Senior HTF Member
- Jul 3, 1997
- Real Name
- Ronald Epstein
It must be endlessly frustrating for distributors. They release something digitally and it's "No sale. I want it on disc" They release it on DVD and it's "No sale. I want it on blu-ray." The release it on burned blu-ray and it's "No sale. I want it on a pressed disc." They release it on a pressed disc and it's "No sale. This transfer sucks. This title deserves a 4K restoration."Buyer Beware! This may not be a pressed blu ray. Look at the cover. The Blu Ray label is nowhere to be found. Film deserves much better treatment.
Paramount will lose sales . I for one will not purchase one of my favorite films if it is not a pressed disc.I don’t see it as deserves or not deserves but simply what Paramount believes this market will bear. The data being presented on the disc will be identical regardless of pressed or burned.
Makes you wonder what will be the longterm future for a vast number of perfectly good, but in the scheme of things, lower echelon work. Will they disappear forever, whether figuratively or literally? What about the rich trove of work over the years, for which great effort and assets were initially invested? Streaming isn't necessarily the answer, either. Which streaming source? Those who don't hold the rights aren't going to pay endless dollars for the rights to stream titles of limited interest. Even those who DO own the rights, aren't going to make a mind-numbing list of titles available. There will always be a strict limit, compared to absolute availability, just like air-play from radio stations. Even a major studio with a vast catalogue will be heavily concerned with viewing data, and they're ALWAYS going to push the titles with a larger built-in audience. They have no real incentive to make thousands of titles available on their service if very few people are aware of them, and will watch them.Add to that, as good as the movie was, it made only 33 million on a 55 million dollar budget. So interest in general will be quite low from the start.
No more so than they do already. While they may not show up on subscription streaming frequently I believe that they will remain available for rental and purchase on digital storefronts. It’ll just be up to the consumer to seek them out and make an a la carte purchase.Makes you wonder what will be the longterm future for a vast number of perfectly good, but in the scheme of things, lower echelon work. Will they disappear forever, whether figuratively or literally?
For so many years Paramount forgot all about their heritage. They finally woke up and realized that folks wanted some of their titles. With that said some of their release decisions make me scratch my head. Many fans have made long lists of films they would purchase if on blu ray. I’ll mention just 3 of my wants. The Ghost and the Darkness. Nobody’s Fool and HUD.Paramount is doing fine for me.