The DVD Revolution

The DVD Revolution

Length: 1108 words (3.2 double-spaced pages)

Rating: Excellent

Open Document

Essay Preview

More ↓

The DVD Revolution

Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about the features and advantages of DVD video.

Central Idea: The DVD video format has superior audio and visual quality to VHS, as well as more special features, which is why it should eventually occupy the place of the VCR in American households.


     I’d like to start things out by taking a survey. How many of you remember having a CD player in your house fifteen years ago? Not very many of you, I see. Of course, we all have CD players now. It took a little over a decade and some major price drops, but eventually we all threw out our old vinyl and cassettes and opted for the excellent sound quality and convenience of CDs.
     Just as the CD took the place of cassettes, many people believe the DVD, or digital versatile disc, will soon take the place of VHS tapes. Many of you may not even know what a DVD is, so before I go any further, let me show you what one looks like. (Take out DVD disc) It’s the same size as a CD, but it has two sides. Just like a VHS tape, it plays movies directly on your television. DVD video players were originally released in early 1997, and their first year sales were twice that of CD players, which is strong evidence that the DVD is here to stay. Why is the DVD so popular, and what makes it better than VHS? There are three main reasons: sound quality, picture quality, and special features exclusive to DVD.

(Transition: Let’s start with the sound quality of DVD)


I. The sound quality of DVD is far superior than that of VHS.
A. DVD discs utilize digital technology, which is the same technology used by compact discs.
1. This means that you will get crisp and clear sound equal to CDs.
     B. DVD players are also compatible with all surround sound formats.
1. For those of you who don’t know, surround sound is a system of speakers
set up across a room that provides a listening experience similar to being I in a movie theater.
2. The combination of a surround sound system and CD quality sound is best realized when listening to musicals like “Singing in the Rain”, or action films with a lot of sound effects, such as “Starship Troopers.”
C. You have the ability to listen to different audio tracks.

How to Cite this Page

MLA Citation:
"The DVD Revolution." 21 Feb 2020

Need Writing Help?

Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.

Check your paper »

Essay on A New Technological Revolution: Computers

- Today we are witnessing a new revolution, very similar in the proportions to XIX Century Industrial Revolution (Mercury News, 2014, online) but probably with consequences as far-reaching as the revolution caused by printing during the Middle Ages (Rand, 2014, online). Living this revolution implies the need for knowledge of technologies that completely change paradigms known over time. Computer literacy is as necessary today as it was, and still is, classical literacy, reading and writing. Furthermore, computers have rapidly merged with information and has led to the phenomenon known as media/technological convergence (Olawuyi & Mgbole, 2012, p.1), where communication is obtained through a s...   [tags: media, internet, ilt]

Research Papers
973 words (2.8 pages)

Essay on DVD v. VCR

- DVD v. VCR      Ever since the first motion picture was introduced, the world has grown a humongous appetite for more movies. Through technology, humans have made incredible advancements in the motion picture field. Today, there are only two standards when it comes to recording and replaying a motion picture for the common person: Digital Video Disc (DVD) and Video Cassette Recorder (VCR). Each allows for easy access to both movies as well as the necessary players. The two types of media have both subtle and obvious differences, ranging from picture quality to ease of use....   [tags: Compare Contrast dvd vcr video casette Essays]

Research Papers
785 words (2.2 pages)

The French Revolution And The Revolution Essay

- A. Plan of Investigation The investigation evaluates to what degree the French Revolution ideas influence the actions made in the Haitians Revolution in 1791. The ideas of the French Revolution are significant to the actions done in the Haitian Revolution because, it determines the origins of success that allowed for the independence of Haiti to become official. Between the years of 1789 to 1799, The French Revolution was in action. The tactics and expectations created by the leaders of the French Revolution were the ideas and actions that initiated and created ideas that were made during the Haitian Revolution....   [tags: French Revolution, Haiti, Haitian Revolution]

Research Papers
1366 words (3.9 pages)

The French Revolution And The American Revolution Essay

- A revolution is a forcible overthrow of a government or social order in favor of a new system. In 1775, America was ready for dramatic change, freedom, and a disconnection with Great Britain. Taxes, trade regulations, and overarchingly, power, made all colonists, aside from the loyalists, more than ready to detach from Great Britain 's rule. The American Revolution portrays many similarities and qualities of the French revolution, due to the inspiration of one to another. The similarities and qualities lie within their down spiraling economies, selfish, money wealth-thirsty leaders, ideologies, and provocation....   [tags: American Revolution]

Research Papers
2174 words (6.2 pages)

The Revolution Of The French Revolution Essay

- Throughout the French revolution, there were many turning points that irrevocably changed the course of history both within France and in a global scale. The revolutionaries faced many tough decisions with consequences that were beyond the scope of human understanding. These moments also helped define what the French Revolution was and what goals the revolutionaries hoped to accomplish through their actions. In many ways the French Revolution itself was a turning point for both France and humanity as it paved the way for both human rights and one of the most controversial emperors in history....   [tags: French Revolution]

Research Papers
1510 words (4.3 pages)

The Revolution Of The American Revolution Essay

- The American Revolution British monarchy and aristocracy were both rejected by the Thirteenth colony, which stared the American Revolution. The American Revolution lasted between 1765-1783. In the first years of the Revolution the members of American colonial society rejected the rule of The British Parliament to tax them without representatives in the government. The Boston Tea Party was one event that led to the American Revolution. The Boston Tea Party was a political protest done on December 16, 1773 by the Sons of Liberty....   [tags: American Revolution]

Research Papers
1024 words (2.9 pages)

The French Revolution And The Revolution Essay

- The French Revolution is one of the most controversial topics in today’s European history. Throughout decades this revolution has not only been influential in European customs and ideals, but throughout the world as well. During the 18th century the rise and power of the French monarchy created trouble for citizens; the lack of job opportunities, the rise of tax on bread, and an economic crisis for the whole country. With France at stake, revolutionaries like Maximilien Robespierre gathered his beliefs and the needs of all France to create a movement for equality and justice....   [tags: French Revolution]

Research Papers
1266 words (3.6 pages)

Did the American Revolution Follow the Broad Pattern of Revolutions? Essay

- In regards to the numerous successful Revolutions that have occurred, they all share in common a broad general pattern, causes and characteristics. The American Revolution to a certain extent aligned with this broad pattern and had some identical causes and characteristics. In regards to the preliminary and advanced symptoms of revolutions, the American Revolution exhibited characteristics of discontent and the creation of mobs that was in response to taxes imposed upon them by the British government....   [tags: Essays on American Revolution]

Free Essays
1617 words (4.6 pages)

Storage Media: DVD-RW Essay

- Storage Media: DVD-RW The evolution of faster computers and larger computer programs has made it necessary to develop newer and faster ways to store large masses of data. Constant advances from 5 ¼ inch floppies, to 3 ½ inch floppies, to high capacity floppies, to zip drives, to CD-RW drives make it seem like by the time you upgrade, the technology is already obsolete. So what is the near future of storage media. The newest storage media that is rapidly advancing on the CD-RW is the DVD-RW. DVD-RW drives are decreasing in price, almost as fast as they’re increasing in speed....   [tags: Technology Computer Essays]

Free Essays
980 words (2.8 pages)

Revolution Essay

- Throughout history, there have been many revolutions between people and their governments. People have always wanted change, whether it be social, economic, and/or political, for people wanted control over their lives, rather than being under the rule of a powerful government. For long periods of time people lived under the rule of a powerful government but eventually they could bear no more. The American revolution and the Russian revolution both had similarities and differences, however they had one cause, which was their independence from their government....   [tags: Russian Revolution, Social Change]

Free Essays
930 words (2.7 pages)

This means that on just one disc, you can listen to a movie in a number of languages, usually English, French, and Spanish.
2. You can also listen to just the musical score, with the dialogue and sound effects turned off.
3. Some discs even feature a running commentary by the actors and director while a movie is playing.

(Transition: Now that you know a little abound the sound, let me tell you about some of the visual features of DVD)

II. Movies have never looked better than on DVD.
A. The picture on a DVD player is twice as sharp and clear than VCR players.
1. As Entertainment Weekly writer Micheal Glitz put it, “( Colorful movies like The Wizard of Oz are) so beautiful you’ll want to freeze some scenes and leave them on your TV the way others hang works of art on their walls.”
2. The picture is already perfect, so you’ll never have to fool with tracking again.
B. You can watch the movie from two different screen ratios.
1. You can watch a movie in widescreen format, which is when the screen has the little black bars at the top and the bottom. This is the way movies are viewed in theatres.
2. You can also watch the movie in “pan and scan” format. This is how things normally appear on a television screen. You won’t have the black bars, but you also won’t be seeing the entire picture.
C. You can watch some movies with subtitles in several different languages.
1. Subtitles allow the hearing-impaired to watch movies without having a closed caption feature on their televisions.
2. Many people enjoy watching foreign films with subtitles, rather than dubbed voices. This allows them to hear the original actor’s voice, and not a translator.
D. Some titles allow viewers to adjust the camera angle on a scene.
1. You can step into the director’s chair and call the shots. You get to control the camera and look at a scene the way you want.
2. This feature is excellent to use on sports programs. You can watch a play from multiple angles and scrutinize every move made.

(Transition: In addition to superior picture and sound, you also get additional features found only on DVD.)

III. DVD is more fun and convenient than VHS.
A. Each movie starts out with a menu screen.
1. From the menu you choose what features you want, such as subtitles or a widescreen format.
B. DVD allows you to skip to any scene in a movie.
2. Just like skipping to your favorite song on a CD, DVD allows you to go directly to your favorite scene in a movie.
3. You’ll never have to bother with fast forwarding through the previews, or rewinding at the end.
C. You may also get extra bonuses.
1. This can include behind the scenes documentaries, games, original movie trailers, or interviews with the cast and crew.


     According to an article by Steve Traiman in the September 5th, 1998 issue of Billboard, there are already nearly 800,000 DVD players in North American households, and more than ten times that amount in is expected in the next four years. And why not? In addition to the features I’ve listed above, players can be purchased for around $300, there are over 1500 movie titles available, and most of them cost between ten and thirty dollars. One web site is even selling a DVD version of President Clinton’s grand jury testimony for just two cents. The DVD is to the VCR as the CD is to the cassette player. It may not be today or tomorrow, but eventually the DVD will become the primary movie format and find a place in your living room.


Gallagher, Leigh. “Global Bottom Fishing.” Forbes September 21 September 1998: 274.
Giltz, Michael. “Move Over, VCR.” Entertainment Weekly 25 September 1998: 109- 112.
Traiman, Steve. “DVD’s Steady Climb Mapped Out at Industry Conference.” Billboard 5 September 1998: 111.

Internet Sources
DVD Centre. “Warner Announces New DVD Pricing Plan.” 11 July 1998. URL: 5 October 1998.
DVD Video Group. “What is DVD Video?” URL: 5 October 1998.

Return to