Re: [Videolib] DVD Costs etc

Jessica Rosner (
Wed, 10 Sep 2003 11:24:11 -0400

I won't have a car but I set this up to have all of Friday & Saturday to
enjoy the city. I was there 12 years ago. I will try to take up your


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

> From: "Mark W. Kopp" <> > Reply-To: > Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2003 08:37:16 -0400 > To: > Subject: Re: [Videolib] DVD Costs etc > > Jessica, > > If you go to Pittsburgh, may I suggest for the absolute shear fun of it, > parking at Station Square, dining/partying at one of the finer Station > Square restaurants (or better yet, ride up the Incline Plane and eat at the > Rib place at the top), and taking one of the riverboats over to the > game. > > > > For an idea of what kinds of restaurants and bars: > > > Us Pirate fans might not have much to cheer about, but we do know how to > party...and Station Square is such a fun place to party!!! Being a Steeler > fan is much easier, especially after putting Baltimore, and the > over-heralded Ray Lewis, in their place. Does Chicago still have a football > team??? ;-) I do remember seeing something in a history book about a > football dynasty there, but that must have been long ago..... I wonder if > my ESPN Video rep might have some archival footage on 16mm.... > > Have fun, > > Mark > ***************************** > At 12:48 PM 9/9/03 -0400, you wrote: > >> Right now the cost of DVD is largely prohibitive for smaller non fiction & >> educational titles but there are more complicated issues involving feature >> films which are not solved by cost alone though it is a major factor. >> For most non studio titles rights and materials are a major problem. Many >> old contracts did not provide for DVD and must be renegotiated, in the case >> of foreign films in particular this may not be feasible. Kino for instance >> took on the Interama library which initially had about 70 titles, mostly >> French. We DID NOT HAVE dvd rights on any of these films and in my view only >> the higher end titles like SOME of the Renoir's & Pagnol's will ever make it >> to DVD. Not only do you have to go back an get a new contract but you must >> obtain GOOD material as most of what was used for video masters is not >> acceptable for DVD. Kino is something of boutique company so we can often >> break even with as few as 1,000 copies but we can't really stay in business >> if that is what we sell on MOST titles. Packaging and promotion of a title >> for DVD may run as high as production. We have had to pass on a number of >> wonderful films because we simply could not AFFORD to put them out on DVD >> even IF they cost little or nothing for the initial rights ( which they >> usually do). >> >> As for Studio titles, this will remain similar to VHS in that they will >> not release more obscure titles on DVD because studios need to sell >> huge numbers to make it worth their while. They have backlogs of CRAP >> that will sell 10 times a lesser known classic and while they will >> put out some prestige titles don't hold your breath for anything that >> off beat or interesting. >> >> Jessica >> ( who is going to Pittsburgh AND Chicago on consecutive weekends to >> see the Cubs , not to mention at least 3 more trips for the POST SEASON) >> -- >> Jessica Rosner >> Kino International >> 333 W 39th St. 503 >> NY NY 10018 >> >> >> _______________________________________________ >> Videolib mailing list >> >> > > **************************************************************************** > Mark W. Kopp > Circulation Coordinator > Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 > Instructional Materials Services Department > 580 Foot of Ten Road > Duncansville, Pa 16635 > (814) 695-1972 Phone > (814) 695-3018 Fax > E-Address: > > See us on the Web at: > <> > Click on; "Instructional Materials Services" > > > > _______________________________________________ > Videolib mailing list > >

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