Now that Miranda’s bed time has moved up (since she no longer takes naps at daycare), we’ve finally been able to watch movies not suitable for 5-year-olds. We usually can’t finish a whole movie in a single night, and most evenings we watch various Food Network programs that we’ve recorded instead of movies, but at least we finally get to watch movies some of the time.

The most striking one we’ve seen recently is The Singing Detective. Which isn’t actually a movie: it’s a BBC TV series, and is quite unlike anything else I’ve seen. Skin disease, alternation between fantasy and reality, hallucinations, music (frequently at inappropriate times, though not so inappropriate as in some movies). For the first two or three (out of six) episodes, I didn’t really know what to think, but it all comes together quite nicely at the end.

So why do DVD’s feel compelled to include extras after extras? Books never include extras; CD’s include a little booklet, but it’s hardly the same thing. Personally, I basically never look at the extras of DVDs – why would I want to do that instead of, say, watching the movie? (Or watching a different movie.) I guess it matters to people who are big fans of the movie in question, though, and it’s a relatively low-cost addition (at least compared to the cost of making the movie itself…)

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