Video, in the Boston area, has created “video legacies” for about 30 families saying goodbye to their dearly (and recently) departed.
According to an article in the Boston Globe, “some funeral directors are repositioning themselves as event managers and looking for new sources of revenue, such as videos.”
Obviously, these are not the kinds of fare you run down to the corner to rent, but apparently the trend is away from more somber funerals and toward events that are a bit more like sendoff parties.
And the fun doesn't have to stop after the weeping eulogies. The Tobin Brothers Funeral Parlor in Melbourne, Australia, offers a hearse with a minibar, coffee machine and DVD for the mourners. I guess after you choose which beverage to cry in, you can watch a three-hanky movie on the way to the graveyard. The “family funeral bus” holds 12 mourners and a casket -- and adds $400 to the funeral expenses.
Not that I'm in any hurry, but now there's just one more “afterlife planning” issue to think about. I plan to be cremated anyway, so maybe I'll start planning now and by the time I go, the family can just videoconference in for the parting remarks.