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April 5, 2010

Geek Out!: Our favorite 'Easter eggs'

Posted: 04:10 PM ET
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Need a break from this past weekend’s Peep-induced sugar coma? Here’s something else that’s pretty sweet for Easter Monday: some of our favorite Easter eggs! Easter eggs are those fun extra features in games, DVDs and even in some software that play out with a magic code, or some deftly-pressed combination of left-right-left-right-up-down-down. These are the ones that really bring out our inner geek:

My favorites are from the extended editions of the "Lord of The Rings" DVDs. They’re on each one of the films. The first 2 are a little racy as Jack Black is at the council of Elrond in “Fellowship,” and Gollum/Smeagol is accepting an MTV award (with some colorful language) in “Two Towers.” The tamest and possibly funniest are on "Return of the King," where Elijah Wood gets prank interviewed by Dominic Monahagn and Peter Jackson gets asked about making more LoTR-themed movies.
- Nikki Rau-Baker

“Star Trek: The Next Generation” was a 1993 Williams Electronics pinball game based on the popular TV show. When you shoot your pinball into the Holodeck you are presented with a choice of either 25 million points or a “shuttle simulation.” Instead of choosing one over the other, hold in the trigger and press the right flipper button. Once you do that, you will be sent to a hidden video mode where you play a hand of poker with Commander William Riker (voiced by Jonathan Frakes).
- James Dinan

A couple of years ago, when you clicked on the moon in Google Earth and zoomed way in, the moon became a chunk of cheese. It was a super cute easter egg.
- Karyn Lu

The Disc 1 commentary track of “Freaks and Geeks - The Complete Series" shows anime photos of the characters Lindsay and Sam.

“Lost Season 2: Everybody Hates Hugo” - Jorge Garcia talks about sweating.

“Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” - Yoda dances to The Roots, as seen in the photograph above.

"Spider-Man 2" DVD – Willem DaFoe and Sam Raimi prank Alfred Molina.

"Star Wars Trilogy" - hidden blooper reel

"Firefly: The Complete Series" - Adam Baldwin sings "Hero of Canton"
- Henry Hanks

At the end of the video game "God of War," Kratos is left in a room with two huge statues. One is Ares, the former god of war and the last boss of the game, the other is of a giant Minotaur.

If you steer Kratos to the statues and spend close to 5 minutes just wailing on the statues they will eventually shatter. There is nothing to give you a clue that they will break: no crunching sound or debris falling from the statues.

You will doubt yourself, thinking this is not going to work - but it will.

Once they're gone, a special phone number pops up on the screen. When you call it, an automated message from Kratos kicks in telling you that you might think you've got the video game goods because you beat his game, but he will still kick your butt, because *he* is still the God of War.

This was really fun and gave me a good laugh after finishing a great game. This also guaranteed that I would waste a lot of time trying to bust unbreakable statues in both of the sequel video games.
- Gustavo Castaneda

My all-time favorite is the "Fight Club" DVD. David Fincher inserted several subliminal frames of Brad Pitt’s character Tyler Durden in the film – long before you find out he’s a mental projection of the narrator.
- Valerie Streit

By far the best set of Easter eggs I have found has been for the 2002 Best of Bowie DVD video collection.

They added nine cool extras that are completely hidden and have unique ways of getting to them such as leaving the page alone for 5 minutes or having a different version play every 2nd time you select a clip.
- Will Etkin

So what are your favorite Easter eggs? And how did you find them? In the mean time, check out a few more tips for hunting Easter eggs here.

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Chris- Portland   April 5th, 2010 5:39 pm ET

My favorite is in the first season of the TV Show LOST. In the episode 'Exodus Part II', Hurley is running through the airport to catch his flight, Oceanic 815, and runs past a girls soccer team whose Jersey numbers are 'The Numbers.' 4 8 15 16 23 42. It's so easy to miss, but so great when you catch it. This one in particular prompted me to pay very close attention to LOST, as this show contains a plethora of Easter eggs.

Mike   April 5th, 2010 6:15 pm ET

The subliminal Tyler Durden appearances in FIGHT CLUB are not DVD Easter Eggs.That footage was in the theatrical presentation of the film.

Bo   April 5th, 2010 7:26 pm ET

Some of my favorite easter eggs are not listed here. I love the talkative Grunts in Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 3.

On the negative side of things, are the vulgar easter eggs (if they can be called that) in the older 2D animated Disney movies. Admit it, you know what I'm talking about.

Mark   April 5th, 2010 8:13 pm ET

I like the "All by myself" song at the end of the Green Day Dookie album. You can find some videos online of different times it was performed on stage too.

AC   April 5th, 2010 9:12 pm ET

Speaking of Harrison Ford flicks – Bladerunner has the Millenium Falcon in it – it is in one of the vehicles flying around in the city.

Byakko   April 5th, 2010 10:08 pm ET

Halo 3 had some nice easter eggs; in one of the multiplayer levels (sand trap I think), if you activated the Spark mode, and flew up above the level, you eventually found these small little rainbow easter eggs– and if you watched them they shot lasers that set off explosives embedded in the sand.

Chris   April 6th, 2010 12:16 am ET

One of my most memorable ones is from an old school PC game called "Conquests of Camelot" where you type "ham and jam and spam a lot" in a certain area, then the knights from Monty Python dance across the screen.

A cool easter egg on a CD is from an early version Better Than Ezra's "Friction Baby": the song "Mejor de Ezra" is before Track 1 (you have to start Track 1, and then track backwards). Other artists have done this as well.

Jeremy   April 6th, 2010 2:31 am ET

Reading some of these posts, I think a discussion of what exactly constitutes an "easter egg". My understanding is that an ease egg is a dvd only feature, so, there goes all those awesome allusions many of are referring to (Raiders, Bladerunner, Disney, etc.). An easter egg is a 'hidden' feature of the dvd itself, often times bonus or extra materila, often of a funny or, let's face it, geeky nature. Yes, leaving a menu alone for five minutes and having something you've never seen before appear is an easter egg. Finding out you can use your menu arrow to access a never-before seen basket of goodies for your inner-geek is an easter egg. All that being said, I can't remember any. Ha! So it goes.

Robbie   April 6th, 2010 2:34 am ET

They worked in the Millenium Falcon in the fleet action against the Borg cube in Star Trek: First Contact. R2-D2 was slipped (somewhere) into the Star Trek remake/reboot/whatever. In Episode II there is an X-wing and a TIE fighter chasing each other in the traffic on Courscant. Also in II, one of those animals that Padme and Anakin are riding on Naboo is slipped into the chase sequence between Obi-Wan's starfighter and Slave I in orbit above Geonosis. In I think it was Episode I, you can see a group of E.T.'s in the Senate.

AymZ   April 6th, 2010 2:46 am ET

Peter Venkman is Garfield!

In the 1980's cartoon, the real ghostbusters, Lorenzo Music played the voice of Peter Venkman, he also voiced Garfield in one of his earlier cartoons.

Now, Bill Murray played Peter Venkman in the Ghostbuster movies, and later went on to voice Garfield in his latest movie adaptation.

So, in conculsion, I reiterate, Peter Venkman is Garfield!

Joe   April 6th, 2010 4:26 am ET

UP, UP, DOWN, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, B, A, SELECT, START... NO SCHOOL LIKE OLD SCHOOL (bringing smiles to geeks everywhere)


for those who know – no explananation necessary,
for those who don't – no explanation possible

Killer Klown   April 6th, 2010 7:20 am ET

Original Playstation game, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night; put it into a regular (audio) CD player and play Track 2; you get a little bit of spoken dialogue by Alucard in which he emos out about it being a Playstation black disk, and not playable in a normal CD player, then a remix of the main theme.

andrew   April 6th, 2010 7:45 am ET

I believe the video game, "Game of War" is actually supposed to be , "God of War." I found an easter egg in this story.

David   April 6th, 2010 7:58 am ET

My favorite was in Microsoft Excel '95. I do not remember the combination, but it went something like this: Scroll to the 95th row, 95th collumn of a clean sheet, and type (don't remember exactly what). It would take you to a video animation of first person walk through a creepy dungeon twisting down stairs until is came to bottom. It was called Hall of Tortured Souls. Take that Microsoft! 🙂

PS   April 6th, 2010 8:05 am ET

My favorite is the cow level in Diablo II...pretty much everyone knew about it, but it was still cool.

keiyume   April 6th, 2010 8:21 am ET

Man, some editors seriously needed to read through this article. Fight Club? Really? "Game" of War? *sigh* Never heard about the statue thing, though, so I will need to try that out 🙂

I think my favorite recent Easter egg in a game was the Ryan/golf club one in BioShock 2... I almost fell over laughing when I realized it was also a trophy/achievement.

But there are plenty of video game eggs... and who can forget Hot Coffee?

EK   April 6th, 2010 8:52 am ET

In Blade Runner, the Millennium Falcon was used as part of a building. It is not flying around as AC says.

And that isn't an easter egg, it's an homage. Similar to the Firefly class ship that flys by in one of the opening scenes of Battlestar Galactica (new series), or the alien skull in the Predator ship in Predator II (which caught enough attention, it caused a cross-over).

Jim   April 6th, 2010 9:14 am ET

In "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" you can see R2D2 hanging from the Mothership as it comes over Devil's Tower. It is immediately after Melinda Dillon's reaction shot. Next you see the Mothership rising behind her; R2D2 rotates by hanging from the edge of the ship.

Terminator 2: a real easter egg. while on Play Theatrical edition, press the down arrow 5 times on the remote. You will see "The future is not set" Enter the Judgment Day date (forgot it now, see the scene where The Terminator tells John and Sarah, how Judgment Day occurs). You will get a third cut of the movie. I am not totally sure the procedure, if it is incorrect, hopefully someone will provide the correct sequence.

JC   April 6th, 2010 9:28 am ET

One that I found was in the Battlestar Galactica mini series. When Laura was waiting to hear from the doctor, several ships fly by the window. One of them is a Firefly class ship. >.<

scott   April 6th, 2010 9:44 am ET

forget about easter eggs how about movie editing foul ups that make it through to the finished product. name some of those

GW   April 6th, 2010 9:44 am ET

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace has two good ones. In the junk yard, there is a ship from 2001 Space Odyssey, and then in the Senate scene, there is a group of E.T. aliens.

...and let us not forget Commander Keen's dopefish that has been regularly appearing as Easter eggs in video games since 1991.

Shad   April 6th, 2010 10:00 am ET

In Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, when Optimus Prime is equipped with Jetfire's parts, you can see R2D2 (just a shadowy outline) flying onto him. I had to slow it down to see it.

Moroni   April 6th, 2010 10:03 am ET

On the Robin Williams Live on Broadway DVD, there are two hidden Easter eggs. One is a clip of every folio sound effect Robin does in his comedy act strung together. The second clip is a string of every F- word Robin used in that same act.

Steven   April 6th, 2010 10:17 am ET

In the Mortal Kombat II game for the SNES, after you have played 500 matches in a row, you are whisked away to a "Challenge from the Past," which is a game of Pong.

lIllI   April 6th, 2010 1:38 pm ET

Do people not realize what an Easter Egg really is?! Its usually a hidden icon or menu option you have to click or a code you have to enter to activate/access hidden features to the media you are viewing/playing.

Homages and cameos in movies are not Easter Eggs.

As for easter eggs, does anyone remember the Flight Simulator for Excel 97? Now that was a fun one:
Press F5, type X97:L97, press [Enter], [Tab], hold [Control] + [Tab] then click Chart Wizard.

Now that was a classic!

Avrailer(Jeremii)   April 6th, 2010 2:02 pm ET

@ Killer Clown...

WOOT WOOT! Juggalo 4 life! MWCL

Yoo   April 14th, 2010 8:20 am ET

More fun here:

osun   June 4th, 2011 8:48 pm ET

The egg that everyone has missed so far in Fight Club:
When Norton's character is e-mailing haiku about worker bees to his workmates, you briefly see a list of 11 names he's sending to.
Five of those names are in the end credits under production and art direction.

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Gerard Streeter   April 12th, 2013 12:31 pm ET

Everyone was talking only about the detonation of the number of records that were being set by the Transformers movies(Transformers 2007, Revenge of the Fallen, and Dark of the Moon) right from United States to Malaysia and China. It was hard to believe that the Transformers had crossed the records of even epic movie by director James Cameron's the Titanic. Families went to the theaters in droves; the old generation – likely mothers and fathers by now – ushering the new generation in to see the favorite alien robots of their youth. Hasbro, the gigantic toy company that originated the Transformers, made record sales in the toys and merchandising that went along with the film, ensuring that everything came full-circle.-

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