Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Get Your Special Collector's Definitive Gold Edition Here!

Here's an interesting column in the Boston Globe about movie studios' latest scam to wring more money out of a gullible public: multiple DVD releases of the same title. Don't miss this part about the six different "Kill Bill" versions coming out:

Here's how Rick Sands, Miramax's chief operating officer, explained it to The New York Times last week:

" 'Vol. 1' goes out, 'Vol. 2' goes out, then 'Vol. 1 Special Edition,' 'Vol. 2 Special Edition,' the two-pack, then the Tarantino collection as a boxed set for Christmas," he said. "It's called multiple bites at the apple."

What a pecker. The Globe's columnist, Renee Clark, goes on to comment:

Studio suits would do well to remember the hard lessons learned by the record industry. As CD prices inexplicably increased year after year, some fans turned to peer-to-peer downloading services ... for their music fix. The music industry has been crying foul ever since and suing the very people it wants to purchase its product.

No shit. There's loads more to say on such topics -- for example, I want to expand on the anti-music biz rant that I began below. But I'll have to save it for another day when I have more time.