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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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. ...
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How to find out if (especially foreign) movies are uncut

The reason I ask is that it was especially notable for foreign films that scenes are cut mercilessly so that they fit in the "common" 90 min format. For example: "Tom-Yum-Goong". Even in cinema it ...
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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 come “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” survives?

I have 2 questions to ask. Considering the tough market in Bollywood distribution of movies. How come Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) crossed 1000 weeks. I feel there are many other love stories ...
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Why is Grauman's Chinese Theater used for so many premieres?

What makes this theater the premier location for Hollywood premieres?
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Why is Universal allowed to open a theater?

As I understood Movie Production Companies are prohibited by law from owning any theaters. When the studios were forced to sell their theaters, the result was higher rental rates charged to ...
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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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What is the frame rate of the Hobbit Blu-ray release?

I don't know if Blu-ray supports 48fps - is only 24fps version available?
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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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From whom do the people from The Scene get money?

I have read the interview from former member of The Scene and the thing that got me interested is from whom does the group get the money? Scene member: "Yes. Absolutely. Money and those accusations ...
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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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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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How can digital projectors play 35mm movies?

Here I saw a question with a user claiming that so many movies are still shot with 35MM analog film. Now if projectors at theaters became digital then how can digital projectors play these 35mm ...
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American vs British Holiday Schedules

I've noticed that there seems to be a difference in the way that television is shown during the Christmas / New Year period in the UK vs USA. Here in the UK, the schedules are packed with new (often ...
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Why there are such big time gaps between airing the episodes of “Lucifer”?

The "Lucifer" series is definitely popular - you can see it not only in pretty high IMDB rating (9.3) but also in the fact that season 2 started playing barely 4 months after season 1 finished. Then ...
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Why has DVD/Blu-ray commentary become so scarce, and a rarity?

When I buy new Blu-rays, they don't include commentary from the cast & crew. This was one of the main reasons I bought movies to begin with. Commentary was standard on every DVD 10-15 years ago. ...
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How do the TV movie channels decide the day to day movie schedules? [closed]

Assuming that movie channels have a big list of movies available to play at any given time and they must keep playing some movie, how do they decide which ones to play and when to play them? I figure ...
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What happens to the movie, after it has run out in theaters?

After a movie is no longer shown in theaters, what happens to it? I assume it is kept on a hard drive. Is the hard drive returned to the publisher or is it kept by the theater? Is there any way to ...
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Why does the Underworld team release their movies exactly with 3 years gaps?

The Underworld movies have been released 3 years apart each: Underworld - 2003 Underworld: Evolution - 2006 Underworld: Rise of the Lycans - 2009 Underworld: Awakening - 2012 You can see that each ...
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Why did Machinima make Mortal Kombat: Legacy viewing private on YouTube?

Machinima released Mortal Kombat: Legacy seasons 1 and 2 on their YouTube channel exclusively and received quite favorable reviews from fans and critics. But I recently noticed that they made all the ...
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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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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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Get pre-1990 prints (or masters) of movies? What happens to them?

Is it possible to rent original prints (or masters) of pre-1990 movies? What happens to the original release prints of old movies? Do they just get destroyed? In the old days you could rent 16mm ...
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Movie showtime database

Some web sites like Google Showtime (no longer active), Fandango and IMDB give movie show times at various theaters. What is the database that they get this information from? Is this database ...
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Are the English language songs in “American Dad” sung in the viewer's native language when aired in non-English speaking countries?

For example: When American Dad is aired in Germany in German are the originally English-language songs such as "Is She Not Hot Enough" and "We've Been Bad" (Krampus and Steve's duet) sung in German?
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How does Region Coding, FPS, and NTSC/PAL work in region-free releases?

I have a decent enough grasp of the differences overall in how films are handled for different areas, so I'm not looking for a primer per se; however, I would like some clarity on how this works and ...
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Is there a 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 is Phantasm II available on Bluray while the other movies in this series are not?

As far as I can tell, Phantasm 1, 3, and 4 are only available on DVD. Is there a reason why this is so? I can't tell if the rights are owned by a different company, but I don't believe this to be the ...
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Why MPAA warning also present in 80s movies?

The following notice is usually present in movies: This motion picture is protected under the laws of the United States and other countries. Any unauthorized reproduction, distribution, or ...
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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.