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    Thumbs down rate those big movie studios for their respect to DVD

    OK, considering I've read and written in this forum some grunges about how movie studios ripping off DVD buyers by over-releasing Special Editions DVDs etc, I've decided to give my ratings to the following major studios according to their level of respect to the medium:

    Warners: great SE titles, even though some great titles are still missing their SEs (eg Batman). No titles (as far as I know) ever go OOP (except those early editions of The Devil's Advocate & Little Shop of Horrors, but that involves legal problems so it's forgiven). 8/10

    Disney: great SEs, but their policy of withdrawing titles off sale after a period of time (eg Snow White, Tarzan) is really not on. Haven't bought a defective disc from them yet. 6/10

    Universal: Not too impressed with them. There're some occasions of releasing unnecessary SEs (eg. The Mummy). Have yet to see an truly loaded SE title from them (well Back to the Future trilogy could be the one...). I do like them captioning featurette, documentaries, even trailers. Some interesting titles have gone OOP (Double Indamnity, Midnight Run, why?) Have only very few defective discs I bought from them. 5/10

    MGM: Not bad. They provide some good SE treatments (James Bond movies, even "Casino Royale"), although lately they seem to bend on re-releasing OOP titles (Robocop, Spinal Tap) and releasing SE of used-to-be barebone titles (eg. Blue Velvet, Usual Suspects). No defective discs from them yet. 5/10

    Paramount: Have some great titles, but it's weak in the SE area, though when they're good they very good (eg. The Godfather box set). Lately it's getting worse with some barebone classics (Pretty in Pink, Trading Places) not even including their original trailers! Still, not one defective disc released from these guys. 4/10

    Columbia Tristar: Releasing too many un-necessary editions of the same movie (eg MIB) Fortunately I never bought one defective DVD from these people, and their titles seldoms go OOP 3/10

    Fox: Chicken-ish - in its way of releasing great (sometimes medicure) SEs, then releasing barebone versions of same titles and makes the SEs OOP. Also it is the major studio I bought most defective R1 DVDs from. This sucks almighty especially when it's one disc of an expensive box set that's defective! 1/10

    Criterion: yes, everyone says they're the Rolls Royce. Yes they do have some true gems. But they don't come in cheap. And the titles gone OOP are only helping some eBay vultures feeding on us poor collectors. Not really Criterion's faults, but they're just too good. 7/10

    Newline: great SEs, but very few titles interest me. 7/10

    Dreamworks: OK SEs, but like Newline, very few titles really interest me. 6/10

    Artisan: flooding the market with too many SE titles. 2/10

    Lion's Gate: see Universal

    Anchor Bay: except for Halloween, their limited edition titles are actually not that worthy. 4/10

    Anyone wants to put their two-cent worth here?

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    I say this is the order for the big 8's respect to DVD (1 being best)

    8. MGM - when they put out SE's, they are too expensive (007 films)

    7. Paramount - They are working on it (Star Trek films, Godfather) but they still have too many great movies that are bare-bones discs (Jack ryan movies,)

    6. Disney - They are more concerned with getting their new movies on DVD, and they should be working at getting some classics on DVD. What's with limited time only on their good releases?

    5. Universal - Hopefully there will be some improvement come BTTF and E.T.

    4. Warner - hate that DVD casing. Their SE's are lacking compared to other studios

    3. Fox - Good SEs. Lotsa good movies. No Complaints, except these single disc releases.

    2. New Line - Great DVDs. Video and Audio are always top-notch. Not many movies I am interested in.

    1. Dreamworks - Great Movies. The Best DVDs (Gladiator, Beautiful Mind)
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    no matter what u say ....it ALL means 1 thing

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    they dont care about us..... they just want our money... and most of the time these studios dont make the DVD they have contracts with 3rd party companies making these DVD... you will be surprised that most of these studios use the same DVD making studios.....
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    Originally posted by tisoy
    they dont care about us..... they just want our money... and most of the time these studios dont make the DVD they have contracts with 3rd party companies making these DVD... you will be surprised that most of these studios use the same DVD making studios.....
    True. Then again, I can say whatever the f**k I want about them.

    Unless you're absolutely not paying one cent for movies, either going to cinemas, buying or renting DVDs, subscribing to cables, etc, you are a customer of the movie studios.

    And as a customer, you have all the rights to reflect your own opinions on the qaulity of services they provide, even though through obscure channels like an online forum. Whether they'll really listen is another matter.

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