When I say DVDs, I mean blu-rays as well. High-def is pretty much assumed at this point because of how easy it is to get your hands on amazing equipment now. My issue is alot of these full-length movies are only an hour or so long, and there are some damn good edits that are that long right here on NS (forgive me, I dont have the links right now, its been awhile sense I have seen them).
Personally I dislike digital downloads unless the price is really good. If I am going to pay 10-15 dollars for a digital only download, I would much prefer to pay 5 more for a blu-ray than 10 on a digital only download. I know that the content is the same, but I always feel a little ripped off when buying a movie as digital only. I do understand that there are major production costs associated with printing a disk, but it seems to me like a way to really legitimize your production company.
I do agree with you about the move away from Itunes though, I don't buy anything through them so when a company releases something on just Itunes, they are guaranteeing I will never see it because I simply do not use that storefront for anything.