Originally Posted by Neil Brock
Great post and I couldn't have said it better myself. Give me series complete with uncut episodes. I'm not concerned with the "condiments", like extras or what kind of box the set comes in or other such silly nonsense. Nor do I care if they are digitally remastered from the 35mm negs. I've got thousands of shows that are either from 16mm or recorded from off-air. As for the lifespan of the discs, I'm sure it will be longer than my remaining lifespan so I don't really care if they go bad in 50 years because I'll be long gone by then.
O-kay, except in your second sentence you've set a standard that nearly all mod (and many real dvd releases, sadly said) don't respect. Uncut and untampered with is now considered 'a condiment' by the companies - and why not, when the customers have already sacrificed so many other pieces of the prize, from quality to pricing? It comes down to the merchant with an exclusive property and dictating to the client how and when it will be released. If MOD was all about getting more choice/more product to the marketplace, i doubt us grumblers would be so vocal. But it's the continuing lowering of standards that irks me most - and while being on the losing side of the argument (altho the right side, still;^)) isn't any fine shakes, I think everyone would be better served to demand better quality OR at least a lower price. All that 'silly nonsense' you quickly discount includes any semblance of quality because a lot of old series/shows are in touchy condition, if not worse.