Re: My Distributor Rant...

Jessica Rosner (
Mon, 19 Aug 2002 22:04:45 -0700 (PDT)

Sorry gang could not respond sooner as I was on vacation in Chicago
and you can not respond from remote server to the listserv

Alas there may be no solution for this problem. We produce the MOVIES BEGIN
as a set and we only make exactly enough copies of each title for each set
It is not practical or even possible to make extra's of individual titles
and short of ripping up a set we don't have ANY individual DVD's. We make
only enough boxes, material etc for each set and I assume this is true
of many boxed sets from other companies. You can't just order say 5 spares
of each individual title. I realize this is VERY frustrating but given the
requirements for re-ordering dvd's ( minimum is 250) there is little anyone
can do. As it happens THE MOVIES BEGIN is the ONLY Kino boxed set where the
titles are not also sold individually and a major reason for this is that
much of the material in the first two volumes is also in the Image DVD
LANDMARKS OF EARLY CINEMA ( have no idea if it is still in print) and the
Video dept felt it would be too confusing to sell them separately.

Wish I had an easy answer for this one but that is one of the downsides of
DVD ( on VHS is would have been fairly easy to make a few extra)


Jessica Rosner
Kino International
333 W 39th St. 503
NY NY 10018

> From: "Jaeschke, Myles" <> > Reply-To: > Date: Fri, 16 Aug 2002 07:32:28 -0700 (PDT) > To: Multiple recipients of list <> > Subject: My Distributor Rant... > > I am sick of purchasing entire sets of videos or DVDs as replacements when a > single tape from a series is ruined, stolen, lost, etc. Is it really that > difficult for distributors to offer individual tapes for sale? I understand > the fact that we, as purchasers of films for libraries, are a very small > portion of sales compared to the general buying public and that most > consumers will never need to buy a replacement. Even so, I do not see > the why video distributors cannot make available the same videos for sale > individually it addition to being sold as a complete set. > > Now that I have that off my chest I'd like to make a plea to Jessica to > please sell me a copy of The Movies Begin a Treasury of Early Cinema > 1894-1914 Volume 1 on DVD. Our copy of this volume was recently stolen. > > Thanks for reading--back to lurker status I go. > > > Best Regards, > Myles Jaeschke > Tulsa City County Library > Film Librarian