Seems like this completely went over some people's heads.
Anyway I agree. Blu-ray is making ports of those older movies and it's sad. Can't we get any new movies? I can't believe they are forcing us to buy upgraded copies of movies. My older DVD copies seem to have stopped working. Why Blu-ray? WHY?
If you already have the DVD and it works, no reason you have to replace it.
If you are going to buy/rent a new disc of the movie, what is so strange about it being released in the best modern format?
Are you complaining that original Star Wars is not continuing to be produced in VHS format?
The people who would buy/rent Bluray have a blu-ray player and almost certainly a HD TV.
Why would they not want to take advantage of those capabilities?, that is what they bought the player/TV for.
Right, but Blu-ray grows only slowly and DVD is in fast decline. On-demand services are growing very fast. You can't expect fast growth of Blu-ray, it won't compensate the DVD losses.
Great, but that isn't the topic of the thread.
If nobody wanted to buy physical copies, then no physical copies would be produced, whether BluRay, DVD, Laserdisc, or VHS.
Obviously people do want to buy/rent physical copies, BR in particular, and that is why BR continue to be pressed.
the prof said:
Keep in mind that some new BRs are in the 40-50$ range.
Some VHS were in that range or higher. AND?
Such pricing is by the film producer based on what they think they can charge and still earn the most $, not an issue with the BR format.
Had BR not existed, there is no reason to believe that certain DVDs would also be released at higher than average price points.
The more BR gets popular the less niche/highend cache it has, and the less it will be able to comman a price premium.