DVD’s Rule

“For the movie industry, the DVD has become so important that the tail now appears to be wagging the dog. The studios — and the rest of us — have realized that nothing they put on screen will ever go away again. As a result, features that were created to appeal to connoisseurs, and that were once available only on large, unwieldy and expensive laser discs, are now routinely enjoyed by mass-market film fans. The esoterica of film culture, formerly consumed by a moneyed geek elite, is now aimed directly at — and snapped up by — the broader public.”