I've seen more than a few people on this forum make comments about how they wish Criterion would lower their prices. Personally, I don't mind paying those higher prices and I buy a lot of Criterions. Other companies do release special editions at much lower prices, but more often than not, they own the titles in question. Criterion of course, has to license their releases. And how many studios would release lengthy, black and white foreign titles like Red Beard and Children of Paradise? Not many, I'd wager. Yes, Warner did a very nice job with their special edition of Citizen Kane, but such releases are not exactly the norm for them while Criterion releases special editions of like titles all the time. Ergo, I don't mind Criterion's higher prices. And you?