Posted December 18 2012 - 02:41 AM
Does anyone seriously believe that if TT lowered their prices, most of their titles would somehow see any substantial increase in sales? Certainly not enough to offset the reduced price. These are niche movies, and you don't need to be a business expert to see that a movie like Swamp Water, to take an example, is not going to sell heavily, whether at $5 or $30.
And I'm not particularly sure how my point was "sophistry". We pay much more for a single meal at a restaurant, or a couple of movie tickets, yet when it comes to a nicely presented classic movie on BD, all of a sudden shelling out $30 becomes a lot like getting blood out of a stone? If it's all "stuff" to you, then weigh up how much enjoyment you get out of a single meal, or a single viewing of a film in a theater, against owning a BD of a classic movie that you can rewatch many times.
Sure, I'd love to see these movies selling on blu-ray for a buck each. But as I noted, even when beautifully presented classics are selling around $15-12, people will baulk and hold out for a lower price. At some point, some semblance of sanity has to enter our considerations as to the true value of certain things, not just how wonderful it is for us to get a "good deal".
In any case, the bottom line is that this is the release strategy Twilight Time has chosen, that works for them, and results in classic movies on BD that would otherwise be much less likely to see a release on the format. I have six TT movies so far that I thoroughly enjoy, and consider them well worth the money spent.