Originally Posted by mproper
What I got from the OP (and I apologize because I know it wasn't the intent, but this was my first impression of the post) was that he was looking down on anyone who would suffer through a movie on anything but the finest equipment.
No, but my OP was something of a mish-mash of various issues though.
I was generally talking about the "download movies and watch them on the computer" approach. And the (to me) strange sense of priorities that occur within that approach. For instance those who want to see a movie on their computer while it's in the theaters. You get people bragging they watched Lord Of The Rings without having to go to the theater and what they watched was some guy's sneaked in camcorder of the movie, uploaded for others to see. I can't put together the idea of having such a desire to see the movie as to seek it out on line and find a version of it...while having apparently no desire to actually see the movie look any good
or experience it in the way that would give you the best experience of the movie (e.g. on the big movie screen). I can't see through this way of thinking. As I put it, to me it's like "I can't wait to see Lord Of The Rings...and in the crappiest presentation possible!"
Related to that is not just the "camcorder" versions of movies but searching out and downloading movies in general to watch on the computer. As I pointed out, this isn't simply an issue of impoverished teens doing it: quite a number of folks I know do this, including many who could clearly afford to own a decent display at home or rent/buy the movie. (The fellow I referenced in the OP is in fact very well off).
Yet they will download movies, typically in less than DVD quality, and watch them on the computer. As I said: I'm not saying people ought not have the choice to watch a movie on a computer. I'm just expressing my own perspective. How I can't penetrate that mind-set. Where you care enough about movies to actually want to see them, search them out, download them and sit all the way through watching them on a computer screen....but somehow don't care about movies enough to want to experience the film any better than that.
And, as I said, while many people may be happy doing so, it does pain me somewhat that so much effort that goes into movies in hopes the audience will experience the image in an immersive, quality experience, is so diminished by this type of viewing experience.
Still, aside from the computer and ipod-watching crowd, I know that film-makers are cheered these days by the rise of Home Theater and the growing prevalence of good displays in the home and surround sound, where they feel their work is being seen in closer to the quality they would hope it is experienced.