This is really bad. The theory is that with the increase of the streaming of movies, the prerecorded DVD will practically disappear, just like the VHS tape. The really, really, bad part is that the social justice warriors (SJW’s) will have control over what movies are acceptable to watch, and which ones will not.
The reason why DVD’s will eventually disappear is because it is so much more profitable to sell movies via streaming.
The reason why SJW’s will see that certain movies aren’t seen is because they think they know better than we do what we should watch.
When the day comes that only a handful of major streaming services – Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and soon Disney and Apple and others that fund the creation of content and control the content that you are able to view — then some films and television series that are now or in the future considered politically incorrect will begin to disappear.
As the Home Theater Review article also points out (and something I mentioned a few months ago on Ricochet as well), about a year ago, Oppo, arguably the manufacturer of the finest UHD and Blu-ray disc players, exited the market which was essentially the canary-in-the-coalmine signal for what was to come. It remains to be seen whether the more mainstream brands will follow suit – Sony and Samsung in particular. Sony seems to be increasing its market share in the UHD TV market but on the content front, challenged by Netflix, Amazon, and others. If Sony (which owns Columbia Pictures, Tri-Star, and Screen Gems) can continue to compete on producing movies that consumers find compelling, then their studio production and distribution efforts may survive for a time … or Netflix, Amazon, Apple, and Disney may start to chip away at them.
My recommendation? If there are any films you want to own, buy them now. I bought my personal copy of Blazing Saddles a few months ago. The Passion of the Christ (pictured above) is another potential candidate. Others mentioned in various articles on the internet are:
- Song of the South. Uncle Remus is a no-no.
- The Last Temptation of Christ.
- A Clockwork Orange. Prints weren’t available in the UK for 20 years (til 1999).
- The Birth of a Nation. Racist.
Any candidates for the list?