I really don’t want to turn my generally perky blog into grumpy stuff, but this irritated me. There’s a credit crunch on. Hollywood needs to shift product. Making films available at the same time on all formats would be an obvious help, but the danger is that as a consumer you might do what I do; think ‘Hmm, this film looks just about okay to spend a tenner on, but I wouldn’t want to spend three times that amount for it on Blu-Ray, just to receive a digital disc that won’t work over here and an extras disc I’ll never run’.
So the US studios have come up with what they think is a better strategy to make us pay vastly inflated prices for Blu-Ray discs. Starting with Paramount and Disney, they’re going to hold back regular DVDs and release Blu-Ray versions first, to try and strong-arm sales. Maybe it’s time for those cheap high-quality Chinese discs to come and flood the market now.