My life is now complete.
With Easter coming up fast, the one thing on people’s minds is chocolate. Then it’s chocolate eggs. But for those who aren’t fans of consuming a chocolate egg the size of your head, other gifts like DVDs can be given out. But wait, what’s inside that DVD? An Easter egg!
Non-edible (though trying to would be worth seeing) but oh so delish are the secrets towed away on DVDs. This is a neat little way to give an extra clip or blooper to those who pay attention enough on a title’s DVD menu.
It could be finding a little icon that appears when you highligh it, or not touching a button for two minutes. Some are inventive, some are not.
Wait, click DinoCo, and get goodies.
Easter eggs started back in the days of Atari video games, specifically in the 1979 game Adventure. Warren Robinett was the programmer who slipped in his name in a secret room that was accessible via an invisible pixel that essentially was just as hard to figure out as the game would have been back in the day.
Since then, there have been a plethora of easter eggs hidden everywhere. Let’s be honest, finding a chocolate egg hidden behind the couch isn’t as satisfying as getting a two minute edit of all the swear words in Snatch.
I’ve collected some of the best Easter eggs hidden away on DVDs, for your eventual enjoyment.
The handy algorithm
Worth the wait – Futurama
The alien code shown in a secret button turns out to be a message that can be solved by an algorithm. After translating it, you’ll see something like:
“This DVD includes a specially encoded easter egg which you are now meticulously translating from an alien language, because you have no life and are a compulsive nerdlinger. How sad. It’s especially sad if you don’t speak English, and you have to translate the alien language into English and then into your own tongue, and you come across a word like nerdlinger, which really isn’t a word at all, but still aptly describes someone who would actually translate such a word, twice…” (It goes on)
Timing is the key - Independence Day
You’ll need to play with the main menu, and keying in the ’7′, ’4′ and the Enter button that flashes on screen at the Data Console as quick as you can on the main menu will get you in the ship. Here you’ll get randomly played clips of the fake news service. The code relates to the dates in the movie, so trying 73 and 72 will give you the ability to browse these clips instead of the random occurence.
I <3 Lucas -dialogue
From one bad flick to another – Star Wars series
As much as the new ones hurt diehard fans, the Easter egg hunters who were clever enough to type in the numbers ’11′, ’3′ then ’8′ (a shoutout to George Lucas’ THX 1138 film), you’ll be rewarded with outtakes, gag reels, Yoda doing a bit of hip-hop and so on.
Play it right, Sam – Memento
If you haven’t seen Memento, then you won’t know about the movie’s editing style, playing events in reverse to reveal Guy Pearce’s character short-term memory. Well the Easter egg on this DVD sets it straight by playing the flick in proper chronological order.
Easter egg in an Easter egg - Doctor Who (10th) Series 3, Disc 4
‘Blink’ was a freaky episode that followed Sally and her friend’s brother Larry putting together 17 easter eggs hidden on random DVDs. Put together, they were actually a message made by The Doctor to send the TARDIS to 1969 to save the Doctor and Martha from being trapped. The easter egg on this DVD is the unedited version of these codes, and with the transcript printed from the internet, you can re-enact the scene in the same fashion as one would do at home wanting to act a little strange with the TV.
Taking It Literally - American Pie 2
Highlight and click the words ‘Bonus Materials’ on the second page of said section, and the actors throw eggs at the screen. Jerks…I was hoping to get something nice, but noooooo!
Hard to notice at first – Fight Club
FBI Warning at the start of the DVD is actually a message if you read it, by Tyler himself. He’ll rip into you a little for reading it, of course:
“Do you read everything you’re supposed to read? Do you think everything you’re supposed to think? Buy what you’re told you should want? Get out of your apartment. Meet a member of the opposite sex. Stop the excessive shopping and masturbation. Quit your job. Start a fight. Prove you’re alive. If you don’t claim your humanity you will become a statistic. You have been warned…….Tyler.”
A little mean – Mallrats
Kevin Smith rips into you for seeking an Easter egg. Somehow I’m feeling kinda miserable for looking for these.
Creepiest – The Ring
You can watch the deadly tape the whole way through. Just don’t watch it at a time where someone will phone you. *Shudder*
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