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The advent of DVD movies marked a dramatic change in the at-home movie-watching experience. Smaller than traditional VHS tapes, DVD (or Digital Versatile Disc) films are trendy, easy to use, and fun to watch. DVDs look a lot like audio CDs, but they incorporate both audio and video components.

DVD movies offer a lot to viewers, including double the vertical resolution of VHS tapes if you have a display capable of registering the improvement. DVDs also provide digital sound, which some listeners prefer to analog sound.

Perhaps the biggest advantage to DVD movies is the amount of information that can be stored on a single disk. While high-quality VHS recordings tend to be limited to a few hours of footage, DVD movies, particularly two-sided ones, can be much longer. In fact, most DVD movies offer much more than a film. Added features such as blooper clips, actor profiles, behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and games are commonly packaged on the same disk as the featured film. DVDs also allow movies to be presented in several languages, or with sub-titles.

For those of you who don't have time to watch a whole story at one time, DVD movies are broken into scene segments so it is easy to find where you left off, or to go back and re-watch a particular section. This feature can be especially useful if you have children, or if you are interrupted frequently.

On a physical level, DVD movies are made of a single component, one disk that spins inside your DVD player. When compared to the many plastic parts of a VHS tape, this one-part design makes it less likely your movie will be damaged. Care should still be taken, however, to avoid scratching the surfaces of your DVD movies, as even a small scratch can affect a lot of data on the disk.

 
 
   
 
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