Discs Are Rated
September 1st, 2001
Happy One Year Anniversary DVDlaunch!
Wow, it's hard to believe that it's been one whole year
since DVDlaunch, well, launched. It's just amazing how time
goes by, this year went really fast (well, for me at least).
I've always been a big fan of movies and loved the DVD
format, so one year ago, I set out with a simple goal: to
create a site with in-depth DVD reviews that wasn't meant to
be the biggest, but have its own audience and find its own
voice. Where readers can pop in and check out the latest
DVDs, video game reviews and a whole lot more. And while
we've seen staff members come and go, it's truly been an
incredible year for me with this site and how much momentum
it's gained. We began with about fifty reviews for the
launch, and now we're well over three-hundred reviews and
show no signs of slowing down. It's really been a nice
journey that will keep on continuing into the forseeable
Of course, I couldn't have done it all alone. I'd like to
thank my staff members, current ones and ones who have gone
on to other things. To me, every review counts and they've
done a terrific job. Some reviews may suck in comparison to
the older ones (basically mine), as in some you can see a
noticeable difference. But the more DVDs we watch, the more
we become better reviewers. We do gain experience and that
helps us become better writers.
Another important factor to this site is studio support.
We get from the major ones and the small ones. They're all a
bunch of nice people and have continued to play active parts
in the site. Whether it's the newest DVDs or latest news,
I'm grateful for their interest and continued supports as
well as feedback. We're always looking forward to getting
pre-release discs and reviewing them for the site so you can
check out our thoughts before you buy. So, my many thanks to
them as they have been quite helpful and generous. I look
forward to continue working with them.
Finally, and the most important thing, is you, the
readers. Without you, there'd be no DVDlaunch... or much of
it anyway. I speak for myself and the other staff members
when we really do appreciate your feedback and enthusiasm
you show for the site. You come here, stop by and check out
what we have to offer... and keep coming back. We're
growing with more and more readers daily, and it's always
nice to see that our reviews are respected by readers as
they trust our opinion and make it in an influence in buying
DVDs. Thanks readers for your continued support and energy
for the site... keep on coming (especially to see reviews of
discs from the giant fall buying season)!
So it's really been one year... I just can't believe it.
So is DVDlaunch going to remain the same? Pretty much, but
what would a new year be without some new goals? Here are
some things I am looking to build upon:
- A new layout. I can't design for shit as you can see,
as this layout has been criticized by a few of you. I'm not
good that way with web programming visually. I was going to
make a new layout this summer, but things got in the way.
Still, look forward to a spiffy new design in the near
- More staff members. Staff has become a bit tight, and
while it's nice small, I'd like a more dedicated staff as
quite a few have just come and gone. There's still a bunch
of eager reviewers out there who I'm sure are willing to
work, so if you are interested, please do apply.
-Increased readership. I think we have a good audience
now that comes, but I'm always looking to improve and hook
more people to visit the wonderful world of DVDlaunch. I'll
be working to gain more of an audience this year, so in the
mean time, tell your friends! Or Not!
That's about it. A major thanks to my fellow reviewers,
the studios and the readers. Without all of you together,
there wouldn't be much at all. Thanks again and I'm looking
forward to sharing another terrific year with all of you.
We're just getting started, the best is yet to come...
- Zach B.