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Old 04-07-2011, 12:47 PM
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From Warner's George Feltenstein in the New York Post interview on Warner Archive:

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Consumer acceptance of classics on Blu-ray is painfully limited. That breaks my heart. We've put out a lot of great titles that have not performed particularly well. Nobody wants to hear the scenario is tough within the retail marketplace. All of our releases have been profitable but it takes a lot longer to get there. One of the biggest retailers just cut their space for catalogue titles by 30 percent. The fact is, we have to be accountable for profitability, so the challenges in the marketplace make this a difficult area in which to succeed. Nevertheless, our commitment to do so remains strong and we have a very robust schedule for classics. We thought we'd have some Marx Brothers titles [on Blu-ray] by now, but they still need work.
I guess sales are low, and retail space is getting cut.
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Yeah, I just don't see the market for 'classics' being very big on Blu-ray. It's not a fault of the format, but of the consumer. I love blu-ray, but like most gen x'ers, getting the 'classics' on blu ray just isnt a priority. We want some of our 70's and 80's 'classics', but beyond that, its all about new releases.
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Consumer acceptance of classics on Blu-ray is painfully limited. That breaks my heart. We've put out a lot of great titles that have not performed particularly well. Nobody wants to hear the scenario is tough within the retail marketplace. All of our releases have been profitable but it takes a lot longer to get there. One of the biggest retailers just cut their space for catalogue titles by 30 percent. The fact is, we have to be accountable for profitability, so the challenges in the marketplace make this a difficult area in which to succeed. Nevertheless, our commitment to do so remains strong and we have a very robust schedule for classics. We thought we'd have some Marx Brothers titles [on Blu-ray] by now, but they still need work.
Those comments at least show some commitment long term to quality and show some improvements in the release schedule may be coming soon for those old studio classics. If "all of our releases are profitable" then they will eventually keep on coming, but it make take some time to get there.

The Ten Commandments just did well on the releases this week so hopefully things will improve for those deep classics that he is talking about there. I wish general consumers appreciated those older movies too as much as he does.

The rest of the article as well is a nice write up on the on demand DVD service The Warner Archive which is showing some positive signs for classic titles on an on demand basis.
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Funny how I said retail space would get cut. And it did.
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Yeah, I just don't see the market for 'classics' being very big on Blu-ray. It's not a fault of the format, but of the consumer. I love blu-ray, but like most gen x'ers, getting the 'classics' on blu ray just isnt a priority. We want some of our 70's and 80's 'classics', but beyond that, its all about new releases.
Right there with you. My "classics" are Point Break, Die Hard and Alien. I have very little interest in older films. Every single time someone has tole me I had to watch some amazing classic film past 1970, I was totally underwhelmed.
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He is talking about the recent Best Buy floor space allocation for catalog DVD titles. It got shifted mostly to newer 1997 to current Blu-ray space allocation and newer 1997-Current DVDs for the most part. Thats not what you were saying about it at all. For the most part the combined DVD and Blu-ray area there stayed mostly the same while the CD sections shrank. No one disputed that the space for catalog DVD titles there shrank but you were refusing to admit that the Blu-ray sections were getting larger.
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Right there with you. My "classics" are Point Break, Die Hard and Alien. I have very little interest in older films. Every single time someone has tole me I had to watch some amazing classic film past 1970, I was totally underwhelmed.
That's pretty sad. Good filmmaking is timeless.
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I sometimes record something on AMC or TCM and watch it and then want to own the thing on Blu-ray to rewatch it another time. In the past decade with those channels I've learned to appreciate the really older classic films and I never would have done so without having them as part of my sat or cable subscription. But with my HD DVR its easy to sample them and the same goes for my Netflix usage.
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That's pretty sad. Good filmmaking is timeless.
No, there is just a sense of detachment. While the films may be great works of art, its just hard to identify with..If you cant really identify with it, its hard to get into.
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That's pretty sad. Good filmmaking is timeless.
It is sad, but true. Just try to get a kid to watch a B&W movie.
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