Distribution is the process by which a film is released to audiences; by a distributor renting films to a cinema, the creation and sale of home media such as DVD, through broadcast television or via online streaming or download services.

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Why and to which extent was The Night Manager recut for international release?

While The Night Manager was released on its original TV channels BBC One (UK) and AMC (US) as 6 60-minute episodes, it has been repacketed in other countries (at least Germany) as 8 45-minute episodes ...
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How do they decide Blu-ray/DVD release date?

I think my question is different from this. Some movies' productions release Blu-ray/DVD so early after theatrical release, others will take time. How do they decide for the Blu-ray/DVD release date?
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Why are not all IMAX theaters domed?

I have been to the IMAX theater at the Tech Museum in San Jose, California and at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. As I understood it, IMAX meant that a movie was filmed with ...
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Connection between Interstellar and 'Flora's Letter'?

I work in a cinema, and today we received our copy of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar: which came packaged and labelled as "Flora's Letter" As is quite well known, film's are distributed (and ...
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which actions taken from post production of movie to showing the movie in theaters? [duplicate]

Well, I think many people have asked this question so far, like below... How are digital movies sent to a movie theater? Well, there is a detail answer to this question , but its quite confusing ...
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What is meant by box office collection in India?

I would like to know the exact meaning of the Box office collection in indian cinema. Let me explain clearly with an example. Take this film, it was reported in wikipedia that it has collected more ...
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Why is Independence Day: Resurgence not released on July 4th?

Seeing how Independece Day: Resurgence (and its precursor) famously plays with the cultural significance of the US American Independence Day, it seems odd that it isn't actually released on or around ...
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Why is Sesame Street on HBO?

When I was young, Sesame Street was on the Public Broadcast Network-PBS (in US). But now I see on HBO Go/On Demand, I see that it is being shown on there now. Did HBO buy the broadcasting rights to ...
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IMAX DMR vs 35mm film

I am planning to watch Interstellar, but I'm wondering which version I should watch. It has been released on a wide variety of media, among them classic 35mm film and IMAX. So I'm not sure if I should ...
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How are digital movies sent to a movie theater?

For many years, movies were stored on rolls of film that were physically mailed to theaters. Now, most theaters project their movies digitally. But how are these digital movies sent to the theater? ...
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Why did Disney go with Netflix to air their Marvel's Defenders' series?

Netflix has some aired series from Marvel Studios, Daredevil and Jessica Jones. They will be continuing the partnership into the future and both series have been, according to Netflix, very ...
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What happened to 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi? [closed]

Maybe I missed something on television, but how is 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi not out on DVD yet? I saw this movie in theatre and have not seen a commercial for its DVD release date, ...
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What's with the trend of releasing movies outside the US first?

A recent trend that I've noticed (or I'm just crazy and need to delete this question) is to release a major film outside of the U.S. first, even if it's a Hollywood film. Usually a week or so later ...
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What format do movie theaters now use?

I know that in earlier times, feature films were distributed on large format tape, and these were what were distributed to theaters for showing. A given feature film would have several reels. The ...
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Way to find out about Movie/TV Budgets?

Is there a way to find out what the official budget of a Movie or TV show is? I'm aware that Box Office Mojo is a fairly reliable resource to find the estimated gross of a movie, but I haven't come ...
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Quality difference between HD video and 35mm film

I have noticed lately some of the older movies like Titanic being sold on Blu-rays in high definition (HD). As I understand, high definition implies high level of detail, yet I do not understand what ...
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Why screeners are released in DVD format instead of Blu-ray?

A screener (SCR) is an advance screening of a film or television series sent to critics, awards voters, video stores (for their manager and employees), and other film industry professionals, ...
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Why is Phantasm II available on Bluray while the other movies in this series are not?

As far as I can tell, Phantasm 1, 3, and 4 are only available on DVD. Is there a reason why this is so? I can't tell if the rights are owned by a different company, but I don't believe this to be the ...
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Why is Central Time an hour behind? (9 E / 8 C)

In Murica the United States, we have the Eastern, Central, Mountain and Pacific time zones. For live events, like sports, the starting time for television broadcast would be different for all time ...
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Do The Voice 2016 battles released as a “montage” exist to be watched in full?

The Voice 2016 finished its battles between contestants, and there was one battle I wanted to see, between Joe Maye and another contestant which, amongst others, only seemed to be released as a "...
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Web premieres to fight piracy?

I am not sure if this is the right place to ask, but I have a question regarding the lack of web premieres. Why does almost every popular film go through the same flow (premiere in the cinema, then ...
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What exactly is 70mm print and why does anyone care?

There has been a bit of controversy lately over the release of Tarantino's Hateful Eight movie. As I understand it, the movie was scheduled to play in a particular theater in Los Angeles that plays ...
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What is the relationship between theaters and film distribution?

I've always been a little confused at "big screen" film distribution so I thought I would ask here. How do movie theaters relate to one another in terms of what films they can show and their ...
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What is the point of selling in 2.35 format a movie recorded in 1.85 format?

I can see that the "E.T." movie is sold in 1.85 and 2.35 formats: Example of 2.35 format - Another example - And a last one Example of 1.85 format But seems to have been recorded in 1.85 ...
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Considering bans on Nazi imagery, how are fictional works featuring such imagery treated in countries which outlaw said imagery?

Movies about Nazis are quite common in American cinema. Hollywood produces one a year on average. These movies tend to be block busters that are distributed for international markets. A few widely ...
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How do the new X-Files reach German free TV so fast?

I just noticed that the new 10th revival season of The X-Files will be broadcast on German free TV beginning February 8th 2016, two weeks after its US premiere on Junuary 24th. This seems an ...
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Subtitling vs. dubbing and vice versa

What are the benefits for viewers of subtitling over dubbing -or- dubbing over subtitling foreign TV and film? I've noticed some media will opt for subtitles, while others will opt to dub. There ...
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How do studios decide which movie (classic) to release on Blu-ray?

Consider the examples of The Odessa File (1974) and The Day of the Jackal (1973). They are both classics based on novels by Frederick Forsyth and released at around the same time. The Day of the ...
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Why were 2 episodes omitted from the “The Tick” DVD releases, and why was Season 3 never released to Region 1?

The cartoon "The Tick" had two Region 1 DVD releases: The Tick vs. Season One and The Tick vs. Season Two, but Season One is missing the episode "Tick vs. The Mole Men". Season Two is missing the ...
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Star Trek TNG TV episodes on DVD/Netflix different from network/cable telecast?

Are DVD versions of TV episodes usually different than the TV broadcast version? I was watching the ST:TNG series finale "All Good Things" on Netflix the other night. I noticed, there was a ...
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Soundtrack Variations Per DVD Zone?

In terms of DVD zoning, I am in Zone 4. I noticed a tune being played in S1E12 of The Sopranos when Tony was driving his car. It was extremely Stevie Ray Vaughan-ish, but as much as I searched for ...
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When was The Sound of Music first released on VHS

I've read that it could have been one of the 1st 3 movies to be released on VHS in 1977. Can anyone verify this?!
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The movie “Shogun” 10 hr DVD vs 2 hr VHS

I Remember seeing Shogun for sale in blockbuster video back in the mid-late 90's. It was only on ONE VHS tape. It was either 2 hours or one and a half, I forgot. I was upset that someone had treated ...
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Why does the Underworld team release their movies exactly with 3 years gaps?

The Underworld movies have been released 3 years apart each: Underworld - 2003 Underworld: Evolution - 2006 Underworld: Rise of the Lycans - 2009 Underworld: Awakening - 2012 You can see that each ...
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Will Daredevil be serialized or dump released?

Daredevil is going to be released on VOD, specifically Netflix which typically sticks to a model of releasing all episodes simultaneously, like a box set, to encourage its connection with 'Binge ...
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Why do film studios not release certain old movies?

Why do film studios not release certain old movies? For example, a few of Monroe and Hepburns's work isn't released on DVD. Why?
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House of Cards season 3 release policy

Are all of the episodes for a season of "House of Cards" released on the same date, i.e., Feb 27th, 2015 for season 3? If not, how many episodes of the season have been released already? Were the ...
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Digital Movies, DVD's and the law

I firmly believe in paying for what I watch - they paid to make it, I should pay to watch it. Completely fair. However, I hate physical media: DVD, Blu-ray, you name it. I'm happy to buy them to pay ...
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What happens to unbroadcasted episodes of cancelled series?

Recently the CBS sitcom "We Are Men" was cancelled after just two episodes aired. I imagine that several more episodes of the show had been filmed. Am I correct? And if so, what will happen to these ...
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On their U.S. release date, what time of day are movies first shown?

When a date is provided for a US release, does it mean it will be released first thing that morning (matinee) or evening?
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What is the reason that the air order and the DVD order of a tv show is different?

Some TV shows the order of the episodes on the DVD and the order how the episodes where aired is different, e.g., Freaks and Geeks. The fact that on thetvdb there is a field "DVD order" implies more ...
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TV Shows with Season Parts 1 & 2

Why do some shows have certain seasons broken into 2 parts, when their spacing would otherwise mean that they were separate seasons altogether? Many examples are from non-network stations: Sex and ...
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What happens to unaired or one time only aired pilots?

Television pilots are made every year and not all of them get picked up for a season or series. What happens to the pilot then? Does it get stored somewhere? Who holds the rights to it?
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Why is international distribution so tangled even for recent movies released first online?

The iTunes trailer for John Dies at the End proclaims that it will be available online, "everywhere" from december 2012 before its cinema release in January 2013. Of course by "everywhere" they mean ...
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Regenesis - why is it not widely available?

Series 1 of the Canadian series Regenesis seems widely available worldwide. Series 2 seems to be more rare but none the less, available. However, by the time we get to series 3 & 4 it seems to be ...
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How come “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” survives?

I have 2 questions to ask. Considering the tough market in Bollywood distribution of movies. How come Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) crossed 1000 weeks. I feel there are many other love stories ...
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How can a pirated blu-ray be released online before the official blu-ray release?

The Birdman (2014) Blu-ray has a release date of February 17, 2015. However, while surfing the internet I found a pirated copy of the movie's Blu-ray, 13 days before the official release. So my ...
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What causes a high budget title to be direct-to-DVD?

We've all heard the saying "released straight to DVD" to indicate the failure of a movie to make it into the theaters. Now, I'm not talking about the "made for DVD" films, or foreign films that were ...
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Is there a way to view the “TV Edits” of movies without waiting for them to come on TV?

When Dumb & Dumber came on TBS, I pulled my eight year old on the couch and said "Here..let's watch this." The laughs started when Jeff Daniels walked out in the dog suit and didn't stop till the ...