Great interview. Shines some light on the evaporating nature of bonus features as well.
I'm not so sure about that Cinescott. True, the Studios seem to be pulling back on commissioning expen$ive new features for catalogue titles, but just about all* of the cottage labels (Shout!, Twilight Time, Arrow overseas, etc.) appear to be picking up at least some of that slack. The way I see this unfolding, as more of these micro-targeted cottage labels become strategic funnels for whatever niche market remains for deep catalogue titles on Blu-ray and DVD, I suspect the Studios will continue relaxing their 'No Extras' licensing restrictions.
Actually I chuckle whenever I read yet another autopilot post referring to TT's Blu-rays as "barebones". Evidently those rather befuddled souls simply haven't been paying attention...their apoplexia over TT's price point apparently now totally clouding their vision and inhibiting basic reading comprehension skills. I mean, these days (especially since the beginning of 2013), TT's releases have included an increasing number of both ported and original features, in addition to the already considerable value-add provided by their unrivalled library of movie ISTs.
Just look at The Disappearance, for one recent example...we get two complete versions of the film, including the director's original cut...plus a nearly 16 minute excerpt from the original botched studio cut...plus a 10 minute interview with the director (produced by TT)...plus their usual rare IST and sassy/savvy 8-page liner essay. For any dedicated film fan and collector, by what reasonable standard could a thoughtful package like that be considered "barebones"...especially for such an obscure previously MIA title? Heck, among TT's other 2013 Blu-ray releases I count 9 of them (so far) which include Audio Commentaries! So there seems to be this fundamental disconnect between the tribal anti-TT drumline and this label's actual output.
I see growth in features, not retrenchment. Just not coming from the Studios as much, if at all.
* except for Olive, which seems to be paring back all features, even trailers.
Edited by ROclockCK, September 04 2013 - 02:18 PM.