There’s nothing worse than sitting down to watch a DVD you’ve been looking forward to all day long, only to have to suffer through 10-15 minutes of trailers, warnings, etc. Some DVDs will let you fast-forward through them, or you can skip directly to the main menu by clicking the ‘Title’ button on your remote. In those cases, it’s really not that big of a deal.
But other DVDs, like some movies we’ve recently rented from Redbox, force you to sit through these trailers and warnings, with no way to skip past them.. Or so we thought. Turns out there are some hacks you can do to skip the trailers, warnings, and other crap so you can get straight to the movie you’re trying to watch.
For most DVDs, when the previews start playing, press Stop, Stop, Play. And voila, it should skip right to the movie! If that doesn’t work, try pressing Stop three times, followed by Play.
If you’re watching a DVD on your laptop or desktop computer, you can try this suggestion from Rick Brodia:
I popped in a DVD and fired up Windows Media Player. When the first splash screen appeared, I clicked the player’s Stop button. Then I clicked Play, and the disc skipped ahead to the previews. I repeated the process — Stop, then Play — and it advanced to the FBI warning. I did it a third time and presto: I landed right on the movie’s menu screen.
Or you could use VLC instead, which jumps straight to the DVD’s main menu.
Hope this helps!