Easter is upon us, which makes it a perfect time to search for hidden “Easter eggs” — and you can do so on your DVDs and Blu-ray Discs.
An “Easter egg” can best be described as a hidden extra planted on many discs in your movie or TV show box set collection. Generally speaking, these are found by pressing the correct sequence of buttons on the remote while in the menu screens, and usually not during the film itself.
Not listed on the back of the box, Easter eggs can be an alternate ending to a film, secret game, blooper reel, celebrity interview or music video.
Many movie studios believe these eggs are a treat for fans of the film who take the time to find them. And of course, these hidden goodies also help to generate word-of-mouth buzz for the disc.
Chances are, you have hundreds of DVDs or Blu-ray Discs in your collection, so consider eggs a fun excuse to go back to them.
The following are some of our favorite Easter eggs on today’s (and yesterday’s) DVDs and Blu-ray Discs.
Monsters vs. Aliens (DreamWorks Animation)
Pop the disc into your DVD or Blu-ray Disc player and then select the “Ginormous Extras” section.
Once inside, simply tap the Up arrow on your remote and you’ll see the words “Do Not Press!” illuminated. You know what to do — press it.
By doing so, you’ll access an all-new menu screen that leads you to Dreamworks-related movie trailers (How to Train Your Dragon), TV show and DVD ads (Shrek the Halls, Secrets of the Furious Five, The Penguins of Madagascar), video games (Monsters vs. Aliens and Kung Fu Panda World) and a backstage view of Broadway’s Shrek: The Musical.
Self-serving, sure, but fun nonetheless.
Iron Man: Ultimate 2-Disc Edition (Paramount Home Video)
From the main menu on the first DVD, select Special Features. Now highlight the words Main Menu at the bottom of the screen, but don’t press the enter (or select) button just yet. Instead, tap the left arrow button on the remote and a circle in the middle of the tuxedo jacket will become illuminated.
Press enter and enjoy a humorous interview with Marvel’s Stan Lee and Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr. having a good time on the red carpet.
Family Guy: Blue Harvest (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)
A couple of Easter eggs can be found on disc one of this cartoon parody of the iconic sci-fi flick, Star Wars IV: A New Hope.
Our favorite is a nearly three-minute cast and crew table reading of the second Family Guy parody of the Star Wars films (Something, Something Dark Side).
From the main menu, select Options and then highlight the entry “Resume Episode,” but don’t press enter just yet. Instead, tap the left button on your remote and some electrical charges will illuminate. Now press enter to be treated to the entertaining clip.