|Originally posted by RobertR:
You can HARDLY deny that DVD is much more
profitable than LD ever was (a recent article in Variety talks about how Hollywood
studios are ecstatic over how much money DVD is making for them)
No one is saying that DVDs aren't more profitable. However LD still turns a small profit. Import LDs routinely sell-out their pressing runs.
[b] I recall seeing a survey done by the LD Newsletter (subscribed to by dedicated LD buyers) that asked its readers which format they would rather have a movie in.
They asked what their LD BUYERS WANTED. DVD won HANDILY[b]
Yes...eventually, once LD was barely available. But earlier surveys by the same publication had LD winning handily.
[b] And people certainly HAVE voted with their dollars. As I pointed out, studios had to resort to requiring minimum LD preorders (on the order of only 500 or so) BTW, the last Image LDs sold double that on two titles with a low want-to-buy potential, even with zero promotion. And they still would not produce additional LDs of higher-profile titles which would potentially have sold thousands more. (Such as TPM). [b]
You seem to forget that retail stores had eliminated LDs and were not accepting orders from consumers. That just left a few Internet stores, many of which barely mentioned a title announcement. Even 500 orders would be difficult to achieve, given such "promotion." Compare that with the banners, graphics, and plethora of announcements regarding any DVD release.
[b]George Bush? Adam Sandler? Do you buy a product because a
celebrity endorses it? I don't.]
Actually, I do know that many filmmakers do not like DVD. (I know of of two very mahjor directors who actually detest it.) You'll never hear that publicly, although they contreibute as little as possible when it comes to supplementals (aside from what is ported over from previous LDs). I did read that Benicio Del Toro preferred LDs, and wishes he could still get them. But I certainly would not buy any product just because a celebrity endorses it. By the same token, I wouldn't buy anything just because Joe Kane or Runco endorsed it either. Particularly since NEITHER of these "expert opinions" ever displayed LD at its best. Not saying they're wrong in certain respects. But they are certainly not gospel either.