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Friday 7 September 2012, 10:00

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I really like the new film Berberian Sound Studio but it's had a very limited release. It turns out that it is also available on demand via the internet - does seeing a movie this way diminish the experience for you?

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    Comment number 1.

    I live in the suburbs of Glasgow, and I'm lucky enough to have relatively easy access to the excellent Glasgow Film Theatre. The GFT has been showing Berberian Sound Studio regularly for the last week (about two screenings a day), and it's definitely the best film I've seen this year.

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    Comment number 2.

    For a good few years now I've done practically all my film viewing at home with my Lovefilm subscription supplying all the films I could possibly want to see on shiny-disc only venturing out when its something which I'm desperate to see which isn't that often. The last three films were The Dark Night Returns, Hugo 3D and Inception. I'm await The Avengers with great interest.

    The cost of attending the cinema between public transport and the price of the ticket simply isn't cost effective and not worth it due to the number of rule violators who attend auditoriums now. The cost of seeing a film at the cinema often times now is actually more than buying the thing in a home format a couple of months afterwards. I'll wait.

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    Comment number 3.

    I wouldn't mind watching Berbian Sound Studio on demand. I personally have a very big soft spot for watching films on a television in the comfort of my living room.

    This is stems back to my childhood. Every Friday when I was 10-15 my Dad used to take me to the local Blockbuster video store after school and we would pick out two or three VHS tapes and watch them, one a night, that weekend. Of course my Dad used to let me watch nearly anything so it offered a thrill I couldn't get in the cinema. I used to get tremendously excited about this and am sure it is where I contracted cinephilia.

    When I hear people from before the times of VHS talk about the cinema, I think that's how I feel about watching a film with friends or family in my own home.

    However, I do now try and get along to the cinema as much as possible to watch new releases and do also love it. Simply because the sound system is unmatched.

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    Comment number 4.

    I saw Berberian Sound Studio at the excellent Broadway cinema in Nottingham the other day. I'm very lucky to have such a lovely cinema nearby which will show these kinds of films. Not sure I liked the film though, Toby Jones was excellent of course, but I kind of wanted a plot. It felt too experimental for me.

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    Comment number 5.

    I have problems with watching streaming content and it's down to the quality. It's my main complaint with your film club feature, that the internet is for some, the only way alot of these films are readily available. Compression making everything blurry with digitised back grounds and the worst of all a lack of a decent digital sound track. Topped off with buffering issues as the cherry on an austere cake.

    I don't have a cinema near me, it's a 140 mile round trip, so I have invested ALOT of money in home cinema and I am happier to wait for DVD/ Bluray versions of films.

    I mean the film you're talking about right now has at it's heart a soundtrack which makes the film, how could you even consider watching it through a PC with some tinny speakers or earphones.

    In my whole hearted opinion the experience of a cinema is only down to it's sound system. Yes it's nice to have a big screen and sometimes it's nice to share the experience with like minded others (sometimes not) but it's the sound that immerses you and draws you in to the film more than anything.


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