February 19, 2014 at 6:30 pm #141796
Part of the appeal of a movie like Gravity (and I assume other films as well) seemingly was the glory of seeing it on the big screen and how well the special effects, sound effects and production look on a theartical screen… This has seemingly been a pretty big part of the movie’s appeal and success, my question is, in your opinion, do these qualities carry over to the small screen…
My question is basically: could the film lose some votes if some voters only see it on the at-home screener and not on a big screen?
Are there any other films this year or in past years you think may have lost votes for this reason? The movie’s qualities not translating in an at-home setting?February 19, 2014 at 6:50 pm #141798
I’ve always really valued the experience of seeing films on large screens. Sunrise, Vertigo, The Wizard of Oz, and Rebel Without a Cause are some films that I’ve been able to see on the big screen, but I didn’t need to see them in that format to know that they’re great films.
However, I will say that the closing shot of Sunrise, as seen in 35mm, was particularly magnificent and I had never experienced its full effect until that viewing.February 19, 2014 at 7:07 pm #141799
It’s interesting. I saw it in mid October in IMAX 3D and thought it was spectacular. After it became available for digital download last week, I bought it and watched it in standard definition (I’m too cheap to buy HD) and thought it was just as good not even better. I believe that’s what separates this film from Avatar. I bought Avatar on Bluray and watched it on my tv after watching it in theaters and thought it was terrible after thinking it was pretty good in theaters. Though I agree, there was a magical feeling that you were there in space with Sandra in theaters. However, her captivating performance and the sheer beauty of the film captivates you just as much on a 8″ tablet.
To answer your question: It probably will play better in theaters than on screeners. but IMO the difference is not as drastic as you think.February 19, 2014 at 7:24 pm #141800
Unlike Avatar, Gravity has an interested story and good acting.February 19, 2014 at 7:56 pm #141801
Yeah, there is some loss in the ‘wonder’ factor. There is no experience like the big screen or IMAX that can be translated to the home movie environment. Nonetheless, like @Ashkan, I was still amazed by the film on my small computer monitor. It isn’t the same as when I saw it in the theater, but it is still one heck of a film.