Digital Easter Egg Hunt: Uncover Hidden Secrets in Your Favorite DVDs

uncover hidden secrets in your favorite dvds blu ray eggs

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.

Say, what?

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.

uncover hidden secrets in your favorite dvds monsters vs aliensMonsters 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.

uncover hidden secrets in your favorite dvds iron man ultimateIron 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.

uncover hidden secrets in your favorite dvds family guy blue harvestFamily 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.

Mobile

How to switch from iPhone to Android: The ultimate guide

If you've decided to bridge the great tech divide and leave Apple's walled garden for the unknown shores of Android, then you'll find all the tips and advice you need to begin switching from an iPhone to an Android device.
Home Theater

The best Dolby Atmos movies for your home theater sound as good as they look

If you've got your hands on some sweet Dolby Atmos gear, the next step is to find films that take advantage of it. These are our picks in every genre for the best Dolby Atmos movies currently available on Blu-ray and streaming services.
Computing

Don't know what to do with all your old DVDs? Here's how to convert them to MP4

Given today's rapid technological advancements, physical discs are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Check out our guide on how to convert a DVD to MP4, so you can ditch discs for digital files.
Gaming

How to delete games on your PS4

PlayStation 4 games eat up storage space quickly, which will inevitably require you to make room for new games. Here's how to delete and reinstall games on PS4 for those times when you have to manage your storage space.
Computing

Heal your wrist aches and pains with one of these top ergonomic mice

If you have a growing ache in your wrist, it might be worth considering changing up your mouse for something ergonomic. But which is the best ergonomic mouse for you? One of these could be the ticket to the right purchase for you.
Home Theater

Set your ears free with the best completely wireless earbuds

If you can't stand the tangle of cords, or you're just excited about completely wireless earbuds, you're going to need some help separating the wheat from the chaff. Our list serves up the best true wireless earbuds around.
Emerging Tech

The best 3D printers of 2018

On the hunt for a new 3D printer? We've got your back. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned veteran, this list of the best 3D printers has what you're looking for.
Home Theater

From the Roku Ultra to the Fire TV Cube, these are the best streaming devices

There are more options for media streamers than ever, so it’s more difficult to pick the best option. But that’s why we're here. Our curated list of the best streaming devices will get you online in no time.
Home Theater

Block the outside world, tune into your own with the best in-ear headphones

Over-the-ear headphones offer top-flight sound, but they're not so easy to take along with you. If you're looking to upgrade your portable sound, check out our favorite in-ear headphones -- there's a model for every user and every budget.
Home Theater

These awesome A/V receivers will swarm you with surround sound at any budget

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to shopping for a receiver, so we assembled our favorites for 2018, at multiple price points and all loaded with features, from Dolby Atmos to 4K HDR, and much more.
Computing

Need a monitor for professional photo-editing? These are the very best

Looking for the best monitor for photo editing? You'll need to factor in brightness, color accuracy, color gamut support and more. Fortunately, we've rounded up the best ones for you, to help you make an educated purchase.
Wearables

The best Wear OS watches

There are a ton of different Wear OS watches out there, but which one's right for you? No matter what you're looking for from a smartwatch, here are the best Wear OS watches out there.
Emerging Tech

Sick of walking everywhere? Here are the best electric skateboards you can buy

Thanks for Kickstarter and Indiegogo, electric skateboards are carving a bigger niche than you might think. Whether you're into speed, mileage, or something a bit more stylish, here are the best electric skateboards on the market.
Outdoors

Snooze soundly anywhere you lay your head with the best sleeping bags

A proper sleeping bag has the ability to make or break a camping or backpacking trip. Here are our picks for the best sleeping bags on the market to help you choose the correct bag for any type of outdoor adventure.
1 of 2