DVD

MileFilms@aol.com
Fri, 7 Jan 2000 09:45:21 -0800 (PST)

Just thought I'd put my 2 cents in. DVD, unlike laserdisc, is a fairly cheap
process for producers. Once you have a video master (and hopefully it's a new
one or a good one), the compression costs have dropped dramaticallly and the
production costs I believe are actually cheaper than VHS. This means for most
distributors, that the added sales of DVD is a blessing and more and more
titles will be coming out in the next few years -- at least until sales
levels off. The most amazing figure I heard was that the presales of The
Passion of Joan of Arc was over 10,000. For a silent film (albeit with a
score that was a best-seller on the classical charts), that's an astonshing
figure. When I talk to Criterion, they are just ecstatic with the new
technology and the financial windfall they've found.

As for Milestone we have 30 titles coming out this year through New Yorker
and Image and about that many for 2001 as well -- that's way above our number
of video releases (we usually do 12 a year or so) and I suspect other
companies are doing the same.

In terms of the educational titles, once "good" compression becomes even
cheaper in the next few years, DVD will probably make these films even more
widely available.

Of course, Amy and I are moving to New Jersey this next month (postcards to
be mailed in the next few weeks) and the first thing I'm looking to add for
our new carriage house is 35mm variable speed projectors so I can have a
pianist over and invite friends to watch silent films. Retro is forever. (and
so is being crazy)

Dennis Doros
Milestone Film & Video