Having read thru this thread three complete times, I can see where a lot of hope is there for titles that we all think should already be out. But it feels as if the studios are throwing us a curve ball, Bomba, great analogy, now what if it had been the first Weissmuller Tarzan or all 12 for that matter, would you feel as upset about that. Or for the fact that it seems more often than not that Europe gets more love from the studios in the form of classic releases that the United States. And in all honesty I don’t think that is so, from all the studios involved, sure some have releases that two years later are making a US release, (Sunrise).
But the facts remain that the business model is changing every day, stores that fail to carry physical media (Best Buy). I walked into best buy in Jacksonville FL, on Tuesday looking for this week’s releases, not a single copy of The Right Stuff or any of the James Dean Digibooks, what does this tell you, so I checked Wal-Mart and nothing there as well. The hard part is that a lot of stores don’t or won’t carry these titles anymore because they are trying to free up store space, except when it comes time for black Friday.
This week, and the last week alone we have had completely amazing announcements, for those of us that love classic films; between what Twilight Time has in store, what Criterion has plans for now that they have Sony as an upcoming distributer, WB while taking its time, does amazing things, Fox is on a roll, and the classics that Sony releases are amazing. The best part of all of this is that what they are releasing via secondary distribution is up to the same great standards ie (Mill Creek) Sony double features, bare bones, yes but it’s the damn feature that matters.
Between the independents we are getting titles released that I would think would never see the light of day. Am I bummed that all the Best Picture winners are not out her in the US yet. Yes and no, with a caveat, and that is the pain that this year has added to my bank account, no one ever said that this hobby was cheap. I am not complaining, no one forces me to buy anything, but well if it a great film and I want to see it proper, then you make that choice.
As of the moment I think I have every best picture Oscar winner that has been released on blu on my shelf, the ones that are not out yet, would be welcomed, but I would want them done correctly, and I honestly feel that there may be other films more deserving of the proper treatment first. The bulk of what is left missing is in control of WB.
Aside from that, what bugs me the most is where are titles that have gotten love in Europe, with no US counterpart as of yet, The Lost Weekend, Double Indemnity, Touch of Evil, wow looks like Universal dropped the ball, or these will get a release via Criterion?