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View Poll Results: Which is your favorite Blu-ray distribution company?
Criterion
33.33%
Arrow
37.50%
Twilight
0
0%
Shout/Scream
8.33%
Kino Lorber
8.33%
Olive
0
0%
Severin
0
0%
Blue Underground/Synapse
0
0%
Vinegar Syndrome
0
0%
Vestron
0
0%
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12.50%
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Which is your favorite Blu-ray distribution company?

Old 01-25-19, 10:10 PM
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Which is your favorite Blu-ray distribution company?

while i love my Criterion Collection movies, it's the Arrow collections/sets that really are done well with great extras and gorgeous looking sets packed with good stuff. plus, horror is my favorite genre and they put out great ones...

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Re: Which is your favorite Blu-ray distribution company?

No Indicator love? Criterion is a breed apart, but Indicator has been getting me excited as of late.
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Re: Which is your favorite Blu-ray distribution company?

5 Shout Factory
4 Synapse
3 Indicator
2 Arrow
1 Criterion
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Re: Which is your favorite Blu-ray distribution company?

I love Criterion and Shout! Factory, but feel that Kino Lorber is underrated - they release a lot of fun B-movies (and some A movies) with solid transfers (albeit almost all of those transfers are studio-provided).
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Re: Which is your favorite Blu-ray distribution company?

Whoever releases The Thing in 4K will be...
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Re: Which is your favorite Blu-ray distribution company?

I chose Criterion, but I'd be tossed between Twilight Time and Kino Lorber for second.
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Originally Posted by d2cheer View Post
Whoever releases The Thing in 4K will be...
Eventually most of them will.

As for BD, no one touches Criterion.

Arrow is in second because they actually have good sales, unlike Scream/Shout. If we are talking just content, those two are neck and neck.

Vinegar Syndrome's releases are usually real solid. I wouldn't complain if they moved toward more popular titles. Solid props for going after more obscure stuff though.

Severin, well, I just got my BLACK FRIDAY order, last week!
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I'd be much happier with Shout if they invested in new transfers and best practices all the time like Arrow attempts. Generally, Shout's special features are usually interesting and well-produced.
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Re: Which is your favorite Blu-ray distribution company?

This is a really difficult question to answer because it really depends on what you're looking for. It's hard to argue against Criterion. So many great titles in the collection, many with a wealth of extras.

But if your tastes lean more toward low budget, exploitation and often the obscure, Arrow and Vinegar Syndrome are in a league of their own. I'm frequently shocked at how good their releases look. It really shows just how poor many companies' quality control must be.

But if someone were to force me to make a choice, I'd probably opt for Arrow if for no other reason than the sheer variety of titles. Yes, you get plenty of horror, action and exploitation, but they also release Hollywood productions, classics and more artistic films. And while their releases might initially come with a larger price tag, there sales are tough to beat.
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Re: Which is your favorite Blu-ray distribution company?

Originally Posted by mike7162 View Post
No Indicator love? Criterion is a breed apart, but Indicator has been getting me excited as of late.
It's Indicator for me.

Quality and value are both extremely high. While there is some overlap in the titles they've licensed with Shout and TwilIght Time in RA, I can generally import the Indicator version for under $20 and be assured that the encode will be high quality (and usually edge out both the other labels).
In contrast, I have to wait six-twlelve months for the TT release to go on sale, and then the first sale it's usually still more expensive than the import.
While Shout, with it's new MAP strategy, is just a complete wallet buster.
My SF purchases have gone waaaay down- despite having several titles right now I'd love as much as anything else to pick up.

For domestic labels I'm extremely impressed with all the Vinegar Syndrome titles I've purchased. They would probably edge out Indicator for me if they only released more stuff I was actually interested in. The 80's to present and Slasher fare leaves me cold, so my purchases tend to be few and far between.
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They're like childrens. I love them all! Vestron is easily my least favorite on that list, though.
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Re: Which is your favorite Blu-ray distribution company?

MVD has come out of nowhere the past couple of years and put out a fair number of niche/genre releases I don't think were ever going to hit BD. They mostly distribute for other smaller labels and one-offs. A/V quality is a tad erratic but they have certainly been trying.
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Re: Which is your favorite Blu-ray distribution company?

Arrow: 38 total


vs.

Criterion: 107 total

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Re: Which is your favorite Blu-ray distribution company?

This is tough because there are two components to this:

1. What titles are available?

and

2. How good are the releases from a technical standpoint?

I'll say that right now I think Indicator puts out the best product with what they have to work with, but they don't do new restorations themselves. In that sense Arrow has them beat, but horror's for weirdos and I don't care for much of their output. Criterion has the best catalog overall, but technically they've been jumped by the various UK labels.

​​​​​I also have to throw a bone to Eureka and 88 Films purely on the basis of their recent Hong Kong releases. Eureka does a fantastic job otherwise as well, but there's a lot of crossover with Criterion.

Finally, I know they're a major label, but it's still a niche subsidiary so I'll mention Warner Archive. I wish the big studios would treat their classic catalog as well as those guys do.
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Re: Which is your favorite Blu-ray distribution company?

I like Arrow better than Criterion but both are great. Arrow gets the edge for giving us the reversible cover art.

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