I was just at the store this morning, hoping to pick up some new DVDs (though the studios are making it very difficult) and growing frustrated by the number of delayed or missing titles here in Canada that have been widely available elsewhere, as well as the increasing number of DVDs with bilingual covers and even reissues that now sport new bilingual text where they hadn't previously (The new Beverly Hills Cop and Naked Gun trilogy box sets were among the first on the new release shelf that I noticed). Anyways, I picked up a copy of the Jayne Mansfield Collection from Fox (though Ive yet to purchase any of their Cinema Classic sets yet because Im not happy with Fox Canada's handling) and to my astonishment... the covers actually had large French letters which read (Anglais Seulement)! So now our DVD's with ENGLISH only, have French text and even translated covers to inform people that the DVDs are solely in English?? This is getting more and more ridiculous. What the hell is the motivation behind this recent switch by the studios? It's really pissing me off and as a result of this and the fact that 90% of the films Im most anticipating (Tough Guys Coll, Noir 3, Ford/Wayne, etc) are either unavailable, pushed back by weeks, missing films entirely, or with compromised specs in some form or another. It's growing more and more difficult to get excited about new releases. I remember when Warner Bros. first began releasing their classic film box sets with the first Noir Collection and the Marx Bros. set and the first Controversial Classiocs, Errol Flynn, etc... I would be waiting on street date outside the doors for the shops to open to grab the freshest copies. Now weeks to months later, half of the sets are absent... the elegant classic movie poster art that these companies spend so mnuch thought and time delivering are bastardized and reworded and some films are just missing entirely (like the 2-disc Stagecoach)! I'm getting really sick of these practices! And apparently Fox is now not only reworking their box sets with French language tracks, but English only issues as well... to inform people of the fact, in french! Ive yet to hear any complaints from DVD buyers, so who decided we were all a bunch of inept morons that need this sort of thing? I'm almost ready to just stop buying altogether since it's becoming such an inconvenience and hassle. I feel bad for anyone who doesn't have access to a resource like HTF and is unable to check this stuff in advance. It's gotten so that details of every new release from any of the major studios hasd to be verified before even considering a purchase as I just don't trust the contents, specs, quality, packaging, etc. What happened in the past year that caused this drastic change? Does anyone else feel that it's so much more significant now than it ever was before? I hate to import because of duties and I don't like shipping box sets that can get dinged up ad knocked around in transit. But I'm not willing to head down to the States every time a new release from Warner of Fox comes out. I'd like some sort of explanation from the Canadian division of these studios as to why things are the way they are? Why do we have to wait 4-6 weeks longer than everyone else to watch our DVDs? Why is it so difficult to print reverse covers or seperate French and English versions of box sets? What suddenly motivated all of this and don't they realize that they're pissing off many buyers as a result? Why do we have to find out from buyers on messageboards who took one for the team, that an entire film or more is missing from a set when this should be made public knowledge at the time of press release by the studios. There's absolutely no reason for any surprises in this regard! What's going on here in Canada and how can we put a stop to this? What's so hard about shipping orders on time when the studios distribute to thousands of retailers accross North America? Why do we Canadians have to sit and wait and wonder where our DVDs are while the rest of the US is enjoying them? I'm really tired of all these practices, it didn't used to be this way.