Jaws Turns 40(!), Swims Back to Theaters

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  1. Workshed

    Workshed A Barge Person

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    Two theaters in Seattle! :banana:
     
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    Ugh. Fathom.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up - I may not have known about it otherwise <:
     
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    Aren't the Fathom events basically projected Blu-Rays?

    Why not do a wide release using actual film prints? Jaws is worth it.
     
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    yeah, all your gonna see is a dlp or blown up Blu-ray. I want original 35mm, which don't exist anymore..
     
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  7. Workshed

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    Aw hell, really?
     
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    Because most theaters can't even show film prints anymore! Only some of the older ones still have 35mm projectors, and it's highly likely they're out of maintenance. We do our film festival at a 7-screen theater that has been all digital for 5-6 years now. We had to show a 35mm print last month, and it took the tech half a day to rob parts from 6 other screens just to get ONE 35mm projector on line again.

    I'd be ok with a Jaws DCP (Digital Cinema Package), but the Fathom events I've seen weren't even that good. They looked like DVD quality, not Blu-Ray. They're streamed, so there's a major quality loss right there.
     
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    Just take the ferry to Martha's Vineyard. They have a theater that shows it once a week all year long. Problem solved.
     
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    If I lived in New England, I probably would. Hell, they probably have their own 35mm print of it. Like my local arthouse theater owns prints of The Room and The Rocky Horror Picture Show 'cause they show both about once a month
     
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    I saw a screening of REAR WINDOW through Fathom recently and was told it was a DCP. It looked quite good.
     
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    Wow. That blows. I assumed they were discs, but it makes more sense that they do it this way to keep people from stealing/copying discs. But damn. Everything is awful. :mad:
     
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    Due to my fondness for the film this would be a dream trip for me.
    Perhaps one day.
     
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    My local movie theater is doing a Retro Night July 9th of this for only $5.00. Last October they did a Retro Night of the Original Psycho.
     
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    Yeah, I'd be fine with a DCP, but $12.50 for a DVD quality projection? No thanks.

    They need to bring it back to theaters like they did with the 20th Anniversary of E.T. No walkies talkies or CG Bruce though, dammit!:nervous:
     
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    It is too bad if this is streamed with dvd quality- but Ill probably go see it anyways just to see it on the big screen. Is this the way this company always does or have they done this type of thing in the past with different methods of presentation?
     
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    I did some research, and it looks like they definitely stream. The content is not on site. This makes sense, as the cost of making a DCP and shipping it wouldn't be offset by a one-off screening.

    Quality may vary from theater to theater, as it involves getting the streamed content into a projector. Some digital projectors are finicky about accepting external inputs, and if the staff is not tech-savvy enough, they'll run it through their pre-show projectors instead.

    I've only seen Fathom Events at one local theater, and the presentation left a lot to be desired. And it wasn't a low-end theater, it's an IMAX, so they definitely have quality projection in the building.

    The thing to think about is this: If this were a high quality restored version of Jaws, wouldn't it be Universal doing it instead of a third party like Fathom?
     
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    Thanks for the heads up...just picked up two tickets. :banana:
     
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    Great cover pictue on the new Horrorhound Magazine.
     

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