While I don’t pretend to understand MGM’s business model, it is a reasonable guess that based on other titles similar to the ones just released, not enough DVDs have been sold to recover the costs of producing DVDs in both widescreen and fullscreen formats. And further that the preferred format is fullscreen. Now as to the preference of the consumer of fullscreen over widescreen, it would be interesting to know if this is really a consumer preference or a business preference of outlets like some of the major rental and retail sales chains. That is, is the preference seen by MGM related to all DVDs or is it also representative of these more specialized titles. Here I would challenge MGM to defend their decision from a business perspective. Leaving aside any artistic considerations, has their past experience shown a consumer preference (for these specialized titles) for fullscreen over widescreen and further does the data include only free consumer choices or does it also include purchases and rentals made from outlets where only one choice is available. I suspect that there may be a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy at work here: since there are many retail outlets where the choice is limited or strongley biased towards fullscreen, then it follows that consumers buying and renting from these places will mostly buy fullscreen.