RE: DVDs

Charles Timberlake (ctimberl@sjvls.lib.ca.us)
Tue, 27 Jun 2000 10:29:19 -0700 (PDT)

So why not purchase theatrically-released films used at the nearest
Hollywood Video or Blockbuster? Prices range from about $8 to $12.
Midwest Video and other national dealers also price used films quite a bit
below original retail price.

On Tue, 27 Jun 2000, Darryl Wiggers wrote:

> The Being John Malkovich example is a marketing scam to entice people to buy
> DVD. It started with The Matrix as I recall. In six months, the VHS price
> will nose-dive.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Randy Pitman [mailto:vidlib@videolibrarian.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, June 27, 2000 1:08 PM
> To: Multiple recipients of list
> Subject: Re: DVDs
>
>
> I've seen a couple people in this thread comment on DVD's higher price tag
> vs. VHS. Actually, just the opposite is true--for feature films, at least.
> "Being John Malkovich" cost $106.99 in VHS upon release and $24.95 in DVD.
> Public libraries, in my opinion, might want to strongly consider purchasing
> new titles in DVD at the lower price and pick up a couple of DVD players
> (which I've seen as low as $150) for checkout to even the playing field
> amongst patrons.
>
> Randy Pitman
> Publisher/Editor
> Video Librarian
> 8705 Honeycomb Ct. NW
> Seabeck, WA 98380
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>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Darryl Wiggers <Darryl.Wiggers@AllianceAtlantis.com>
> To: Multiple recipients of list <videolib@library.berkeley.edu>
> Sent: Tuesday, June 27, 2000 8:53 AM
> Subject: RE: DVDs
>
>
> > In a few years that Library Director will likely be saying the same about
> > HD-DVD... and a few years after that, whatever the next format is.
> >
> > Meanwhile the end-users have to have the machines to play them on. Even at
> a
> > few hundred dollars, it's still a hefty sum to those on a tight budget.
> And,
> > yes, many new computers come with DVD... but not everyone needs, wants or
> > can afford a new computer -- or wants to view movies on their monitor
> (there
> > are still millions who have a TV, VCR but not even a Commodore 64 in
> sight).
> > Suddenly the library is divided between serving the "haves" and the "have
> > nots" -- which defeats the purpose of most public libraries.
> >
> > Plus, most DVD users are new users who are buying titles (more so than
> they
> > did with VHS) for their personal library. They handle the discs like
> > plutonium, for fear of scratching them. Are people going to be that
> careful
> > with a disc from a library? I know I wouldn't want to be the librarian who
> > has to check each disc when it's returned.
> >
> > Money should also be a factor with libraries (isn't it?) -- and DVDs are
> > still more expensive than VHS. If you can't afford both, why buy the more
> > expensive format, with the more limiting audience, that is not always
> > superior in quality (there are a number of crappy transfers out there
> > because of the rush to put out more titles), susceptible to damage, and
> may
> > not survive the HD-DVD revolution?
> >
> > It would be wiser to wait. VHS still has a reasonably good shelf life (I
> > still have playable tapes from 1982) and, as DVD gains in popularity, the
> > prices of VHS should continue to drop... the problem is that people tend
> to
> > fall in love too passionately with new technology, and they lose their
> > objectivity. And there are those DVD-lusters who think the whole world
> > should switch to DVD and, by God, if they can force their hand they will.
> >
> > I'll bet my next paycheque that your Director has DVD at home. Am I right?
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: maureen [mailto:ECL_MAT@FLO.ORG]
> > Sent: Tuesday, June 27, 2000 10:45 AM
> > To: Multiple recipients of list
> > Subject: DVDs
> >
> >
> > Are any Audiovisual Librarians changing their collection development
> > policies
> > to purchase only (or primarily) DVDs? Anyone have thoughts on the wisdom
> of
> > such a policy? My Library Director is urging us to buy DVD, and only DVD,
> > unless a title is not available in this format. Feedback on the pros and
> > cons
> > would be much appreciated. Thanks--Maureen, ecl_mat@flo.org
>