A film is a film no matter what platform it's shown on, most people have large TV's,projectors and sound systems now, the times have changed. Only marvel movies/remakes and sequels make any kind of money at the cinema, Hollywood do not want to take risks.
Martin Scorsese The Irishman is a good example originally a paramount production but pulled the plug too risky so Spielberg who is friends and co owns Amblin Entertainment could he have not helped him out? no so Netflix came along and gave him £125 million his largest budget.
What was Spielberg's first movie? Duel a TV movie, a limited run in Europe at the cinema. Would he be upset back then if Duel was up for Oscars.
Both have got good point of view,me i don't stream very much,its either the cinema or blu ray/4K
Roma,not sure how that won an oscar ,should be renamed.
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Watching on a small screen is a fundamentally different experience, even on a 55 inch screen at home. And bear in mind that a good part of Netflix viewing is not on 55 inch screens, but smaller.
The example of Roma is quite telling in this regard. Those who saw Roma in the theatre tended to really like the film, whereas those who watched at home were left puzzled or bored by it.
- Roma was originally made for cinema and then sold to Netflix, it was not a Netflix production. Had it been released only in cinemas it is unlikely it would have been seen by as many people. In the UK (and possibly the US) the major cinema chains also refused to book it, so for many of us the only way to see it was on Netflix. Perhaps if cinema chains were more supportive Netflix would have been able to get a wider cinema distribution (and it wouldn't have lost Best Picture to Driving Miss Daisy Part 2).
- Similarly when it comes to the awards season some potential contenders are only given limited releases in order to qualify for awards consideration.
- Recently it has become the norm for smaller independent films to have an extremely limited release (sometimes as little as one or two screens) so that they can get reviewed by national critics before going to DVD/Blu-Ray a week or two later.
- Sky are also buying films and releasing them both on cinema screens and on Sky (Serenity, anyone?).
- Spielberg's argument seems to be that if you don't get a wide release the way his films do, then it's not really a film. I have an enormous amount of respect for him but on this occasion he's wrong.