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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: April 10, 2009 @ 9:00 pm

    Easter egg hunting the non-traditional way

    Ciara O'Brien

    Sick of sugar laden chocolate treats? I know. As IF. But if you fancy a breather, Xtravision has brought out a list of alternative Easter eggs – the ones found hiding in games and DVD movies.

    Personally, I don’t have the patience to root out the extra content in either – short attention span, you see. But if someone hands me a list (and a handy step by step guide on how to actually get to them) I won’t say no. It might take me several weeks to work my way around to it though. I’m lazy like that.

    Top of Xtravision’s list for hidden content in games is Wanted: Weapons of Fate,  which has extra levels, characters and game modes that can unlocked by entering in codes found in the  DVD version of the film Wanted. Two thumbs up for not only using a bit of imagination, but also making sure that people who get the PS3 or Xbox 360 game will rent or even buy the DVD. (Unless the codes make their way online, of course.)

     Xtravision’s top DVDs for hidden content are:

    1. Rocky (25th Anniversary Special Edition) – Sylvester Stallone interviews Rocky

    2. Spider-man (Two Disc Special Edition) – Doc Oc singing Fiddler on the Roof

    3. Moulin Rouge (Special Edition) – a hidden ‘gag’ reel

    4. X-Men – practical joke scene

    5. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – Dominic Monaghan plays a practical joke on Elijah Wood.

    6. Star Wars Trilogy Box Set – Blooper reel from all three films.

    7. The Godfather Trilogy – A clip from The Sopranos

    8. Gladiator - A script of one scene, plus test CGI footage. 

    9. Amelie (Two Disc Special Edition) – Picture-postcards from the gnome’s travels.

    10. American Pie 2 – Jason Biggs, Tommy Ian Nicholas and Mena Suvari throwing eggs at the camera.

    Why that last one made it on to the list, I have no idea.

    • Mully says:

      First time reader, first time poster.

      Hmm, Reading that list, there seems to be an obvious reason as to why these are hidden features !

    • Kynos says:

      You’d wonder do these apparently fripparious trifles have a further purpose in copyright protection? I wonder do counterfeit versions have them? Could be useful in proving a case (or alternatively in some future tech scenario instructing a Blu-Ray or DVD player that this is a genuine item and thusly may be played? Region codes already mean that the entirely genuine DVD collection I bought – mostly from amazon.com in the US – during years I lived away from Europe can now only play on my Mac (and only after I reflashed the drive myself with pre-2000 and pre-DRM firmware. It would strike me that the easter egg feature bears some potential for enhanced copyright protection.

    • Kynos says:

      Dunno just guessing wildly never bought a counterfeit dvd or cd in my life (well, one, Metallica, I bought it on holiday in greece one year in symbolic protest against something they did and then threw it away without ever playing it just wanted to make a gesture)