These days, it’s pretty common for home video studios to bundle DVD copies of movies in the same package with their Blu-ray releases. This is seen as a so-called “added value.” However, most studios continue to issue separate DVD-only editions simultaneously, usually at a lower price point. After all, DVD continues to dominate the market. Recently, the Criterion Collection announced a bold decision to only release consolidated dual-format editions. Do you support this move? Vote in our poll.
Starting in November with the releases of ‘City Lights‘, ‘Frances Ha‘ and even the 25-film ‘Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman‘ box set, Criterion will no longer issue separate DVD and Blu-ray copies of titles being newly added to the collection. All new releases (except the budget Eclipse line, which will continue to be DVD-only) will contain both Blu-ray and DVD in the same package, and will be sold for the original Blu-ray price point. A spokesman for the company explains the rationale for the decision and how it will work in this article.
Personally, although I have no need for the DVD copies, I’m fine with this strategy so long as the prices don’t go up beyond what we’d typically pay for a Criterion Blu-ray anyway. In fact, I’m surprised that more studios haven’t already gone this route, as the first step toward phasing out DVD and encouraging consumers to collect Blu-rays.
Are you down with this as well, or are you upset by the decision? Tell us in our poll.