DVD Options closed down in 2006; we keep this review as it was for posterity.
Its website looks busy and like it hasn't been updated--on our initial review in February 2005, it still had a Coming Soon list with films from the previous September, and these films (Finding Nemo, etc. hadn't been updated over a year later). In fact, on its subscription page it stated they were not taking new customers "due to overwhelming demand," and to check back in a few weeks. Even though they were back to taking customers when we checked again in summer, the "new" films were still old, making us question how long this company will last.
The individual DVD data is too short--just director, star, running time, and a short synopsis. There is one thing which we really like about the site, a genre browse page which lists 12 main topics, with a total of 54 subtopics (i.e. under Adventure genre is Bond, Martial Arts, Action, Westerns, War)--granted we have some quibbles, like they should have put Dr. Who in Sci-fi instead of Fantasy, but otherwise we like the setup. You can search by title, actor, or director, which is also a plus. The DVD information--synopsis, indexed authors/directors, and list of features on the disc--are all quite good. In short, the site has a good engine, but we don't really recommend it as the website design could be better, it's expensive, and more importantly it appears to be updated infrequently.
Prices: DVD Options offer the first month subscription at half price. They charge £9.95 for 1 disc, a hefty £14.95 for 2 discs, £19.95 for 3 discs, and £24.95 for 5 discs. They also allow a seven night pay-per-rent option at a hefty £3.25 per disc. Note, if you want to cancel you must give 5 working days notice prior to the subscription end, and ensure that all discs are returned by the last working day before the end, otherwise you may be charged another month.