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1st November 2005 20:33  #1

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,467 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
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OK, so who here thinks Universal was downright retarded for releasing Serinity in October and Land of the Dead in June? If they would've switched the two they might've have a damn chance at the making some money, instead, two fine films were detroyed at the box office.

On that note, how many non-film geeks do you know that are even aware that a King Kong remake is coming out in a little over a month. When I'm rich and famous remind me to stay far away from Universal.

Jarhead is getting some pre-release word of mouth, but even with the ad push for Doom, releasing it in the wrong month led it to failier.

Universal, next time:

Serinity - mid June
Land of the Dead - last week of October
Doom - beginning of August
Jarhead - later in November
King Kong - advritise the SH*T out of the F**KER, it's costing you 200 mil!!

1st November 2005 21:00  #2

Matt Contributor Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 2,113
I think Land of the Dead may be the first major film to be released with the strategy of placing more importance on the DVD release than the theatrical release. By releasing it in June, Universal got to release the film on DVD around Halloween when it's bound to sell more copies to consumers and rental outlets combined than it would have in February or March. It also goes without saying that they get it on store shelves before Christmas of this year, something releasing the film in October wouldn't have allowed. From what I've read, sales figures for the film on DVD were pretty good, but no doubt were hurt by Warner's release of Batman Begins on the same day (BB sold roughly four million copies in its first week of release).

1st November 2005 21:39  #3

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
It is retarted. I'd say Serenity in August instead of Doom though, according to your list Gabe.

2nd November 2005 1:11  #4

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,467 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
I think that Serinity could have riden the Star Wars wave. A month is about enough time for people to lose interest in Star Wars but still be in the mood for some sci fi action.

2nd November 2005 8:06  #5

rob murray Member Join Date: November 2004 Location: United States Posts: 477
Universal is of the mind that its going to do well just because its calle Peter Jacksons King Kong. I hate to break it to you but the common man does not know who the hell Peter Jackson is. I can see if it was George Lucas or Steven Speilburg, theyve had more time in the spotlight. True Jackson may have made LOTR and he did an amazing job with it. But youre going up against the 600 pound gorilla in Harry Potter and the combined forces of the Christian right and Disney  in Narnia. Thats stiff competition Universal, get your shit back on track.

2nd November 2005 14:10  #6

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
Universal has just been bad all around.

Their DVD releases have been fairly mediocre the last few years, although they have been slightly improving lately. I bet there is some kind of internal conflict going on over there. Either that or their execs don't know what they're doing. Confused

2nd November 2005 18:36  #7

Tom Pen Member Join Date: June 2004 Location: United States Posts: 142
havent seen a King Kong teaser or trailer with any movies so far other than this passed summer. That featurette though is fuckin awesome

2nd November 2005 23:50  #8

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
Quote: Originally posted by Tom Pen
havent seen a King Kong teaser or trailer with any movies so far other than this passed summer.
Every movie that I went to see this Summer and Fall had the trailer for it, and I saw:

War of the Worlds
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Four Brothers
Serenity
Doom
Exorcism of Emily Rose
Bad News Bears

3rd November 2005 0:18  #9

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,467 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
I saw three of those movies and not a one had the Kong trailer. Infact, now that I think about it, not only have I not seen the Kong trailer outside of downloading it, I haven't even seen the poster at ANY theater I've been in since the beginning of the summer.

3rd November 2005 1:44  #10

Tom Pen Member Join Date: June 2004 Location: United States Posts: 142
Quote: Originally posted by Gabriel Powers
I saw three of those movies and not a one had the Kong trailer. Infact, now that I think about it, not only have I not seen the Kong trailer outside of downloading it, I haven't even seen the poster at ANY theater I've been in since the beginning of the summer.

our theatre just got the poster last week and also got a big stand

3rd November 2005 13:06  #11

Worst Nightmare Senior Member Join Date: July 2002 Location: Australia Posts: 6,706 Send a message via AIM to Worst Nightmare Send a message via ICQ to Worst Nightmare Send a message via MSN to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Yahoo to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Google to Worst Nightmare
Quote: Originally posted by Tom Pen
our theatre just got the poster last week and also got a big stand
We had one around 2 weeks ago...

3rd November 2005 18:23  #12

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,467 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
It's sad, even some of my friends, people who have to listen to me talk about movies all the time, didn't realize it was coming out this year, or at all. They're all excited about Harry Potter 4 and Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe (which I can honestly say I have my doubts about).

3rd November 2005 21:49  #13

Jonathan Bennett Member Join Date: March 2005 Location: United States Posts: 600 Send a message via AIM to Jonathan Bennett Send a message via MSN to Jonathan Bennett Send a message via Yahoo to Jonathan Bennett Send a message via Google to Jonathan Bennett
I would say:
Serenity should have kept it's original April release date.
Land Of The Dead should have kept it's original October release date.
Doom should been released around the time that the Doom 3 video game was released.
the Jarhead and King Kong release dates are fine.
And some of your typing made me think as if you got drunk while making this thread.

3rd November 2005 23:32  #14

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,467 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
It should say: "some of your typing makes me wonder if you were drunk while creating this thread."

Happy

Seriously though, maybe I'm just a bad typist because I don't actually drink, did I make a lot of errors?

I forgot about Doom 3's release, because I don't play many video games, but I think you're correct, they could've made much more money that way. I think opening Serenity in April would've been too risky, as it could've made some pre-ROTS money, but may have dropped off too fast after ROTS was released. I guess we'll never know.

3rd November 2005 23:36  #15

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,467 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
There, I edited my original post. You're right, it read like it was written by a six year old.

4th November 2005 3:57  #16

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
Quote: Originally posted by Gabriel Powers
On that note, how many non-film geeks do you know that are even aware that a King Kong remake is coming out in a little over a month. When I'm rich and famous remind me to stay far away from Universal.

King Kong - advritise the SHIT out of the FUCKER, it's costing you 200 mil!!


My local theater has a gigantic (approximately 8 foot high by 10 foot wide) display showing King Kong versus the T. Rex.  Looks pretty cool.

4th November 2005 5:39  #17

rob murray Member Join Date: November 2004 Location: United States Posts: 477
yeah thats great to say but Doom 3 was released summer 2004

4th November 2005 17:46  #18

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,467 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
Oh. well I suppose they didn't have the movie done then, did they? Why does everyone have these badass Kong standups but Minnisota? Sucks. God, I hope I'm wrong.

4th November 2005 18:39  #19

Jonathan Bennett Member Join Date: March 2005 Location: United States Posts: 600 Send a message via AIM to Jonathan Bennett Send a message via MSN to Jonathan Bennett Send a message via Yahoo to Jonathan Bennett Send a message via Google to Jonathan Bennett
Quote: Originally posted by rob murray
yeah thats great to say but Doom 3 was released summer 2004

That's what I meant.
They should have released it in August of last year, the same month that Doom 3 was released for the PC.
I only remember seeing the Kong trailer once, I think it was for War Of The Worlds.

4th November 2005 20:57  #20

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
Quote: Originally posted by Gabriel Powers
Oh. well I suppose they didn't have the movie done then, did they? Why does everyone have these badass Kong standups but Minnisota? Sucks. God, I hope I'm wrong.
The theater near me just has a poster and the trailer.

5th November 2005 0:20  #21

rob murray Member Join Date: November 2004 Location: United States Posts: 477
Quote: Originally posted by Jonathan Bennett
That's what I meant.
They should have released it in August of last year, the same month that Doom 3 was released for the PC.
I only remember seeing the Kong trailer once, I think it was for War Of The Worlds.


But it hadnt even started shooting at that point

5th November 2005 15:16  #22

Jonathan Bennett Member Join Date: March 2005 Location: United States Posts: 600 Send a message via AIM to Jonathan Bennett Send a message via MSN to Jonathan Bennett Send a message via Yahoo to Jonathan Bennett Send a message via Google to Jonathan Bennett
Quote: Originally posted by rob murray
But it hadnt even started shooting at that point

They could've shot it last year,
and release it in time for Doom 3's release,couldn't they?

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