Anyone can see these are rather sorry days for cinephiles, audiophiles, bibliophiles, or any other sort of aficonado of physical media.
Driven by a spiraling circle of bad economics, an entire industry of artistic expression and the appreciation thereof has lost its century-long footing, with records and CDs, as well as the various forms of collectable video and literature, falling prey to the viscittitudes of shady business dealings on the part of Wall Street traders and big banking; prices spiralling out of control on major appliances and automotive based on a new paradigm of leasing vs. ownership, with a nigh-utter economic collapse aided and abetted by the active marketing of overpriced commodities to a populace that clearly cannot afford it, with zero down.
With most or all trusted labels having fallen by the wayside due to a fatal admixture of the ongoing collapse of the capitalistic system and the new anti-ownership streaming paradigm for video, audio and even books, we have degenerated from a plethora of now-lost “boutique” labels with often pinpoint focus (Casa Negra, Panik House, Rise Above, even Pink Eiga, who’ve moved to all-streaming) to less than a handful of still active and viable concerns (Shout Factory, Synapse, perhaps Criterion and Scorpion, at least for the time being…honestly, is there anyone else still standing and delivering previously unreleased gems from the vault?).
Into this frankly depressing gap have stepped a few enterprising startups, often developing from Kickstarter campaigns, such as Vinegar Syndrome (soon to release the three presumed lost films of Herschell Gordon Lewis), Reality’s Edge (who released the long lost Bill Grefe classic, The Devil’s Sisters), and now Drafthouse Films, who bring us a truly out of left field grindhouse classic in Miami Connection.