Yes well, it's been one of those few weeks when you come to that decision that you knew you had to make but never really got around to it. It's been plainly obvious for a while now so why fight it any longer I say. And I only just realised I hadn't posted this goodbye when I thought I had done so over a week ago.
We've let the distributors know where we have stood with this decision and basically it comes down to the fact that DVD is so entrenched in popular culture these days that good ol' days of early adopters and niche collectors markets have gone the way of red spot specials at Coles. When you can go down to your local milk bar, buy a pack of gum, some bread and a new release DVD, you know they've pretty much cracked the market.
Sure, there's some really special discs being released every so often but the quality of the majority of product these days has reached a standard that MPEG2 can't suprass any more and the reviews are becoming of a repetitive nature when discussing black levels and sound stages and the number of theatrical trailers contained on one disc.
Enough excuses really, when it comes down to the crunch, most of us working here were doing it for fun but there comes a time when that wears out pretty quickly and soon other priorities take precedence and soon you're leaving less and less time to sit and watch a 2 hour movie (not by choice) and then critique it. The whole enjoyment factor just goes out the window. I know since I made the decision I've been able to just relax, not worry about editing incoming reviews or sending out DVDs Australia wide for review and just really enjoy a movie myself. I've even found time to clean the office. Hey look, there's TWO desks under here.
To that end, we'd like to thank everyone for their support over the years, the kind emails and compliments. I don't recall any time when we've had to experience anything untoward or personal which is a compliment in itself. We did it all for fun and it certainly showed in our reviews. By all means, if you'd like to contact the reviewers and give them one final email, all aliases should be operating so go for it. I'm sure they'll appreciate it. We've thanked all the distributors personally and they've all acknowledged and appreciated our efforts which is nice to know as well and they've been a tireless support of the site since day dot.
I'll be leaving the site live for a few more weeks, no updates obviously, and then decide from there what I do. Please note, ALL data, content and reviews remain the property of DVDnet and the respective reviewers so any 'borrowing' will not be taken lightly. Yes, I know YOU are hearing me.
Once again, thank you all for your support and look forward to crossing paths again in any other future ventures.
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