Re: DVD in libraries

Gary Handman (
Fri, 14 May 1999 15:15:04 -0700 (PDT)

Might be time for a reality check before we sit down to plan for the great
4 3/4" disc revolution...

Could be that DVD eventually sends tape down the road of beta and other
dead and dying formats...but you can rest assured that if it does, it's
gonna be a fair amount of time before the world beyond feature films
catches up. I simply can't envision non-theatrical producers and
distributers making the wholesale plunge to DVD all that quickly. What do
you lurking distributors (and I KNOW you're out there--CMIL? Bullfrog?
First Run/Icarus? Filmakers Library? Cinema Guild? others?) say.

This said: at UCB, we've been slowly buying copies of whatever canonical
cinema has been coming out: Griffith,
Fritz Lang, Chaplin, Hitchcock...etc. The bells and whistles and great
picture quality have already won over film studies faculty. The big issue,
of course, is the fact that there are only 3 dvd players on campus (four,
including the one in the Media Center). I guess a similar question for
public libraries would be the extent of
DVD penetration into the consumer market--i.e. how many households out
there have made the leap?

Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley 94720-6000

"Everything wants to become television" (James Ulmer -- Teletheory)