Readers may recall several months back when I had the pleasure of reviewing the first release from a small startup label called Retrovision.
Some interesting discussion has been generated by two of my recent film reviews. As both do in fact shed some additional light on the posts in question, I thought it worthwhile to share them with the reading public.
First, some further insight to my review for Daisuke Goto’s Mourning Wife is provided by Pink Eiga label cofounder Nadav Rechov, in relation to their move during the course of the last year to a full fledged streaming “VOD” (video on demand) service – my additions or edits in italics below:
The current state of home entertainment is becoming a bit of a sorry one. While a few of the old guard still remain afloat and viable (Criterion, Synapse), and a few of the newer faces on the scene are still out there, pounding the beat (Scorpion, Shout Factory), for the most part, DVD appears to be in a state of gradual if not severe decline.
With a concerted push by the majors towards a pay per play or monthly fee based streaming milieu, even many of the outsiders have jumped on the bandwagon, shifting focus from pressed commercial grade DVDs to DVD-Rs in imitation of the majors, who view this as an interim direct marketing measure – even low budget archivists Alpha have gone this route.
So it is with somewhat lowered standards that we come to view the modern DVD purchase – grateful for each and every one that comes in the proper standard of commercial grade, with professional, poster-based artwork (something the majors have eschewed since the dawn of the medium – do we really need to see the original theater artwork of something like Meteor replaced by a Mount Rushmore sized view of Sean Connery’s glowering head? As if this made the film in any way different from a hundred other films he did, marketed in the EXACT SAME MANNER?), and groan with every purple backed, star-head marketed “artwork” bedecked, menuless (or chapterless, or extra-less) substitution that comes in the mail to our collective chagrin.
But every now and again, you get an exception to the rule.
A new startup company called Retrovision, run by an enterprising young man named Brannon Carty with a thing for shark films, has just appeared on the scene, and while the product he’s selling are in fact DVD-R, the quality of said releases otherwise would seem to be anything but.