I'm frankly wondering how Universal got the raspberry this year. I could understand it from years past, but is this just an additional slap for Spartacus and The Man Who Knew Too Much?
From what I saw, Universal did not have a bad year in 2013. They didn't release that much catalogue, and what I reviewed of it (High Plains Drifter, Schindler's List) was quite good. Their current releases have not had PQ issues. If the raspberry was for 2013, what did they do in the year to deserve it?
Paramount on the other hand was notable in 2013 for the bizarre Star Trek ID release, where they divided up the extras between multiple retailers and expected the fans to repeatedly purchase the same product, presumably to make up from the shortfall of the disappointing theatrical performance.
Disney distinguished itself in 2013 by demanding that fans pay the premium 3D price for Oz The Great and Powerful without including the other discs, when that price has always meant that the consumer receives the full package and not just one disc. And Disney's on the way again this year with their head slapper on Frozen.
I suppose Universal could be held accountable for having released movies like RIPD and Dead in Tombstone, but if we applied this criteria, all the studios would have vegetables hurled at them...