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  • KyleBailey
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    Julianne Moore recently spoke up about her objections to the platform of releasing a movie the same day in Theaters on Video on Demand as well. She talks about how movies aren’t the same at home. I agree with this and feel like this is a huge debate not many people are talking about. People like Mark and Jay Duplass have come in favor of Video on Demand for the platform of getting your movies out there but is it truly a good sign if it goes on VOD same day as theaters? 

    There are many cases where these films are actually great like The Babadook, Life Itself, and Snowpiercer but more times than not I see these films get really poor reviews. It almost seems like VOD is now just a dumping ground for small indies that studios have no faith in and could care less about their fate.

    My personal opinion on this topic is that I feel like VOD belongs to unfaithful studios trying to save money and it seems unfair and as an audience member cheated of the opportunity of being able to see the film on a big screen. Many “same day as theaters” VOD releases are released in like 6 theaters in LA and New York only and never see the light of day outside of there. Luckily I live near theaters that play indies and would play these films if distributors had more faith in them and I for sure would go see them. I’m all about seeing films on the big screen like how they were meant to be seen. I held off seeing Life Itself on VOD so I could see it on a big screen but it came no where near me in theaters. 

    It also brings up the question for filmmakers, do you care more about your movie being out there but just dumped into this VOD land or do you care about having a studio have faith in your movie and try to find someone who would put more faith into it.  

    What are your thoughts?  

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    #185836

    VOD means everyone has access to foreign and independent movies that are hyped at festivals and online blogs and forums but are never enticing enough to justify the expense to see them theatrically.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    #185837

    I miss having an actual copy of a movie or television series in my hands and looking at the coming attractions but On Demand is quicker and at times more inexpensive so I guess it’ll be alright.

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    ETPhoneHome
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    VOD is great, but I absolutely agree with the point about Same day. Movie theatres should always be the first way to see the movie, and the way to get an audience out there is by separating the releases. I would pay more for the big screen experience, but most people probably wouldn’t if they would be able to have the convenience of seeing it at home. There is lots of opportunities to see a film after it’s release, with Netflix, VOD, TMN, DVD, iTunes, Redbox, etc. so keeping the theatrical release for those who want it is pretty essential in my opinion. Even leaving a week or two between the two releases would fine, as long as first run indie theatres are given access to it. Those theatres are consistently given the shaft, and I find them to be essential.

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    KyleBailey
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    Arnold Schwarzneggar has a movie coming out soon doing the same day treatment and he suggested “give it 3 weeks and then do it” which is the way to do it but I think that studios should have more confidence in their projects and release them in as many theaters as they can. The problem is there is no option if you don’t live in the core movie cities. That’s my biggest issue. Get word of mouth out there so that when it hits VOD and if people prefer it then release it on VOD. 

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    RobertPius
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    I sort of have a prejudice against these type of movies. As soon as I hear it is going VOD the same day as it is released in theatres I always think subconsciously “oh, it sucks.”

    I’m usually right!  

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    babypook
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    I dont care for VOD and rarely if ever use it.

    I wont get started, but  it’s the Theatre experience I want. Not Live, but close enough.

    VOD  is fine; just generally not for me.

     

    Releasing the film on the same day? Not hard to figure out what their priority is. Cant really blame the film makers or sponsors for it.

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    Ryan Earle
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    VOD is the wave of the future. Pretty soon theatre’s will go the way of video rental stores. I personally love VOD because I have trouble sitting for a long period of time. I like being able to pause a film and get up to stretch or use the restroom or get a snack. I have trouble concentrating a lot so it makes it easier on me. I know other people that have the same issue. 

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    Tye-Grr
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    I always prefer to see a film in theaters VS VOD. In fact, when ‘Snowpiercer’ came out, instead of waiting a few days for VOD my brothers and I actually drove 2 hours away to a theater that was playing it, and I do not regret it at all. 

    That being said, I also see the value in VOD. Sometimes smaller movies do not catch on in theaters and they don’t expand across the country where people can see those movies without having to travel miles and hours away, and in those cases VOD might be the only way that they will see a film like ‘Snowpiercer’, or ‘Life Itself’, etc. As some others have stated above, I think it’s best when they give a film a theatrical release first, and if that doesn’t work out or it doesn’t catch on in a way that justifies expanding it, then maybe VOD is what is right for them (instead of pulling it from theaters and then making the people who did want to see it but didn’t have access to it have to wait months until it comes to DVD).

    I don’t think movies should go VOD on the same day as theaters though; it hurts the industry when they give audiences both options right out of the gate as many would likely just stay home, and for the price of one standard movie ticket they (and any number of their friends and family) could watch it at their leisure.  

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    KyleBailey
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    VOD is the wave of the future. Pretty soon theatre’s will go the way of video rental stores. I personally love VOD because I have trouble sitting for a long period of time. I like being able to pause a film and get up to stretch or use the restroom or get a snack. I have trouble concentrating a lot so it makes it easier on me. I know other people that have the same issue. 

    That’s the most horrifying future I could imagine . I would never want to see something like Star Wars 7 for the very first time on my little TV 

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    RobertPius
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    Are movies that open in theatres the same day they become available for VOD eligible for Oscars? Emmys? I think this will become confusing in the future. 

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    KyleBailey
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    From what I heard it makes them uneligible. The Babadook was the biggest head scratcher because it was released on VOD first and then a week later in theaters because alot of us were heavily campaigning for Essie Davis but found out she wouldn’t be eligiable which sucks. Any movie released in a theater for the first time should be eligiable  

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    Ghost
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    I’m in favor of it for indie releases that won’t go nationwide, otherwise keep theatrical and VOD/Blu-Ray releases separate. Besides, it’s doesn’t take as long as it used to for films to release on home media. As soon as a movie is in under 600 theaters, three weeks later the VOD release should start, especially with the popularity piracy. January, February, April, August, September are typically the quiet months for new releases and theaters will have movies that aren’t in the top 10 for quite a bit (my theater still has American Sniper) because of lack of releases and movies that fade quickly. Holding your home release for months after a movie has left most theaters will just cause people to pirate more. 

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    Eddy Q
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    From what I heard it makes them uneligible. The Babadook was the biggest head scratcher because it was released on VOD first and then a week later in theaters because alot of us were heavily campaigning for Essie Davis but found out she wouldn’t be eligiable which sucks. Any movie released in a theater for the first time should be eligiable  

    I agree, the Academy rules are very dated and in denial of modern business decisions. The Babadook was always intended to be a film released in theatres, and remained so. It’s a fully cinematic experience, and for the Academy to treat it like some TV movie while giving 8 nominations to a coldly professional piece of non-cinema like The Imitation Game is slightly insulting.

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