Originally Posted by Gary Murrell
Fox is a top notch studio and always has been, their choice to support BR is their choice, I have always liked Fox and put them at the top of the Home Media game, hopefully their BR will continue this, their D-Theater were the best and they are a #1 SD-DVD studio, and their movie catalog is one of my favorites
buck up and buy a 599$ Samsung, not much more than the Toshiba's, not enough to bitch or complain over, anyone who thinks the Fox BR titles are gonna look anything but good is deceived
With all due respect, Gary, Fox has always offered good HT products in every format it produced - they've also consistently been the least consumer-friendly studio and have ALWAYS attempted to bilk the consumers for every dime! Even their LD's were significantly more expensive than the other studios (remember all their $50 - $70 releases (Planet of the Apes, Star Wars, Die Hard, Alien, etc).
They balked at DVD because of their piracy paranoia. They attempted to adopt the rental-priced structure with DVD and charge $80 per disc. They preferred a digital tape format to DVD (so no surprise they latched onto D-Theater so aggressively). They supported DIVX, helping keep that idiotic format alive. They publicly criticized Warner Brothers for their aggressive pricing of DVD's, especially their release of "The Matrix" (which, ironically, became the biggest-selling title with over 1.5 million units in its first few weeks of release in 1999).
And now they are exclusive to Blu-Ray, and their inital slate of titles continues to demonstrate their greed and paranoia with MSRP of $40 per disc (which, ironically, was the same inflated price of their first DVD's as well). Consumers are favoring HD-DVD by a margin of 11 to 1 in software sales right now, but Fox's Mike Dunn continues to spout BS about their being "no format war" because BD will trounce HD-DVD. He is Bill Mechanic all over again - another clown running Fox with an iron-fist and no brains. They will support any idiotic format (DIVX, UMD, DVHS) that has no future or promise of widespread adoption so long as there is no chance of high quality video that can be replicated and pirated. Yet they will shun a format that may become the new standard in HT because of their paranoia.
I've said it on other forums as well - Fox is run by backwards-thinking people. They use price-gouging tactics with every format, yet are paranoid about piracy. They can't seem to grasp the notion that overpricing is what leads to piracy - an idea that Warner seems to understand very well.
So, to answer the original question, not ONLY have I stopped buying Fox titles (along with all other SD DVD's), I have also been returning all my Fox DVD's that were unopened. I will NOT buy both formats - not because I can't afford to, but because I REFUSE to be pressured by greedy, pompous studios who try to use political motives to sway my buying decisions.