The Latest Rumor from Seatopia
March 15, 2012
Whoever chimes in on Media Blasters’ Facebook page responded to a suggestion by one reader that the company ought to release a barebones DVD and/or Blu-ray edition of Godzilla vs. Megalon, and then if and when Toho approves the disputed extra features (including the audio commentary done by Steve Ryfle and yours truly), at that point Media Blasters could reissue Megalon as a Special Edition.
“That is what we are doing,” was the response.
This is news to me, and perhaps even news to the people making the decisions at Media Blasters. My impression is that the person or persons manning the Facebook page are loose cannons, occasionally revealing information the company wants kept under wraps at that time and/or make statements that turn out to be entirely without merit.
What does appear to be true is that idea of a barebones release is at least being considered, though it’s possible, even likely, that no final decision has been made at this point.
From a purely financial standpoint, a barebones release probably makes sense – assuming Media Blasters didn’t already go to the expense of replicating several thousand copies of that original, special features-laden version, which is possible. Presumably Toho would put up little resistance to a barebones version, though they’d probably still insist on approving the cover art, menu screens, etc.
But, as my pal Gary Teetzel posed in an email earlier today, “Do [Media Blasters] honestly believe there is a strong enough market to support a special edition release a few months later? Are there really enough die-hard Megalon fans out there who would be willing to double dip?”
No, I don’t think so. I can’t imagine a title this outre selling more than a few thousand copies among hard-core fans in any form, and no more than a couple hundred willing to double dip. If there’s a barebones release that’ll likely be it. Media Blasters will recover some of the money invested in this and Destroy All Monsters and that’ll be the end of that.
The good news, I guess, is that Media Blasters seems like they may hang on long enough to get at least some version of this title out, but the chances that the commentary Steve and I did will ever see the light of day are increasingly dim. Too bad. We put a lot of effort into it, the film’s cast and crew had a lot of interesting things to say about the film’s production, as did Ted Thomas regarding its U.S. distribution.
I’ll keep you posted.