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Old 04-14-2014, 12:28 PM
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Shannon has reviewed 'Ride Along'. Here's what he thought...

http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/10635/ride_along.html
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This review reads like it should conclude with a:

"Worth a look" or "Give it a rent"

Isn't "Recommended" a little too strong? And I'm going by the content of what
is written in the review.

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Shannon (& Josh & Professor E & company),
Is there an agreed upon description system to use for the Bottomline?

From lowest to highest, they go a little something like this:
Skip It
Rent It
Worth a Look
Recommended
Highly Recommended
Must Own

I understand that the Bottomline allows for some reviewer customization.
But we should have the general verbiage down and agreed to how they
are ordered.

Customize it with a:
Recommended Remastered Transfer
or
Skip this Double Dip

But we should speak in the same "language".
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:10 AM
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Is there an agreed upon description system to use for the Bottomline?

From lowest to highest, they go a little something like this:
Skip It
Rent It
Worth a Look
Recommended
Highly Recommended
Must Own
Well, let me give you my 2 cents on this subject, since you brought it up. Personally, I never use the 'Worth a Look' option, since I don't know what the difference between 'Rent It' and "Worth a Look' is. We don't have a 'Must Own' option - or at least no longer have one as of the recent update, so I don't have to worry about distinguishing between that and 'Highly Recommended'.

For me, 'Rent It' is something you might want to check out once, but probably will have no desire to ever watch again. 'Recommended' is something you you'll enjoy enough to watch periodically and may want to consider adding to your library, depending on your purchase habits (some people buy everything they like, while others just buy movies they love...I fall in the former category).

So, for me, 'Ride Along' is good enough to watch more than once - hence the 'Recommended' as opposed to the 'Rent It' category. Plus, it picks up some bonus points for the reference-quality video to move it more solidly into that slot.
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Old 04-15-2014, 12:10 PM
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They got rid of "Must Own"?

As a reader, here is how I interpret the following (with some personal examples):

Skip It - A terrible movie. Waste of time. - (The Crow: City of Angles)
Rent It - Worth watching once, for a $1 Redbox rental. Some degree of entertainment. - (Homefront)
Worth a Look - If you like this type of movie, check it out. Rent it, but a blind buy is questionable. - (Last Vegas)
Recommended - Good movie. If you like this type of movie, a blind buy is not an unreasonable gamble. - (Europa Report)
Highly Recommended - Great movie. Even if this isn't your type of movie, you'll enjoy it. Check it out if you get a chance. - (Nebraska)
Must Own - You claim you are "into" movies? Then these should be in your collection. While not every movie is for everyone, you won't regret having them in your collection. - (Seven Samurai)
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Old 04-15-2014, 01:04 PM
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Yes, "Must Own" is gone but we do have a "For Fans Only" option, which I suppose is best used for sequels and TV series (as in when it doesn't live up to the prior film/season, but it's still worth adding to your collection if you're a completist).
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Well, let me give you my 2 cents on this subject, since you brought it up. Personally, I never use the 'Worth a Look' option, since I don't know what the difference between 'Rent It' and "Worth a Look' is. We don't have a 'Must Own' option - or at least no longer have one as of the recent update, so I don't have to worry about distinguishing between that and 'Highly Recommended'.

For me, 'Rent It' is something you might want to check out once, but probably will have no desire to ever watch again. 'Recommended' is something you you'll enjoy enough to watch periodically and may want to consider adding to your library, depending on your purchase habits (some people buy everything they like, while others just buy movies they love...I fall in the former category).

So, for me, 'Ride Along' is good enough to watch more than once - hence the 'Recommended' as opposed to the 'Rent It' category. Plus, it picks up some bonus points for the reference-quality video to move it more solidly into that slot.
So the website update with its various new quirks CHANGED the review
system?! Perhaps this is just a technology bug that be quickly fixed.
The "Must Own" Bottomline has been a big one for this website
throughout the years.

And if it is NOT a website bug, there was a meeting? A memo went out to
change the reviewing categories? A memo to only HDD employees? Was
there a blog post? Link?

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And IF you say that there is no longer a "Must Own" category. So "Highly
Recommended" is the highest. Then you just gave Ride Along the 2nd
highest possible recommendation on the system with a "Recommended"
rating. Think about that, Shannon.

Again, I'm not disputing your review. I'm trying to understand these
categories/rankings of films. I'm trying to improve the system, so that
your MARGINALLY POSITIVE review is better reflected with something
other than, as you claimed, the 2nd highest Bottomline.

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Shannon: "Personally, I never use the 'Worth a Look' option, since I don't know what the difference between 'Rent It' and "Worth a Look' is."

Isn't this something, someone at HDD should have discussed with you?
You're free to review movies according to your opinion, but you can't
arbitrarily change the scoring system just for your reviews. Because
YOU don't understand the difference of categories, you're gonna ignore
it? I probably agree that "Worth a Look" should probably be reworded
to "Worth Purchasing" to better distinguish it from "Rent It". But all
reviewers should use the same "language" for scoring the reviews.
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Yes, "Must Own" is gone but we do have a "For Fans Only" option, which I suppose is best used for sequels and TV series (as in when it doesn't live up to the prior film/season, but it's still worth adding to your collection if you're a completist).
That's too bad. I personally like "Must Own". It just sounds better than
Super Highly Recommended.
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Yes, "Must Own" is gone but we do have a "For Fans Only" option, which I suppose is best used for sequels and TV series (as in when it doesn't live up to the prior film/season, but it's still worth adding to your collection if you're a completist).
And I don't like the "For Fans Only" option. It's like a cop-out. The reviewer
doesn't offend the fans with that Bottomline. If I was ALREADY a fan of the
film/blu-ray, I don't need any help with a review to make my purchase decision.
And if I don't know the film, obviously I cannot know if I'm a fan. So I don't
know if I am fan, UNTIL I watch it. Thanks for nothing.
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Don't kill the messenger...

Besides, I'd like to think you guys are reading the actual reviews to make purchasing/non purchasing decisions, rather than just looking at star ratings and a single line of pre-determined text.

Anyway, I don't use the 'For Fans Only' anymore than I use 'Worth a Look', but some others here like those, so they stuck around. Likewise, I don't see a difference between 'Highly Recommended' and 'Must-Own', so even if we had the latter, I (and others) probably wouldn't use it. I think Skip It, Rent It, Recommended, and Highly Recommended are more than enough, personally.

Might be a good thread topic for the forums if any of you guys want to start one...you'll probably get a lot more feedback from others there.
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Just move this thread to the Feedback forum.

Who's gonna want to discuss Ride Along, anyway?
(I just spit up all over my computer! My stomach hurts.)
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