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Combine that with the fact that websites could be published not just once a day, but updated several times per day, by multiple writers. Without that, DVD might look very different in 2007. Thanks to the Web, some titles that didn't meet the high standards that the format itself promised were re-issued with improved transfers. Even more frequently, long-requested titles remained (and still remain) off the market for years until studios could complete a print restoration and compile enough extra features to make even the most cynical of DVD consumers excited about an upcoming release (and yes, waiting for a landmark like King Kong was worth it). Internet reviewers and talkback citizens pored over every significant title, evaluating the quality of the image and audio, comparing the work to previous Laserdisc releases, catching bad crops and missing elements, and noticing small, important details that the majority of us would miss. The vanguard of DVD websites that arrived between 1997 and 1999 made the difference, trading out time and effort for the sake of improving the format, inspiring widespread consumer confidence, and waging an information war against the now-defunct pay-to-play DIVX format by Circuit City. In fact, if you remember the "Open DVD" campaign, you've been around for a while.