I think that's because they've apparently decided anything older than a certain point doesn't get UHD. As I noted before, The Little Mermaid is the oldest animated classic to be offered on UHD.Even a tie in isn't guaranteed. Dumbo 2019 was put on UHD and the original is nowhere to be seen. :/
Blind buys as in blind buying the 4K UHD if it was ever available!Then I guess you really didn’t mean “blind buys“ which would mean you had never seen them.
Flash Gordon is a cult classic and has a built in audience who would be more than willing to double and triple dip for upgrades. Can't say that for most catalogue titles.Blind buys as in blind buying the 4K UHD if it was ever available!
Off to watch Flash Gordon now in glorious 4K UHD HDR as Studio Canal are more than happy to produce 4K UHD discs for many classic films & also spend money on producing some beautiful transfers & Flash Gordon alone had 500 hours worth of remastering put into it so it seems a little rich that Disney with way more resource than Studio Canal cannot do the same for so many big titles they now control!!
Their new distribution for catalog is Warner. As things stand, however, I'd expect very little to come from MGM themselves (via WB distribution) as most of their catalog is licensed out to various labels (Arrow, Shout, Kino, Criterion, Vinegar Syndrome, etc,). They're one of the few major catalog rights holders to license out 4K UHD to 3rd party as well (licensing Hannibal and now 3 more unannounced titles to Kino). So, aside from maybe Rocky and Bond films getting new 4K UHD reissues, I don't see much coming via the MGM/WB distribution.And MGM does not have a set home media partner at this time. Their deal with Fox ended in June.
Any (ahemmillennial) who has never seen Poseidon Adventure, Towering Inferno, The Omen, Patton, or the original Heston POTA has NO IDEA why people went to the movies in the late-60's/early 70's Golden Age, where Fox and Paramount ruled supreme.Wow, you’ve never seen any of those films before? You need to get busy!
Thank goodness Disney doesn't have the rights to Flash Gordon because this 4K disc release wouldn't be happening if it were up to them -- is the point being made, regardless of its cult status.Flash Gordon is a cult classic and has a built in audience who would be more than willing to double and triple dip for upgrades. Can't say that for most catalogue titles.
I believe the joint venture is designed to consolidate distribution of physical media more than anything else. We are currently witnessing a ramping down of physical media, if you will, and while extermination is possible, whether it happens will depend on how many of us are still willing to buy physical media. If there is a market, they will produce or, in the case of Flash Gordon and so many other titles, they will licence to another party [Arrow/Shout/Kino/Criterion/Olive/MVD/Mill Creek] to produce physical copies of catalogue titles.Agreed. Warner themselves is forming a joint venture with Universal for new release titles on physical media, I believe it was set to launch in 2021. That right there speaks to the rapid decline of physical media and their business expectations for it in the next few years - they don’t anticipate sales being enough to justify having departments dedicated solely to physical media and are partnering with each other to reduce overhead in response to changing consumer preferences. I think in their press release there was an indication that they didn’t expect physical media to be viable as a mass market product beyond the decade.
Consumers have spoken with their wallets, and what they’ve said loud and clear is that subscription streaming is their preference, with over $15 billion in yearly revenue and rising, as physical media sales continue to decline to $3 billion and still sinking. At its peak, physical media was nearly a $20 billion a year business.
Disney isn’t interested in maintaining the kind of infrastructure necessary to release catalog physical media titles that will most likely sell hundreds of copies, maybe low thousands, with that number coming down all the time. In the past year or so, they’ve thrown what should be two of the most popular series at the format - the MCU titles and the Star Wars titles - and neither series made the sort of splash that disc releases used to receive.
I don’t think this is a surprising strategy from a company that has shifted to only producing large entertainments aimed at the largest possible audience.
And none of this suggests that the actual content is going away. It’s simply shifting from an older method of distribution that is falling out of favor with the general audience to one that the general audience has wholeheartedly embraced. If there was a market to sell hundreds of thousands of copies of old titles at premium prices, they’d be on it.
Moreso, the point being made is thank heavens for third party houses like Shout, Arrow and Kino for licencing these titles when the studios themselves don't want to release them.Thank goodness Disney doesn't have the rights to Flash Gordon because this 4K disc release wouldn't be happening if it were up to them -- is the point being made, regardless of its cult status.
Although I'd been reading his site since the DiVX Wars, and still consider him the "face" of the industry authority, I flatter myself that Bill Hunt and I are, at the moment, the jokingly Best of Feuding Enemies on his TDB Twitter accounts:Never has one man's report from an anonymous source been taken as Gospel. And I'm far from anti Bill Hunt/TDB, but he has been wrong more than once over the years. I have little doubt that someone from Disney told or floated this to him, but even if they are 100% convinced of it's truth, Disney has reversed course more than once and have also been known to float ideas and watched the discussions.
Bill Hunt has 100+ times more credibility than that issue, but until Disney (or multiple Disney people) announces in public and put their name on the article that this is the policy from here on and there is zero chance of reversals, then I will remain more than a bit sceptical.