Posted May 18 2004 - 06:24 AM
| Maybe its a generational thing but I don't know anyone over 40 who thinks Buffy is a good show. |
47 and proud to say I have every episode of Buffy and Angel on tape from their original runs, plus every episode that's been released on PAL video and R2 DVD. And I live in the US - I'm just not willing to wait until the R1 releases happen. I think a lot of the critics who've raved over the shows over the past 8 years were over 40, too.
And curiously enough, many of my older friends (i.e., older than 47) are also fans of the shows, primarily the writing. Most of them also have many if not all Man from UNCLE episodes in their video collections, too (as do I).
The two are in no way mutually exclusive, and neither Buffy nor Angel are limited strictly to the teen set. Both series have, however, proven track records for merchandising, not just in the DVD arena, but in books, CDs, toys, magazines, comic books, posters, etc., etc. Buffy and Angel fans are very loyal and appear to have a fair amount of disposable income (even if the WB doesn't seem interested in tapping that next season). Even in its heyday, UNCLE didn't have the opportunity to merchandise to the degree that Buffy and Angel have, so there isn't the same volume of data to prove its marketability. It's a pity - I know I would buy the show in a snap. Put it right next to my complete Avengers DVDs.
And much as I may kvetch about something I'd really like to see not being out on DVD yet, I'm actually a firm believer that if one is patient enough, everything will eventually become available. The fact that Strange Report, an ITC summer replacement show from the late '60s, is coming out on DVD in the UK later this summer is enough evidence for me that I'm on the right track. :>
I think it all boils down to newer stuff is easier to release. Contracts are still untangled (some may still be in force), rights haven't disappeared into the morass of multiple buyouts, and interest is still readily measured. Older stuff is much more of a risk with far more unknown variables, especially with all the "I won't buy it if they don't do X" claims I see over and over again on this board. Frankly, if the folks at the studios are reading some of these posts, I'm surprised they try to prepare anything for the home DVD market.