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Sunday, January 30, 2011

I am Menu Challenged.

Hi. My name is Marion W. and I am menu challenged.

I saw Black Swan last night, and I remembered the time I watched my first Aronofsky film, Requiem for a Dream. When I put the Requiem for a Dream DVD into my DVD player to watch it, I thought something was wrong with my machine because it showed the ad for that game show from the movie on the disc's Main Menu and the picture was all snowy. I thought my machine had turned itself off and my TV was on, all snowy. I turned my machine off and on 4 times and I kept taking the disc out and putting it back in again. After the fourth time, I caught on that every time I turned it back on, I was seeing the exact same scene with the exact same line being repeated, so wait a minute, maybe this was not my TV, and oh yeah, I didn't have a TV antenna anymore, I had cable, so even if my machine had have turned itself off, the TV would be playing clearly, not all snowy.

On another occasion, I wasted about 45 minutes trying to figure out how to navigate the Main Menu when I went to watch the DVD of Memento. The menu had all these multiple choice psychological questions at the beginning and I couldn't figure out how to get around them and just play the movie! Nothing was straightforward about it. I tried everything!! I finally thought to Google "navigating the Memento main menu", got some basic instructions from my search results, and had it all figured out within about thirty seconds.

I am menu challenged.


Fan of Marion said...

I hate dvd players and remote controls, I too am menu challenged. Maybe it is the water in Huntingdon.

Anonymous said...

9 months later:

I bought it, settled down to watch it...then thought; "Damn, I have a defective DVD" Took it out...put it in again..same thing...finally, I thought "hey, maybe this is the way it's supposed to be." Sure enough, it was.

Aside, the movie is excellent. Probably in my top 10 of all time.

JAW fan