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DVD Packaging Synopses Should Be More Discreet

23 Mar, 2005 By: Jessica Wolf

I have a small gripe about DVD packaging. It's addressed to those who write the synopses for the back cover art.

I watched Rosemary's Baby for the first time last weekend. Now, I may be behind, but I am also pretty culturally literate, so, of course, I knew the baby in question was, let's say, not exactly a bundle of joy.

But I was reading the back of the DVD while the disc loaded into the player, and the synopsis also informed me that Rosemary's husband had made a deal with the devil.

Now, that I didn't know. And as I watched the movie, thoroughly engaged in the story and the storytelling, I realized that had I not read that, I might not have suspected the husband until right up to the very end. For me, that synopsis was a total spoiler — and it's not the first one I've encountered, especially on older films.

I know, I know. By the time the majority of DVDs come out, many people have already seen the films, know the basic storyline, and that's only truer for a film like Rosemary's Baby that's been around for 40 years or so.

Still, for me, whoever wrote that synopsis ranks right up there with the L.A. Times writer who spoiled the ending of Million Dollar Baby for me this year.

Thanks a lot, you two.

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