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Before you start contributing, here are some basic rules that must be understood:
  1. Verify the barcode and country of the disc. Do not contribute descriptions, discs, covers, etc. from any other release than the specific one matching the barcode and country.
  2. Only DVD, Blu-ray, and HD DVD can be submitted. Do not contribute Laserdisc, VHS, VCD, or other formats.
  3. The database is for official releases only. Do not contribute bootlegs, home videos or similar. Use the Personal Title option for such things.
  4. Please check the database to ensure the title does not exist before creating a new title. We will not delete an existing record except in specific circumstances — failure to edit an existing record is not one of them.

Box Sets

Main|Box Sets Box sets have exceptions to standard handling that need to be followed. This guide will mention the special rule, if any, for each field. There is also a complete box set guide with detailed instructions.

Release Details


Country specifies the origin country of the DVD release, which means the country the title was released for. Generally, you can expect the country you purchased the title in to be the country of origin, but in some situations titles are imported from other countries – in this case the country must specified as the country where the title was imported from. The Country is required information before contributing a title to the WebService.

Notice!: Once the title has been contributed the first time, only a moderator may change the Country. If there is reason for the Country to be changed, please log an incorrect title report.


Barcode specifies the exact barcode of the DVD as found on the back cover of the DVD. The barcode is a unique identifier and is rarely used on more than one title within the same country. The Barcode is required information before contributing a title to the Webservice.

Notice!: Once the title has been contributed the first time, only a moderator may change the Barcode. If there is reason for the Barcode to be changed, please log an incorrect title report.

Titles Without Barcodes

In rare situations, a title is released without a barcode, in these situations or in situations where a box set contains individually packed movies where the covers does not contain a barcode, the default barcode "000000000000" may be used. For a title contributed with this barcode to be accepted and added to the database, it is required to contribute both a front and a back cover, for a moderator to confirm that the title follows correct usage of the special barcode. Notice that contribution points are not given for titles using the "000000000000" barcode. For more information on these types of titles and how they specifically apply to Box Sets please see the Box Set section of the Wiki.

Multiple Titles With Same Barcode

It is possible that a barcode is used more than once per country. However, variations of cover art or a re-release of the same title does not automatically justify inclusion in the database as a separate item. In the case of duplicate barcode, notice that you cannot create such titles on your own. Please notify a moderator and provide sufficient evidence including cover art. Once a moderator has initially created the new record, the title record may be edited by anyone.


Type specifies the type of the media, “DVD”, “HD-DVD” or “Blu-ray”, combined titles with “HD-DVD” on one side, and “DVD” on the other must be specified as “HD-DVD”. The Type information does not refer to the type of the actual video on your hard drive. Notice that the contribution guide will refer to all of these as DVDs. The Type is required information before contributing a title to the WebService.

Notice!: Once the title has been contributed the first time, only a moderator may change the Type. If there is reason for the Type to be changed, please log an incorrect title report.

Release Date

Release Date contains the specific date on where the DVD was first released within the country of origin.

Please notice the following things when contributing release dates:

  • Release Date is precise specified information, meaning that if you do not know the specific release date, you should leave the field empty.
  • If a title goes out of print, and is later re-released, the Release Date should contain the date of the original release, as long as the title is still having the same barcode.

Is Box Set

main|Box Sets

The record shall be marked as a box set only if it contains multiple titles sold together in a single package. Box sets have exceptions to normal contribution rules that must be followed. These exceptions will be noted in the style below:

Box Sets: Is Box Set shall only be marked if the title is a box set.


General Rules

  1. Use correct capitalization of the title per local language standards. For English do not capitalize joining words such as "the", "a", "in" or "of" unless they only are first or last word in the title. An example is "The Lord of the Rings", where "The" is capitalized because it is the first word, "of" and second "the" isn't as it joining words, and "Lord" and "Rings" is capitalized, because they are not joining words; a capitalization such as "The Lord Of The Rings" would be incorrect, and the same would "The lord of the rings". Please pay attention to correct capitalization on non-English languages that must follow the common usage in that specific language.
  2. Never add additional information to the title fields, such as "Full-Screen", "Unrated", "HD", "DTS" or similar, DVD edition information must be added to the "Edition" section, type such as "HD-DVD" must be select in the "Type" field, and audio information goes in the audio section.
  3. The word "Local" in Local Title does not refer to this title being a local one for your personal collection only, the "Local Title" is the main title on the My Movies WebService and should match the DVD cover.
  4. If the title on the DVD cover includes information that is not part of the actual title, such as "Tim Burton's Corpse Bride", only the actual title name "Corpse Bride" should be added to the local title field. The full title, such as "Tim Burton's Corpse Bride" is to be added to the "Original Title" field.

Local Title

Local Title contains the DVDs title in the country it is released for. This title will be the one typically found on the movie cover. An example would be "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers", where Local Title would be "Le seigneur des anneaux: Les deux tours" for a DVD released in France and "Der Herr der Ringe: Die zwei Türme" for a DVD released in Germany. This must be written in the same language as on the cover, even if the language does not match the country of release. The Local Title is required information before contributing a title to the WebService.

Original Title

Original Title contains the films main title in the country it was produced in. This title can typical be found on the back of the movie cover as a small note of the original title. An example would be English "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers", French "Le seigneur des anneaux: Les deux tours", and German "Der Herr der Ringe: Die zwei Türme" that as original title always would be "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" no matter what country the DVD was released for. When a DVD is released for the same country that it was produced in, the Original Title typically equals the Local Title.

NOTE: The Original Title is what you use when you create a film's Online Movie Details Page - NOT the Local Title.

Original Title examples:
ExampleDVD CountryLocal TitleOriginOriginal Title
1USAThe Seventh SealSwedenDet sjunde inseglet

For the classic Swedish film "Det sjunde inseglet", which is known to US/UK users as "The Seventh Seal", you will use "Det sjunde inseglet" as the Original Title.
2USADexter: The Complete First SeasonUSADexter: The Complete First Season

For the USA television series "Dexter" there is not any change, as the title cover language is the same as the country of origin.
3USAAmazing Nurse NanakoJapan菜々子解体診書 (Nanako Katai Shinsho)

For the Japanese television series that US/UK users know as "Amazing Nurse Nanako" you would use the original Japanese Kanji, followed by the Romanji in parantheses. These should usually be separated by a space.
4SpainPerdidos: La primera temporada completaUSALost: The Complete First Season

For the American television series known in Spain as "Perdidos", you use the original English title, "Lost", followed by the translation of the rest of the title, "The Complete First Season".


General Rules

  • Sort Title equals the Local Title, with exceptions of leading words, such as “The” in English, “Die”, “Das” and “Der” in Germany, and similar, where the leading word must be placed behind the title. An example would be the English Sort Title, “Lord of the Rings, The”, and the German Sort Title “Herr der Ringe, Der”.
  • The full title is always used in the Sort field. Do not shorten the title. An example of an incorrect sort would be "Lord of the Rings 1" instead of "Lord of the Rings, The 01: The Fellowship of the Ring".
  • If the title contains roman numbers to denote the sequence number in the series, such as "V" and "IV", these should as sort title be changed to standard numeric values with minimum two digits, such as "05" and "04" - as an example, "Star Wars V: Empire Strikes Back" as Local Title should be added as "Star Wars 05: Empire Strikes Back" as Sort Title.
  • If a title is a sequel the sort title needs to be set to the common name followed by a two digit number and then the titles proper name. As an example the Indiana Jones movies.
Local TitleSort Title
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost ArkIndiana Jones 01: and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones and the Temple of DoomIndiana Jones 02: and the Temple of Doom
Indiana Jones and the Last CrusadeIndiana Jones 03: and the Last Crusade

If a title is assigned a digit, make sure "The", "Der", etc. is placed before the digit:
Local TitleSort Title
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the RingLord of the Rings, The 01: The Fellowship of the Ring
Le seigneur des anneaux: La communauté de l'anneauseigneur des anneaux, Le 01: La communauté de l'anneau
Der Herr der Ringe: Die GefährtenHerr der Ringe, Der 01: Die Gefährten

If a boxset is generally regarded as a series use the same sorting standard as you would normally use with individual profiles, but use 00 as the number, with the Box Set Details appended to the end. Example using Arnold Box Set containing 2 films:

  • "Arnold Box Set 00"
  • "Arnold Box Set 01: Kindergarten Cop"
  • "Arnold Box Set 02: Predator"

TV Series

TV series are sorted same as as movies, except as noted below:

TV Series that are released as both whole seasons and partial seasons (or a box set with individual cases for each disc) can best be sorted by using the following example. Example using "Friends: The Complete First Season" and their separate individual releases.

  • Friends 01.00: The Complete First Season
  • Friends 01.01: Episodes 1-5
  • Friends 01.02: Episodes 6-9

TV Series that change their name over the course of several seasons (especially prominent in some Anime Series) can be handled with the following example, in which the Common Name followed by the Season # and Season Name is used in parentheses - the example is for Galaxy Angel and it's various seasons. Note that the names of the Galaxy Angel Series are basically Galaxy Angel, Galaxy Angel Z, Galaxy Angel A - this does not lead to easy sorting:

  • Galaxy Angel (01: ) 00, 01,02, etc.
  • Galaxy Angel (02: Z) 00, 01, 02, etc.
  • Galaxy Angel (03: A) 00, 01, 02, etc.
  • Galaxy Angel (04: S) 00, 01, 02, etc.


Films and series which do not share a common name cannot be sorted as in the examples above. For example, the sort for "Hannibal" is "Hannibal", not "Silence of the Lambs 02: Hannibal", as "Silence of the Lambs" is not part of the name. As such, these titles will by default correctly be placed out of expected order for some users. In such cases, you must utilize the Personal Sort option to override this, without affecting the WebService when contributing changes.

Movie SeriesFilm #Local TitleCorrect SortIncorrect Sort
Die Hard4Live Free or Die HardLive Free or Die HardDie Hard 04: Live Free or Die Hard
The Fast and the Furious22 Fast 2 Furious2 Fast 2 FuriousFast and the Furious, The 02: 2 Fast 2 Furious
James Bond21Casino RoyaleCasino RoyaleJames Bond 21: Casino Royale


Edition contains the edition of the DVD, to be able to distinguish different releases of the same film, such as “Widescreen Edition”, “Full-Screen Edition”, “Unrated” and similar. The edition of the film, if any, is typically printed on the front of the DVD cover. If no Edition can be found on the cover of the DVD, and you are unaware of other releases of the same film, the Edition field should be left blank. For the purpose of distinguishing between a "standard" and "special" edition, it is unnecessary to write "Standard", "Edition Simple", "Einzel DVD" or similar, unless this is specifically written on the cover -- leaving the field blank is sufficient to indicate the release's "standard" status.

Film Details

Production Year

Production Year contains the year the film originally was released to theatres. This original release year is to be used also on new creations of the film, such as directors cut or similar, meaning that new creations do not give the title a new Production Year. If no production year is added on a profile, you may import it from IMDB when importing actors or crew.

Box Sets: No production year shall be entered.


Running Time contains the length in minutes of the main movie of the DVD, without extra material, intros or similar. Generally, the length of the title can be found on the DVD cover, and this is the main source, unless you can find a specific difference in actual running time as displayed by the player, in which case the running time of the player is the one to use. Running time must be rounded to nearest full minute, 30 second and above rounds up. An example would be that the player shows 90 minutes and 43 seconds running time, in which case running time must be specified as 91 minutes, even if the cover specifies 90 minutes.

Box Sets: Enter the total running time of all titles, excluding bonus features.

Rating Details

Parental Rating

Parental Rating contains the rating of the DVD in the country the DVD was released for. The Parental Rating can be found on the DVD cover if the DVD is rated. If the DVD is not rated, use the setting “Unrated”. The rating settings follow the country specified for the title, so when creating new titles manually, be sure to specify a country for correct Parental Rating options. If the Parental Rating levels are not known for the country the DVD was released for, a standard set of levels will be used.

If the title is considered pornography, then you must select "XXX" or similar rating appropriate to the country of release. It is also required to utilized the "Adult" checkbox.

Box Sets: Parental Rating shall be set to "none", unless the parental rating is specifically applied to the box set as a whole.

Rating Cause

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The Rating Cause is the reason provided by the ratings board for the rating applied to the title. The rating cause is often found on the back cover next to the parental rating, when the DVD was released for a country where descriptions or reasons are specified along with the parental ratings. If no description is known, the field should be left blank. If the Rating Cause is known from external sources (other editions of the movie sharing the same rating, official movie informational pages, etc) - then it may be inputted. Do not make up your own personal Rating Cause.

For example, if the Parental Rating specified on the cover is the parental rating, the reason for the rating is "violence, some sexuality and brief strong language", then this should be typed as:

  • Rated PG-13 for Violence, Some Sexuality and Brief Strong Language

Box Sets: Rating Cause shall be left blank, unless the rating cause is specifically applied to the box set as a whole.


This box is to be checked if the title is pornographic, and only if it pornographic, and not just films which you feel are not for children (violence, swearing, etc.) A film containing incidental or gratuitous nudity or implied sexual acts are not considered pornography. The film is pornographic if, when taken as whole, is created with the express purpose of stimulating sexual arousal of the viewer, with the stars of the film often performing actual sexual acts. If this box is incorrectly checked, it will prevent many people from downloading the title.

Note: Parental Controls must be specifically configured to enable access to adult titles on the WebService.

Some examples of films series which can be categorized as erotic to some degree, but are not considered pornographic, include:
BoxSet|Shall be marked as "Adult" if any pornographic titles are contained in the box set.


Genres are for some titles listed on the title cover, but in other situations Genres come down to the individual user’s interpretation. It is recommended to use IMDb as source for Genres, if the genres are not listed on the title cover, or if you are unsure of which Genres to add. If no genres is added on a profile, you may import them from IMDB when importing actors or crew.

Caution|Use the Categories option to classify according to your own opinion, as these are not submitted when contributing updates.

BoxSet|Genres shall not be entered.


IMDb ID's refer to IDs on The Internet Movie Database, and can be located by searching their website. After locating the title, the website address will appear such as "", where numbers in "tt1234567" differs for each title - the "tt1234567" string is the IMDb ID to enter. If the title is not present on IMDb, you may use the ID "tt0000000". The IMDb ID is required data before submitting to the WebService.

IMDb ID's for adult titles and individual episodes of TV series can only be found by manually searching on IMDB and not through the Collection Management interface. Adult titles require a registered account and adult titles enabled in user preferences. To import data from IMDb for adult films or TV series episodes, you must search by ID instead title after manually obtaining the ID from the IMDb web site.

BoxSet|IMDb shall be set to "tt0000000".

Media Type

Media Type describes the general content of the title: Movie, TV Series, Documentary, Music, or Other. Keep in mind the following when contributing Media Type:


Blu-ray 3D

Blu-ray 3D means a Blu-ray disc containing a 3D version, requiring a compatible player, television and glasses to view.


Discs must be contributed as the exact number of discs in the release, contributing only one disc of a multiple disc release is not valid. For a single disc release, the name of the disc must be either "Disc 1" or "Main Feature" or the localized equivalent in the language of the country specified on the profile, unless a specific disc name is specified on the disc itself, in which case all three options are valid.

Since a single version of a disc is often released in many countries, the disc name specified on the disc itself may not follow the language of the country specified on the profile. In that situation, it is allowed to specify the disc name as the localized equivalent of the name specified on the disc.

For multiple disc releases, the rules for single disc releases applies, except that the discs must primarily be named with the name specified on the discs, or, if not specified on the discs be named "Disc 1", "Disc 2", "Disc 3" and so forth - again, specifying the localized equivalent of these is allowed.

Disc ID's is a unique ID identifying the individual disc, and is read from the disc itself, by inserting it into a drive. The Disc ID may only be read from the original disc, and not from mounted ISO's or backup discs, as the Disc ID of these is changed in the backup process.

In the case of mixed disc types contained in a single release, all discs still must be contributed. For example, a "Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy" edition and the digital copy is contained on a dedicated disc, there must a disc entry for each disc, for a total of 3 disc entries. However, there will not be a Disc ID for the digital copy, because an ID cannot be read from the disc. Do not enter anything in the disc ID field for a digital copy.


Audio Tracks is not always easy to contribute, as the individual audio track is not always specifically identified on the back cover, but have different names depending on which studio released the title.

When contributing audio tracks, notice the following:

  • In some situations, only “5.1”, “Stereo”, “Mono” or similar is listed, without a specified type. In these situations, a Dolby Digital logo is often found on the back cover to identify that the type of the audio track is Dolby Digital, or a DTS logo to identify a DTS audio track.
  • An audio track specified as “Uncompressed” refers to PCM audio tracks.
  • DTS-HD audio tracks that are not specifically specified as “High Resolution” or “Master Audio” must be added as “High Resolution”.
  • "Dolby stereo surround" or "Dolby 2.0 surround" means "Dolby Surround" (not to be confused with Dolby Surround EX or Dolby Digital) and will either be "3.0" or "4.0", as these are the actual number of Channels when decoded.
  • "2.0 mono" should be entered as "1.0".

It is required to list all audio tracks listed on the titles back cover, listing only some of these will be considered an incorrect contribution.

In case you are unsure of which audio track to select, contribute the title front and back cover to the service, and ask on the forums which audio track to specify. If you are unsure, you should not be contributing audio tracks.

BoxSet|Audio Tracks shall not be entered.


Subtitles refer to subtitles on the main movie; subtitles on extra material should not be listed.

It is required to list all subtitles listed on the titles back cover, listing only some of these will be considered an incorrect contribution. If the subtitle language is not available, select “Other”.

When a disc ID for a DVD is read from the disc the first time, and the subtitles are not already entered, it is possible to import the subtitle tracks automatically. However, please ensure it is correct and complete, by comparing against the DVD cover and available options when playing the disc.

Only subtitles that can be activated from the disc menu should be entered. Any subtitle or caption that is burned into the film or only enabled by the television set are not to be included.

In the case of a disc not containing any subtitles in the main feature, you may select "The title does not contain any subtitles."

BoxSet|Subtitles shall not be entered.


The Video Format specifies the format of the video on the disc, as specificed on the back cover. If the Video Format is not specificed on the back cover, you may only contribute the Video Format if you can confirm the format from other sources, such as the movie player. For DVD's, then options are NTSC for United States and Canada, and PAL for Europe, Australia and other areas. HD DVD and Blu-ray titles has the same video formats in the whole world, always specificed as the vertical resolution, along with an "i" for interlaced, or "p" for progressive, such as 720p, 1080i and 1080p.

In case a title contains multiple versions of a movie, or more than one movie, where the Video Format differs, the Video Format should be provided from what is being considered the primary title in the release, or, in situations when no part of the release can be seen as primary, it should be specified from the first disc added to the profile.

Aspect Ratio

Aspect Ratio is the aspect ratio of the movie, as typically specified on the back of DVD the cover. Notice that the Aspect Ratio often is specific to the DVD release, as different versions of the DVD release often exists with different aspect ratios. In case the Aspect Ratio is not written on the back of the DVD cover, you may use IMDB as reference for the original movies Aspect Ratio, and provide that as the expected aspect ratio of the DVD release.

In case a title contains multiple versions of a movie, where the Aspect Ratio differs, the Aspect Ratio should be provided from what is being considered the primary title in the release, or, in situations when no part of the release can be seen as primary, it should be specified from the first disc added to the profile.

A cover may state "widescreen", "16:9", or "1.78:1" when in fact the aspect ratio may be some variation thereof (1.85, 2.35, etc.). In such cases please attempt to provide the actual aspect ratio.

If the film's aspect ratio is not in the available options, then you may type it in manually.

BoxSet|Aspect Ratio shall not be selected.


Basic Rules

  1. Capitalization must be kept as it is on the cover, and special letters, such as ©, ®, and similar must be typed in too. Special characters can be copied from the Windows Character Map application. In situations where the full description is written in capitalized letters, capitalization should not be kept, and standard writing capitalization rules should be used.
  2. You may not contribute other languages than the one written on the cover, even if the language written on the cover does not match the country of origin.
  3. You may not use HTML or other markup.
  4. As the Description and Extras must match as on the cover, you may not contribute these before the full cover is available.
  5. External sources are not acceptable, nor may you write your own.


Special rules for entering Description:
  1. Do not contribute taglines, reviews, extra features or similar, unless it is a direct part of the description. You may contribute a non-review tagline from a front cover or back cover, if it sufficiently helps describe the movie. An example of this would be "When Death Has A Name" or "Fear Now Takes You" and then the Description follows on the opposite or same cover.
    • The important part here is that we do not want any non-essential critic taglines that extol the movie's merits on a critical basis.
  2. If a title has no description, and only if a title has no description on the title cover, you may use the symbol - for future automating purposes.
  3. Do not put additional information in the Description that is not present on the title cover. This includes tv episode titles, tv episode synopses - UNLESS they are included on the title cover - then they are considered part of the Description.

BoxSet|If no text qualifies as a description, you may enter a list of the titles contained within the set.


Special rules for entering Extras
  1. Do not contribute information about extra features that is not mentioned on the cover.
  2. If no description of extra material is present on the title cover, only in this case you may click the box “The title does not contain any extra material” to be able to complete the title.
  3. Items such as 'Interactive Menus' may be included as an extra feature.

BoxSet|Extras shall only be entered if they are mentioned on the main box.

Correct Example

Incorrect Example



Studios refer to the studios which released the movie in theaters, the production companies which actually made the film, and the distributing studio on disc, and must be added in that order:

  1. Studio behind the theatrical release
  2. Production company or companies
  3. Disc distribution company

It is required to at least specify the studios mentioned on the back cover on the title, contributing only some of the studios listed on the titles back cover will be considered an invalid contribution.

BoxSet|Studios shall not be entered.


Actors includes, but is not limited to:

  • film and stage actors
  • hosts, narrators
  • singers, band members

If there less than the required amount of confirmed actors to complete the actors section to 100%, you may select "The title contains no other actors." Selecting this option when there are still easily identifiable actors for the title, found on DVD cover, film credits or IMDb is considered an incorrect contribution.

BoxSet|Cast members shall not be entered.

Crew Members

Do not use "various", "multiple" or similar as a crew member name if more than one person served a particular role. BoxSet|Crew members shall not be entered.

Person Profiles


  • absolutely no nudity
  • photo should be a headshot, whenever possible


Keep in mind that most My Movies users are English speakers, and therefore it is generally expected that biographies be written in English.

There is no specific requirement regarding the content of the biography. However, here are some suggestions:

  • date of birth, date of death
  • filmography or list of notable works
  • personal life and career

Cover Art

Covers contributed are required to match the title exactly, meaning that the barcode on the back cover must specifically be the same as the barcode of the profile.

Contributed covers must not contained text, stamps, watermarks or anything else that is not part of the original cover scan, such as “Copyrighted Material” stamps, store logos or similar. Contributing covers with such stamps is considered invalid contributions.

If a title is not yet released, and the cover is therefore not available, you may contribute a movie poster of the title, as long as this is only contributed as a front cover, and as long as the contribution is made prior to the titles release date.

Please notice the following when contributing covers:

  • Contributing on top of existing covers may only be done if the existing covers do not follow the contribution guide, or when the program lists covers as “Improvable”, and your contributed covers is of a better quality than the existing ones.
  • You may not contribute custom edited covers. Only covers specifically from the original material are allowed, however improving scanned colors, and removing scanning artifacts is allowed.
  • Contributed covers must include only front and back cover parts. There should not be any blank spaces around the sides or spine (center) present on the images. When selecting a full cover scan, in most situations the cover will automatically be split by the program, but is your responsibility that the cover is split and cropped correctly before contributing.
  • If you contribute a cover without a barcode, you must be certain that the contributed cover is of the correct title and edition.
  • If a back cover is not available, contribute only the front cover. Never contribute the front cover, poster, or other images in the back cover slot for any reason.
  • If contributing a front or back cover to a profile, where the profile after your contribution will have both front and back cover, you must contribute both the front and back cover to ensure that there is a match in both sizes and quality of the front and back cover.

When contributing covers, these will automatically be down-scaled to 150 dpi, and a JPEG quality of 85 of 100, while your local covers will be down-scaled to 250 dpi. It is therefore recommended to scan in 250 dpi when scanning covers.—