On a wider note, this topic raises an issue that has been on my mind a lot lately: the level of hard information available on the main WellesNet site. The film section is particularly out of date. Are there any plans in place to address this issue, Tony?
I lost my entire DVD collection last year in Hurricane Katrina. WellesNet was the first place I turned for the necessary information to rebuild the OW section, and hopefully make it bigger and better than before. But in the end it was other websites -- criterionforum.org, DVDBeaver, even Amazon -- that proved to be the most useful.
I don't mean to put WellesNet down. It is a terrific resource, but increasingly one has to search the message board for snippets of information that can easily be missed -- such as the above La Ricotta situation. Surely this shouldn't be so. I fancy the majority of visitors to WellesNet do not read the message board at all. This doesn't necessarily mean they are minor fans -- interested only in Citizen Kane -- to be ignored. If we are serious about increasing OW's profile on the Web, WellesNet should embrace fans of all interest levels, and provide them with up-to-date, easy-to-access information.
Recently, I have been delving deeper into OW's acting work -- an area that, for me, used to begin and end with The Third Man -- and trying to pick up as many official DVDs as I can. The WellesNet message board has been useful in this regard, but, again, the main site is woefully out of date. Comments like "available on video" are not adequate in 2006. People need to know details of different versions, artwork, labels and catalogue numbers, countries of origin, languages, bonus features, etc.
Obviously, this is a large undertaking for someone, but it is essential, I feel, for the future of WellesNet. There must be many forum members with bigger OW collections than mine (34 official DVDs and counting), but I am willing to contribute whatever information I can.
Your obedient servant,