Please keep in mind that this is entirely speculation, and nothing is concrete, but this post on the Rifftrax LiveJournal community really piqued my interest. “Roy” received a butchered Oozing Skull disc, presumably thanks to EZTakes’ flimsy DVD packaging. He emailed both Cinematic Titanic (presumably via the website) and EZTakes. The response from EZTakes was about what you’d expect (no one answered the phone, then they responded to the email and sent a replacement disc), but the response from someone at Cinematic Titanic was interesting:
Please know that I’m saving letters like yours and using them to try to convince Joel to switch distributors. I get far too many of these types of complaints, and I think their fans deserve more.
Now, I have absolutely nothing against EZTakes as a company. I wish them the best, and I’m sure this CT business is huge for them, but a project of this magnitude (have I mentioned that I really liked Oozing Skull?) deserves proper distribution, at least on-par with Shout! Factory’s handling of The Film Crew. If you’re unhappy, or the proud owner of an arrived-damaged disc, please speak up here and (perhaps more importantly) here. Power to the picky!