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Reasons for releasing direct-to-video or direct-to-DVD

Direct-to-video or Direct-to-DVD releases can occur for several reasons.

Often a production studio will develop a TV show or low-budget film which is not generally released due to below average quality, lack of support from a TV network, controversial nature, or simple lack of general public interest.

Sometimes a film may be in post-production before the studio realizes how bad it is. Only able to grant a cinematic release to a limited number of films in a year, they may choose to pull the completed film from the theatres, but aim to recoup some of their losses through video sales and rentals but this is not done too often.

In the case of a TV show, a studio may have filmed an entire season and aired some episodes before cancelling the show due to low ratings or bad reviews in the press. If the show has enough devoted fans, the studio may release unaired episodes on video or dvd, in order to recoup some of the losses. Clerks: The Animated Series and Firefly are examples of cancelled shows which were successful cult hits on DVD.

Direct-to-DVD releases are generally considered to be of lower technical or artistic quality than theatrical releases but this is not always the case.

Some studio films that are released direct-to-DVD are films which have languished for some time without a release, either because the studio doubts its commercial prospects would justify a full cinema release or because its "release window" has closed — that is, it may have been rushed into production to capitalize on a timely trend and not been completed in time. In film industry slang, such films are referred to as having been "vaulted."

This, however, is not always true, as video releases have become something of a lifeline for independent filmmakers and smaller companies like Antisocial-Films.  Direct-to-video releases can be done for films which sometimes cannot be shown theatrically, because of their content (they may be too controversial or too violent for theaters) or because the cost involved in a theatrical release is prohibitive to the releasing company.

Almost all pornographic and low-budget films are released direct-to-video.

Animated sequels and movie-length episodes of animated series are also often released this way, But as like Pokemon the Movie, This was also chown in Cinemas. The Walt Disney Company began making sequels of most of its animated films for Direct-to-video release beginning with The Return of Jafar (the sequel to Aladdin) in 1994. Universal Pictures also began their long line of Land Before Time sequels that same year. In 2005, Fox released Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story for DVD only, a spinoff of Family Guy.

The Distributors Directory for Independent Filmmakers is possibly the most complete and comprehensive reference source for film and television DIRECT-TO-DVD distributors in the World.

We have recently expanded the directory to include a new section on regular Film Festivals-an obvious extension of the distribution business. Many Company listings now include staff names and contact information for theatrical distributors, network contacts, TV syndication companies, home video and direct-to-DVD distributors, international buyers of UK/US-made films, publicity companies and marketing departments.

The Directory features hundreds of Direct-to-DVD distributors from around the globe, including UK, USA, Australia, Canada and Europe.  Film-Distributors.net offer a guide to the best Direct-to-DVD Publishers.



The direct-to-DVD market
In recent years, companies have increasingly released movies in DVD format rather than VHS, and has caused the term "direct-to-DVD" to replace "direct-to-video" in some instances.

However, the word "video" does not specifically have to refer to VHS cassettes or even Betamax for that matter, contrary to popular consumer belief. The new term used is DVDP ("DVD Premiere").

Such films can cost as much as $20 million, just under a third of the average cost of a Hollywood release, and feature major actors like Jean-Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal. Salaries for such actors range from $1 to $4 million (Van Damme) to $4.5 to $10 million (Seagal) But god knows why!

In recent years, DVD Premieres have become a substantial source of revenue for movie studios, as DVDP's have collectively grossed over $3 billion the last few years, and has now come to the point that DVDP divisions of studios now option their own films, never intended to be shown theatrically.

This practice has risen because DVDP movies can be shot on a budget much smaller than that of a film intended to be theatrically released, thus allowing studios to profit easier with the combined revenues of home video sales and rentals, in addition to licensing movies for television, as well as in the rest of the world (where some DVDP movies do see theatrical releases).

Distributing DVDP's is not a practice only reserved for larger Hollywood studios. Several companies, such as The Asylum, Screen Entertainment, MTI Home Video, and York Entertainment distribute DVDP's almost exclusively.

 The budgets for films distributed by these companies are even smaller than those of ones distributed by a larger studio, as low as $6000,  but these companies are still able to profit off their sales.

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The Distributors Directory for Independent Filmmakers
is possibly the most complete and comprehensive reference source for film and television DIRECT-TO-DVD distributors in the World.

We have recently expanded the directory to include a new section on regular Film Festivals-an obvious extension of the distribution business. Many Company listings now include staff names and contact information for theatrical distributors, network contacts, TV syndication companies, home video and direct-to-DVD distributors, international buyers of UK/US-made films, publicity companies and marketing departments.

The Directory features hundreds of Direct-to-DVD distributors from around the globe, including UK, USA, Australia, Canada and Europe.


The Film Festivals section has been revised to include international film and television markets - making it an even greater resource for independent filmmakers. Also included are publicity companies and marketing contacts. Everything you need to get your film seen.

There is no other publication that gives such intimate access to the film industry of the UK, USA, Australia and Europe. Indispensable for the professional entertainment community and independent filmmakers, this directory is also great for aspiring filmmakers and screenwriters, film festival-goers and anyone looking for production financing.

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