Originally Posted by Partyslammer
The problem is, Twilight Time is charging essentially a premium price for the "product" which should lead a customer to believe the product has a certain level of quality. It's very much like the situation Hammer/Studio Canal in the UK are currently facing, where they are putting out Hammer's horror films to basically a small niche market at a fairly high cost but seem genuinely baffled by the criticism they are getting due to the abysmal quality of one of their first releases (Dracula Prince Of Darkness) that they claim to have done significant work to "restore."
From the consumer perspective, I don't necessarily disagree with you about the price issue. However, Twilight Time's business model is what it is. As stumlad said, there isn't a lot of money to be made here. Twilight Time needs to charge a certain amount in order to recoup their own expenses, and apparently they've decided that $30 is that price. If you don't find enough value in that (and I can understand that feeling), then you shouldn't buy their titles.
In a nutshell, Twilight Time needs to build and protect their reputation not just by releasing titles that have some sort of legitimate appeal but more importantly to have the foresight and guts to pass on licensed titles from other studios that are sub-par quality that they can't invest the cost to improve.
This just goes back to my previous point: You can either have the movie or not have the movie. The reality of the situation is that a title like Demetrius and the Gladiators is simply not
going to get a full and proper restoration. Either Twilight Time looks at that and decides to pass on it, or they release it as is. In either case, the movie's not getting the restoration you feel it deserves.
It's certainly your prerogative to refuse to buy their disc. However, other fans of the film may be more willing to overlook the transfer's shortcomings so long as it's still an improvement over previous formats, because they'd rather have the movie in a compromised condition than not have it at all. I don't think we should begrudge them that opportunity.
What's really needed here are informed reviews of each title, so that interested buyers can know what they're getting into.