Goji wrote:Why wouldn't they just hold out, and wait for the extras to be approved? It just doesn't add up. It's like they know the company might still go under, and want to rush it out so they can make at least some $ off of the film, as opposed to none.
It's pretty simple, and adds up pretty easily. Last May/June Media Blasters paid Toho for the rights to release MEGALON on home video. On top of whatever they paid for the license, MB also paid Toho thousands of dollars to strike a new print of the English dubbed version because that was the only option Toho gave them to get the complete English dub track. Then add in the money spent on extras, in-house work (cover design, solicitations, transfer materials, content build-up, etc). After that, because of Media Blasters' screw up over DAM they haven't made so much as a penny off MEGALON in the 10 months they've held the rights.
To release MEGALON as they'd intended, Media Blasters will need to have every single item approved by Toho. But the people handling this process at Toho most likely aren't filmmakers or executives, but rather lower level employees who do grunt work. Toho is known to be a very old school business-- even by Japanese standards-- where things move slowly because the staffers further down in the company don't want to make a mistake and risk getting in hot water with their bosses. So they're being extremely meticulous going over the materials Media Blasters wants to include. It's now 4-5 months since MEGALON was originally scheduled for release and there is no end in sight for the approval process.
Media Blasters has a multi-year license for MEGALON. But they'll be a year into that deal this June, and could be months or a year or more before the extras are all cleared by Toho. So they could wait, and lose 25-50% of their sales window. Or they can put out a barebones DVD now and recoup some of their expenses (and possibly even make a profit) and then do the SE DVD and Blu-ray whenever Toho gives the okay (which could be a long time from now). From what I know of their plans, what they're doing just makes more sense.
wataru wrote:Released Megalon on DVD only would be like releasing The Avengers and TDKR on VHS. It's just stupid.
Wataru, that analogy makes no sense whatsoever. New VHS releases are currently 0% of home video sales. According to reports, DVD sales made up 72-79% of the market last year while Blu-ray's shares are around 25%. Blu-ray is growing, but if Media Blasters goes DVD-only on the barebones MEGALON that would because DVD sells more than three times as well. Considering the smaller market for Blu-ray, a MEGALON Blu-ray now would probably have a serious impact on doing an SE Blu-ray later.