Digital Video Disaster and the death of NoShame?

Back in March I reported there was a “precarious future” for releases of cult and obscure film on DVD. Well it also appears that mainstream DVD has it’s own problems. Last week, according to imdb news, Daily Variety reported that sales of all DVDs fell by 5.1% to $5.6 billion in the first-quarter of 2007. Apparently this is the lowest amount ever since the DVD boom. The blame has been placed on a poor release schedule but I also believe that the introduction of the HD formats has created uncertainty amongst buyers.

In related news, a post appeared on the DVD Maniacs forum today that appears to confirm the end of the American Euro-Cult DVD label NoShame. So yet another specialist cult label bites the dust yet again confirming the problematic nature of releasing specialist product on DVD. Hopefully this is nothing more than a rumour and NoShame will resume releasing giallo and poliziesco on DVD. For further information (and more bad news) on the current state of cult DVD in US read this interview with Bill Lustig, head of the dying label Blue Underground.

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