Originally posted by luky
I think now we are living in a very fast world. There is no more distances!!! So everybody can order everything from everywhere! I mean if the japanese label company should want that the people buy the music materials more expensive, they have to give something extra because the Japanese people should order the cheaper DVD and CD if they would include the same materials.
This is exactly what BMG Japan's answer was to me when I called them to ask about it.
You see, the Japanease release date was 2 months later than the one in Germany, and if the record company didn't add anything to the DVD, then people would have bought the DVD at the cheaper price. There are a lot of deep-rooted Scorpions fans in Japan, as there are in many other countries, and Japanese population is big for the size of this country, so Japan is one of the big markets for business, including the music area.
The artists like the Scorpions have a great share of selling CDs and DVDs in Japan, because of the long time fans who buy CDs and DVDs and want to collect something physical, and not only download something off the computer.
So the timing and price does not come from the Scorpions showing disrespect to other countries. It is just the Japanese record company's way of widening the company's sales. The Japanese company made the request, and the Scorpions production agreed.
One other problem is that these products still have to be translated into Japanese, which also adds to the time, effort, and cost of releasing foreign products in Japan, so they have to offset this by attracting more customers. That's about it.
This is not my words, this is what they told me.