Well I appreciate your suggestions. Spent several hours trying to make it happen but it's having nothing to do with me. Nice that Apple has decided that I don't need to download videos anymore or make them either, since they have ceased including iDVD with the new machine. You would think if I was willing to blow almost four grand on a laptop I could get the things I want and need.
It ia true that Apple has moved away from DVD and iDVD.
However you can purchase external drives, even Apple supplies one if required and iDVD will work on the newer OS Mountain Lion.
I run iDVD 7.1.2 on Mountain Lion without issue.
BTW: We are all Apple users on this forum rather than Apple employees. If you wish to make your concerns heard then use Apple Feedback.