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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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 release “The Irishman” on Netflix within a month of theatrical release?

Looks like The Irishman (2019) is one of the most expensive films of Scorsese's career. Wikipedia quote: The Irishman ....is scheduled to receive a limited theatrical release on November 1, 2019,...
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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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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 TV series with the longest total screentime?

Inspired by What is the longest aired episode of a TV series?, what is the TV series that has the longest total screentime (duration of all episodes of all seasons taken together)? I mean series with ...
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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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Why was such an unrevealing title originally chosen for the movie “The Assignment”, and then changed for some International markets to “Tomboy”?

The low budget Michelle Rodriguez movie The Assignment involves a plot where a killer is punished by a mad surgeon by being given a male to female sex change. It is not a great movie and was not ...
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How are movies distributed internationally?

How is a movie, for example a Hollywood movie that is produced in USA make it across the globe? In what form of storage device and who has the responsibility of physically transferring the movie from ...
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Does any home media release of “The Office” (US) include longer version of episodes with deleted scenes?

I've recently discovered a whole cache of episode-wise deleted scene videos of The Office on YouTube. I only assume it came from the bonus features on the DVDs. This is somewhat unusual, because ...
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Showing Old Movies in Theater

I live in Austin, Texas, home to Alamo Drafthouse. Alamo often shows older movies as part of a theme, a "quote along" for "Spinal Tap" where the audience is encouraged to blurt out their favorite ...
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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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Why wasn't Bohemian Rhapsody given a China release?

I've heard in the media how Bohemian Rhapsody has exceeded $750M in box office takings WITHOUT a China release. As China is such a big market, why would it not be shown there?
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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?