WoodpeckerWoody wrote:Wenn will Warner lern.:shame:
Learn what? How to make the maximum profit out of the assets they control?
WBHV has discerned two distinct markets for their vintage cartoons. One market is hard core collectors like us. The Golden Collections and now this Platinum Collection are aimed at us. We don't mind shelling out for a fairly expensive set of discs. We like the bonus features. We want a copy of every Warners and M-G-M (and Popeye) cartoon they can release.
However, we are a SMALL, small niche market. We just don't command that much in the way of sales. Profitable? Yes. Mega-profitable? Sadly, no.
WBHV also knows there is another, much wider market out there that is only casually interested in classic cartoons. They either want them as the occasional break from watching feature films or as "electronic babysitters" for their kids. They do not care about bonus features. They do not care about the vast majority of Looney Tunes/Merries Melodies (especially the ones that don't feature the "star" characters). They basically want the same group of cartoons that television showed over and over again while they were growing up. And they want them at a much cheaper price point.
So WBHV releases these "Spotlight Collections." It's a way to make more money off the same titles.
The more money WBHV makes, the more likely they are to release more cartoons. Instead of being hostile to these releases, I welcome them. More revenue from the Looney Tunes means it's far more likely that restoration efforts will continue and we'll continue to see more releases on home video.
Releasing this smaller Blu-Ray set is hardly taking much time and effort on WBHV's part. They are simply burning more copies of discs they have already assembled. The heavy lifting was done for the Platinum set. All this smaller set requires is some new box & label art.WoodpeckerWoody wrote:Yeah, maby they could get more titles out if they didn't spend time on doing that.
If you think that scrapping this smaller set would mean WBHV would automatically be spending its time preparing another low-selling, larger Platinum Collection, I think you are being naive.
In fact, the inverse is true. The less total revenue WBHV can generate, the less likely they are to continue releasing these cartoons.
It's revenue, not lack of resources that has driven WBHV's decision to suspend the Popeye series, for example. And it's revenue that is driving their decision to include so many previously released titles on sets such as these.