‘Gintama The Very Final’ Anime Feature Readied for Disc, Digital Release

Gintama The Very Final, the third and final chapter in anime legend Hideaki Sorachi’s original “Gintama” manga series, will be released in a Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack on Feb. 8.

The film will be available two weeks earlier for digital purchase on Jan. 25.

From Eleven Arts and Shout! Factory, the new feature film makes its North American home entertainment debut following a theatrical release this past fall.

The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack includes two versions of the film — English voice cast and the original Japanese audio with English subtitles) — and an exclusive 16-page booklet packed with character art and storyboards. Consumers who  order Gintama The Very Final Blu-ray/DVD combo pack from Shout! Factory will receive an exclusive poster, while supplies last.

Directed by Chizuru Miyawaki, Gintama The Very Final adapts some of the final moments of the original manga with new elements specifically crafted for the film. The lead roles of the Odd Jobs members are reprised by the team of voice talent from the third season of the “Gintama” series, including  Michael Daingerfield as Gintoki Sakata, Cole Howard as Shinpachi Shumura, and Jocelyne Loewen as Kagura. Kyle Colby Jones, who voiced the character Shinsuke Takasugi, and the ADR writer and director for Gintama: The Movie, reprises his roles for Gintama The Very Final.

 

Blu-ray of Cult Classic ‘The Vampire Lovers’ Due Dec. 21

Shout! Factory’s horror imprint, Scream Factory, will release The Vampire Lovers: Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray Disc Dec. 21.

The 1970 cult classic, adapted from J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s novella Carmilla, stars Ingrid Pitt, Madeline Smith and Peter Cushing in the tale of a diabolical female vampire that ravages the young girls and other townsfolk of a peaceful hamlet in 18th century Europe as revenge for the killing of her fellow vampires years earlier. A rousing hunt for the vampiress ensues as a group of men follow her bloody trail of terror through the countryside.

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The Blu-ray boasts a new 4K scan from the original camera negative and several newly produced and legacy bonus materials.

New extras include an audio commentary with film historians Dr. Steve Haberman and Constantine Nasr; “The Rapture of Cruelty: Carmilla In Classic Cinema,” an audio essay read by Madeline Smith; “To Love a Vampire,” an introduction by Smith; “Carnal Crimson, film historian Kim Newman on the Carmilla legend; and “Fangs for the Memories,” film historian Jonathan Rigby looks back on the film.

Additional extras include a commentary with director Roy Ward Baker, actress Ingrid Pitt and screenwriter Tudor Gates; a commentary with film historians Marcus Hearn and Jonathan Rigby; “Feminine Fantastique,” about resurrecting The Vampire Lovers; “New Blood: Hammer Enters the ’70s,” in which film historians discuss Hammer Films from the 1970s; “Madeline Smith: Vampire Lover,” an interview with the actress; a reading of Carmilla by Pitt; a deleted shot of the opening beheading; a “Trailers From Hell” episode about the film with Mick Garris; the theatrical trailer and radio spots; and a photo gallery with movie stills, behind-the-scenes photos, posters and lobby cards.

Fans who order The Vampire Lovers on Blu-ray from the ShoutFactory.com store will receive an exclusive 18×24-inch rolled poster featuring new artwork, while supplies last.

2021 World Series Game Film, Complete Series Coming to Blu-ray Disc from Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory has set a Dec. 14 release date for 2021 World Series Collector’s Edition: The Atlanta Braves, an eight-disc Blu-ray Disc set that includes the official 2021 World Series highlight film, all six complete game broadcasts from the 2021 World Series and a bonus disc including the clinching NLCS Game 6 against the Dodgers. The package will retail for $74.98. Each game includes four audio options, allowing home audiences to watch the games while listening to the network television announcers, the Atlanta Braves Radio Network, or a Spanish-language version of the broadcasts.

Shout! Factory is also releasing a two-disc Blu-ray Disc + DVD set, with a runtime of 90 minutes, that includes just the World Series highlight film from Major League Baseball, narrated by Braves fan and multiple Grammy Award-winner Chris “Ludacris” Bridges. This set carries a suggested retail price of $19.98. The official World Series documentary will also be available for purchase on all major digital platforms two weeks ahead of the disc release, on Nov. 30.

When the Braves capped their championship run with a 7-0 victory over the Astros in Game 6, they completed one of the most spectacular late-season surges in baseball history. Halfway through the regular season, the team had a losing record and were dealt a season-ending injury to superstar and NL MVP candidate Ronald Acuna Jr. GM Alex Anthopoulos deftly traded for Joc Pederson, Jorge Soler, Adam Duvall and Eddie Rosario, changing the course of the season in undeniable ways. Braves lifer and manager Brian Snitker now had his crew, and the Braves caught fire with a 36-19 (.655) finish to claim the NL East Division championship. They then beat the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLDS and dethroned the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS to set the matchup with the Astros, a franchise playing in the World Series for the third time in five years.

Anime ‘Shirobako: The Movie’ Slated for Home Release

Shout! Factory will release Shirobako: The Movie as a Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack, and for digital download, Dec. 7.

A love letter to the anime industry from Eleven Arts Studios, the anime film about making anime is a sequel to the anime television series of the same name, which has also been adapted as a manga series. Director Tsutomu Mizushima (Girls und Panzer, Prison School) and screenwriter Michiko Yokote (Naruto, Cowboy Bebop) lent their talents to the movie after working on the series.

Four years after the events of the series, the movie finds Musashino Animation has gone through drastic changes and things are looking bleak for the studio. One day, Aoi Miyamori is offered a role managing a new theatrical animation project. With only a few months left before the deadline, it’s up to Aoi to work alongside both familiar faces and new to finish the project in time.

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Bonus features on the Blu-ray combo pack release include a teaser and trailer never before seen in North America, additional promotional videos, and a four-page booklet with character art.

Eleven Arts is a Los Angeles-based distribution company known for bringing acclaimed anime films to North America. Eleven Arts’ anime titles most recently include A Silent Voice, Millennium Actress, Penguin Highway, Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms and others.

Shout! Factory Sets Jan. 25 Blu-ray Disc Release of Japanese Anime Favorite ‘Kamen Rider’

Shout! Factory has announced a Jan. 25 release date for Kamen Rider Zero-One: The Complete Series, an eight-disc Blu-ray Disc collection featuring all 46 episodes of the popular Japanese anime TV series.

The collection also includes the movie RealxTime and five special episodes.

“Kamen Rider Zero-One” is the 30th series in the “Kamen Rider” franchise. It premiered in September 2019. The series revolves around technological singularity and artificial intelligence. A company called Hiden Intelligence, which faces threats from a cyber-terrorist group that wants to conquer and then kill the human race through a tech uprising.

The release comes as part of a continuing celebration of the landmark series’ 50th anniversary.

Originally premiering in 1971, the long-running Japanese television series “Kamen Rider” follows the exploits of a masked, motorcycle-riding hero who fights the forces of evil. It’s been the No. 1 kids’ program in Japan for nearly 50 years, according to Shout! Factory.

Wide-Release ‘Weathering With You’ 4K Blu-ray Arriving Jan. 4

Shout! Factory and GKIDS are re-releasing the 2019 anime film Weathering With You 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack in standard packaging Jan. 4, 2022.

The 4K disc was previously released in November 2020 as part of a limited-edition Blu-ray boxed set that included a CD soundtrack, booklet, mini-poster and additional swag.

The film from director Makoto Shinkai and the creative team, including producer Genki Kawamura, behind the critically-acclaimed Your Name, features music from the hit band RADWIMPS, and is backed by an all-star voice cast including Lee Pace, Alison Brie and Riz Ahmed.

The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day, as if to suggest his future. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds work as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine. Then one day, Hodaka meets Hina on a busy street corner. This bright and strong-willed girl possesses a strange and wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky.

Bonus Features include an interview with Shinkai, a “Weather Front” featurette, “Talk Show: Makoto Shinkai and Yumiko Udo”; a director filmography featurette, and trailers and TV spots.

Western ‘Old Henry’ Heading to Blu-ray Nov. 9

Shout! Factory will release the Western Old Henry on Blu-ray Disc Nov. 9. The film from Shout! Studios and Hideout Pictures is currently in theaters and available digitally.

Old Henry stars Tim Blake Nelson as a widowed farmer who along with his son (Gavin Lewis) warily take in an injured man (Scott Haze) with a satchel of cash. When a posse of men claiming to be the law come for the money, the farmer must decide who to trust. Defending against a siege of his homestead, he reveals a talent for gunslinging that surprises everyone, calling his true identity into question.

The cast also includes Trace Adkins and Stephen Dorff. The film was written and directed by Potsy Ponciroli.

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New Oct. 26 Releases Include ‘The Suicide Squad,’ ‘Don’t Breathe 2,’ ‘Stillwater’ on Disc, ‘Language Lessons’ Digitally

Warner’s The Suicide Squad, Sony Pictures’ Don’t Breathe 2 and Universal’s Stillwater are among the new Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases Oct. 26, while Shout! Factory releases Language Lessons for digital purchase.

Director James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad becomes available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release Oct. 26 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Written and directed by Gunn, the film is based on the DC Comics series about imprisoned supervillains who are recruited by the U.S. government for covert operations, and have a bomb implanted in their heads that will explode if they don’t comply. A sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad and the 10th film in the DC Extended Universe franchise, the film finds government agent Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) sending the team to infiltrate the island nation of Corto Maltese to eliminate a potentially dangerous weapon. Among the recruits this time around are Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), the sharpshooter Bloodsport (Idris Elba), the jingoistic Peacemaker (John Cena), team leader Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian), Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior), and King Shark (voiced by Sylvester Stallone). The cast also includes Peter Capaldi, Alice Braga, Michael Rooker, Jai Courtney and Pete Davidson. The Suicide Squad earned $55.8 million during a domestic box office run in which it was simultaneously available for streaming on HBO Max for a month. A spinoff series about Cena’s Peacemaker character is set to debut on HBO Max in January.

The horror thriller Don’t Breathe 2 arrives on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Oct. 26 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the sequel, Norman Nordstrom (Stephen Lang) has been hiding out for several years in an isolated cabin. He lives with a young girl and has re-created the family stolen from him by a drunk driver. Their quiet life together is shattered when a group of unseemly criminals kidnaps her and forces Norman to tap into even darker and more creative instincts in an effort to save her. It earned $32.6 million at the domestic box office.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment releases the drama Stillwater on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 26. Directed by Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), the film stars Matt Damon as Bill Baker, an American oil-rig roughneck from Oklahoma who travels to Marseilles to visit his estranged daughter (Abigail Breslin), who is in prison for a murder she claims she did not commit. Confronted with language barriers, cultural differences and a complicated legal system, Bill builds a new life for himself in France as he makes it his personal mission to exonerate his daughter. The film earned $14.5 million at the domestic box office.

Lionsgate Oct. 26 releases the film On the Rocks on Blu-ray and DVD. Written and directed by Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, Somewhere, The Beguiled), the film stars Bill Murray, Rashida Jones and Marlon Wayans. In the film, Laura (Jones) thinks she’s happily hitched, but when her husband Dean (Wayans) starts logging late hours at the office with a new coworker, Laura begins to fear the worst. She turns to the one man she suspects may have insight: her charming, impulsive father Felix (Murray), who insists they investigate the situation. As the two begin prowling New York at night, careening from uptown parties to downtown hotspots, they discover at the heart of their journey lies their own relationship. On the Rocks was released via the Apple TV+ streaming service last year.

The sci-fi thriller Warning becomes available to own on Blu-ray, DVD and digitally Oct. 26 from Lionsgate. Set in the not-too-distant future, the film explores the repercussions that humanity faces when omniscient technology becomes a substitute for human contact. But life begins to unravel when a global storm causes electronics to go haywire, leading to terrifying, deadly consequences. Warning stars Thomas Jane (Deep Blue Sea), Annabelle Wallis (The Mummy), Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike), Alice Eve (Before We Go) and Kylie Bunbury (“When They See Us”).

Lionsgate releases the coming-of-age family-film Saving Sloane on DVD, VOD and for digital purchase Oct. 26. Written and directed by Steve Franke, the film stars Taylor Foster as a spoiled city girl named Sloane Emerson whose high school friends are leading her into trouble. When her frustrated stepmother sends her to stay with family at a ranch in the country, the rebellious teen ends up forming a bond with a horse named Glory.

The critically acclaimed feature Language Lessons Oct. 26 becomes available for digital purchase and VOD from Shout! Studios. Co-written by and starring Mark Duplass and Natalie Morales, and directed by Morales. The film finds Adam (Duplass) unsure how to fit a gift of weekly Spanish lessons into his life, but when tragedy strikes, his teacher becomes a lifeline he didn’t know he needed. Shout! Factory will release it on Blu-ray Dec. 14.

Breaking Glass Pictures Oct. 26 releases Bad Ben: Benign, the ninth installment of the “Bad Ben” found footage horror series from director Nigel Bach, who also stars in the films. The film will be available on available on DVD and VOD. Bad Ben: Benign begins right where the series left off, as Tom Riley wanders out of the woods behind his home on Steelmanville Road, and must climb through a window to get inside. He is baffled when he sees objects in the house that aren’t his, things moving on their own, and soon finds himself dealing with evil forces. To figure out how to rid the house of evil, he must rely on the help from others and eventually faces the most powerful demon he has ever come across. The “Bad Ben” series began in 2016, and has since seen eight installments: Bad Ben, Steelmanville Road, Badder Ben, Bad Ben: The Mandela Effect, The Crescent Moon Clown, Bad Ben: The Way In, Bad Ben: The Haunted Highway, and Bad Ben: Pandemic.

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases “Superman: The Animated Series” on Blu-ray Oct. 26 to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary. Running for 54 episodes from 1996 to 2000, “Superman: The Animated Series” was produced by Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and Alan Burnett, the creative team behind the groundbreaking “Batman: The Animated Series,” leading to crossovers between the two characters and other DC Comics heroes as a precursor to the “Justice League” and “Justice League Unlimited” animated series. Tim Daly led the voice cast as Clark Kent/Superman alongside Dana Delany as Lois Lane, David Kaufman as Jimmy Olsen, and Clancy Brown as Lex Luthor. All 54 episodes have been remastered from the original 35mm interpositive sources, giving special attention to extensive color correction, dirt and scratch clean-up, and adding a grain reduction pass to create a pristine picture, all while making sure not to affect the original lines in the artwork of the animation. The audio was retransferred from the original audio masters, and the series is presented in its original aspect ratio of 4:3.

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment release the crime-drama Walker: Season One on DVD Oct. 26. “Walker,” a reimagining of the long-running series “Walker, Texas Ranger,” stars Jared Padalecki (“Supernatural”) as Cordell Walker, a widower and father with his own moral code, who returns home to Austin, Texas, after being undercover for nearly a year, only to discover there’s harder work to be done at home. Walker will attempt to reconnect with his creative and thoughtful son, August (Kale Culley, “Me, Myself and I”) and his headstrong, somewhat rebellious teenaged daughter, Stella (Violet Brinson, “Sharp Objects”) and navigate changes with the rest of the family. His ADA brother, William “Liam” (Keegan Allen, “Pretty Little Liars”) returned home from New York and stepped in during Walker’s absence, making it all the more difficult for Walker to resume his place in the family. The perceptive matriarch of the Walker clan, Abeline (Molly Hagan, “Herman’s Head”) doesn’t hesitate to speak her mind to keep everyone in line and their traditional rancher father, Bonham (Mitch Pileggi, “The X-Files”) isn’t much for long winded, sentimental prattling, but voices his opinion when it counts most. At work, Walker’s former colleague, Larry James (Coby Bell, “The Game”), is now his Ranger Captain, and both men need time to adjust to their new dynamic. Walker finds unexpected common ground with his new partner, Micki Ramirez, one of the first women in Texas Rangers history, played by Lindsey Morgan (“The 100”). She knows there’s a lot at stake for her in this new job and is quick to school Walker on curbing his maverick ways. Walker’s not Micki’s only distraction, as her relationship with an old friend, Trey (played by Jeff Pierre, “Once Upon a Time”) becomes more serious. The series closely follows Walker as he tries to balance all the new details in his old life while growing increasingly suspicious about the circumstances surrounding the death of his wife (Genevieve Padalecki).

Shout! Factory Oct. 26 releases The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius: The Complete Series, a 10-DVD boxed set featuring all three seasons from the Nickelodeon animated series. Jimmy is a genius boy who invents gadgets to improve his daily life situations with his robot dog Goddard by his side. The inventions almost always go awry leading to various mishaps for Jimmy and his best friends Carl and Sheen. Based on the 2001 film Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, the series aired on Nickelodeon from 2002 to 2006. The show’s voice cast includes Debi Derryberry (Toy Story, “F Is for Family”), Rob Paulsen (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Animaniacs”) and Jeffrey Garcia (Rio, Happy Feet), with guest appearances from Tim Curry, Tom Kenny, Jim Belushi, Christian Slate, Michael Clarke Duncan, Dan Castellaneta, Mel Brooks, Ving Rhames and Jay Leno.

Kino Lorber Oct. 26 releases season one “Gomorrah: The Series” on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The Italian crime drama has been called Italy’s answer to “Breaking Bad.” “Gomorrah: The Series” is a gangster show from Stefano Sollima (Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse, Romanzo Criminale), based on Roberto Saviano’s best-selling book and the subsequent award-winning film of the same name. Season one tells the inside story of the fierce Neapolitan crime organization the Camorra. It is shown through the eyes of Ciro (Marco D’Amore), the obedient and self-confident right-hand man of the clan’s godfather, Pietro Savastano (Fortunato Cerlino), whose loyalty is pushed to its limits over twelve blood-drenched episodes.

The Underworld 4K Ultra HD Collection arrives on Oct. 26 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The limited-edition gift set includes all five vampire films on 4K Ultra HD disc with high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos audio. The films are also available digitally in 4K with HDR. The collection includes Underworld (in both theatrical and extended versions), Underworld: Evolution, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Underworld: Awakening and Underworld: Blood Wars, as well as hours of standard-definition and HD bonus content for all five films, including the “Underworld: Endless War” animated shorts. Chronicling the eternal battle between vampires and Lycans, the series stars Kate Beckinsale as the vampire Selene.

Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Oct. 26 release 1966’s An Angel for Satan on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, its first-ever authorized American release. In the final film of her Italian gothic period, Barbara Steele (Black Sunday) stars in the erotic shocker. When a cursed statue is recovered from a villa’s lake, a young heiress (Steele) will inflict a torrent of depraved seduction and homicidal madness on the local village. Anthony Steffen (The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave), Claudio Gora (Danger: Diabolik) and Marina Berti (Night Train Murders) co-star in this film scanned in 2K from the original negative with both the Italian and thought-lost English tracks recently discovered in a Rome vault.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

Shout! Factory Tapped to Distribute Cult Sci-Fi Series ‘Starhunter ReduX’

Starfield CreatorCo, a Toronto-based science-fiction film and television production company, Oct. 13 announced it has signed a distribution deal with Shout! Factory for its popular Canadian sci-fi series “Starhunter ReduX,” now available on Amazon Prime in the United States and the United Kingdom.

The original “Starhunter” series aired for two seasons beginning in 2000. In May 2018 an updated and expanded version of the series, “Starhunter: ReduX,” was released on the El Rey Network with updated special effects, new footage and a 4K transfer in a 16:9 aspect ratio. The distribution deal provides Shout! Factory all media rights in North America.

“There couldn’t be a better distributor for us than Shout! Factory,” said Starfield CEO Philip Jackson. “Their identification with the markets that our audiences live in is a robust but particular kind of demographic. No one is better positioned to maximize the exploitation of this 44-episode sci-fi classic than Shout! Factory.”

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The release of the series 21 years ago created a loyal cult following. Subscribers to Amazon Prime in the United States and the United Kingdom can now watch all 44 fully-restored episodes, many of which boast new footage. Missing or censored content was re-shot from scratch in half of the episodes. This involved writing an additional story arc that entailed having actors 20 years older meeting their former selves in green-screened interaction.

The current re-launch of the two-season series on Amazon Prime includes a daily social media campaign showcasing episode previews and never-before-seen production stills from the show as well as behind-the-scenes footage. The media roll-out began in August and continues today on Starhunter’s popular platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Reddit.

Indie Suppliers Going Straight to DVD

On the eve of its 25th anniversary, the DVD is staging a comeback, at least among independent suppliers.

The five-inch digital disc was launched in March 1997 by Warner Bros. and MGM, but didn’t really impact the market until two years later, when Walmart began selling DVDs. Several years of explosive growth followed, giving the home entertainment business new respectability and a seat at the table in greenlighting movies.

Joe Amodei

But beyond the actual product, the DVD ushered in a digital revolution that would later bring us the Blu-ray Disc, digital distribution over cable and the Internet, and streaming.

With disc sales steadily declining, year after year, a number of independent suppliers are abandoning Blu-ray Disc and going back to DVD as the sole physical media distribution vehicle for their films. Their reasons range from cost to retail preference and consumer choice.

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“About 75% of our films get released on DVD along with the digital release,” said Joe Amodei, president and CEO of Virgil Films & Entertainment. “The other 25% are digital only. I’d say only about 20% of our releases get a Blu-ray. I am primarily docs, and they just don’t sell like they used to.”

At Shout! Factory, the push toward DVD is largely due to what’s happening at retail, says John Rotella, the company’s SVP of Sales.

John Rotella

“Our primary reason is due to Walmart being committed to DVD first and backing away from Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD, which sets the table for most releases that have mass-placement potential,” Rotella said.  “I can see us making more and more decisions to not release a Blu-ray on some Walmart-placed DVDs.

“Best Buy, on the other hand, is not interested in DVD and only takes Blu-ray and 4K, so on these Walmart DVD-placed titles if Best Buy decides to support a Blu-ray we will accommodate. If Best Buy passes on the Blu-ray then that, at times, is the death rattle.”

Target, Rotella notes, “leans toward the Blu-ray if the content is elevated by box office or cast or when the Blu-ray elevates a release by making it look more important. If they want to make the buying decision easier for the customer by offering a film at a lower price, the DVD will be the choice and possibly hurt the future of the Blu-ray. It all depends on content.”

Cost also is a factor, Rotella said. “Deciding not to release a Blu-ray can be a workload decision or if we have concerns with production costs,” he said. “Pricing is a barrier for Blu-ray on these types of films that simply meet consumer demand on DVD at a lower price. The DVD picture quality on modern Blu-ray players is good, so the quality difference isn’t enough to pay the extra dollars.”

Rotella said genres also factor in. “Black films, WWII films, Westerns, action films, and horror films have a stronger DVD base, so at times a Blu-ray Disc may not be necessary,” he says. “Big box office, big cast, pedigree, dramas, film noir, foreign, sci-fi, anime — these films do require a Blu-ray release, and the DVD is in jeopardy. We do make decisions to release a Blu-ray/DVD combo to allow us to have one SKU that caters to both sides of the aisle. The higher cost is an issue, but it does help strike a compromise.”

Not all indies are DVD-centric.

Alan Fergurson

“We are actually releasing more Blu-ray Discs than DVDs now,” said Alan Fergurson, SVP of home entertainment and business development at Kino Lorber. “That is driven by the number of major studio releases that we have licensed and release via our Kino Lorber Studio Classics label. In most cases, the studio has already exploited the DVD version, and we focus on the Blu-ray Disc as a collectible edition featuring a new HD or 4K master, new artwork and new extras such as interviews, etc.”

Still, Fergurson said, “On our Kino Lorber arthouse and documentary releases, we are releasing more DVDs. Our decision process is that our foreign-language arthouse and documentaries don’t have the wide, collectible appeal on disc, and the buyers are primarily direct-mail-order consumers who are still primarily DVD, libraries and consumers with a passionate interest in the individual films. We also look at the cinematic elements of a film before deciding not to do a Blu-ray, like is it a lush nature doc or a well-known international director with an avid cineaste following?”