Category: Retail

A newcomer to vinyl nostalgia writes

Ta-Nehisi Coates visits his local music archive, who are having a sale of their overstock…

Of C’s and D’s – Ta-Nehisi Coates:

The first thing I learned is that even stupid music really does sound much better if you play it on a record. It sounds—I don’t know quite how else to put this—like actual music. At least it sounds that way to me. The way a supermarket in a run-down neighborhood, where the retail strategy hasn’t substantially changed since 1976, will always look to me like an actual supermarket. (As if someday the Whole Foods veil of illusion will fall away and I will find myself wheeled backward, by an affectionate giantess, down the aisle of a Giant Food … )

(Via The Atlantic.)

Sony Unveils On-Demand DVDs for Film Buffs

The following article is from Wired.com’s Epicenter
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Classic Film Buffs Rejoice: Sony Unveils On-Demand DVDs:

"Dollars" and other films are now available on DVD — even if only one customer wants them.

Performances by Anne Bancroft, Kirk Douglas, Omar Sharif and other silver-screen stars are available digitally, but too many of their films lack enough fans to justify, from a commercial standpoint, the printing of entire runs of DVDs leaving unfulfilled those viewers who would pay for them.

Making matters worse, some — by no means all — fans of those classics lack the equipment or inclination to stream or download movies to their television sets. What’s a movie studio to do?

To solve this long-tail riddle, Sony’s Columbia Classics’ new Screen Classics by Request department will manufacture any film from a catalog with 100 titles for starters, in the DVD format, accepting orders by web or phone. Titles available at launch include The Pumpkin Eater (1964, Anne Bancroft, Peter Finch), Footsteps in the Fog (1955, Stewart Granger, Jean Simmons), The Juggler (1953, Kirk Douglas), I Never Sang For My Father (1970, Melvyn Douglas and Gene Hackman) and Genghis Kahn (1965, Omar Sharif).

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