A man drove his car 30km to work every day. After removing the car, the man seemed to become a loner and stopped leaving the house, or if he did leave, didn't go very far. He suddenly was fired from his job. His friends complained he never came to visit them anymore. All clear signs that his car addiction had taken over his life.
"Even if you have a blu-ray burner and an abundance of BD-Rs (which would take pirating hundreds of games to make up the cost of the BD-Rs and burner)"
I'm not quite sure what store you're shopping at, but you can find a lot of Blu-ray burners for less than $200 now. And discs are about $6 or less a piece for the 25GB disc. And with most games being priced at $50-60 these days, instead of hundreds of games it would really only take 5 or 6 games to make up the cost of the blu-ray burner and discs.
That's an interesting idea to release movies on DVD first and then if they have a big enough following to release them in theaters. In the past couple years, I've paid good money to see both WarGame and Raiders of the Lost Ark in a movie theater experience. First of all, you know you're only seeing the movie with people who already love that movie, and that makes the experience even better than seeing it with people who don't know if they will like it or not. Plus, if it really gains cult status, you can do something with it like the Rocky Horror Picture Show and have audience participation!
Look how well some re-releases have done, such as the original Star Wars movies. There are plenty of movies that I would love to watch on the big screen that I never got a chance to like The Godfather, Die Hard, or Back to the Future. I did get excited over talk a couple years ago of re-releasing Back to the Future on the big screen this year for it's 25th anniversary, but that seems to have fizzled out. Each of these movies I own on DVD or can watch on TV all the time, but I'd pay some money to go see them with other fans in the theater.
"However, it will be interesting to see whether the DVD release, while the movie is still in some theaters, leads to at least a little bump in box office sales for the movie, as people who watch it on DVD decide they want to see it on the big screen."
I don't think the DVD release will hurt box office sales because the DVD and Blu-Ray release on April 22nd is not going to be in 3D at all and won't have a single extra on it. If you want the extras, you need to wait until the Christmas shopping season begins in November when the fully packed version will be released. And even that won't be the 3D version, according to Fox. So perhaps he's just creating yet another window? Here's the link to what James Cameron said to The Wall Street Journal and it mentions that Fox has confirmed the Blu-Ray November release will NOT be 3D either.
At the theater I worked at, we wouldn't search backpacks. We just wouldn't allow you to take it into the theater. We'd keep it locked in the manager's office and you could pick it up on your way out. If you refused, you could get your money back and leave. If we found anyone with outside food, we'd confiscate it but usually allow you to stay and get your food back after the movie. Or we'd tell you to finish it outside or in the lobby. Of course, a lot of how we treated you depending on how you treated us. Cooperate and there was no problem. I might even be willing to let it slide. Get an attitude, though, and we'd ask you to leave. At that point if you refuse, the police are called. Although when it came to outside concessions, I never saw anyone refuse to let us take it until the movie was over.
And I honestly did feel bad sometimes with people that were late to their movie with full ice cream cones that they obviously just bought next door telling them to either throw them out or miss 10 minutes of their movie while finishing their ice cream. It's amazing how many people would just throw the ice cream out.
When I first read an article about this elsewhere, I thought for sure it had to be some kind of parody post. I never in my wildest dreams imagined that the Lindsay baby was based off of her. Now thanks to her lawsuit, that's all I'll think about whenever I see this commercial! Thanks, Streisand Effect!
Here's part of the reason behind why and should come as no surprise to anyone here.
Mackey [an attorney for Redbox and MovieCube] said he provided a legal position paper to Levco [the Evansville prosecutor], and the prosecutor called him this morning to say he wouldn't pursue any charges. "It would be unconstitutional to bring a criminal case," Mackey said, since the ratings -- set by the Motion Picture Association of America -- aren't in the law. Instead, a prosecutor would have to review each movie to consider whether it violated what he considered to be the community's standards, and he would need to prove a child successfully rented the movie, Mackey said.