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Thursday 5 November 2009, 16:37

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

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Michael Jackson has shown the way. Under the watchful eyes of the great Kenny Ortega (whose High School Musical series of movies are, as I have explained many times, the very definition of pure movie entertainment) the King of Pop has delivered unto us an all-singing, all-dancing saviour of cinema...

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    Comment number 1.

    Well said, but, I've still booked my tickets for the 3D Avatar. Annoyingly the 2D version of it has the image cropped to make a 2.35:1 ratio. Which version is Cameron's intended framing? Now we have to deal with two different versions of a film because 3D works better in 1.85:1 - apparently.

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    Comment number 2.

    Sooooo, you are saying all cinemas should have a licence to serve booze? Here here :)

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    Comment number 3.

    Is the broadcast of sporting events in cinema really a new development? I have seen archive footage from the early 70s of Muhammad Ali on Parkinson urging viewers to watch one of the Ali-Frazier fights in theatres (presumably using the US term for cinema, rather than referring to a stage adaptation). Also, my local digital cinema in Kent has been showing a regular programme of operas and ballets almost since it opened.

    But you're right that businesses must maximise the use of their commercial space. If it's empty, it's costing money. And we really don't want fewer screens. While DVD and widescreen TVS have brought the home cinema experience a long way, you still cannot beat the proper cantilevered auditorium cinema setting.

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    Comment number 4.

    It's cinema coming full circle in a way. When it was first invented people used to go to the cinema to watch the news among over things. However this was before the invention of television so why they're showing sporting events on the big screen I don't know.

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    Comment number 5.

    I really wish film critics, and Mark in particular, would get over their endless tired ranting about 3D. It's like throwing a strop over the fact the sky's blue. Get over it! If you don't like it, go watch the 2D version. But PLEASE stop boring us endlessly repeating that nobody wants it - Clearly the public do or 3D movies wouldn't be being made.

    What exactly does 3D take away from the 2D experience? Absolutely nothing unless you think that wearing glasses seriously detracts from the viewing experience (in which case, God help you if your eye sight starts to go). All 3D does do is ADD to the cinematic experience and yet critics feel they have to rant on and on and on about how awful it is and nobody wants it.

    I've heard Mark say a lot of really dumb things over the years but his comment that the 3D version of a film "isn't cinema" must be the most ridiculous thing he's ever said. He sounds as ridiculous as Chaplin did when he whinged that sound films would never work - months after it was VERY clear that silent cinema was dead and over.


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