Monday, August 8, 2011

DVD Vs. The Cinema

 This is a post from my blog for New Communication Technologies class. Thought it was interesting enough to post here.

One issue that's come to pass in the 21st century is the idea of seeing a movie in theatres versus waiting for it to come out on DVD. Both options have their pros and cons, but will one dominate the other anytime soon? I doubt it.

Let's start with DVD's. With DVD's you can pause at any time if say you wanted to take a bathroom break (GMWoolvett, 2008). You can also start watching a movie on DVD whenever you wish, whereas with cinema there is a fixed schedule. With DVD's you can also shout at the characters on screen whereas in a theater you would most likely get weird looks from the people around you (GMWoolvett, 2008).

I think the main reason cinema is still going is because there is a certain experience that goes with going to the movie theatre. You're watching the movie on a huge screen with a more sophisticated sound system. Having such a setup at home is very costly. A Zettel Film reviewer brings up a good point that the big screen can make the viewer feel like an off-screen bystander (Zettel Film Reviewer, 2008). Plus, there are many other people in the theatre with you at the same time so there is an element of a group experience. I witnessed a great example of this when I watched Twilight with some of my friends. When Edward Cullen appeared on screen for the first time there was a bunch of wolf whistling and laughing. It definitely made the moviegoing experience more entertaining than just watching a DVD of it at home.

In conclusion I don't think the cinema experience is dying. I think it will be around for decades to come. Anything could happen so it would be a bit presumptuous to say cinema will be around forever, but I think it definitely has a lot of life left.

References:
http://www.zettelfilmreviews.co.uk/2008/10/cinema-versus-dvd-essay-close-up-scale-spectacle-cgi-intimacy-innerness/
http://gmwoolvett.com/gmwb/viewtopic.php?t=11

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