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The Hunt Is On

Web sites devoted to uncovering DVD Easter eggs aren't hard to find.

If you're part of the growing legion of DVD connoisseurs, you're probably aware of all the supplemental features that--in addition to the superior picture and sound--make DVDs such a popular item: making-of documentaries, trailers, scripts, and director commentaries, to name a few.

There's also a subculture of Easter eggs: related supersupplemental footage that's hidden somewhere on the DVD and elicits a big "Cool!" when you find it. The whereabouts of these Easter eggs have generated thousands of Web pages. (Google reports 37,500 matches for "DVD Easter eggs," a number we won't be covering in full today.)

For instance, at DVD Easter Eggs, you'll find that the special "Book of the Dead" edition of the movie Evil Dead contains these two eggs:

1. Go to "Extras"; hit the left arrow; highlight the sketch on the left side of the screen to see a special-effects test.

2. Continue to the next page of bonus features, and move left until the skull is highlighted; you'll get to see a panel discussion of a 2001 Halloween night screening of Evil Dead.

Features like this are a gold mine for fans, and, in fact, they're the ones submitting many of the tips. This makes sense. Who has the time to sit around all day and search for eggs?

DVD Review contains a section on eggs, including these two on the special-edition re-release of The Wizard Of Oz: "In the 'Oz Characters' section off the special features menu, go to the first page of Glinda's info. Select the glowing orb above her wand, and you will find some hidden info pages on the Munchkins. On the first info page for the Wicked Witch, select the hour glass. This will take you to some pages with information on the flying monkeys."

We could go on, but you get the point.

Other sites expand beyond films and offer tidbits hidden in computer software, art, music, even watches. The Easter Egg Archive is one such site, offering more than 5,400 eggs. Some of these aren't really "eggs," however, but continuity errors. For example, one writer notes that in the children's show Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, Fred Rogers doesn't change back into his dress shoes from his tennis shoes at the end of the show; instead he walks out the door in his socks.

Other sites include DVD Shrine and Egg Heaven 2000, which is dedicated to computer eggs, including games.

Finally, if all this talk of eggs has you longing for the real thing, head to The Ukrainian Project, where you'll find an array of beautiful eggs for sale.

Happy hunting!

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