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 87. Posted by icebadger

    on 21 Sept 2012 20:40

    The sad thing is, the concept of the 'Multiplex' was apparently to offer more choice to the viewer which balanced independent releases with mainstream fair. This, of course turned out to be a fallacy. Shame, as if film releases becoming increasingly dependent on digital media then we may see the closure of picture houses which quite frankly are the best way to see any film of any kind as far as I'm concerned.

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  • Comment number 86. Posted by Zak Nicoll

    on 15 Sept 2012 20:25

    I was lucky enough to see Berberian Sound Studio at FaCT in Liverpool, which has constantly been promoting small, 'less seen' films such as this. I'd have to argue that film does need to be seen in a cinema. I was able to watch it in 'The Box' at FaCT which if you have been is a unique cinematic experience. Which with it's informal sofas and red curtain clad walls evokes a 'Lynchian Waiting Room' feeling. Furthermore, due to it's small release only real film lovers came to view the film and when the soundtrack cuts out there was complete silence. A fantastic film - best of 2012 so far - which I believe I could not have been fully absorbed by whilst watching it on a laptop, it needs a good audio system. Also, I heard the sounds of loud drilling towards the end of the film intermittently, I was just wondering is this part of the soundtrack?

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  • Comment number 85. Posted by Rachel

    on 13 Sept 2012 19:06

    @69 and @77 I'm with Calum. I had the pleasure of seeing BSS at the Cornerhouse Manchester with three other girls - a monthly film group that I've started - and it just wouldn't have been the same if I'd seen it on my own at home. After the film, we went to a bar (or two) and talked about the film and what we liked/didn't like about it. It made the evening. We'll be there again next month, whatever the film is!

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  • Comment number 84. Posted by manfromthezoo

    on 13 Sept 2012 10:27

    I have to say, I'm relieved to see that there are other sentient beings out there that feel corralled out of the multiplex. The problem is not regional, it's simply an overall decline in respect for others. Indeed, it's telling that some of my favourite cinema experiences recently have been small independents showing 'old' fare that doesn't warrant viewing consideration from idiots. I remember a screening of The Wicker Man, and The Thing, for example, being blissfully quiet (yet packed).

    I was beginning to feel that perhaps it was me becoming curmudgeonly as I age - and getting hyper-sensitive / paranoid. Since looking into this however, it's nice to see I'm not the only one to feel like this.

    Mark - I don't know if you read any of these comments, but I'd really love to know your take on perceived decline in audience behaviour / standards.

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  • Comment number 83. Posted by Calum

    on 12 Sept 2012 20:36

    I want to point out my earlier comment was written, albeit quite clumsily, with a specific type of cinema in mind; the independent art house cinema. I do agree that the format is not an issue but the experience that goes with viewing the film. I often find art house independent cinemas to be wonderful, peaceful places to watch a film but large chain cinema such as Vue are often entered with caution as to the company in the cinema seats. In the case of Berberian Sound Studio I'd prefer to go to The Cornerhouse in Manchester than download but this is motivated by the fact I can almost guarantee a respectful audience and memorable cinema experience of enjoyment. However, as with the recent Batman film which I saw at the Vue in Leeds I found myself thinking "I must go back later and watch that film without snarling and gritting my teeth about folk texting and talking." It is sad that anyone paying to see a film at their main multiplex cinema should have to fret about whether they will enjoy the experience of being in the cinema or would they rather have stayed home...surely one should only ever worry about whether they shall enjoy the film rather than their company. Obviously I can only speak for myself and not everyone else but this blog seems like a largely intelligent place to post individual opinions which are (most of the time) respected.

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  • Comment number 82. Posted by Whitchfinder

    on 12 Sept 2012 16:40

    Like others, I feel format is rarely the issue, but the cinema environment that is becoming increasingly ugly, uncomfortable and expensive.

    However last week I went to industrial unit on the edge of town which had been thoroughly 'hippified'. Inside was a cosy room with lots of big squashy sofas, beanbags, floor cushions, low lighting, hot food, cold drinks and a seperate bar. I lay (repeat lay) on a sofa stuffing my face, surrounded by people doing the same, all at less than half the price of as multiplex. The movie was projected at near-cinema size onto a whitewashed wall, but the crude format really didn't matter and only added to the charm.

    No, it isn't suitable for a kid's matinee or the latest CGI-fest, but I'm hoping more independent cinemas explore new environments and make the cinema a pleasure to visit again. Enough of the format war. They're just moving pictures.

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  • Comment number 81. Posted by manfromthezoo

    on 12 Sept 2012 11:23

    For me, the choice of watching a film at home or in a cinema used to be a matter of preference - atmosphere / impact VS convenience.

    Recently however - and I'm echoing Brian here - I have been forced out of the cinema owing to rude behaviour and selfish attitudes of other 'cinema goers'. I use the term loosely, since most screenings are populated now by people that don't seem to want to be there - talkers, texters, social networkers, and outright trolls. This is the world we live in now - it's not acceptable to challenge anti-social behaviour and this has crept into the theatres.

    The living room has become the last sanctuary for watching a film in peace.

    More on my blog about my (reluctant) decision to stop going to the cinema:

    http://manfromthezoo.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/trolled.html

    Hence, I've had no choice but to adopt streaming and Blu-ray rentals. Of course it feels like compromise - but faced with never enjoying a film at all because of a theatre full of cretins, I'll take it, thanks.

    I prefer the quality of Blu-ray - I have a good DSL line, and the 'HD' streaming is certainly OK but not up to the par of the good ol' spinning platter.

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  • Comment number 80. Posted by MovieGeek

    on 12 Sept 2012 07:42

    It's a no-brainer: of course a packed theatre with some proper audience partecipating with you in the film is much better, however since some of the films you talk about hardly see the light of day, I am happy to watch them online on demand. Nowadays we all have good computers and some people even have those new smart-TVs and home cinemas. This is the future, whether we like it or not.
    Thanks for the tip about the Barbarian Sound Studios, by the way.

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  • Comment number 79. Posted by Nicky

    on 11 Sept 2012 23:58

    Jesus Christ Kermode. No wonder you're a bit pissed off looking. All of the posts I've read are as boring as snow tunnelled sheep.

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  • Comment number 78. Posted by Nicky

    on 11 Sept 2012 23:45

    I went to see Factotum, preview at an unusually packed GFT, and it was terrible. People everywhere shrieking with knowing laughter, I read Bukowski and isn't it hilarious the way he was sick then had a beer. Ah ha!, it's hilarious. Look he's walking about in overalls just like in the book! Did you see it? That happened in the book and I know because I've read it! All of his books. I know and it's all hilarious and I want everyone in this cinema to know that I love Bukowski so much that I can second guess the actual film and laugh before the pay off! I LOVE BUKOWSKI AND FACTOTUM ESPECIALLY, POST OFFICE WOULD HAVE MADE A BETTER FILM ARGUABLY AND I WANT YOU ALL TO KNOW IT, AH HA! LOOK IT'S THE YACHT BIT! I KNEW THAT BECAUSE I READ IT.
    I just ended up being annoyed. Enjoyed it much more on DVD.

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