By this I mean proper pressed discs not the DVD-Rs of the Warner Archive Collection ? The evidence certainly appears to suggest this.
The big studios appear to have almost stopped releasing new classic titles. Only Sony with forthcoming Noir sets appear to be doing very much. Warner have one title in September : John Ford's Wagonmaster (1950), Paramount continue to reissue, Fox had Manhunt (1941) the other week but the star boxsets they used to do appear to be a thing of the past.
Yes I know about the recession but there has been a drastic slowing down of classic releases in the last few months. Are the studios now only interested in the latest films and the big classics we can expect on Blu-ray in the next few years ?
What about brick and mortar stores ? I think the choice is still fairly good in them in the UK (at least of R2 releases) but what about the US is it true classics aren't being stocked in these places ?
What about the Warner Archive model ? To start with it seemed like a good idea to get loads of obscure titles out but the films are unrestored and are DVD-Rs. Also they are rather expensive ($20 a pop) : now some titles they are appearing at even dearer prices as Amazon exclusives (about $30 each). So they are effectively out in online retail which makes the Warner Archive collection a real moneymaker for the studio. Could this be the future of classic movies on DVD and downloads ?