Tuesday, September 6, 2011
“The Warner Archive Collection”
“The Warner Archive Collection” offers online exclusive DVD packages that are “manufactured-on-demand” (or MOD). They are not mass-produced, standard pressed DVDs, but are recorded on DVD-R.
I don’t consider DVD-R to be the most desirable medium. Though the end product is certainly superior to “bootleg” material, it is a step or two below the mass-marketed product we know and love.
At least in this regard, Warner plays fair with us by issuing the following disclaimer:
“This disc is expected to play back in DVD video ‘play only’ devices, and may not play back in other DVD devices including recorders and PC drives”.
True enough. Warner Archive discs are not recognized by my computer, though they play just fine on my Blu-ray player.
No subtitles are included and source material is generally fine and sharp, though not always as pristine as a standard release.
Retail prices are often higher than they might otherwise be, but that comes with the nature of “Manufacture on Demand”. Sales and other promotions are offered regularly, once you’ve made the initial foray into TWAC, mitigating the impact of pricing somewhat.