Curse you for doing awesome, well-conceived things that I desperately want but are so incredibly expensive! Currrrseeeee yoooouuuuuuuuuu….
Seriously, this is a great idea. D23 is producing a limited-series collection of all the released Walt Disney Treasures DVD sets to date. This 54-disc collection will set you back $500, but it’s the only way to get most of these titles, many of which have been out of print for years. Now all I have to do is figure out if the price of the set is more that it would cost me to buy on eBay the out-of-print sets that I don’t already own. Grr.
When D23 started, I suggested that if they really want to make the fans happy (and make some money themselves), they should keep in print all the fan-friendly DVDs like the Treasures line that are now unavailable in stores. It’s insane to me that these sets are printed in such limited quantities only to disappear; it doesn’t do Disney any good if they’re selling for $100 on eBay.
A collection isn’t exactly what I had in mind – it’s being sold to D23 members, ostensibly the most devout fans, but these are the folks who are most likely to have been buying the releases all along. There needs to be a way to fill in the gaps in one’s collection – there are some that I’d love to have that I missed somehow – without dropping $500 for duplicates.
But still, it’s a great idea and for those who haven’t been collecting these so far it’s an enormous deal and a fantastic trove of rarely-seen genius. I hope they keep this series alive – every year, it seems, they threaten to end it. But it seems to me that Disney should at least have some product available that comes directly from the Disney himself. There’s nothing wrong with a little fan service, especially when it makes you money. After all, the cost of pressing DVDs is negligible once the content is created. Give the people what they want!
And I want that collection, so give me that!