Anakin McFly wrote:
Stupid people happen everywhere... not only on the internet...
They've just proliferated
on the Internet.
When BSX released their rerecorded Goldsmith Rarities
CD, an old friend of mine grabbed it because he had been hot to get SEVEN DAYS IN MAY for decades. (Between the two of us I'm
the one who's a Jerry Goldsmith completist; yet I chose to hold off on that album in case the SEVEN DAYS original tracks might still come out someday. [Thanks, Doug!])
However, the relevant point is that after receiving the disc, this friend was slightly disappointed with it. But he also asked me why "Intrada and these other labels" were still charging us $20 apiece for these releases, since the BSX cost only $14.99. At my second question to him -- "How elaborate is their booklet?" -- he fell silent before replying, "Okay ... you have a point."
I've always appreciated the frequently well-researched booklet notes provided with most of these limited-release soundtracks, which often give us information about music, composers, and/or the production of (often obscure) films which most of us never could have discovered any other way. But my involvement with a film book a few years ago left me shocked at learning that studios now charge fees for publication of movie stills.
After reminding my friend of just the value of these elaborate booklets -- which have to be researched, written, laid out, produced, and assembled -- there was also the consideration that these limited editions seemed to be priced slightly high back in the late 1980s at $19.99. Yet all these years later, Intrada (the most prolific and outstanding of all these labels) has not only issued most of their inventory at the same basic price but have periodically tossed in a "free" second disc. (And how
many discs come in their package of THE GREAT ESCAPE?)
Blow that horn of yours once in a while, Doug. You've more than earned it through your track record, and you deserve for us to be a more consistently grateful customer base. Thanks -- since I for one might not have said that lately. (But even after this long and in this economy, I still try to keep up with the decent share of your releases which I want!)