Rad (1986) was finally released on Blu-ray a few months ago
Before Blu-ray existed I was waiting for it to be released on DVD, which never happened. Then, in 2006 I found out that it had been broadcast in HD (1080i) on TV and someone recorded it. From that recording, bootleg DVDs were made. They were better than VHS, but they had tons of macroblocking in high-motion scenes (due to too much compression), so not nearly as good as an official DVD release.
The last time I checked on it, which was probably last winter, the consensus was that a Blu-ray release (or DVD release, for that matter) would never happened, because Talia Shire owned the rights and didn't want it to ever be released.
A few minutes ago I found out it was released on Blu-ray (4K and 1080p) in May. Good news, right? Wrong:
Vinegar Syndrome Exclusive / Limited Edition of 12,000 | SOLD OUT / 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray Vinegar Syndrome | 1986 | 93 min | Rated PG | May 22, 2020
Copies are selling for hundreds of dollars.
WTF? Why only 12,000 copies? Once you're all set up to put a movie on disc, the discs themselves cost next to nothing to stamp out, and there's obviously a much bigger market for the movie than a measly 12,000 people. They don't like making money? I wish it had been released by Shout Factory. They've released a lot of movies as obscure or more obscure than Rad (Cohen & Tate ) for example), and they charge a normal price for them, and don't do such small production runs that they sell out instantly. share