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Questions tagged [distribution]

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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Never seen again, theatrical footage of Jaws 2?

I watched the theatrical release of Jaws 2 in my childhood. When years later I got the VHS version I was puzzled. I was sure I remembered a full body shot of Miss Amity (Tina Wilcox) at the beginning ...
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Why do movies sometimes come out on Wednesdays?

In the United States, movies are usually released on Fridays. This is because it's easier for people to make time to see them. This Thursday happens to be a holiday, so some movies are coming out on ...
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Can a movie that is banned in its home country be distributed in other countries?

If a movie is banned in its home country, can distributors in other countries legally publish it? For example can it be streamed on Netflix or distributed as DVDs elsewhere except the home country?
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Why is Bandit Queen banned in India?

Bandit Queen is an Indian biographical film based on dacoit Phoolan Devi. I know that she fought to get it banned in India. But what is the exact reason behind this? People generally like biographies ...
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Does the Blu-ray of Peter Jackson's King Kong (2005) have the recreated “spider pit sequence”?

A spider pit scene was shot for the original 1933 King Kong, but was presumably cut from the film due to graphic content and is now considered as lost. Peter Jackson reshot the scene using ...
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How do movie channels get movies to be in HD if they've not been released on an HD source?

I just got a copy of the Twilight Time edition of Christine and the colors are a lot more vibrant than the other versions released on DVD. I believe Twilight Time was the first Blu-ray release of ...
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How does the internationalization of Forensic Files work?

The true crime docutainment series Forensic Files is broadcast on German TV under its original title Medical Detectives. The episodes (and thus the actual cases) are thereby the original American ones,...
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How do low-budget films go about movie ratings when they want to distribute globally?

Imagine a low-budget production that will be running on multiple festivals and cinemas around the world. After the theatrical tour they'll start home distribution through DVD/BD, VOD and SVOD (like ...
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What's allowed for editing for TV movies?

Movies on TV often state that they have been edited for "content", "to fit this screen", and to "run in the time allotted." Obviously, movie rights are held by the studio, so presumably they are the ...
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Do broadcasting authorities care about international offensive language?

I've noticed how a recent survey by Ofcom (the UK communications regulator) exploring attitudes with language seem to only concern about British swear words (offensive and vulgar language). However, ...
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What is the process for screening a movie today? [duplicate]

Perhaps a bit of an odd question, but I've always been intrigued by all aspects of the entertainment industry. After the post-production process, what is the process for a typical screening of a ...
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Are there any definitive reasons why most online libraries won't stream movie to computers in 4k resolution?

Many modern computers with high resolution screens and good graphics cards are perfectly capable of displaying 4k content. In fact most recent computers are probably far more powerful than typical ...
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Justification for huge release-date gaps between the US and the rest of the world? [duplicate]

The Incredibles 2 was released in the US this weekend. I just found out that people in the UK will have to wait about a month to watch it in theaters (UK release date July 13th), and that I, living in ...
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Profit of movies streamed on Netflix

Basically the movies that are streamed on Netflix aren't released in theaters, right? So my question is - How do production companies make profit after streaming their movies on Netflix? Of course, ...
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Why do Indian movie channels broadcast the same movies again and again when there are so many movies? [closed]

In India, movie channels on TV broadcast the same movies again and again, to the extent that one movie is broadcast almost everyday or every alternate day on the same channel. Why is this the case ...
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How do people differentiate an art film from a commercial one [closed]

As the title says,i want to know on the basis of which criteria is a film categorized as an art film or a commercial film.Are there any movies which fall under the category of both?
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Why is Sooryavansham overly broadcast on Set Max / Sony Max?

Sooryavansham is quite a popular Bollywood film, but it got more of a cult role due to repeated telecast on Set Max (now known as Sony Max). It is even part of many memes/jokes: But why is the ...
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PBS vs. BBC “Civilizations”

I recently purchased the BBC's Civilizations from iTunes and discovered to my Anglophilic shock that it has an American narrator. Does the original BBC version also have an American narrator, and if ...
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Where does poor video quality in some TV series originate?

When I watch re-releases of older TV series, some of them look amazingly fresh, while others have so bad video quality they're unwatchable. Some examples: Freaks and Geeks: Supreme video quality. ...
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How do TV stations normally acquire third party content?

When a TV network is airing content, such as a documentary that they did not produce themselves, what is the normal acquisition procedure? For example, does the station pay to license the documentary,...
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How is it decided whether or not a TV show will censor its swearing?

I was watching Deadpool the other night on FX. There's a lot of vulgar language in the movie. However, it was uncensored. Some movies or shows on TV censor their profanity, while others don't. How ...
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How do streaming services earn money?

Netflix and Prime are (I think) the two leading competitors in streaming services. Both services are releasing original movies and shows which are exclusively available in their platform. But what's ...
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Why we don't use “TV” before “miniseries”?

Why we typically say "TV series", but we don't say "TV miniseries" (i.e., instead of this, we simply say "miniseries")? Does it mean, that there are "theatrical" miniseries as well as "TV" miniseries?...
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What do film dates with Roman numerals after the year mean on IMDB?

Sometimes on IMDB I see films which are dated like this: Sergio Corbucci: Night Club ................. 1989/I Robert Rodriguez: The Black Mamba (Short) .... 2011/I Two Scoops (Short) ......... 2013/...
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Is Amazon Videos a profitable business and how? [closed]

A great number of shows and series are available "freely" to subscribers of services like Amazon Prime, etc. Among these shows, many seem to have been produced exclusively for this platform, and even ...
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What is it called when a DVD or Blu-Ray fragments titles to obfuscate the disk?

I read a primer on copy protection schemes, but it did not mention the scheme I find most commonly, which is to divide the movie into many fragmentary "titles" and make it difficult for a software to ...
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Why do TV Shows take mid-season breaks? [duplicate]

Serials like The Flash, Arrow, and Agents of SHIELD are now in a mid season break. What does it mean? Why do they take break in series like this?
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Why aren't UK cinema listings available more than a week in advance?

Even in the pre-internet age, I found it astonishing and annoying that in the UK local cinemas would post the week's - one week only - listings on a Thursday. So if you wanted to know what might be on ...
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Have the Tracey Ullman episodes of The Simpsons been officially released since their original air date?

Around 50 one-minute shorts were produced for The Tracey Ullman Show before The Simpsons got its own series. Only the first episode has been released as a DVD extra feature ("The Simpsons 138th ...
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Are early Simpsons seasons available in native HD?

Only seasons from 13 onward seem to have been released on Blu-ray. For me it is difficult to understand why there are no high-definition releases for the initial seasons of the show when significantly ...
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Term/source for the “official” 2 line episode summary?

Across several different content providers and episode listings, often an identical summary of a tv episode is provided. That is to say, if you are browsing Netflix, or Hulu, or your cable box's ...
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Movies for visually impaired

While I was flying to Asia, in the movies section I saw Dunkirk from Christopher Nolan. This was a special edition which when played had the audio and commentator describe the scenes and what was ...
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History of show times prior to release date

My recollection is that movies are not shown to the general public until their release date. I remember going to midnight screenings of highly anticipated movies when I was younger. My wife just got ...
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Star Wars the original edition

The first three Star Wars movies (we know them as episodes IV, V, and VI) were released in the years before CGI; special effects were all photographic, practical (models, puppets, stop-motion), or ...
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Why are paused frames of DVDs blurry?

Sometimes when I pause DVDs the image is sharp, but in most cases, it is blurry. Obviously the film itself isn't blurry. Is the blurriness actually in the film strip or is it an artifact of the DVD ...
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Why are the first three seasons of the Great British Bake-Off missing on Netflix USA?

The Great British Bakeoff currently has 7 full seasons with the 8th one being filmed currently. However, on Netflix there's only four seasons, with the original seasons 1, 2, and 3 missing. Has ...
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How were VHS tapes typically mastered?

Back in the 1980s a typical method of publishing movies for home use was the Video Home System (VHS) tape. How were these tapes transferred and mastered? In other words, when they have a movie on film ...
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How does Regal's RPX format compare with IMAX?

In my area, I have four ways of seeing the movie Justice League: regular 2D, IMAX 2D, RealD 3D, and RealD 3D with Regal Cinema's RPX format. My question is, how does Regal's RPX format compare with ...
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Why the apparent lack of IMAX 3D releases for Justice League?

I was looking at showtimes for the movie Justice League and was only able to find it in three formats: regular 2D, IMAX 2D, and RealD 3D. I couldn't seem to find any IMAX 3D showtimes, either in my ...
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Is the loudness of a movie in the theater set by the theater or by the publisher/studio?

How are the sound levels of a movie set? Does the theater decide how loud they want movies to be, or is there an automatic system that allows the publisher/distributor/producer/studio to set the sound ...
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North America version of BBC Radiophonic Workshop (RE: Sound FX)

I'm re-watching The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits and have heard several different sound FX and sound samples that I know were used in other shows like Star Trek (TOS). Does anyone know if there ...
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Was the timing of It's release deliberate or coincidental?

Earlier today, I realized something startling. In the original "It" novel, It awakens roughly every 27 years to feast upon a new generation of children. The gap between the release of the It ...
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Is it possible to know how long original commercial breaks were?

Pick an arbitrary episode of a popular-but-arbitrary US TV show, say, on Netflix. I can easily find the original air date of this episode, and presumably can find the time it originally aired as well. ...
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How did it come about that A Clockwork Orange was withdrawn in Britain?

The film A Clockwork Orange (1971) was not banned in Britain. On the contrary, it was passed uncut by the British Board of Film Censors with rating 18. But it was withdrawn from distribution, and only ...
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Which is technically visually of higher quality - 70mm without IMAX or IMAX without 70mm?

In my local movie theater, I have three ways of seeing Christopher Nolan's movie Dunkirk: IMAX without 70mm, 70mm without IMAX, and regular. Obviously the regular option is inferior to the other two, ...
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Why was screenPlay only able to air 1 hour of the Overwatch World Cup?

On 23/07/2017, screenPlay aired the live broadcast Australia VS Sweden Group Match of the Overwatch World Cup from Sydney. However after an hour they had to stop, directing everyone to the website to ...
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What media format do TV stations use?

When a TV station commissions/buys/rents a TV show, in what format does it get sent to them? I can't imagine it's film that they'd have to transfer themselves, but it should be clearly a better ...
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Were American films ever shown in the US in foreign languages?

The US has always had substantial pockets of foreign language speakers, particularly in immigrant communities. Were there ever theaters catering to these populations with foreign language versions of ...
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What is the longest aired episode of a TV series?

It has been rumored that every episode of Season 8 of Game Of Thrones could be ninety minutes long - making each episode comparable with the running time of full-length feature films. It seems very ...
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How did the show “Comcast Newsmakers” work on CNN Headline News?

CNN Headline News used to be a channel which, as the name suggests, presented the headlines of news. Later on it changed its focus to covering crime stories, which is why it changed its name to HLN. ...