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Methuselah
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Is there a dead period between a film's theatrical run and the DVD/On Demand?

Ok. Help a brother out here.

I always thought that once a film closed at the box office it kinda went straight to things like DVD and OnDemand.

But I had a hankering to watch Captain America The Winter Soilder this weekend. So I checked the Red Box site for my area - It's not there yet. I checked Rotten Tomatoes and they say it's not on DVD till Sept. 9th. I checked for its theatre playing in the area and could find nothing between BR and Metarie.

I think I'm doing something wrong. Do they really have that much of a dead period where a popular movie is not widely available in the theatres but also not available for home viewing?


JumpingTheShark
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re: Is there a dead period between a film's theatrical run and the DVD/On Demand?
They do that with highly anticipated movies to encourage people to go see it in the theaters. The idea is that the movie-goer will think, "Oh, Captain America will be leaving theaters soon and won't be on DVD for a while, better go see it." At least that is what one of my buddies in the film industry told me.


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re: Is there a dead period between a film's theatrical run and the DVD/On Demand?
mainly for films looking for big box office numbers, yes


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Brosef Stalin
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re: Is there a dead period between a film's theatrical run and the DVD/On Demand?
Normally takes about 4-6 months for a movie to hit dvd after it leaves the theater. Not sure how that's changed with VOD now.


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Freauxzen
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re: Is there a dead period between a film's theatrical run and the DVD/On Demand?
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They do that with highly anticipated movies to encourage people to go see it in the theaters. The idea is that the movie-goer will think, "Oh, Captain America will be leaving theaters soon and won't be on DVD for a while, better go see it." At least that is what one of my buddies in the film industry told me.



This.

But to me, this just encourages pirating too, especially if you've seen the movie already. I've seen CA: WS, plan to buy the blu-ray when it was released and would have no qualms pirating the film (a good copy does not exist right now, they've done well keeping it under wraps).


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Green Chili Tiger
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re: Is there a dead period between a film's theatrical run and the DVD/On Demand?
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I checked Rotten Tomatoes and they say it's not on DVD till Sept. 9th.


It will be available digitally on August 19th.


Methuselah
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re: Is there a dead period between a film's theatrical run and the DVD/On Demand?
Thanks for the info guys.

Kind of sucks that they do that. But I guess it's a business calculation.


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