Thursday, January 24, 2008

Studios open the vaults

Coming soon to DVD?

This just in from IMDB.
Hewlett-Packard has signed a deal with Sony Pictures to turn out DVDs from the studio's library whenever customers request them, the Los Angeles Times reported today (Thursday). The deal will allow consumers to order movies that ordinarily would not be stocked by dealers because they are too obscure or too old. HP indicated that it expects to sign similar deals with other studios. "We're hoping this provides another option to make available products that wouldn't necessarily garner widespread retail shelf space," Jason Spivak, head of strategic development at Sony Home Entertainment, told the Times. Added Doug Warner, head of HP's digital content business, "If studios can sell more catalog than previously, they can generate more money."
A brilliant idea long overdue. Now if they can finally get me that flying car they've been promising for 40 years.

Here's hoping Disney gets on board so I can finally get my hands on Return to Treasure Island: The Miniseries. (Only to have my youthful memories crushed by how cheesy it actually plays today, no doubt.)

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