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  • WorkerCaste
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    Disney has found direct to video to be tremendously profitable for their sequel machine. They started by making them more cost effective through lower production values. Mind you, story suffered quite a bit, too. They have started to put more effort into the new productions, though, and it is still a lucrative market for them. Even though animation targeted at children is a different market, Disney's success must be making an impression on other studios.

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  • Satai Delenn
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    If I am not severly mistaken Paramount is launching a direct to dvd movie thing pretty soon as well because it caused many people to get their hopes up that maybe TPTB would make a Ds9 movie .And yeah I would buy a B5 sight unseen as well that's another avenue that could be purseued.

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  • Joe Nazzaro
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    I think the possibility of direct-to-dvd is a lot more viable than it was, say, a year ago. For example, I just read last week that writer/director John Harrison was talking to George Romero about the possibility of maybe some direct-to-dvd 'Dead' sequels, which suggests that if you keep the budget sensible, there must be a market out there.

    Last year, I saw one of the executives from Fox being interviewed by Charlie Rose, and I think he mentioned up to 40% of a film's gross revenues now come from home video/DVD sales. By now, I should think that figure is probably climbing towards the 50% mark.

    Aside from that, I don't think there's as much of a stigma attached to direct-to-DVD projects anymore, whereas the perception used to be that they weren't good enough for cinema release. Several million Disney animation sequel DVDs have probably helped change that perception in recent years.

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  • jcbatz
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    Direct to DVD?

    There has been some talk about Joss Whedon creating some Buffyverse movies directly to DVD. I hope he'd entertain the same for the Firefly 'verse. (especially after seeing the poll at The New Scientist.

    Anyhow, DVD sales are a HUGE market. One could state that they make up a more important market share than actual movies.

    So is there any possibility of B5 stories being made directly to DVD? They would probably be easier to generate and require less of a capital investment. There is a proven market that would buy them. I'd buy them sight-unseen.

    What do you all think?
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