Senior HTF Member
- Aug 10, 2010
- Edmonton, Alberta
- Real Name
I'm not asking for a "Treasure Trove" of bonus features. The trailer. Poster/image gallery. one or two interviews. Hell, you've got Leonard Maltin... It's not hard or expensive to add some of the features I like to watch. There has to be SOMETHING in the Paramount Archives that relates to the film that could be inexpensively added.Perhaps he didn’t want to talk about it on camera, or the rate he would charge for such an appearance and the costs of producing it would exceed what the release can reasonably be expected to gross.
I don’t understand where this assumption always comes from that studios and boutique labels are passing on a wealth of potential celebrity interviews and if only they’d ask, each disc could be a treasure trove of features. There are lots of practical and financial considerations that must be balanced with each release. Many actors simply do not enjoy talking on camera about their older work. Others wish to be paid at a rate that is higher than the budgeting of such releases would allow for. And market research has shown time and again that in the overwhelming majority of cases, bonus material does not drive sales. Home video labels are not non-profit entities. It does not make good business sense to invest in features that make it harder to break even or turn a profit. That would be the surest way to make every company get out of physical media even faster than they are, if the costs of producing it could not be recovered.
I understand being disappointed when something isn’t exactly what you imagined it would be but some of these posts seem to reflect a willful disregard for basic economic and marketplace realities, not to mention the preferences and wishes of those involved.
And yes, I am thankful for it's release, but come on, a LITTLE more effort never hurt.