Originally Posted by jvillain
But strangely if Redbox gets their disks through normal distribution channels they would have the extras. Funny that.
I was thinking of contacting Redbox and telling them that if they put retail versions of BDs in a box near me I would likely rent quite a bit and they could get word out that they are basically the only place to rent the actual retail releases of many movies (for instance unrated versions), where Netflix and Blockbuster now provide not only movies with no extras, but only the theatrical/rental versions in quite a few cases.
I saw some of this coming when Warner did this kind of thing with the DVD version of I Am Legend
(but not the BD version), where DVD watchers had to basically buy the movie in order to see the alternative ending since the rental version only had the theatrical version. But I didn't want to encourage this thing too much for other studios.
And it isn't just Warner, Fox is releasing special versions for rental also. Night at the Museum 2
doesn't have any extras on the Blockbuster rental version. Once difference between then and Warner is that Warner is marking their stuff at Blockbuster as Rental at the bottom, while NATM2 said something about being a Blockbuster exclusive, as if that was a good thing.
I'm wondering if it is time for Walmart to get into the Blu-ray rental business. They could get word out about being the go-to place for rental of retail versions and how Blockbuster and Netflix customers don't get the whole movie experience. Using The Hangover
as an example, people who rent the disc seem to miss 8 minutes of the movie compared to those who buy the disc (although those 8 minutes weren't shown in the theater either). I doubt the studios could stand up and stop Walmart. They might decrease the use of these special versions if Walmart started renting retail versions, but I don't see them cutting Walmart off since they want the retail sales that Walmart provides.
I don't blame the studios for doing this as it might make business sense for them, but I see it as the courts deciding that people have the right to rent things that have been purchased and one or more of the studios finding a loophole to try to keep that from happening with the good versions.
If Fox is deciding to be greedy in all directions by doing this and then fighting against providing any discs to Redbox for rental I hope it comes back to bite them by Redbox putting retail versions of Fox Blu-rays out for rent.