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From The CriticsTHE INSIDERS' 'INSIDER'S GUIDE TO DVD'
The DVD celebrates its seventh birthday this month.
What better way to get the inside scoop about the format than from folks who have been there since the beginning, Bill Hunt and Todd Doogan? The editors of the Web site the Digital Bits, which started as an online newsletter in April 1997, have moved to hard copy with their 426-page book, "The Digital Bits: Insider's Guide to DVD". Using the same breezy banter that has made their site a popular DVD oasis on the Net, Hunt and Doogan comprehensively explore:
Find out how the format works, what special features do and why widescreen is better.
Learn how to build an audio-video system that will make the most of your budget.
The "Alien Quadrilogy":
Go inside the making of the massive nine disc set of the "Alien" films with a 44-page blow-by-blow account of its creation.
Drool over reviews of more than 100 must-have DVDs, including the extended "The Fellowship of the Ring," the three-disc "Toy Story" set and "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."
Get a sneak peek at what lies ahead. "The whole goal was to provide a comprehensive resource for newcomers and also to provide something for longtime DVD viewers," Hunt told me recently. Mission accomplished.