Some fans flipped out when Universal announced it was going to produce flipper discs—Blu-ray on one side and DVD on the other. The studio tried this before except with HD DVD, and the results were disastrous. This time, however, Universal seems to be on the right track. Its first flipper discs—all three Bourne
movies—just came out and were well received. No one reported any major problems with either the DVD or BD side, and both sides are capable of having two layers of information like their standalone counterparts. That means that you aren’t cutting a Blu-ray’s disc space in half just because you slap a DVD version on the other side. Brilliant!
Universal just announced three more catalog titles that will get the flipping treatment on April 27: The Jackal, Out of Africa and Traffic. Bruce Willis plays the titular assassin in The Jackal, but we’re wondering why the bonus features have been assassinated on the BD side—only the DVD side has “The Making of The Jackal” and feature commentary with director Michael Caton-Jones. Both sides of 1986 Best Picture Oscar winner Out of Africa, starring our omnipresent Lady of the Oscar Statues Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, contain feature commentary by director Sydney Pollack and “A Song of Africa.” Director Steven Soderbergh’s Oscar-winning Traffic won’t get any awards for dazzling bonuses—all we get here is a behind-the-scenes featurette titled “Inside Traffic.” Attention Universal: you proved with the Bourne movies that flippers don’t skimp on the extras. These three titles—two of which were big Oscar winners—have pretty anemic bonus features that might make consumers flip off your flippers.