HERE on this very subject.
” I lucked out with the timing when I was in film school;
I was there from 1998-2002, aka the glory years of DVD special
editions. Nearly every movie had a commentary, and I swear I learned
more from those than I did in any of my classes.”
The author of the article is quite correct and these days all but the
biggest of titles seem bereft of special features, but far from seeing
the death of special features we may be witnessing the death of DVD
itself. Industry insiders believe that CD’s have another year or two
left in them and that DVD’s have no more than five years. And the much
trumpeted blu-ray format has not been the success that the industry
wished for with movie fans being slow to adopt the new format. I myself
consider myself a film buff and have well over a thousand titles in my
DVD collection and I haven’t opted for blu-ray because…well, because I
don’t see the point. The audio and visual capabilities of a standard DVD
are good enough to make blu-ray a wet fish.
It used to be that the industry were afraid of downloads but they
seem much more comfortable now, perhaps seeing a bigger profit to be
made. According to the Wall Street jounal, the big shots have wanted DVD
to die for quite some time, as it would be cheaper to sell movies over the net. But nobody wants to watch movies on their computer…or do they? BTIG Research
analyst Richard Greenfield notes that Google searches for rental
services such as Redbox and (especially) Netflix have skyrocketed and
searches for DVDs have flat-lined. Searches for DVD terms such as
“DVDs,” “movies on DVD,” “new DVD releases,” and “top DVD rentals” were
off some 45 percent since their late-2008 peak, according to Google
data. Contrast this with “Netflix,” whose query growth has eclipsed 90
percent in each of the past two years. Has the term Netflix become synonymous with home video, as Google has with search?
It would seem that Hollywood have turned their back on DVD and are now looking at streaming movies over the net.