LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: December 2000
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Hello Urban Cinefile
I was wondering when do u expect the Scream 1 DVD to be remade such that it'd be
represented in 5.1 audio 16:9 widescreen and uncensored? I was personally very disgusted
with the Scream 1 DVD it lacked all the features a DVD should've featured yet it didn't...
Louise replies: REP who distributed Scream 1, has advised that the revised
DVD (now available in US) will be available in Australia in the second half of 2001. If
you are unable to wait for the Australian release, you should be able to purchase it
online through one of the American DVD sites. The Scream box set that is now available
comprises the original DVD release of Scream 1, 2, 3 and the special features disc.
ok, ok. What has happened to the Exorcist 2000? By the time it
is released it will be called Exorcist 2005! Do you
know the new release date (since Warner seems to change it every week)
Ed: Currently set for March 15 - but that's a dozen potential changes away yet!
MEMO CINEMAS: SMARTEN UP
I would like to comment on the letter dated 9/11/2000 titled BOX OFFICE & GST.
In the answer you gave you stated that the average ticket price pre GST was $7.28 and I
have seen some figures from USA saying their average is $5
What I would like to know is how is this possible; even in the halycon days
before GST the cheapest ticket was approx $7.50 for concessions. Also, I don't know about
everyone else but the days of myself and the missus off to a movie and buying popcorn
drinks and icecreams are over. Now I plan ahead and stop at a deli or supermarket and get
the equivalent for at least half the price. In the days when ticket prices are increasing
there has been a noticeable trend to "downsizing" the popcorn buckets or making
them so you have to turn down the top which means less nosh for the punter. It would now
cost me over $40 for some lollies and 2 movie tickets which is not a viable economic
entertainment option for 1.5 to 2 hours of movie (not including ads).
I take offence at this. Surely if they took the approach (and perhaps it only
takes one to do it, or maybe I am a little naive here), that less is more, they would find
more people buying more at their "candy bar" for less dollars, but keeping the
punters happier which is the name of the game in business. It won't be too long before the
DVD revolution starts to impact and what cinemas have to do is protect their investment
and keep us happy, something I believe they are not doing.
I love my movies, I love the whole experience and I get mightily p*ssed off when
I am insulted by cinemas that believe I am too stupid to notice the prices or sizes have
changed without any increase in service, including having one or two people at the
boxoffice instead of 4 or 5 and huge queues with bad prints. We even have to make do with
the "Americanisation" of our
trailers. These days I have to hide when they come on because inevitably in that American
drawl or hushed excitedness I am shown and tells the entire plot or all the best
scenes/gags of a movie. I want to be teased not have it shoved down my throat.
Where are the days of the 10 or 15 minute short movie, which supports the local
industry which supports the up and coming filmakers and thus supports the movie chains in
the long run.
There is more to providing a service to customers than bigger and more screens
and louder movies.
OK, enough whinging, I love your site and you deserved to win the internet
Trevor O'Sullivan, Perth
Editor’s comment: We invite cinema operators (chains and independents) to
respond to Trevor. As for the Internet Awards, thanks for the vote of confidence!
I enjoy reading all the info about the various movies and reviews which you send to
me; can someone please tell me where I could purchase some of the old time classics movies
which I want to add to my collection, I have a VHS machine and I have recently purchased a
DVD player, looking forward to info from your members.
Regards have a good day.
Louise replies: Warner Home Video has just released some of the all time classic
movies such as Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Ben Hur. These are
available to purchase from K-Mart, Target, David Jones and Grace Bros. As for DVDs, have a
look at the DVDUsergroup.com.au site for a complete list of DVDs available in Australia.