What [DVD ownership] means, in cultural terms, is that film now takes its place beside literature, music and visual imagery as an art that can be owned and bookmarked. Where once you had to visit a cinema or spool through half a mile of clunky videotape in order to access a seminal scene in an essential movie, you now zone into it on DVD as quickly as finding a name in the index of an artist biography.
More and more critics (and Hollywood analysts) are seeing the DVD format as not only an additional way to watch movies, but as a full replacement for movie theaters. (I wrote about some of the same issues, with somewhat less enthusiasm than Lebrecht, a few months ago.) Can anyone point me to other essays or interviews on this subject?