... generally old/obscure/what have you stuff, they know they can bend you over and spank you with the price, as only real fans would care that much ...
While there is certainly truth in that statement, I find it interesting that many equally obscure titles are being released on manufactured Blu-rays at much cheaper prices.
For example, Paramount has licensed out a number of their titles for Blu-ray. The previously mentioned Legend Films produces cheap Blu-ray double disc sets of obscure Paramount titles. I hold in my hand, the two disc set of STUDENT BODIES (1981) and JEKYLL AND HYDE TOGETHER AGAIN (1982). They're fairly obscure and the set sells for about $12.00. They also produce THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH (1959) and THE SKULL (1965) for the same price.
Ever heard of POOR PRETTY EDDIE (1975)? HD Cinema Classic sells it in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and it has a commentary track, trailer, restoration demo and a neat lobby card/post card. That'll cost you about $13.00.
How about a pair of low budget spaghetti westerns from the 1960's: 4 DOLLARS OF REVENGE and THE LAST GUN? The double feature Blu-ray from Mill Creek is about $12.00.
GALAXINA, THE CRATER LAKE MONSTER, DEMENTIA 13, THE TERROR , SCREWBALLS (and SCREWBALLS 2 ) are all cheap on Blu-ray. I even have the classic old made-for-tv movie THE CALIFORNIA KID (1974) on a $7.00 Blu-ray (NBC Universal licensed to Timeless Media).
I appreciate that Warner obviously wants to maintain full control over their titles and sadly seems unwillingly to license them to smaller companies for whom these would be worthwhile releases. I can understand that WB may not think it's worth their while to commercially produce these titles, but there are small specialty companies that have succesfully been releasing small titles for many years.
I'll bet Legend, Image or Shout factory would jump at the chance to release KILLER PARTY and NIGHT SCHOOL on DVD and Blu-ray.
a note: I own all of the Blu-rays mentioned in this post.
Last edited by Dex Robinson (2011-10-16 15:12:54)