They're running out of movies to put on DVD?

Discussion in 'DVD' started by John Watson, Dec 4, 2003.

  1. John Watson

    John Watson Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2002
    Messages:
    1,937
    Likes Received:
    0
    I just screened thru Amazon's list of Future Best Sellers, and allowing for the lamentable lack of info about many of the disks, I distinctly got the impression that once all the Music, Exercise, Porn, and Travel-Documentary-Self Help disks, plus large numbers of anime titles, are extracted, there are relatively few movies among them, and a far lower proportion than there was just months ago..

    Worse, apart from the M. Hulot titles, and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and a few more, there were not many that interested me.

    I often scroll thru this frequently updated list (and it only has 769 titles in it, compared to 900 or so a few months ago), and this is the first time I've had this reaction. If I am not just imagining this, is it just a blip in the release schedule, after a hectic pre-Christmas deluge, or are they running out of movies to put on DVD?

    And if so, does that increase the chance of our obscure favourites getting the DVD treatment? [​IMG]
     
  2. David Lambert

    David Lambert Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2001
    Messages:
    11,380
    Likes Received:
    38
  3. John Watson

    John Watson Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2002
    Messages:
    1,937
    Likes Received:
    0
    I guess more of those movies where WC Fields says "Pardon my redundancy" should be on my list :b

    I hope my supposition that the plethora of well-known movie releases will lead to more "mining in the vaults" is valid tho!
     
  4. Ralph Summa

    Ralph Summa Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2001
    Messages:
    715
    Likes Received:
    1
    That's OK, after a DVD comes out, a year later a "Collector's Edition" can be issued, followed by "The Edition You've Never Seen" a year after, followed by the "Ultimate Edition" followed by the "Extreme Edition", followed by the Superbit, followed by...
     
  5. Eric Peterson

    Eric Peterson Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2001
    Messages:
    2,959
    Likes Received:
    1
    Are you kidding?

    There are several thousand titles on my wish-list.
     
  6. Jeff_HR

    Jeff_HR Producer

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2001
    Messages:
    3,594
    Likes Received:
    0
     
  7. Deane Johnson

    Deane Johnson Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 1999
    Messages:
    524
    Likes Received:
    0
    I've noticed that my pre-release list is getting shorter and shorter as time passes. I guess this, and the other thread tells me why.

    About all that are left on my wanted list are Kevin Costner in Wyatt Earp and a 16X9 version of The Bodyguard (Costner again).

    Deane
     
  8. Patrick McCart

    Patrick McCart Lead Actor

    Joined:
    May 16, 2001
    Messages:
    7,555
    Likes Received:
    186
    Location:
    Georgia (the state)
    Real Name:
    Patrick McCart
    There is no shortage until Warner releases a 2-disc special edition of Sh! The Octopus.
     
  9. Jeff_HR

    Jeff_HR Producer

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2001
    Messages:
    3,594
    Likes Received:
    0
     
  10. Glenn Overholt

    Glenn Overholt Producer

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 1999
    Messages:
    4,203
    Likes Received:
    0
    If you are looking at Amazon, maybe they just aren't putting titles out 'years in advance' anymore. Some titles (in the past) have shown up on their site for pre-release long before any type of an official announcement had been made.

    Glenn
     
  11. Haden

    Haden Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2001
    Messages:
    783
    Likes Received:
    0
    There's still a good 40-50 titles on my wish list. And there will always be the DVD releases of brand new films.
     
  12. Rob Lutter

    Rob Lutter Producer

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2000
    Messages:
    4,523
    Likes Received:
    1
    There's no shortage of anime. In fact, there's almost too many good shows premiering now. It is looking like I will be buying about 5-6 of the new series that have started in the last 6 months in Japan, which will add up to about 30-40 discs next year, and there are also a bunch of classic series coming out (Zeta and F91 Gundam are both coming in full box form). So I am pretty much set [​IMG]

    Also, it seems like every show that has ever been on American TV is coming to DVD... I am only actively collecting Buffy and the Simpsons (and I need to start Angel soon), but the choices in that genre are HUGE.
     
  13. Chad A Wright

    Chad A Wright Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2002
    Messages:
    740
    Likes Received:
    0
    I don't think running out of films to put on DVD will happen anytime soon.
     
  14. Nick T Robot

    Nick T Robot Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2003
    Messages:
    563
    Likes Received:
    0
    They release movies into theaters virtually every week. That alone will keep new titles coming on DVD. But yes they have probably not even come close to releasing .01% of the films that are possible to put on DVD.

    Past Movies and TV shows. Documentaries. Music Video/Concerts. Self Help.

    The list is literally endless, as new material is coming out everyday. Even if they stopped making new things that would/could end up on DVD, they'd never be able to catch up to the things that have been made and release in Theaters, TV or VHS.
     
  15. AlanBrom

    AlanBrom Second Unit

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2003
    Messages:
    405
    Likes Received:
    0
    You must be joking? I agree with Eric on this one, I could probably come up with a list of several thousand titles I want that are not on DVD!
     
  16. Robert Dunnill

    Robert Dunnill Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2001
    Messages:
    375
    Likes Received:
    0
    Indeed!

    At the current rate of release, they'll never catch up with all the catalog titles waiting for DVD releases.
     
  17. Marc Colella

    Marc Colella Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 1999
    Messages:
    2,601
    Likes Received:
    0
    CD has been around for roughly 20 years... and there are still many titles that have never been released on the format.

    DVD is a young format, and you can imagine how many films have yet to be released on it.
     
  18. Kenneth Harden

    Kenneth Harden Screenwriter

    Joined:
    May 13, 2002
    Messages:
    1,365
    Likes Received:
    0
    How about this:

    When CD's first came out, all the brand new and classic hits (hits as in big selling like The Beatles and Rolling Stones) came out first.

    However, as time passed, they started to put more stuff like Jazz, Classical, etc. on CD because they could and they could make some money off of it (but not as much as the 'hits' that first came out, like Indiana Jones and Alien are right now)

    Now, maybe in the next 5 years, FOX and other studios will start to dig deeper and release some of the less popular classic films on remastered DVD.

    In 20 years, all this obscure stuff will keep trickling out to keep the shelves full of 'new old releases'
     
  19. Jeff_HR

    Jeff_HR Producer

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2001
    Messages:
    3,594
    Likes Received:
    0
     
  20. Dan Lindley

    Dan Lindley Second Unit

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2000
    Messages:
    396
    Likes Received:
    0
    My hope/theory is that the older or more obscure stuff will see the light of day on the logic that the installed base of DVD players is increasing so much. 1% of the base two years ago may not have justified a release of a given movie, but since the base is now much bigger and increasing still, then a bigger pie should float all boats as the old saying goes. DL
     

Share This Page