Long before the advent of DVD and the internet, information about rare films was generally limited to Leonard Maltin film guides and specialty video stores. As a result, collectors searching for out-of-print copies of Re-Animator or Piranha that the local Blockbuster didn't carry resorted to raiding antique shops and thrift stores, hoping to stumble upon a dead man's bounty.
So when DVD came, and so many films thought long lost were suddenly getting released, emotions were mixed. The sudden availability was thrilling, but consequently, a collector's pastime was going extinct.
Studios did what they could to cater to collectors, but a lot of it was shameless pandering. It was bad enough we had to suffer through the explanation plastered on every DVD why the letterbox format was superior to pan and scan.
One of the earliest little "bonuses" they thought would appeal to us on this new technology were Easter Eggs. Surely, after years of searching for a copy of the film and wanting to learn all we could about the process of making it, all that was missing was the opportunity to futz about with a remote for ten minutes to get a thirty second deleted scene.
They still pop up on blu rays, but they're few and far between. Of what we managed to find, here are some worth tracking down, some cautionary tales and some that are just downright odd.
Kenny Hedges is carbon-based.
So I suppose a simple top 5 in no order will do: Halloween, Crimes and Misdemeanors, L.A. Confidential, Billy Liar, Blow Out
He has his own website - thefilmreal.com - and is always looking for new writers with differing views to broaden the discussion.