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What Is Your Favorite Way of Watching a Movie

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  6129 votes / 20%
  3333 votes / 11%
  4325 votes / 14%
Dusting off the VCR
  334 votes / 1%
At the Theatre
  4081 votes / 13%
  7325 votes / 24%
In the original Klingon
  2322 votes / 7%
Film is dead
  1687 votes / 5%
29536 total votes.
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What Is Your Favorite Way of Watching a Movie

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  • At the theatre (Score:5, Interesting)

    by loftwyr (36717) on Monday March 12, 2012 @10:25AM (#39325801)

    The big screen, the excitement, the chance to get away from the house. That makes the environment exciting.

    The cost and noisy others are drawbacks but that doesn't happen as often as I read about.

  • Re:Torrenting (Score:5, Interesting)

    by ArsonSmith (13997) on Monday March 12, 2012 @11:14AM (#39326295) Journal

    I second this post. (sorry now mod points)

    At the very least get more content on to a single service such as netflix starting less than 1 week from release. I go through the steps of, check netflix, check hulu plus, check the distributors website if not found then torrent. I try to pay for it and can't in a convenient manor so I go around it.

    I'd even pay more than 4-5x as much for a netflix that had everything (movie and tv) within a week of release. I pay more for that for cable and don't get to select what I want to watch and when. If my life doesn't fit the cable schedule for TV shows like walking dead then I have to torrent them if i want to keep up with them.

  • Voted torrenting (Score:5, Interesting)

    by GameboyRMH (1153867) <> on Monday March 12, 2012 @11:59AM (#39326751) Journal

    ...but if I could buy the movies DRM-free for a reasonable price I'd do it - don't worry about supporting the MAFIAA, in my hypothetical alternate universe they aren't a bunch of dumb evil bastards.

  • by Corf (145778) on Monday March 12, 2012 @12:48PM (#39327523) Journal
    I chose "At the Theatre," but it's gotta be one theatre in particular. It's generally devoid of cell phones, rowdy teenagers, stadium seating, and 3D films. My father grew up half a mile away from it. It's just around the corner from my office and a block up from Discovery headquarters. Someday, I'd like to own a home within walking distance. I'm talking about the AFI Silver [], and if you're in the DC area you owe it to yourself to pay them a visit and remember what movie-watching should be.
  • Not at the cinema! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by oldmac31310 (1845668) on Monday March 12, 2012 @02:29PM (#39329363) Homepage
    I brought my son to see the Lorax at the cinema on Saturday and I can only say I was underwhelmed(!) by the whole experience. He is just 4 and still I had to pay full ticket price for him. So $24 total for the two of us. Overpriced snacks on top of that brought the total to $40. Yes, I should have brought my own.

    We arrived a little early to get a good seat and the place was almost packed already. We then endured the terrible ads and some not so good and not so bad trailers. One of the ads was the one which ends with the exploding television and the line 'go big or go home'. I had not seen that before and frankly found it offensive. If they want people to come see the films 'big' then why do they sell them on disks? Truly idiotic.

    So the film finally starts and overall it was just OK. Really nothing great. But the picture wasn't exactly crystal clear and the sound was not so great. So what exactly was I paying for? The noisy toddlers roaming around the aisles unattended by their parents? The poor quality popcorn?

    My son enjoyed it, so, yeah great, but it was hardly worth that kind of expense.

    Frankly I'd rather take a dump in a policeman's helmet!

  • by spxero (782496) on Monday March 12, 2012 @05:07PM (#39331553) Journal

    I can believe it. When was the last time you went to a theater? Annoying patrons, incredible volume levels, unreasonable prices for food, and ~20 minutes of ads and previews before the show.

    Now that I'm pushing toward the middle of life with small children, going to the movie theater is more of a chore than anything else. Very few theaters around my location have anything starting after 5:15pm but before 7:30pm. I'd like to take the wife and kid to go see a movie, but I need to either take off from work and skip dinner, or go to the later showing and have the kid out late. This is just one example, but I know I'm not the only parent that is concerned about their children getting dinner and going to bed on time.

    The second issue is cost. My understanding is that the theaters make very little per showing from ticket sales, but make it up with popcorn and sodas. If I were to get tickets, popcorn/snacks, and sodas I would be in about $60 for one evening's entertainment for the family. If we leave the kid with a sitter that can get even more expensive.

    Volume levels, annoying patrons, and expensive prices are all what is keeping me from the theater. I don't have an extra $60+ in my budget to spend each weekend. If they can get that down to $20 that is something I would do on a regular basis. Until then it just doesn't make sense.

    On the other hand, we are fortunate enough to live where there is still a double-feature drive-in movie theater. They are generally smart about their showings and will place a kid-friendly movie as the first showing and put an adult one second. This works out very well when the kid is asleep in time for the second showing, or we can go home if the weather takes a turn for the worse. $5 per person and I can bring my own food (or buy their reasonably-priced snacks, usually about half what the other theater charges).

    This is really only the tip of the iceberg for me, but they have a long way to go before they get my movie theater dollars again.

  • Re:At the theatre (Score:2, Interesting)

    by metalgamer84 (1916754) on Tuesday March 13, 2012 @03:33PM (#39342671)
    Yes...the "communal experience" as you put it consists of paying $10+ a ticket, ridiculously overpriced concessions, loud kids/teenagers that are just there to kill time and could care less about the movie experience, people that for the life of them need to get up every 15 damn minutes to take a leak or whatever, constant cell phone users that again could care less about the movie apparently, or the fact that I need to sit as close to the isle as possible because if I choose to sit in the middle at the best spot, I am surrounded by above noted SOB's and I despise being boxed in.

    Yes, that is so much better than sitting at home with the wife watching a Blu-Ray on the 55" with a big bowl of popcorn and a beer in hand while sitting on a comfy couch.

    Movie theaters have become daycare's for idiots. Majority of them are youth who don't really care about the movie they are watching, they are just there to socialize. We stopped spending ~$40 just for a movie night out and instead enjoy the peace and quiet and sanity of watching it a few months later at home.

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