Why are old movies more difficult to release on DVD?

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Erwin, Jul 16, 2003.

  1. Erwin

    Erwin Stunt Coordinator

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    Movies have been released on VHS without too many problems, but for some reason- DVD is like a miracle at times. They are both video formats...what gives? Is it the extra features? Is it because it is different format? or is just treated as a completely different situation than releasing it on VHS? The Shawshank Redemption DVD at one time was pulled in early 1998 (You could still buy the tape though) and released again in late 1999. Other examples have been similiar to this as well.
     
  2. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    Many issues: Ownership of the film's distribution rights may change; the source elements of the classic film may not be good enough for DVD and require restoration work; marketing-department issues: assessing whether there's enough demand for a given catalog title to justify the cost of producing a DVD; replication plants being run at maximum, meaning recent releases take priority over classic titles; so many titles, so little time (the studios have a lot or catalog material and simply need to get around to titles others might feel are essential); etc., etc., etc.
     
  3. Robert Dunnill

    Robert Dunnill Second Unit

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    Another marketing issue that comes to mind is that studios don't want to oversaturate the market with product, which has the side effect of leaving little or nothing for consumers to look forward to.

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