Thursday, September 16, 2010

Memo to Celestial Pictures: If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It

Well, rather than put out onto DVD any of these titles, or these titles, or even these titles, Celestial Pictures is gonna make the old kung fu and wuxia flicks into 3-D DVDs.

Oh joy.

(That was heavy sarcasm.)

Here's the story that made me so depressed.

The story does confirm why the office looked so empty on both my first and second surprise visits last spring: they had slashed staff.

Seriously, it's all about the money. Clearly, Celestial Pictures thinks there's more money to be made in making one kung fu flick into a 3-D feature than there would be in restoring, and making DVDs of, some old dramas and musicals from the 1960s.

There probably would be.

But it's not about the money. It's about the art. Sometimes stuff needs to be out on DVD for the sake of the art.

Not getting on a high horse, just saving that you have sometimes got to preserve stuff just so that people can finally see it.

Dear Celestial Pictures: if you want to make money, how about you sell the rights to the old non-kung fu and wuxia flicks and let someone else put out the DVDs.