Agree that it's getting old, but it keeps coming back, and the release of Titus seems to have provoked the most hostile response yet to the TT model.
I think Twilight Time may be victims of their own success.
With a string of critical and commercial successes released over the past 12 months, there are probably unrealistically raised expectations at pre-order stage for new releases that are clearly wanted and loved. I nearly got caught up in this same wave of enthusiasm with the Khartoum announcement, but waited for the first reviews to appear before finally deciding to order – I think Bruce’s “sneak peek” was the first glimpse of something good coming our way.
When the product does not live up to the high expectations, a backlash is inevitable – particularly at the TT price level. I remember a similar backlash happening a couple of years ago with the poorly reviewed Demetrius and the Gladiators TT release. Maybe in 2 – 3 years we’ll all just be grateful to see old favourites appearing in high def on a physical format, irrespective of pricing - a true niche market.
In the here and now, it’s still about perceived value for money.
And boy has Titus raised a right rumpus in the value for money arena – I’ve been watching this at various websites over the past week, astonished at the level of vitriol aimed in TT’s direction. I get the widespread complaint about marketing a 13 year old master in a new release at a premium price point, but some of the rhetoric does seem excessive.
As to Bruce’s point about Titus still selling well despite the poor reaction to its quality – it may well be the size of the fan-base each movie has that ultimately determines sales and not the quality of the product. Bite the Bullet, a well reviewed TT release from a couple of years ago, has a superb transfer but apparently still has a sizeable amount of stock remaining. Go figure.