I know this $$ thing is getting off topic BUT those above posts had me thinking. It's true, I paid $1300 for my first Sony Betamax (circa 1976) and 1 hour blank tapes were $25 IF you could get them. Was I upset? No way, I was thrilled to be able to record an off-the-air movie and I would pause to cut out the commercials. I still remember my first one, Play It Again Sam with Woody Allen broadcast over ABC.
HBO hadn't been heard of in my little home town and there was just some talk of a cable company coming in. My friends were thrilled and amazed to be able to come over and watch a movie like this in the home (21" round tube color RCA TV.) It's hard to believe I get the same response even today when they come over and see the Mits HC4900 picture.
My Pioneer laserdisc player was $500 ON SALE and laserdiscs were also in the $90 price range. My first JVC Super VHs deck was $999 and amazingly enough, even though you could buy regular VHS tapes for around $4, somehow they managed to get those blank Super VHS tapes back up in the $25 bracket (I later learned to drill a hole in the case of the regular VHS tapes and be able to use them as SuperVHS; and it worked pretty well).
Just-out VHS movies were only for the rental stores, no buying Star Wars within a few months.
But...the problem is; we've grown accustomed to instant gratification and seeing first-run movies on SD DVD for relatively cheap prices. As Bluray is adopted by the masses (we hope), things will change. I think (and hope) that studios realize they can't go back to 'good-ole-days'.