So it was developed specifically to be dumped unceremoniously onto their streaming service. meh.
Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but I still like the "big event" feel that a theatrical presentation lends to things; especially if said thing is some kind of shameless cash-in on my nostalgia. If they're going to be so cheap and transparent, I want it to feel bigger (& better is probably asking too much) than before. This gives me more the impression of a direct-to-VHS release, which isn't exciting. It might not be terrible... Return of Jafar wasn't terrible... but it's no event.
You are old fashioned. Being on the streaming service isn't a dump, it's a push to give cause for people to subscribe to the service. The same way the Loki, Vision and Scarlet Witch, and Bucky and Falcon series are for Marvel or the Mandalorian series is for Star Wars.
I also have a 65" 4K OLED (so you know, not totally old-fashioned) and tend to like stuff to look good on it. Even the best streaming services have a much poorer bitrate than discs, and will for some time to come. To say nothing of the audio, which is normally just regular Dolby Digital; no better than what's found on 20+ year-old DVDs.
This also is an easy way for Disney to leverage one of it's biggest assets, it's gigantic vault of IP's, in a way they completely control.
Oh boy; I really can't wait for that. It's just what multi-billion dollar corporations needed: more control. Not to say streaming is bad or doesn't have a place, but its potential for abuse and a general lack of consumer friendliness is a bit worrying for me. Any film can be censored or sanitized at any point, and the viewer has no recourse (imagine if the only way you could watch Robocop was a TV edit version... some hilarious dubbing aside, no thanks)... films may not be available all the time as rights issues fluctuate, perhaps not being there when you're in the mood... when the internet's down or on the fritz, your library is inaccessible... regions without access to affordable high-speed internet are at an extreme disadvantage. And there are whole decades worth of B movies and other assorted schlock that certainly won't be easy to access, at least not on any mainstream streaming service. To say nothing of foreign (especially older) films. In the mood for some Poliziotteschi or Giallo... what streaming service hosts those kinds of titles again? Sometimes streaming services also don't have access to the best transfers of a given film... I've encountered quite a few films on Amazon Prime that look like VHS or DVD rips while their corresponding blu-ray release has been authored from a more recent 2K or 4K scan of original elements.
Think I'll stick with my blu-rays for serious viewing (not to mention lossless audio). I have Netflix and Amazon Prime for casual viewing and to have background noise running as I do things around the house, which is enough. If there start to be too many streaming services, I'll just rotate my subscriptions to them every month or two, binging what I want and never having to subscribe to more than 1 or 2 at a time. I'm never going back to paying $100-200/month, whether it's one bill for cable or a bunch of different streaming services that add up to just as much.
Edited by TM2-Megatron, 14 April 2019 - 07:33 PM.