Originally Posted by imagic
Sounds about right, where did you read this? The articles I read painted a different picture, like Harvey was being a visionary or something. It did seem odd that a $40 million (budget) movie that already made $80 million abroad was getting that kind of treatment.
Originally Posted by javanpohl
So let me get this straight (actually liking this if true).
A strange film gets made by an innovative director who has a burgeoning reputation. It's a real science fiction movie that has meaning, heavy (too heavy?) action and doesn't fit the Transformer model (I love Transformers, don't get me wrong).
It's meant for theatrical distribution. When heavy handed studio executive gets a hold of it, he insists that it be edited down by 20 minutes. The edited version tests worse than the original with audiences. Studio exec insists, director refuses.
Heavy handed studio director decides to cut director's wings, geld him and destroy the movie. He thinks.
So he hands it to his multimedia (streaming, VOD, etc.) division. He also has it handed to a tiny (100) number of art houses around the US. But a funny thing happens in that by handing it to multimedia outlets, he has in fact widened its distribution and it's making money.
So now, in art houses (Brattle Theater would be mine), in streaming outlets, and eventually on bluray if I like it, I and a much wider audience can watch this. As the director wanted it seen.
I love irony, and have to say that if having streaming as an outlet can bypass and marginalize the Weinsteins of the world, I'm there.
Sounds like a very interesting movie, if I like it and the PQ reviews are good on the bluray, I'll be buying it there as well.
Here's where I tie it to the topic - if the delivered stream version quality is better or equivalent to the art house version, that promotes more people supporting this movie.