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Hollywood Burnout

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11th May 2005 16:26  #1

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
Hollywood Burnout
Anyone else sick of seeing reports like this on the news?

Essientially, Hollywood studios seem to think their dropoff in box office ticket sales this year vs last year is because of DVD's. One report I saw said it was due to piracy.

Here's why you clueless fools - it's because the movies you've been making are uninteresting, meanwhile you keep jacking the prices of tickets.

What's so hard to figure out about that? Maybe theyre all too self-absorbed to realize that the talent level of current Hollywood gets worse and worse every year? I dunno, but I know its definately NOT due to piracy, and if DVD has helped it's because people are buying older content that's better then current stuff.

People are so desperate for a good movie they turn out in droves to see it. I bet Revenge of the Sith will hit $85 million its first day.

Any thoughts?

11th May 2005 19:06  #2

- - Senior Member Join Date: March 2005 Location: Canada Posts: 594
I agree with Me You.  There's certain movies that is worth seeing on the big screen.  We need great stories. There's no more originality. They (Hollywood) also needs to rethink the whole marketing to attract people to go out in theatres.  In Canada (Toronto to be excate) why pay $13.95 plus 15% tax for one ticket, when you could buy one DVD at local Wallmart or rent 2 DVD at local Blockbuster.  Maybe it doesn't sound like a lot, but if you are married and have children, that's a lot.  Which I'm not married, that's why I have so much time beeing on this website*.

* no offense to DVDanswers

11th May 2005 19:13  #3

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,456 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
I can't speak for the rest of the contributors and admins, but I am offended Danny.

Just Kidding.

Seriously, it is hard to justify seeing most films in the theater when one has a decent home theater set up and a Netflix account. I'm pretty desperate this summer for some damn entertainment though, last summer was for the dogs.

11th May 2005 20:24  #4

rob murray Member Join Date: November 2004 Location: United States Posts: 477
Hollywood is like bad parenting, they always blame others when the blame should land squarely on their shoulders.

11th May 2005 23:27  #5

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
Quote: Originally posted by rob murray
Hollywood is like bad parenting, they always blame others when the blame should land squarely on their shoulders.


Beautifully said! Very Happy

12th May 2005 0:25  #6

Stefano Agostini Member Join Date: June 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 116
I have to admit that I am one of the people who buy the DVD but don't watch the movies in the theaters. For some reason I don't like to have to sit down for two hours and be forced to watch a movie. I would rather be able to watch a movie at my house and not have people scream at me when I have to use the facilies or refill my popcorn. I have also brought up another good point, the procorn at theaters are insane. Who wants to spend 10$ on a coke and popcorn. Those are probably one of the easiest things to make and it cost them  under a dollar to make it. Until they fix these problems, which they probably won't for a while, I will continue to spend money on buying and renting DVD's.

12th May 2005 14:31  #7

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
We have the same problem here in Australia. Ticket prices are too high. It is around A$14 a ticket. Then add all your popcorns, coke and choc-tops and it is almost A$100 for a family of four going to the movies!! I do have to say that dvd is partly the reason here in Australia, that many Aussies are finding a cheaper way of entertaining their family - that is importing dvd's from the U.S. Over the past few years, there has been a big variance in release dates for movies that in many occasions I had the privelege to get dvd's from the U.S. sometimes even weeks before the cinema release in Australia. But Australia is only now starting to catch up. And not to mention the economy is not getting any better, so we don't have much money left in our pockets. And yes, movies are getting more boring because of boring plots! However, there are some good movies coming out towards the end of the year eg. "Flight Plan"

12th May 2005 21:23  #8

rob murray Member Join Date: November 2004 Location: United States Posts: 477
Quote: Originally posted by Jonny "Me You"
Quote: Originally posted by rob murray
Hollywood is like bad parenting, they always blame others when the blame should land squarely on their shoulders.


Beautifully said! Very Happy



my thanks

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