Another Strike Casualty Bonus Material
Lost - The Complete Third Season courtesy Buena Vista Home Entertainment
The TV landscape has been decimated by the Writers Strike, and that will undoubtedly lead to some smaller-than-usual TV-DVD sets come August/September, but there are other repercussions that aren't as obvious, especially the lack of participation in bonus material.
Don't expect to listen to those insightful commentary tracks featuring writers and producers, or hear about the genesis of a show from the 90s; writers and producers are turning down offers from the studios (the home video divisions) to participate in bonus material. Some studios planned ahead and shot interviews before the strike, but many upcoming sets will be affected, assuming the strike continues.
I don't know about you, but I can't imagine a
DVD set without the participation of Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindeloff, or
without Shawn Ryan. What happens to the shows that have been off the air for years and are just now getting their DVD releases? How upsetting will it be for fans hoping to hear new behind-the-scenes gossip on their favorite shows? Very upsetting.
What are your thoughts on the potential lack of bonus material for upcoming sets? -