Quote: That's a bit strong -- do you have any evidence to support your contention that the Esther Williams sets are not big sellers, other than your own intuition? The fact that Warners would gamble on a retail release of Vol. 2 when they're hardly releasing anything else on pressed disc would indicate they think Vol. 2 has strong sales potential. I'm not a Williams fan, but it seems reasonable that she has enormous nostalgic appeal in a way that Fritz Lang and Mervyn LeRoy simply don't. I'm not talking about classic movie buffs here as much as regular Joes and Janes in their sixties and seventies -- the crossover audience that makes a catalog boxed set successful. I share your frustration about the cutbacks in classic movie releases, but your post suggests that Warners is just arbitrarily deciding to release and market the Esther Williams box rather than something else. I think you should give them a little more credit. They've been at this a while, and they have sales figures that you and I lack. As far as the other stars you mentioned (Cary Grant, Edward G. Robinson, Ava Gardner, etc.), all of their well known films have already been released on disc. There is an audience of fans who will buy anything with their favorite star's name on it, but this is a limited group. As plummeting sales have shown, most DVD buyers are satisfied with the number of catalog titles they own, and aren't looking to clutter their shelves with anything more. I understand why people are clinging to the good ol' days of classic DVD releases, but the format is in its final years and the fact is not everything is going to get released onto a pressed disc. You will still be able to buy a download or a DVD-R, or record a film off cable, but expecting the studios to flood the market with low-priced classics against all economic reason is a bit much. One can reject the new burn-on-demand model for classic films, but you're missing out on a lot of good movies.