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What DVD is a monthly magazine that concentrates on reviewing films, priced at £4.99. New releases are reviewed in some depth, each taking up a page. All are done to a standard format - price, certificate, who stars, the plot and their verdict. A number of screen shots are shown as well as a very usefull "disc features" category. This lists the features that are included such as interviews, sound and picture formats. With most DVD's costing around the £20 mark it's important to know what you're buying and what extras are included. Existing releases are given a half page, to the same format. All are well written and tell you what you need to know about the film - without spoiling the plot. Advertising is spread throughout the magazine in the right proportion. The adverts shown support the features i.e. film adverts are shown alogside reviews, machine & hardware shown alongside the product reviews at the back of the magazine. The back of the magazine has a number of pages of previous film reviews in a listing format, these make for quick reference. Also they have a hardware guide with reviews organised in price brackets. Bullet points and a overall rating give a good starting point for choosing a player. Overall a well written magazine offering the film enthusiast a lot of information on the latest releases, for the rest of us a good occassional buy to keep up to date.
As i know absolutely nothing about DVD players and am keen to aquire one, i thought i would set about buying a magazine to try and find out more about them. I purchased DVD Buyer which is a complete DVD hardware buyers guide. Reasonably priced at £3.99 it contains information on lots of different makes of DVD players from the likes of Sony, Phillips, Hitachi, Sharp and Pioneer to name but a few. The magazine goes in alphabetical order and each DVD player has either 1 or 2 pages to itself providing you with information on the features the machine has, if it is multi-region, dolby sound etc. and they test various films on the machines and the pictures taken from them are printed here too, alongside with the rating out of ten they give them. The magazine lists a whole range of suppliers and prices and i have found it very informative and useful as basically i hadn't a clue about the capabilities of DVD until reading it! Definitely worth buying if you are looking to purchase a DVD player.
This is in my opinion the best monthly DVD magazine, it has a good latest news section and regular reviews of all the latest new DVD’s (both region 1 and 2). It also reviews the latest DVD hardware and has regular features on such subjects as setting up a home cinema, regional coding, chipping players and when blockbuster films come to our favourite silver disc, running a special feature on them. The only downside to this magazine is the fact that lately they have been including a cover disc of previews for up and coming DVD releases on the cover and consequently charging more than the normal £3.25 for the magazine. I can’t agree with this as the disc only amounts to extra adverts and I think the DVD companies should shoulder the cost of these adverts, not the magazine readers. Luckily this extra cost can be avoided by taking out a quarterly subscription at £7 every three month’s which represents excellent value for money.