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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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 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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Is it a coincidence that The Munsters and The Addams Family both started in the same week?

The TV shows from the 60's of The Addams Family and The Munsters have similar macabre themes and characters. We know that the Addams family was originally a cartoon in The New Yorker by Charles ...
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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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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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Do “American” military movies generally profit outside of the US?

As an American, I enjoy watching movies based on the US and its military, and I want to know if these movies are popular outside of the US. I'm talking about movies of various genres that are based ...
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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 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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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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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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Was Edge of Tomorrow deliberately released around D-Day?

Seeing that the opening (and repeating and repeating...) battle of Edge of Tomorrow is in fact a final huge offensive of basically all the united forces of the free world against their biggest threat, ...
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Was Gremlins 2 the first film to re-adapt a scene for release on different media?

In Gremlins 2 the Gremlins supposedly get into the projection booth and wreak havoc with the film. It snaps and the Gremlin in the projection booth starts making hand shadows.... Etc. In the home ...
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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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What is the worst month to watch movies in United States?

First of all, this question is not about the influence of the critics in the media, it is about when (statistically) the good movies are released. While everyone has different types of tastes, "good" ...
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Why is Godzilla released significantly later in Japan?

When looking at the different release dates of Hollywood's 2014 take on Godzilla, it appears as quite striking that the release for Japan is signifantly later, more than 2 months to be precise, than ...
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Why was there such a large gap between the US and UK release of Wreck-It Ralph?

Wreck-It Ralph had it's World Premier October 29th 2012 and was released in the US a few days later on November 2nd 2012. The UK release of the film was a couple of months later on 8th February - was ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do extended & director's cut versions get released in theatres?

Do extended & director's cut versions get released in theatres?
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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 ...
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Why is the title of The Big Bang Theory not translated in Quebec?

In Quebec, the French speaking part of Canada, it is usual (and seems to be part of Bill 101 about the use of French Language in Quebec) to translate titles of movies and TV show into French. For ...
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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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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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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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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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Why was Birdman on limited release?

Michael Keaton's Birdman had great reviews and opened in 4 theaters to a record per screen. The following week 50 screens, then 250 (according to mojo) It cost $22m and as of early Nov has earned $...
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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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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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What advantages do Criterion releases provide new films?

The Criterion Collection is renowned for the quality of its releases, restoration work, and for highlighting art-house classics from the past. However I'm curious to know why it also releases films ...
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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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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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Aliens and vampires don't sell?

Where are they? Two recent movies that were not distributed locally, or nationally, as far as I can tell: “Under The Skin,” and “Only Lovers Left Alive.” As you can see, I enjoy sci-fi and vampire ...
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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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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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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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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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Midnight premieres no longer first showing of movie

I recently noticed when I went to see Interstellar, at midnight, that there was an 8:00 showing of the movie, 4 hours before the movie was supposed to launch. I went to get Hunger Games tickets, and ...
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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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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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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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Why are blockbusters now only released in 3D for the first week/weekend?

All summer I've noticed this new trend of blockbuster movies only being released in 3D for the first week/weekend in theatres - Spider-Man 2, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Dawn of the Planet of 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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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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Is it possible to predict the financial success of movies?

In response to Sony pulling The Interview (albeit temporarily), various writers wrote about how much money it was projected to make, had it been released according to schedule. Assuming that the ...
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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?!