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Scary secrets buried on your DVDs

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Easter may be six months away but you can still have fun hunting for eggs — on your favorite DVDs, that is.

"Easter Eggs" are hidden treats on discs in your collection. Consider them secret areas that serve as a reward for those savvy or determined enough to uncover them. An egg could be an alternate ending, interactive game, humorous blooper reel or music video.

For it to qualify as an egg, however, these hidden goodies must not be listed on the back of the box. Only by pressing the correct sequence of buttons on the DVD remote will reveal the reward.

The Ring

Dreamworks' creepy The Ring is about a deadly video tape that kills whoever watches it within seven days. OK, so the premise is ridiculous but good luck getting in a good night's rest after watching this flick.

The Ring features a scary Easter egg, too: Pop in the disc and from the main menu, press the Up arrow on the DVD remote and the cursor will disappear. Now press Enter to be treated to the disturbing (and deadly) video tape from the film. Even scarier is that a phone will ring a few seconds after being taken back to the main menu -- just like in the movie. No, not your own phone, of course (how cool would that be) but a realistic sound effect.

The Sixth Sense

From the disc's main menu, select the Bonus Materials tab. Scroll to the bottom of this page and select More. Now you should see a jewelry box at the bottom of this second Bonus Materials page. Scroll down and select it with your remote and the lid will open, revealing a video tape with the writing Knight's First Horror Film.

As introduced by The Sixth Sense director, M. Night Shyamalan, this film was made when he was 11 years old. The clip is about a minute and a half. Enjoy.

Inception

Insert the second disc (Special Features) of Christopher Nolan's Inception and once the menu loads, enter these numbers on your remote: 528491. Doing this will cause a picture of Cobb's spinning top to appear. Press Enter on this to view a motion comic that sets up the events at the beginning of the film. The number 528491 is a series of random digits that Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy) gives to the team, when Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) asks him to give the first six digits that come to mind. There's also a great music-based Easter egg in Inception if you can find it.

Snakes on a Plane

Samuel L. Jackson's campy thriller about, er, snakes on a plane, has a humorous egg buried within. From the main menu, select Special Features, and then choose TV Spots. Once inside, highlight the words Special Features, but don't press Enter just yet — instead, tap the Right button on the DVD remote and a green snake will illuminate on the screen. Now press Enter to view a faux South Pacific Airlines safety video. Complete with amusing hand-drawn illustrations, advice during an emergency includes "your snack tray may be used to trap and confuse snakes" and "if you suffer from a snake bite, please notify a flight attendant. Now sit back and enjoy the fright."

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