After fourteen years, eight Oktoberfests, dozens of columns and interviews and too many reviews to count, The Bits and I are parting company. It’s been a great run and a pretty sweet gig, all things considered. I got to interview the likes of John Landis, Michael Apted, Richard Donner and Ray Harryhausen. I’ve helped call attention to obscure movies that weren’t available on disc and actually succeeded in helping to get some of them out there. All in all, I think I did a pretty good job here over the years and I hope you do, too.
But the time has come for me to move on and seek new challenges and opportunities. By far the best part about writing for this site has been the people I’ve met, both in the real world and online, and before I go, I’d like to thank a few of ‘em.
Thanks to the great Blu-ray and DVD producers I’ve been lucky enough to meet, including Robert Meyer Burnett, Charles de Lauzirika, Michael Felsher, George Feltenstein, William Lustig, Cliff MacMillan, Don May Jr., Constantine Nasr, Cliff Stephenson, Brian Ward and others. It’s been a pleasure reviewing your work, gentlemen. Thanks also to the handful of studios left who still care about physical media and are doing their best to keep it alive. I wish you nothing but the best of luck.
Thanks to my fellow contributors to the Bits over the years, including but by no means limited to Matt Rowe, Tim Salmons, Jeff Kleist, Bud Elder and, of course, the late Barrie Maxwell. Extra special thanks to Sarah Hunt for keeping the wheels on this buggy for so long.
Needless to say, thanks to all of you for reading, especially those of you who took the time to drop an email or comment on the Facebook or the Twitter. I hope you got a little something out of my columns and reviews, whether you agreed with me or not.
Most of all, I need to thank my brothers in arms, Bill Hunt and Todd Doogan. Thanks for bringing me into the fold and giving me a forum where I could set up my soapbox. It’s been a great ride, gents. And now, onward and upward.
As for me, I’m not entirely sure where I’m headed next. I’m certainly open to suggestions, so let me know if you’ve got any ideas. The Jahnke’s Electric Theater page on Facebook will remain operational and I’ll be announcing whatever new writing projects I’m working on there. Like the song says, we’ll meet again.
Until then, like Doogan says, keep spinning those discs. It’s been a blast, folks. See you at the video store.
- Dr. Adam Jahnke