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Variable length children's DVDs

Set the length of our children's entertainment
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Sometimes my children want to watch a DVD, but I don't know how long it goes on for and I might want them to do something else at a certain time later, such as go to bed, or lay the table. On these occasions it would be helpful to set the length of the DVD. For example, I might play "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" but specify that it should take exactly one and half hours. The DVD software would speed up some scenes by a tiny amount, make all edits in the film just a tiny bit tighter, and drop those scenes which have been marked in the meta-data as least important to the plot.

It might also be fun to use this system to see what a 10-minute version of say, "The Lion King" looks like or to see a three-hour version of "The Incredibles" (with slowed-down action and added-in deleted scenes).

hippo, Dec 05 2005

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       I like this.   

       The Shawshank Redemption has a feature that allows one to choose a subplot to watch. A similar approach could be used for the kids films.
Jinbish, Dec 05 2005

       Flips over dvd box, yep, "Run Time: 147 minutes"
skinflaps, Dec 05 2005

       I'm not sure about the minute speeding-up or slowing down of scenes, but I like the idea of being able to choose different edits from the same disk. [+]
st3f, Dec 05 2005

       Or if you are really pushed for time:
"One day, there was a little sausage called Baldrick.
And they all lived happily ever after."
gnomethang, Dec 05 2005

       Given that children memorize these shows, I can see howls of bewilderment when favorite scenes are somehow omitted.
DrCurry, Dec 05 2005

       That's why I could see this working well for short, simple cartoons. Just repeat scenes, they'll love it.
Worldgineer, Dec 05 2005

       Bun for you-diddly-oo.
Mrlemonjelly, Dec 05 2005

       The trick is to always start the kids out on the shortest possible version and let them earn the "reward" of seeing longer versions with more scenes. Just imagine the discussions at the school waterfountain, "I saw a scene in Lion King that I had never seen in the other 50 times I watched it..." "Oh I saw that scene last week...my parents let me watch it after I completed my science project... it was very rewarding" =ROFL=
Willie333, Dec 06 2005

       Willie: clearly you are not a parent.
DrCurry, Dec 06 2005

       I can almost imagine the same effect as how only kids can open child-proof containers...
"no dad, this is how you open up the hidden scenes"
reap, Dec 07 2005

       [gnomethang], yeah, I do that with my daughter: "One day......the end."
Ling, Dec 07 2005


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