No, big players are not set up for niche markets. It's been ever thus. Where the greed might come in
is when big players just won't do a reasonable licensing agreement to someone who can successfully
do niche products.
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert Hodge" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, December 29, 2006 11:26 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] laserdisc
> I'd call it more greed than simple economics... If companies like KINO
> can bring out obscure materials on DVD which cater to a small but very
> dedicated clientele, then the major companies should be able to do the
> same thing.
> I recall a story of their reissure of " Love Me Tonight" and how much a
> fight it was to get the rights to legally reissue it. Whoever holds the
> rights simply didn't want to be bothered to give KINO a license to issue
> it. The copyright holder finally relented, but Kino probably won't go
> after another Paramount title again because of the effort involved.
> Sound Familiar???
>>>> [log in to unmask] 12/29/2006 11:07:04 AM >>>
> Hi Bob:
> I think it's simple economics. Not enough market to justify production.
> Some of that stuff might
> turn up online one day.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Robert Hodge" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Friday, December 29, 2006 10:49 AM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] laserdisc
>> Hi Tom,
>> Titles which come to mind immediately are:
>> ( Some of these may have slipped through my radar, but not many)
>> Golden Dawn
>> Whoopee !!
>> Employees Entrance
>> Skyscraper Souls
>> Madam X
>> Baby Face
>> If I had my modest holdings available here in front of me, I could
>> lenghten the list. I couldn't afford the technonogy when it was new,
>> the prices commanded on Ebay now mean I can't afford it now
>> ( with some exemptions) otherwise I'd have much more as I would have
>> bought it when it was easily available .
>> Many,many many significant( At least to me) early sound Warner
>> Brothers, Paramount and MGM 1 and 2 reelers.
>> Yes , all are very vintage late 1920's mid 1930's subjects . The
>> transfers were done with first generation 35 mm materials,and not
> from 4
>> th and 5th generation 16mm dupes and reduction prints, in most
>> I don't consider VHS to be an acceptable medium when the
>> exists to have a superior one.Many if not all of these titles were
>> available on VHS. Unfortunately , many people think that all early
>> sounds and looks bad. This is usually because the quality of the
>> they were watching was many generations removed from the orignal .
>> Sure, the sound quality isn't Dolby SR, but it isn't the tubby,
>> sound that exists on poor qualty 16 mm copies.
>> Most of this material isn't for the masses of this day and age. The
>> of laserdisc technonogy was during a period when people didn't find
>> material boaring and inane, and why so much great early film found
>> way to laserdisc.
>> My 2 Bits...
>>>>> [log in to unmask] 12/28/2006 4:41 PM >>>
>> Hi Bob:
>> I'm curious, what are some films that were out on LD but not on DVD?
>> it all just Really Old Stuff
>> or Really Obscure Stuff or are there more recent or famous gaps in
>> DVD catalog?
>> -- Tom Fine
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Robert Hodge" <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> Sent: Thursday, December 28, 2006 2:47 PM
>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] laserdisc
>>> Darned right you should !! Or sell it to me...In that order.
>>> Especially since MANY motion picture titles which were originally
>>> transferred to laserdisc haven't been transferred to DVD.
>>> And probably never will be.
>>> No, you should hold on to it. I wouldn't sell mine either.
>>> Bob Hodge
>>> Robert Hodge,
>>> Senior Engineer
>>> Belfer Audio Archive
>>> Syracuse University
>>> 222 Waverly Ave .
>>> Syracuse N.Y. 13244-2010
>>> 315-443- 7971
>>>>>> [log in to unmask] 12/28/2006 2:15 PM >>>
>>> Should I save my Pioneer LD player?
>>> Frank B Strauss, DMD