Senior HTF Member
- Feb 1, 2000
That's all well and good for you, but - as it's been said multiple times - it's simply not Warner Home Video's policy on the matter. Never will be.
As Bob points out Warner is not 100% consistent and I would be surprised if they don't alter their more restrictive approach even more in the coming years.
Clearly it does not lead to many Blu-ray releases of movies from problematic elements that aren't selling in big numbers. Large format / big negative area movies and longer movies are also at an inherent disadvantage with such a policy due to the sheer amount of film processing that has to be done even if one isn't working from separations.
A 2+ hour long historical epic from the 50s or 60s that was shot in Warner, Eastman or Metrocolor will obviously be already at a big disadvantage compared to a 75 minute black and white b-movie from the same time period even if the elements of both movies are in good shape considering their age.
That being said we are not in a position to demand for Warner's policy to change but it cannot hurt to let them know from time to time that most of us prefer less than excellent over nothing at all for year after year.