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Former projectionist here, let me weigh in on what's happened in the last 7 to 8 years. A bit of background: I started working projectors for my local theater in February 2007, and my last night was in March 2011. I no longer work this position because they transitioned to being completely digital, and I was among the first cut as I was only in one or two ...


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The difference is that 70mm film is, from a simple mathematical perspective, twice as big as 35mm film. 70mm film is shot horizontally in the frame where as 35mm is shot vertically. This gives directors a much larger canvas to shoot on, with increased resolution (up to 18k in some cases, compare that to 4k televisions that are just hitting the market), as ...


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The site Box Office Mojo is probably your best resource. It gives domestic and foreign grosses. For instance, Saving Private Ryan grossed more abroad ($265,300,000) than here in the States ($216,540,909). The same is true with White House Down which grossed $73,103,784 in the US and $132,262,953 in foreign territories. A sixty million dollar difference is ...


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Whilst there are some cinemas that still retain use of 35mm projectors, it's fair to say that these are only used for special events. Modern cinema, by which I mean the industry that distributes and exhibits mainstream content (so any new releases), are exclusively distributed in digital format. In early 2002, Hollywood sought to standardize this technology ...


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No. CBS knew that that Addams family, already established through cartoons, was readily primed for a TV adaptation, and decided to create a property out of it without the rights to its characters. When ABC found out this was going to happen, they readily greenlit a series for the actual Addams family to finally be translated onto the screen. If it weren't ...


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In the US, Europe, Canada and other countries with nearly 100% literacy rates, dubbing vs subtitling is certainly a matter of preference. Subtitling allows the viewer to get a more exact translation of the dialogue but requires that the viewer read the text, potentially missing visual elements of the film. From TV Tropes: Subtitling has many ...


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There are several orthogonal issues here: The physical size of the film the movie was shot on (the negative). The physical size of the film the movie is projected from (the print). How the frame is composed on that film, which is related to the aspect ratio. Some of the comments and other answers are conflating various aspects, which can cause more ...


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The debate of dubbing vs subtitles is well discussed, including numerous studies and polls of movie goers. It's an opinion that is split by demographic, by country, by certain distributors. Essentially, it's down to the personal choice of the viewer - some people prefer the original experience in its original language with its original dialogue but with ...


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These results for a September week are not surprising - it's considered a dump month. From Wiki: dump months is a term used in the film community for the two periods of the year when there are lowered commercial and critical expectations for new major-studio releases. Audiences during these periods are smaller than the rest of the year, so no tentpole ...


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Yes - this happens all the time, and there are hundreds of larger-budget films that go directly to DVD either because test screenings fell flat or the distributors got cold feet. Big names including Pacino, Statham and Butler are not immune to this, and to prevent this question and answer turning into a long list, here is a link to Hollywood.com which ...


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Firstly, the reason those movies didn't receive as wide a release as others has nothing to do with their respective genres: if we were to say Vampire movies and Alien Movies don't sell, how would we possibly explain the phenomenon's of Twilight and Transformers? The difference, as you may have noticed, is that the above are part of franchises, and as such ...


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Your link was removed as it pointed to a torrent website. That particular blu-ray was probably a "screener". Screeners are given to members of AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences), as not all movies are viewed in theaters and not all movies up for nomination have been released on DVD/blu-ray prior to voting. In some instances, movies found ...


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You're not the first person on the web to ask this, and with good reason! Plenty of movie reviews have drawn attention to the fact that the release date coincides with D-Day, and whilst it's probable this was factored in by its marketing department, it's unlikely or downright problematic for the film's promotional material to draw attention to this as ...


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The gimmick in Gremlins 2: The New Batch with the projector is actually inspired by the film The Tingler which first introduced it. Apparently The Tingler was screened in theaters and in drive-ins. When the film went black, a voice warned: Ladies and gentlemen, please do not panic. But scream! Scream for your lives! The Tingler is loose in this theater! ...


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I have not seen many examples of Hollywood movies shown first in the rest of the world before the USA, but it is certainly the case that simultaneous release around the world is now normal when it used to be rare. If the trend has continued beyond 'simultaneous' to now opening in the rest of the world first, it is probably for the same reason. There are ...


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Short answer: yes, provided you don't offend anyone. Longer answer: yes and/or no, depending on how you look at it. Firstly, I'm a little surprised that no one has mentioned the language barrier with respect to international market size. The US is about 60% of the English-speaking world (by native speaker count), so it's a little surprising that ...


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That is an interesting question. First of all, yes, the episodes are all released at the same time and it has always been that way for House of Cards. The main point to consider here is, that House of Cards is actually produced explicitly by and for an online streaming service (and is to my knowledge the first major example of that). This means it did not ...


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Situation in Germany It is not forbidden to show Nazi symbols in movies. They are shown regularly and not edited out. They are also used in local productions. The situation was different a few decades ago. Jurisdiction had a stricter approach to the legal situation and assumed that any depiction of Nazi symbols was illegal. This lead to cuts, blurs, or ...


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Shows and movies may do this for several reasons: to keep audiences around for longer, production breaks, financial reasons, actors signed on for other projects that interfere with shooting of a season, to ramp up other projects that needed more time, just to name a few. In the case of Breaking Bad, Brian Cranston indicated that they planned to shoot the ...


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This is merely observation and some speculation, but I've noticed a few factors: Sometimes the studios wait to release a few similar titles (theme, actor, director) at once. Often in box sets with the films also available individually at the same time or a few months later. Possibly not applicable at least as far as Forsyth is concerned. Sometimes they ...


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All three seasons of House of Cards have been released this way. Season 1 was released February 1st, 2013 Season 2 was released February 14th, 2014 Season 3 was released February 27th, 2015 I don't know why Netflix does this... probably because they can. Shows like the ones you mention, Castle & 24, are Network shows. They air on broadcast TV at ...


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Production teams and writers decide to break up a season or a movie for several reasons: The Material is simply too much for one season or movie, but cannot be converted to another episode/season. The initial cost estimate was for a limited season only, but later they changed it to have more episodes or parts. Sometimes, when the list of episodes is large ...


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In some cases the original delay involved the time required for licensing (music), appropriate copyrights, ratings, and in some cases the redubbing of the film into other languages. The latter of which can not typically begin until the final edit is determined. In some major films (especially action films) the final edit may not be complete until the film ...


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Simple: it's most likely a marketing strategy. The two tactics employed are called either limited release, or platform release. Limited release is when a movie is released to a limited number of theaters in an effort to gauge the appeal a film may have to a wider audience. Platform release is when they release a film to see what kind of word of mouth it ...


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It was the working title of the film based on his daughters name: Nolan’s father died in 2009, after a year-long battle with cancer that was diagnosed just as the film-maker was finishing Inception, and as Jonah was starting to write Interstellar. His father’s diagnosis was “very much in my mind,” Jonah said, “the connection that you have with your ...


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Most likely due to the deal they struck with Fox in 2015: In addition to the feature films in the Fox package, the ProSieben deal includes TV series, such as primetime drama hit Empire and crime comedy Backstrom. For the first time, animated features from DreamWorks Animation will be included in the ProSieben agreement, giving the German group ...


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It depends on the show in question. First of all, apart from the obvious live programs, TV Shows are filmed well in advance, and usually have at least a half-dozen episodes in some stage of post-production at a time. Dramas that are cancelled in this middle of their production season will definitely have leftover episodes. (This is one reason networks ...


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I've no definitive answer, but here's an interesting article with a suggested reason: Japan, however, will be the last major market to view the latest Hollywood iteration of the iconic franchise that Toho [a Japanese film, production and distribution company] launched in 1954 with the first of 28 made-in-Japan Godzilla pics: The studio plans to ...


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The people who pick which films to release on Criterion already seem like fans of the director, Wes Anderson, having released all of his previous features (except his newest, Moonrise Kingdom, and The Grand Budapest Hotel which has not been released theatrically yet). Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The ...



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