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Lost Tales price predictions?

Not sure if I'm interpreting this correctly, but are you saying that you think the TLT sales will be *less* than the sales of the each of the five season sets, movies and Crusade ("not every fan is going to buy TLT")?

Yeah that's pretty much it. I don't have any actual sales numbers, but my strong suspicion is that the B5 season sets outsold the TV movie box, which outsold Crusade, which outsold the Rangers pilot. With most genre projects the "main" work attracts the most loyal fans. Peripheral and subsidiary works have their fans as well, but these are generally subsets of the larger base. (For instance, you can figure that everyone who read The Silmarillion also read The Lord of the Rings, but there are millions of Rings fans who never bothered with The Silmarillion. I own several copies of the first three Star Wars films and none of the prequels - I've never even seen Attack of the Clones - because they don't interest me. ST:TOS and TNG have a lot more fans than the later shows. And so on.)

Are there folks who skipped the B5 season sets (for financial or other reasons) but who will check out TLT? Sure. I just think there are a lot more fans of the original who are content with the completed series and never pursued any of the spin-offs or side-stories and will ignore TLT. I think that's just the nature of fandom. (Now I wouldn't hazard a guess as to how well TLT[/b] will do in relation to Crusade or the movie box, because there are too many variables, but I think it is a given that the main series will always attract more fan support.)

My only point is that WB would have based the budget for TLT on a conservative sales estimate for the disc to ensure that it at least broke even. Naturally they'd be delighted if it equalled or exceeded the sales for the B5 series - but that's not the way to bet when you're trying something basically unprecedented in the entertainment biz.

Regards,

Joe
 
My only point is that WB would have based the budget for TLT on a conservative sales estimate for the disc to ensure that it at least broke even. Naturally they'd be delighted if it equalled or exceeded the sales for the B5 series - but that's not the way to bet when you're trying something basically unprecedented in the entertainment biz.

Regards,

Joe

It would certainly be in line for WB to use the most rigidly conservative estimates available. If I had a dollar for every time jms said WBHV was surprised, shocked, gob-smacked, floored, or toad-strangled by the sales of a B5-related product (with the exception of LOTR - didn't hear much about that one), I'd have my HDTV by now..
 
It would certainly be in line for WB to use the most rigidly conservative estimates available. If I had a dollar for every time jms said WBHV was surprised, shocked, gob-smacked, floored, or toad-strangled by the sales of a B5-related product (with the exception of LOTR - didn't hear much about that one), I'd have my HDTV by now..

And the longer B5 continues to do that, the greater the chance that we will get to see more new things come along.

:D
 
....(with the exception of LOTR - didn't hear much about that one),

I think you'd have to be a hardcore completest to buy the Rangers DVD, and keep it. I rank it right up there with Book#4 Clark's Law and Book#5 The Touch of Your Shadow, the Whisper of Your Name.

In 1998 or 1999, I let a friend borrow Book #5, and I never got it back. I ended up buying another copy of it, as much as it pained me to do so*, to make my set complete, again. Even as much as I dislike most of the Rangers pilot, I bought the DVD. I rationalize it as it was Andreas last work on B5, and some of the cast were very good in their roles. ;)

* It wasn't the money. It was the idea of showing support/demand for that book. :p
 
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Given that BSG season 2 currently costs £25, and Casino Royale (just released) costs between £13 and £17 (that I have seen), I cannot imagine any circumstances in which WHV would release TLT at even £20 per disk. It just doesn't make commercial sense.
 
£40 sounds very high. Entire seasons of Doctor Who cost £50.
$40 (£20) makes sense. Similar prices have to be charged in the USA, UK and Germany because DVDs can be inported.

$40 (£20) sounds high, probably double what the street price will be. It is only ONE disc.
 
I honestly don't have a clue how much it will cost...but I don't care. :D I'm going to buy it anyway!
 
In the UK our standard date format is dd/mm/yyyy.

:eek: So, you don't get it until September..?? I can think of one person that's not going to make very happy. A friend of mine lives there and is HUGE fan... :( I hate to see him have to wait that long.
 
Yeah, it sucks. But we'll always have the option of importing a Region 1 version (multi-region/region-free DVD players are easy to come by over here).
 
Yesterday, I pre-ordered TLT from Amazon.com for 16.99 USD. Release date is July 31, 2007 in the US.

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