Without naming names there's an awful lot of unpleasant elitism here - the suggestion that a Blu-ray must be priced at a high level or otherwise the plebs will not appreciate all the hard work which goes into making them available! I'm neither a critic nor cheer-leader of TT (unlike many here) but simply a consumer and I buy those titles which I feel really, really want (six so far). But I do get a bit tired of constantly reading that the moaners wouldn't even buy them if the were $5. That's just silly - I'd certainly buy quite a few more if they were $5
Well, in a rather obvious and hilarious way you very much "named names" Douglas. So I'll take it from there, if you please.
As I've maintained all along, never wavering on this point either here or elsewhere, this is all about a simple "reality-check": For a saner and more stable market to survive for the kind of niche Blu-ray catalogue titles many of us seek, it is not "elitist" to support a price floor that recognizes such limited demand, merely "pragmatic". No matter how you price these titles...heck, you could go out with thousands more units priced by half but still end up with massive returns and warehousing. It's just simple math: the numbers who are truly interested in these vintage flicks in high def Blu-ray are no longer counted in the tens or hundreds of thousands, but mere thousands, or sometimes only hundreds. No company can survive off dribbles of sales from $5 and $10 Blu-rays. If the product has become that niche, then its base price should reflect that lower (though no less passionate) demand.
A couple of years ago, Image Entertainment tried exactly what you suggested with a range of modestly-priced Sony catalogue titles...some very good ones, and very well presented. But where are they now? How well has that worked out for them? Where is the flood of successful catalogue releases from Image to disprove TT's limited edition model? And what about Mill Creek? They ran with a bunch of Sony catalogue double-bills earlier last year. Anyone seen anything announced since?
I'm afraid it's become a very "niche" world we live in...which should never be confused with "elitist".