Although we are the hands who feed the Studios with our hard-earned cash, the Studios see it the other way round with their product feeding our desire to see and collect their material. What we see as consumers standing up for what they want, they see as biting the hand.
Now can we please just isolate that one very likely on the nose statement, and recognize it as illustrating a "bad attitude" on the studios' part?
This sort of attitude goes waaaay back, before the recession, before BluRay, before even DVD. I once stood face to face with the head of homevid of a major studio who dismissively said "the fans will buy it anyway."
Now call me crazy, and no doubt some will
, but to me that is a bad attitude. Arrogance, I'd say. But we are supposed to just take
that? Just, as the old saying goes, "close our eyes and think of England?" Meaning open our sore wallets and buy it again?
It's been a sad fact that when studios screw up a release, if there is a backlash, they seem to blame the product itself for its lack of success rather than their own mistreatment of it. Yet we hear that "they" lurk in forums where all manner of desire and disappointment is discussed.
I once heard someone say "the best defense is to take offense
." That kind of thing happens a lot. Catch someone doing something wrong or unpopular, call them on it, they act all offended, (or other people may seem to on their behalf, and leap to their defense) and the thing they did wrong or unpopular seems to get excused in the long run. They get away with it, and what does that teach them? The fans will buy it anyway.
And if they don't, we won't give them what they want anymore, so they'd better kiss our keesters everytime we throw them a bone. I see that as a bad attitude. But if we speak up against that kind of thing, we're the ones who are wrong?
I'm all for supporting catalogue releases in general, especially when they do things right or well, but it doesn't really seem to help in the long run. Does anyone else feel like they're stuck in a bad marriage?