I was recently perusing a local movie shop -- you know, one of those outrageous places which still tries to charge $30 for a new DVD -- and while scanning idly across the film titles I came to a conclusion. A new rule, if you will, which will now enter the hard and fast code which governs my life; although to be fair, it's a rule which has been passively influencing me for quite some time. This particular visit simply provided the occasion for me to identify and solidify the thought.

Here is my rule, which sprang to mind after seeing one particular movie with at least four different covers: If You Are Going to Call it A Special Edition, It Had Darn Well Better Be Special. This rule breaks down into several smaller elements -- call them corollaries or clarifications or addendums, whatever you prefer. And so without further ado, the Geek Beat presents The Special Edition Doctrine: