Lou Lumenick of the New York Post takes a look at the current state of the classic DVD market.
Lou's post includes a schedule of the classic DVD releases expected in the first quarter of 2010.
He also links to two excellent articles on the same topic, a column by Dave Kehr of the New York Times, and an interview with George Feltenstein of Warner Home Video.
I thought Mr. Feltenstein seemed a little more straightforward in his assessment of the classic DVD market than came across in a November interview with Lumenick, in which he continued to assert that Warner has a "robust" release schedule. There are definitely good things ahead from Warner, but the current state of the market isn't what it was a year ago, and Feltenstein frankly addresses the issues in the industry. I admire Mr. Feltenstein very much, and it's good to know someone with such a passion for movies is working on our behalf.
On a bright note, there should be good things ahead from both the Warner Archive and the TCM Universal/Paramount on Demand program. And, very happily, Turner Classic Movies continues to be a great boon for classic film fans, as recent posts illustrate.