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— by Larry Carroll

You may be too old to believe in giant hopping bunnies coming down your lane, but that doesn't mean you can't go hunting for Easter eggs. With the digital age upon us, the term "Easter egg" has taken on a second meaning, referring to extra-geeky special features hidden on certain DVDs. Unless you frequent the right Web sites or hang with a crowd that doesn't see much sunlight, you probably had no idea that all those DVDs on your shelf contain extras just begging to be uncovered. Grab your basket and come along with us as we look at 10 Easter treats far yummier than a half-melted box of Peeps.


"The Incredibles" Collector's Edition (2005)

On disc two, select "deleted scenes" and press "enter." Wait for the Omnidroid icon to appear (it takes about 15 seconds) and then press the right arrow button and "enter." "Here's how it works," barks out Dash's jaded teacher in a storyboarded sequence that would have shown us how a thumbtack found its way onto his chair. "I pretend to teach, you pretend to learn. You pass the tests, the school keeps its funding, you move to the next grade, the process is repeated until you enter the workforce, where, hopefully, no one will give you any guff!" Keep searching the discs for several other Easter eggs, including a music-video love letter from Brad Bird to his crew (complete with X's and O's).


"X-Men" (2000)

From the main menu, select "special features" and then "theatrical trailers and TV spots." See that outline of the rose? Click the left arrow button to highlight it and then press "enter." You'll see three of your favorite X-Men run into a room during a deleted scene, but you'll also catch your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man sprinting in behind them all, wearing an ill-fitting suit and looking a bit malnourished. "I am completely in the wrong movie," Spidey explains while Halle Berry cracks up. "I am so sorry."


"Memento" Limited Edition (2000)

This DVD is particularly amusing in the way that it tries to mess with your mind until you feel like Guy Pearce's amnesiac Leonard. If you own it, you likely abandoned disc two out of frustration. Pop in the second disc and you're faced with a test that asks you to analyze the objects. Select the clock (mid-screen) and then choose "C" for each of the next five questions you're asked on the following pages. The quiz then shows you four illustrations of a woman changing her tire. You need to rearrange the photos so they have her changing the tire backward: pictures 3, 4, 1 and then 2. After clicking the last picture into place, you'll see the entire movie rearranged into chronological order — a treasure trove of a bonus for those wondering how well the jumbled movie holds up under scrutiny. The film begins by playing all the end credits backward, then starts the action with the flashbacking black-and-white sequences, and so on.


"Fight Club" Special Edition (2000)

Pop in disc two and click on the main menu's "advertising" header. Next, press the down arrow three times and you'll be rewarded with a green smiley face. The "enter" button will bring you to a virtual catalog of "Fight Club" merchandise, each item accompanied by hilariously dark text. "If entertainment is your religion, then we have just the hair shirt for you," reads the description next to one item. "Be the toughest hombre on the golf course with this fashionable remake of a classic polo." The ninth rule of Fight Club is: Keep the Easter eggs to yourself.


"Citizen Kane" Special Edition (2001)

On disc one, go to "special features" and then click on "production notes." Go to "on the set" and then scroll to the 10th page of the notes. With "notes" highlighted, press the "up" arrow to get to the sled. Press "enter" for a three-minute interview with "Kane" editor and legendary director Robert Wise ("West Side Story," "Star Trek: The Motion Picture"). The two-time Oscar winner recalls hand-delivering an early print to studio heads and lawyers looking to bury the controversial film, and how Orson Welles employed his considerable charisma to talk them into releasing what is now remembered by many as the greatest movie ever made.


"Glengarry Glen Ross" 10 Year Anniversary Special Edition (2004)

Insert disc two and go to "special features" from the main menu. Scroll down to the "main menu" entry and press the left arrow button to light up the neon sign on the salesmen's favorite watering hole. The "enter" button will give you seven minutes of footage of drama students trying to deliver Alec Baldwin's now famous monologue from the movie. "You drove a Hyundai to get here tonight," a 50-something, white-haired man barks. "I drove an $80,000 BMW. That's my name."


"Boogie Nights" New Line Platinum Series (2000)

On disc one, go to "setup" and then "color bars." Let the color bars play for about 20 seconds and then the disc will reveal bloopers from the movie. The appropriately adult material includes an alternate awards show sequence and test footage of Dirk revealing his fame-making appendage. You probably shouldn't search for this egg on the DVD-ROM in your work computer.


"Reservoir Dogs" Special Edition (2002)

Insert disc two and go to "special features." Click on "K-Billy Radio" and highlight the radio button on the far right. Pressing "enter" will get you a complete re-enactment of the infamous ear scene using "Reservoir Dogs" action figures. You haven't lived until you've watched a 12-inch toy with a razor blade in its hand dancing and twisting to the tunes of Stealers Wheel.
 Click here to watch the fun!


"Old School" (2003)

Click on "setup" and then press the down arrow until it highlights the word "Frank." Press "enter" to see a hilarious deleted scene that isn't in the film or the special features. Will Ferrell, as Frank the Tank, drunkenly hurls beer bottles at the TV while watching "Girls Gone Wild." Promising to do some babysitting, he assures Luke Wilson's Mitch that "little kids love the Tank," then returns to watching women exposing themselves.


"Mallrats" Collector's Edition (2003)

Go to "bonus materials" and scroll down to "deleted scenes." Now press the right arrow and highlight the robot's eyes. Press "enter" and you'll go to footage of writer/director Kevin Smith and a friend making fun of you for searching for Easter eggs. "[You thought you might get] Claire Forlani bottomless," Smith says with a smile. "But nothing — just us sitting here, laughing at you. Get a life! Looking for Easter eggs on a DVD — God almighty, get out there and live, smell the air, sniff a dog, or flowers." You've seen enough eggs now — go enjoy your holiday.



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