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Hunt for hidden eggs on your DVDs this Easter

Posted Thursday, April 5, 2007 at 3:43 PM Central

by Tim Briscoe

Easter just wouldn't be the same without eggs so we thought we'd share our favorite DVD easter eggs. Plus we've got links to some of the best easter egg sites on the 'net.

Confused? Let me explain. I'm not talking about your traditional, brightly colored eggs hidden for the kids at Easter. These easter eggs are hidden messages or features contained on various works like DVDs, video games, movies, TV shows, and books.

Easter eggs on DVDs started as something subtle, secretly created by the disc's author. Now DVD eggs are a common (and even advertised!) aspect of disc production.

Finding Nemo

Everyone owns a copy of this DVD, right? Well, you can get a special, hidden message from Bruce the Shark. Select the bonus features on the first disc and then scroll down to the virtual aquariums option. Press left two times to highlight a fish on the right side of the screen. Select this to see the message.

Star Wars Prequels and Original Trilogy

If you own any of these DVDs, you can get funny outtakes/bloopers from the film. Each disc requires you to enter a combination of 1138 (a tip of the hat to George Lucas' first film THX-1138) on one of the menu screens. For the exact instructions, see any of the web sites linked below.

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

Everyone knows that Dr. Evil is the best part of these movies. You can see a 20-minute documentary on this hilarious villain by simply doing nothing. Go to the special features and wait. After several seconds, Dr. Evil's logo will appear. Click on it to watch the video.


You can watch the events-out-of-order movie Memento in chronological order by selecting this special easter egg. On the second disc, select the picture of the clock. It'll ask you to put the pictures in chronological order. Select the third, fourth, first and then second pictures to see the film in a straight timeline.


Go to the bonus materials section of the disc and arrow down to the deleted scenes. From there press right to highlight the robot's eyes. Hit "enter" to see a video of director Kevin Smith making fun of you for searching for DVD easter eggs. Funny stuff!

Easter Egg Links

Over the Hedge - Our news story about the extras hiding out on this DVD The Incredibles - Our post on The Incredibles secrets DVD Easter Eggs - This was one of the first sites to list eggs and remains a good source Hidden DVD Easter Eggs - This site is the most up-to-date of the bunch The Easter Egg Archive - This site catalogs all kinds of hidden features on computers, TV, and books as well as DVDs About.com - Their editors have culled together a decent list of DVD eggs MTV - The "music" network gives you their top 10 eggs CNet - They list their best eggs in several categories Popular Science - The magazine gives their five best in a list from 2002