Originally Posted by mproper
I will take my modest HT over the theater "experience" any day. I would say over the last 10 years, it has been about 75% bad experiences vs 20% mediocre and 5% actually good.
The theater sucks (well, at least the ones around me). And honestly, it's not even the technical aspects. It's the theater going crowd. Noisy popcorn/candy, talking, cell phones, etc. I've had people smoking in the theater, laser pointers, someone spilled their soda on my head (trying to squeeze into the row behind me), someone knocked the $5 box of junior mints out of my kids hands with no apology. The list goes on. Can't stand them, and they have completely ruined my attitude towards the theater in general. Doesn't help that I had a bad run of bad projectionists as well.
I'd just rather stay at home on a properly calibrated setup that I can pause, rewind, turn on subtitles if I can't understand a line of dialog, etc. And it costs me significantly less. And I can lay down on my couch. In my underwear. Wiping Cheeto dust on my t-shirt and drinking beer
I think I went to 2 movies in the theater last year. I have been to exactly one movie this year in the theater (Tron Legacy in IMAX 3D). I don't anticipate going to another this year.
This somes it up for me.
Went to see Thor on a Wed. afternoon(11:45am to be exact) because I thought to myself, "The theater should be empty."
It was the 3D version, and the screen was a little dark, and I found myself taking off the 3D glasses whenever the scene was not using the 3D effect. Distracting, but all in all, I thought the movie was "OK", and would reccommend anyone to watch it once.
But unfortunately for me, the one thing that I was afraid of happening, did. A young couple came in with their "toddler", and that little kid proceeded to cry, and whine through 90% of the film. Never shutting up.
But you know what, it is not his fault.
IT IS HIS IDIOTIC PARENTS FAULT FOR BRINGING A TODDLER TO A MOVIE HE SHOULDN'T BE AT IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!!
Their were only 4 of us in the theater, and this completely ruined it for me. What the hell is wrong with people?
Americans must be getting dumber, and less considerate, or the whole "me" thing has reached a level where common courtesy is dead.
I understand parents might want to get out, but leave the kid with a babysitter, and go.
But as I type this, I know it is a waste of time. The only way I am going to enjoy movies anymore is watching them on my 58" screen, on a Blu-Ray, with 5.1 DD or DTS surround sound.
I have to give up. So unfortunately for me, Captain America, Green Lantern, Transformers 3, Harry Potter, Cowboys vs. Aliens, X-Men First Class, are all going to have be watched at home.
I figure they will have most of those on Blu-Ray by Thanksgiving.