With the availability of multi-region/region-free/all-region PAL/NTSC DVD players priced under $100 and sometimes under $50, I admit that my desire for Region 1 DVDs is technologically irrelevant. Technology, however, isn’t the issue. DVD prices also factor into this discussion. I don’t know whether those of you who are casually interested in Dietrich would be willing to buy the Dishonored/Shanghai Express double feature for $24.99 and up, but I imagine that you would be even less willing to purchase just one of these titles in a non-Region 1 PAL format from $25.99, especially if you can’t verify whether you can turn off any non-English subtitles. Those of you who think you’re getting a deal by purchasing one of these titles in an all-region PAL format from $16.80 might possibly be surprised to discover that your disc is dubbed in Italian! Merda!
Back to Marlene, Universal and Warner have somewhat redeemed themselves since 2010 by releasing Dietrich’s back-catalog as manufactured-on-demand (MOD) DVD-Rs. I held off on purchasing these products because I have read mixed opinions about their quality, but I finally succumbed and ordered enough of these DVDs to make a haul video on YouTube. Maybe naively, I hope that my purchases will contribute to the collective ripple of Dietrich-related DVD purchases that prompt companies to release her flicks in higher-quality formats, including even Blu-ray.
If you insist, I can be more analytical and give you numbers even though I have reservations about Amazon's algorithms, which I will explain now. Search the phrase "marlene dietrich" in Amazon's Movies & TV department, sort your results by "Most Popular," and you'll see the Lombard DVD I had already mentioned and a Greta Garbo collection in the top 12. Is this like when IMDB told us Dietrich is known for Fight Club? Until I figure out how to circumvent these Amazon quirks, you'll have to settle for my lazy anecdotal observations: Whenever I browse the Dietrich DVDs at Amazon, I often see the red-colored font urging me to order soon because only a handful of DVDs are in stock, which would indicate to me that Dietrich's selling and which reminds me to gripe that one of Dietrich’s finest films, A Foreign Affair, has yet to be released in the United States in DVD format! What's the hold-up?! Don't break my heart by releasing The Lady Is Willing before that classic.
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