Posted August 25 2003 - 10:07 PM
| Exactly! These kind of "under the radar" films won't appeal to general, mainstream consumers. It's the *fans* of the film that are interested in them, and these folks (as you said) will NOT buy them if they're not OAR. |
This statement hits the nail exactly
on the head.
I am going to be very professional in my reply to
this. I think I have been out of line many times
in the past when it came to criticizing MGM --
especially in the manner of which I presented my
I don't know who is making these sort of calls
over at that studio, but it doesn't take a genius
to see that these are highly uneducated decisions.
MGM is taking this approach that certain movies
won't sell if released anamorphic widescreen. Now
we all know that's an urban myth, but okay, MGM
wants to believe that. But then
the most obscure titles that only appeal to a
small sect of hardcore fans to release Full Frame.
Another thing that greatly bothers me about
what MGM is doing is the fact that this format
has the capability of holding two versions of
a film on a single DVD disc
. Why can't MGM
appease everyone by releasing BOTH versions of
their films on one DVD?
I am really trying to remain civil about all
of this, but it really hurts all of us inside
when we see that a major studio like MGM is
irresponsibly releasing titles in this manner.
At least most ALL the other studios are either
releasing two versions of a film on one DVD -or-
two separate packaged versions.
I'm really trying to figure out the rationale
in these release decisions. I could almost
understand if these were "A" titles that the
studio was concerned about -- but instead they
concentrate on fan specific releases that are now
not going to be bought by these fans because they
have been released FULL FRAME.
implore MGM to stop this practice
of releasing FULL FRAME ONLY releases -- especially
when we have such an incredible format like DVD that
has the ability to hold two versions on one disc.
Please remember that the DVD format is as successful
as it is today because WE, the early adopters, helped
sell the format to the masses. It was WE, the early
adopters (from the laserdisc era) that were
responsible for shaping this format and convincing
the studios to add anamorphic widescreen and
supplemental features to their DVDs. Everyone seems
to forget how much this forum (and other forums
like ours) helped DVD evolve into what it is today.
All we ask is that MGM please be more considerate
to the entire
DVD watching population when
making these release decisions.
I hope I have been polite and constructive in what
needed to be said.