Who decides what films will be released on Blu-Ray?

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  1. jshelton macrumors 6502a

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    I ask this because I have recently become addicted to finding great deals on Blu-Ray movies. I am trying to complete my Scorsese collection on Blu-Ray. I have found Casino, Goodfellas, The Departed, The Aviator, etc.

    I am wondering about the older ones. Will they ever release Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, etc. on Blu-Ray. Who makes this decision? If there is not a chance that they will be released on Blu-Ray, I can go ahead and buy them on DVD.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Whoever owns the licensing rights and then whoever decides it'll be worth it to put it on BluRay. I don't think there's any rhyme or reason to the process.
     
  3. Rapmastac1 macrumors 65816

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    High-Def Digest is a great place to get any information about previous and upcoming Bluray movies. They have full specs on the discs and review all aspects of them as well (story, video quality, extras quality, etc). They also have a great list of upcoming movies as well. I look at this list and add the pre-orders in my cart on Amazon since that is the cheapest place to get Bluray movies.

    http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/releasedates.html
     
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    As mentioned before, it’s a combination of marketing strategy, content rights, film condition and title profitability.

    It’s expensive to do proper film to digital transfers and restorations.

    In some cases, even the directors (like Steven Spielberg) decide when and if. When Universal went HD-DVD, Spielberg told Universal he wasn’t putting his movies out in HD-DVD because he personally supported Blu-ray.

    http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/show/878
     
  6. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    It appears that with every transition to a new medium, we lose some of the old content. As was mentioned in other posts, the studios ultimately base their release decisions on profitability. There were a number of great LPs that were never released on CDs, and it is also likely that a number of older movies will not be released on Blu-ray. As such, your ultimate collection may end up being comprised of different media formats.
     

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