Matilda Postponed, Annie's SRP reduced by $5

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  1. David Lambert

    David Lambert Executive Producer

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    I'm not affiliated with the Movie DVD sites, so I'm surprised that I'm the one passing this info on to you guys. But I don't see anyone else having posted it.

    It was either last night or the night before, though, that Columbia sent a note around to folk with access to their password-protected press/retailer system.

    The note explained - and I don't have it in front of me, so I can't quote it exactly - that Matilda has been postponed, with a new release date TBD.

    It also commented that the SRP for Annie was reduced from $24.95 to $19.95.


    I'm sorry that I'm not quoting exactly, but I wanted to pass this on before I forgot to or didn't have time to. I know a lot of us are keeping an eye on these two DVDs since they are not OAR. No motivation for the changes were given, so there's no way to know if the feedback has had any impact. I certainly hope so, though.
     
  2. Kyle McKnight

    Kyle McKnight Cinematographer

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    Maybe they delayed Matilda to make an OAR version available? Think positive +
     
  3. DaViD Boulet

    DaViD Boulet Lead Actor

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    I just spoke to Anthony Herron in their home-video dept. who confirmed with their marketing division that the decision was firm that both these SE titles would be available in Pan-Scan only as "the mass market for these 2 particular DVDs are children".

    I'm in the process of waiting to hear back from him as to who we can contact to voice our concerns.

    -dave
     
  4. Andy_MT

    Andy_MT Second Unit

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    i thought it was the adults who had more problems with widescreen, not the children.

    chitty chitty bang bang is being released in 235 (and, ok i'll say it, P&S) is it not ? this would be categorised as a childrens film right ? and yet, widescreen. MGM know there' a market for widescreen with these types of film. and quite wisely too. columbia on the other hand ...

    come to think of it, there are many "childrens" films on the market that are available in widescreen. are columbia really that hard up that they can't offer both versions to appease everyone ? i guess that must be the case.

    it's absolutely incomprehensible that any film (certainly of the statue of annie) is being presented in bloody P&S only. especially in this day and age. the same goes for maltida. it's not quite on the same scale, but still ...

    and why do "some" studios still think that those that want widescreen are in a very, very tiny minority. they're NOT !!!!! look at your sales figures !!!!
     
  5. Jesse Skeen

    Jesse Skeen Producer

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    They REALLY need to get rid of the people they have running that place right now!
     
  6. jonathan_little

    jonathan_little Stunt Coordinator

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    How many children go out and buy DVDs?
     
  7. Joshua Clinard

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    Well, since it's been delayed, that gives us more time to let them know our concerns. It also means that the discs probably have not been pressed yet. The way I see it, they could put both versions on the dvd since the extra's they announced wouldn't take up *that* much room.
     
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  9. MatthewA

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    The entire marketing division needs to be sacked poste haste. Any pan-and-scan version of a Panavision film should have an MSRP of $0.00

     
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    Chris_Morris Screenwriter

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  11. GlennH

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    Strong sales for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang SE might get their attention.
     
  12. DaViD Boulet

    DaViD Boulet Lead Actor

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    Had a dissapointing conversation with some "contact" that had been suggested to me at Columbia. When I called him to discuss he said "I already told you it was marketing's decision". Like "duh?", was that ever even in doubt?!? [​IMG]

    He then said "why don't you find something else in life to worry about?"

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    That's the final insult. It's really pathetic when the folks in charge just view the product of their labor as vapid "widgets" while the consumers are the ones who actually care.

    This contact told me he'd get back to me with some "real" contact information for who we could call/write to to express our concerns but I highly doubt it will happen.

    If I don't hear from him over the next few days it's time to get the address for the President of CTS home-video and have everyone write a snail-mail letter explaining to him the realities of the consumer market for their films to help enlighten the marketing staff's perspective.

    -dave
     
  13. MatthewA

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    Perhaps a boycott of all Sony-owned product is in order?
     
  14. Mark Zimmer

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    It's become increasingly clear that with relatively few exceptions, CTS doesn't give a rat's ass about quality. Even their highly touted Lawrence of Arabia Superbit still is plagued with the edge enhancement applied automatically by their crappy Sony equipment. [​IMG] Funny, they used to be pretty good but they're rapidly turning into Artisan.
     
  15. Nick Graham

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    A boycott would make absolutely no dent, no difference.
    Members of the forum have friendly contacts at Columbia Tri-Star. We need to put them to use if they still exist. I'm surprised Ron hasn't chimed in with his thoughts on this.



    *edit* Didn't know he was on vacation...my bad.
     
  16. Malcolm R

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    Ron is on vacation.
     
  17. DaViD Boulet

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    Malcom,

    One thing is for sure...Columbia really thinks these kids have got some scrutiny...I mean...they're preparing a 5.1 DTS mix for the Annie SE to appeal to their audiophile nature...

    [​IMG]
     
  18. Jesse Skeen

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    I'd be fired from my job if I made any comments like that to a customer!
     
  19. Malcolm R

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    Tell me about it. My little 4-year-old cousin is constantly saying "No dts, no sale." [​IMG]
     
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