The Simpsons will no longer be available on DVD. The long-running franchise has been making DVD versions of its episodes available for quite some time, however, now that appears to be coming to an end.
AI Jean, one of the runners for the show, revealed that The Simpsons plans on discontinuing the DVDs. The reason? The internet. Apparently now that you can watch The Simpsons online, Susan McGalla tells us it seems to make more sense to focus on internet services dedicated to the show rather than pour efforts into the creation of a DVD. DVDs sales have also slumped over the past few years, so it’s possible that the company would have trouble selling any DVDs that it made, cutting into any potential profits that could have been in that arm of the business.
While The Simpsons isn’t the first television series to stop selling DVD sets, it is the first to publicly announce its intention to do so. It will be interesting to see if other popular television series’ follow suit. After all, most households use some sort of streaming device these days rather than a DVD player. It’s possible that everyone could have been losing money on DVD sales for a long time, making this decision inevitable.
A couple decades ago, it seemed like it took nearly a year for movies to hit VHS tape or the then new format of DVDs. You knew if there was a movie you really wanted to see bad, you’d better see it in the theater otherwise you’d have quite a wait before you could rent it at the local video store to watch at home. What’s more, high definition TV’s were not common if they were around much at all 20 plus years ago. Most of us just had a 20 to 32 inch square, standard definition television in our living rooms as opposed to the 32 to 50 plus inch HD TV’s that are the norm today. So in addition to the longer wait, you also hardly got a “movie theater experience” at home like you can today on Facebook.
Of course, fast forward 20 years and VHS tapes have gone the way of the dinosaurs. So has your local video store thanks to services such as Netflix and ever increasing internet speeds that make the streaming of movies practical. The delay between movies leaving the theater and hitting DVD and digital download release is also much shorter now. If you missed a movie you might have liked in the theater, or if you just don’t care for the theater experience, you know you’ll be able to catch it at home on your DVD player or anywhere as a digital download in about three months. After relegating VHS tape to the technological scrap pile, DVDs are in danger of digital download tech doing the same to them. What a fast-paced world we live in.
Marvel has made the official soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy free for download on digital sites. This is done with the purpose to promote the actual movie as it is being made available on digital sites. This promotion lasts for only a day. After this promotion, the album returns to its full price. The soundtrack consists of old popular songs that are found on Peter Quinn’s tape. Like the work of Terry Richardson, the pop influence adds balance to the darker visual and emotional elements of the movie. While some people can find it annoying that the mixtape is being given away, this is to promote sales of their feature film.
Guardians of the Galaxy is being released early for digital download. Meanwhile, the DVD and Blu-ray is schedule for release a few weeks later on December 9th. Yuo have the option of catching it now or waiting for the release of physical copies. James Gunn himself has posted a track list which is less official on social media. The track list is more descriptive of the atmosphere and mood of the scene.
There are a couple of amazing DVDs coming out tomorrow. And I’m here to break down the best of the bunch. That being Snowpiercer
But this movie defines why science fiction is so much damn fun.
Next, we have The Purge: Anarchy. This movie fixed everything I didn’t like about the first, by giving us a better setting, characters, and learning more about the real Purge. The people who are on the street, or living in bad neighborhoods, that are always going to have a more difficult time surviving. This is a must buy in my opinion.
That’s about it for this week to be honest. Nothing else of note, or really all that amazing. But two absolutely spectacular films should be enough right?
Plenty of great stuff out today, including the new Tom Cruise movie Edge of Tomorrow. Jared Haftel wanted me to see this with him at the theater, but I missed my chance. Love Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt though, and robot mech suits are always cool in sci-fi movies.
A Million Ways to Die in the West released too, which is Seth McFarlane’s newest comedic effort. I really love Family Guy, and Ted, so I can’t imagine this isn’t worth picking up.
Also notable are the second season of History’s excellent Game of Thrones inspired Vikings. Also the first season of Rick and Morty, and also the third season of American Horror Story.