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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 do broadcasters have a mid-season break in TV season?

There seems to be a three way split in the broadcasting industry between Streaming providers who provide instant access to all episodes of a series Broadcasters who maintain a constant schedule of ...
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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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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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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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Why are movies released only on Friday in India?

In India, both Bollywood and Hollywood movies are released in cinema hall only on Friday. What is the reason? What I think is that because after Friday you have two days of weekend holiday (Saturday ...
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Are there “fewer independent theaters than ever”?

In his 09-Nov-2019 New York Times Opinion piece Martin Scorsese: I Said Marvel Movies Aren’t Cinema. Let Me Explain. the director, writer and producer laments "the sameness of today’s franchise ...
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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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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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Why distribute a film to a single theatre?

It has been reported that for its UK release the Shia LaBeouf film Man Down is only being shown in one movie theatre. Consequently, for the opening weekend it earned £7. So why go to the trouble of ...
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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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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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Why are there lines missing from the Netflix versions of Buffy?

Forgive me if this is the wrong stack for this, but it definitely seems TV related -- Netflix is my only TV provider! This question is primarily about Buffy the Vampire Slayer; I was watching the ...
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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are there any global standards to identify a movie?

I know there exist approaches like EIDR (Entertainment Identifier Registry) and ISAN (International Standard Audiovisual Number). But I do not know how many movies are contained within those lists. Is ...
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Was the Indian animated movie Swami Ayyappan ever released?

In 2012, the Indian animation studio Toonz Animation announced it was making an animated movie called Swamy Ayyappan about the Hindu god Ayyappa. You can see the trailer for it here: ...
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What is satellite rights in Indian Movie Industry?

What does "Satellite Rights" mean in the Indian film industry? And how is the amount paid to the film owners by a TV channel as "satellite right" decided?
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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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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 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 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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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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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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Alternate Versions of Movies

I am wondering when I see alternate versions of films on, for example, HBO whether the "exhibitor" has complete freedom to show what they want or the producer offers various versions and the exhibitor ...
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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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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 Matrix 2 & 3 released in the same year?

Matrix 2 & 3 are huge R-rated movies. Why did the Wachowskis release these 2 movies in the same year? I think the Matrix series is the only series which released 2 movies in same year.
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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?