The complexity of DVD content can be quite daunting for catalogers. Hidden
features and other easter eggs are quite common, and really should be noted
in bib records (some eggs are jokey, but many have depth of content worthy
of notation), but who has the resources/time to locate them?
Then you have the issue of defective formatting (X-Files Season Six and The
Back to the Future Trilogy are two very recent glaring examples) that a
cursory glance will not catch, but are serious enough that the manufacturers
are recalling and/or replacing these titles.
Of course, there will always be the problem of misleading container/cover
art; I remember anxiously buying "October Sky" and looking all around for
director Joe Johnston's commentary track - as stated on the keepcase. None
to be found. After contacting Buena Vista, they apologized because the track
was left out of the final release, but they never bothered to change the box
art. In that case, I would have preferred buying the laserdisc edition
(that's another story entirely!), but opted instead for the DVD because of
the advertised commentary track and got burned in the process...
So what do you do? To what extent should a cataloger study DVD content?
Surely enough to catch an erroneous Godzilla movie on a flipper disc, but
that error was not readily apparent if one relied on reviewing the
accurately mastered side of the disc. The catalogger had no reason to
believe that anything other than aspect ratio differed on the flipside,
hense it was not inspected.
And why would BPL want to keep a pan-and-scan hacked up print of To Sir,
With Love? It's like carrying Cliff Notes instead of full novels...
Klatuu Barada Nikto!
-- John F. Müller Sonoma State University Library Jean & Charles Schulz Information Center - Multimedia Department 1801 East Cotati Ave. Rohnert Park, CA 94928 firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (707) 664-2590 FAX: (707) 664-2090
on 2/21/03 9:10 AM, Lucoff, Margot at MAL6@ci.berkeley.ca.us wrote:
> Expires After: 3/28/2003 00:00 > > John: > Humor aside, (and you should know that BPL has only the VHS of To Sir, with > love) does this not point out the need to have the cataloger look at the > item > in hand?!!!! > Margot > > >>>> John Muller 02/19/03 03:58PM >>> > Catalogging problem: > > Columbia's DVD of James Clavell's "To Sir, With Love" (1966) [Cat #03296] > claims to have both widescreen and fullscreen versions on separate sides of > a flipper disc. Unfortunately, the widescreen side actually contains a print > of "Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla" (1994). > > Right now, we have an errata sticker inside the keepcase to alert patrons, > but we are wondering how other libraries handled catalogging it. As a lark, > did anybody bother to separately catalog in the big green fire-breather as a > separate bib item? Inquiring minds want to know... > > -- > John F. Müller > Sonoma State University Library > Jean & Charles Schulz Information Center - Multimedia Department > 1801 East Cotati Ave. > Rohnert Park, CA 94928 > email@example.com > Phone: (707) 664-2590 > FAX: (707) 664-2090 >