There is no mistaking the air of panic surrounding DVD retail in the UK at the moment. Second hand DVD prices are dropping at both Amazon and CeX while the time between a DVD retailing at full RRP and it appearing on the bargain shelves is shrinking month by month. We may not be quite there yet but DVD and Blu-ray are clearly on their way to the great dead media bonfire in the sky.
The death of DVD is being driven by a series of cultural shifts that are combining to put pressure on traditional ways of selling and consuming media:
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VideoVista also has my review of Neil LaBute’s Lakeview Terrace. As I explain in the review, the impression I was left with after watching this film was that I had just spent an hour and a half arguing with an idiot. This is an impression I get whenever I watch a film by Neil LaBute.
Speaking of misfiring thrillers, I also reviewed Antonio Bido’s spectacularly patchy Watch Me When I Kill (1977). Amusingly, the DVD includes a piece to camera by Bido himself in which he explains how few thrillers he has actually seen and how much he disliked the genre. I’m reminded of the fact that, when he died, Stanley Kubrick had an entire library filled with the books he used while researching the films he worked on. Hmm.