Burning Question: Would You Buy a Favorite Old Movie on DVD-R?
The DVD Player hasn't taken a shine to these discs
How badly do you want a cherished old film or cult classic to enjoy at home? How about buying it in the form of a burned DVD-R?
I'll be honest, I detest DVD-Rs for collecting movies and don't even consider them real discs. However, some of the movie companies feel the market is right for just such a product and are offering part of their film library exclusively this way.
Warner Bros. is leading the charge with its own Warner Archive Collections. Movies are offered as single discs or as part of larger packages.
One of my favorite silly monster movies, "The Green Slime," is available for $24.95 list. Yes, $25 for a DVD-R. But, if you really want the film, at least you've got the option.
There's a large number of movies available, mostly older films such as "The Canterville Ghost," but there are also TV series, such as "Night Court" season 4, and cartoon shows like "Thundarr The Barbarian: The Complete Series" and "Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space."
I would certainly buy all of the above, or even the "Our Gang Collection (52 shorts 1938-1942)" a five-DVD set. Wait, make that a five-DVD-R set.
Some of their current top sellers include: "Vitaphone Cavalcade of Musical Comedy Shorts," Chevy Chase's "Under the Rainbow," "Yogi's First Christmas" and the TV movie "Legend of the Superheroes."
Other studios, such as Sony, are prepping their own line of MOD (made on demand) titles. I hope this is a trend that quickly dies. Still, I understand why some folks would be more than happy with these.
Those who don't mind a burned disc can find it online.
So far, the discs are sold exclusively online and not in stores.
Luckily, there are still a number of great old movies still offered on DVD. "The Kim Novak Collection" gives us five of her top films on three discs.
"Bell Book and Candle" is one of my favorites by this beautiful actress, who looks haunting with her short silvery blonde hair as a witch who longs for a human. It also features Jack Lemmon as her brother in one of his few co-starring roles while James Stewart gets top billing.
Though their pairing worked in their previous film "Vertigo," Stewart looks a little out of place as the romantic leading man here, seeing how he was 25 years older than his 25-year-old love interest! Maybe he and Lemmon should have switched roles. Still, Stewart has a warm charm that compensates for the age difference.
Oddly enough, it shares disc space with "Middle of the Night" that's based on Paddy Chayefsky's play about an older man with a younger woman. Serendipity perhaps.
The colorful classic "Picnic," based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play is here on a double bill with "Jeanne Eagles" that is a well-worn biopic and the weakest film offered in this set.
"Pal Joey" gets it own disc though I would have given "Picnic" the honors. This classic musical has Kim sharing the screen with the equally beautiful Rita Hayworth along with Frank Sinatra.
The bonus material is quite nice with newly created featurettes helmed by inteviewer Steven Rebello talking with our star on her career and focusing on the films in this set. Hearing Kim talk about some of her other films just makes one wish they'll be a future collection in the works. The interesting conversation between the two continues via commentary tracks on select scenes.
Better quickly pick up this fine set before it's only offered on a DVD-R! Sadly, "Boys Night Out," a 1962 comedy gem that features Kim Novaks along with Tony Randall and James Garner, is only available on MOD. That just makes me MAD.