Let me clarify; the subject material, itself, is undoubtedly ten star, but the brazen, commercial exploitation isn't even worth one lousy star.
So they put out a 5-disc edition last year, then - hey presto! A 6-disc edition appears this year? Really? This is mercenary, commercial gluttony, pure and simple.
What about next year? Perhaps a...7-disc version, with yet another tasty little morsel included?
Surely, they know that genuine fans of this excellent material (the boxed set 'target' market) would love to have as complete a set as possible. So, why not just wait, put the work in, then put the whole catalogue out in one, genuinely comprehensive, bumper edition? After all, we waited long enough before they could be arsed to put ANY work in to making ANY of it available, so what's another year or two?
But, no. Instead, they drip-feed 'extra' tidbits in ever-increasing, pricey, rehashed installments, which 'completists' will feel compelled to shell out on, and so, end up spending a king's ransom in acquiring successive boxed sets of, largely, duplicated material?
Well, I'm drawing a line in the sand. I will just have make do with my 5-disc edition.
Shame on you, BFI/BBC.
We expect, and deserve better.
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