Easter is just around the corner, but many DVD fans search for hidden eggs all year.
Easter eggs refer to treats secretly planted on many DVD movies and television show box sets. Consider them undocumented extras not listed on the back of the box. Well-hidden eggs serve as a reward for those who are determined enough to find them.
These buried gems are accessible only by pressing the correct sequence of buttons on the remote while navigating through the menu screens, not usually done during the viewing.
Most of these secrets are passed on by word of mouth or via websites such as DVDTalk.com.
If these recent DVDs wind up in your Easter basket, here's how to find the eggs: 'Chicken Little' (Disney, $30) Step 1:
On the main menu, highlight the word Play, but don't press Enter just yet. Instead, tap the Right arrow button on the remote. A blue hexagon will appear in the sky. Hidden egg:
Press Enter to watch a giggly Foxy Loxy talk about her pal Chicken Little. Step 2:
Go back out to the main menu and select Bonus Features. Once inside, highlight the words Music & More and tap Right arrow button on DVD remote. Another blue hexagon will appear. Hidden egg:
Press Enter to view a funny clip with the pudgy Runt of the Litter. 'The Chronicles of Narnia' (2-disc, Disney, $35) Step 1:
Pop in the second DVD (Bonus Material) from the two-disc set and choose Creating Narnia from the main menu. Step 2:
Select Evolution of an Epic. Once inside, press the Left arrow button three times, and a yellow symbol will appear on the director's chair. Press Enter. Hidden egg:
Young Skandar Keynes (Edmund Pevensie) talks about eating too much Turkish Delight. 'Flightplan' (Disney, $30) Step 1:
Pop in the DVD and select Bonus Features from the main menu. Step 2:
Choose In-Flight Movie: The Making of Flightplan. Scroll down to highlight the entry called Connecting Flights: Post Production, and tap the Left arrow button on your remote twice. A green arrow on the screen will appear. Press Enter. Hidden egg:
The executive producer talks about overcoming airline security obstacles. Tip:
See whether you can find another egg on the main menu by navigating around the in-flight screens on the back of each seat. 'Toy Story 2: Special Edition' (Disney, $30) Step 1:
Pop in the second DVD and move the cursor over the word Index. Tap the Right arrow button to highlight Woody's sheriff star. Press Enter. Hidden egg:
Director John Lasseter and co-director Ash Brannon say "Congratulations! You've found our little Easter egg!," followed by a silly animated outtake with Jessie (Joan Cusack) in the car. Step 2:
Go back to the main menu, enter the Behind the Scenes area and select Publicity. Once inside, use the arrow buttons to navigate to the sheriff star near the bottom of the screen. Once it illuminates, press Enter. Hidden egg:
Woody throws a baseball. Tip:
When you're on the main menu again, do nothing, and one of the three-eyed aliens will appear.