I wish Fox would stop doing this. I feel sorry for the late-comers to DVD because they will most likely miss out on these wonderful special editionsI feel the same way. Why discontinue these great discs?? (I don't know about The Sound of Music, but the other two are excellent!)
I guess it makes sense that they wouldn't press discs infinitely, but these seem like they'd be popular to sustain general release.Why not? I routinely buy CDs that have been out for 15 years and books that have been out for centuries. And considering that DVD doesn't even have a 50% market penetration yet, plenty of people would buy them in the future.
Unless there are further rights payments involved, I see no reason why anything should ever go out of print...
Right now, the market for the older SEs has pretty much been saturated. While they continue to include the 2nd disc, they have to pay tons of royalties AND every time they repress they have to press 2 discs, which takes up a lot of time on the line.
SO they'll cut the second disc, and at some point in the future, 1-2 years down the line they'll repromote the 2 disc version when there are more new customers out there who may be interestedThat's pretty much spot on with my opinion on the situation.
Why not keep the DVD editions available at the $30 list prices and have the movie-only editions out for $20 at the same time? This doesn't seem to make much sense.Well, they can release a one-disc fight club for $19.95 list and put it in cheaper packaging. The savings on packaging and the 2nd disc entirely probably gets them a higher margin than selling the SE.
They probably also figure that no one will spend $30 on an SE since the precedent has already been set. Most people expect to pay $20 for a DVD regardless of extras.