Silver Vision, a subsidiary of Clear Vision Ltd, has been the UK distributor for all WWE's home video releases since 1990, when Coliseum Video filled a similar role for WWE in the United States. After receiving an email from Silver Vision around 10 hours ago that informed me of a new pre-order, I clicked a link in the message to go to their website, where I noticed a banner linking to "an important announcement":
After 22 years of dedicating Silver Vision exclusively to WWE, the WWE and Clear Vision Ltd will part company on the 31st December 2012. Silvervision.co.uk (owned by Clear Vision Ltd) will continue to sell WWE DVDs, Blu-rays and WWE films after this date while stocks last, but we will not be able to offer new releases for sale on our site. SummerSlam 2012 and nWo: The Revolution will be the last new WWE releases we will be producing ourselves.
Clear Vision and its staff are saddened by this news as we have worked very hard over the years to bring the best possible service to all WWE fans and we would like to thank you all for your continued support over the years.
Silvervision.co.uk is looking forward to a new future which will amalgamate all the products and some new programmes of its mother company, Clear Vision Ltd, on one site.
Please be assured this will not affect your current and future orders in any way and you will continue to receive the same great service.
Silver Vision will no longer dedicate itself to WWE distribution, so for everyone in the UK, including myself, this is a sad day.
Silver Vision, for the last 22 years, has offered a quality service, and one that I will never forget. I've seemingly been ordering WWE DVD and Blu-Ray discs from their site forever, and I was hoping to for many years to come.
The service the company has provided me and many others has been second to none, and I can only hope that the company that takes over this huge responsibility can replicate this excellent consumer experience. Good prices and speedy deliveries have set Silver Vision apart from other online shopping sites.
My only concern regarding this announcement, however, is what will become of the Tagged Classics series that Silver Vision produced?
Tagged Classics are old WWE pay-per-views which feature no editing whatsoever and usually come with the original home video extras they were originally provided with. They show the scratch WWF logo in all its glory and also do not censor any mention of the letters "WWF." Until WWE's recent settlement with the World Wide Fund for Nature seemingly lifted restrictions on historical usage of the aforementioned logo and initials, Silvervision has been the only source to provide quality, uncensored pieces of history from their video vault.
Hopefully Silver Vision will continue to produce excellent DVDs even if they will no longer be able to release new WWE titles. Until we find out what's next for them, I see this as a devastating announcement for the company.