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Where do you prefer to watch films?

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by Gary D, Aug 18, 2003.

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Where do you prefer to watch films?

Poll closed Sep 17, 2003.
  1. Home

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  2. Cinema

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  1. Gary D

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    simple poll:

    Where do you prefer to watch films?

    1. Home

    2. Cinema


    Gary


    I quick note about No 2, it is a quite cinema not only populated with disrespectful w*nkers who talk, use mobile phones, throw popcorn around etc.
     
  2. Rasczak

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    No such place exists...
     
  3. Garrett

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    If it is a film I really fancy I will go to the cinema then buy it later on DVD. If I do not fancy it as much but still fancy it I will watch it at home only.
     
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    I would rather watch a film at home in my favourite chair. I do live in slough though.:( :laugh: :laugh:
     
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    Totally depends on the film...
    Some films you have to see in the cinema to really get the best out of them. Still good at home, but you have to see them in the cinema to get the most out of the effects visually
    Others are actually better at home on tv.
     
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    Last 2 times I went to the flicks, it seemed that they had rounded up all the T*ssers and Hoolligans in Hertfordshire and popped them in the UCI at Hatfield.

    I will not return. Would be nice if there was a civilised cinema, with a beer fridge, pause button, free Ice cream, rewind for when the bird falls asleep (yep she even fell asleep during Die Another Day, in DTS).

    However I think I may have discovered it.... Yes its my front room.

    Rog
     
  7. Rasczak

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    IMHO the Cinema is a horrid environment. Even if you get a quiet cinema (i.e. no t*ssers) then you still have to endure 15mins of adverts AND (slightly less bad) 15mins of previews. Whatever any hot food purchased for the film is cold by the time the film starts. :mad:

    Also you have to put up with people coming in and out, you don't always get the seat you want, people sit in front of you, there is always background noise etc.

    IMHO there was an excuse to goto the cinema pre-DVD but now we have decent projectors, DTS tracks on many disks, progressive scan and 6:1 surround systems we do not need the Cinema.
     
  8. Greg Hook

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    I would much prefer the cinema if there were no kids or ******s who talked through the film.
    Never really had any one use a mobile phone when I have been in the cinema.

    I like the adverts and trailers at the start of the film, it adds to the whole experience but the 12A certificate has really put me off ever seeing a film in the cinema again.

    LOTR 2T was totally ruined by six year olds who shouldn't have been seeing the film anyway asking their Dads what that, whos that etc etc. Plus a load of other 10 year olds with parents chatting away.

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    I used to frequent the UCI once a week until I sat through Phone booth totally out of focus and the manager wouldn't refund my money.

    Now I only go once in a while to Leicester square. It's so expensive, all the t*ssers don't go so I enjoy the whole film.
     
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    Since I got my PT100 projector and Surround Sound system, I would rather watch ALL films at home.

    1. It doesn't involve having to travel anywhere

    2. I get the best seat in the house

    3. My setup is great, unlike my local odeon. The amount of times I have gone and the film has started in the wrong ratio and someones had to go and tell them to change the lens or whatever it is they do :mad:

    4. No adverts to sit through before the film begins! I Payed to watch a film, not a load of rubbish adverts!

    So the answer is At Home :rotfl:
     
  11. Fatti

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    We've always been lucky with our nearest UCI in Rugely near Longbridge. Whenever we've gone (which is usualy an afternoon) it's always fairly quiet and those that are in there have gone to watch the film not rattle on. Never had the mobile thing or people lighting up as someone said in another cinema thread.
     
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    When I went to see it I had a 60+ year old woman sitting just behind me asking her husband every two seconds.. :rolleyes:

    I always prefer the home.

    1. Sounds better. Clarity and not too loud.

    2. The picture is in focus.

    3. I can pause and make a cup of tea or pop a beer.

    4. I can pause for a pee...cos I've drunk too much beer.

    5. Picture is probably bigger at home...relative to my distance to screen.

    Negatives...

    The mrs can come in and start demanding my attention.
     
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    For me theres nothing like paying a fiver for a cinema ticket, sitting next to a fat bloke that farts the whole way through while some drunken 16 year old girls shout constantly and stand up to go for a slash every 5 minutes. And spend half the time staring at their mobiles texting someone, with what seems like a halogen flashlight backlighting the display.

    And theres always the bargain £5 you pay for a watered down coke and popcorn that tastes like it was made out of cardboard.

    I love the cinema.
     
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    I make a point of never seeing a film i am really looking forward to in the cinema..... probably my biggest reason is cinema goers annoy me....... no matter where i go or what i do, someone thinks making noises is amusing, throwing popcorn and worst of all.... in an empty cinema, some idiot always sits in front of me once ive got comfortable. I like being at home where i can forget all about other people, i can listen at a good volume and where im not always seeing artifacts on the screen! :eek:

    Oh and not to mention that the cost for 2 tickets, drinks and munchies is more than that to buy the dvd and get the same snacks at home!

    Ad
     
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    I like going to the cinema, but you cant really enjoy the film when its full cause people are alwyas gettin up and being nosey. I went to see T3 on Sunday and there were only 4 other people in there with me and my friend now thats how i, like it.
     
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    Home, even more so when I can afford to buy a projector.

    I watched T3 last saturday night & was annoyed when someones mobile phone ringing, when there was a message displayed B4 the feature to turn them off! Some people honestly......:mad: :mad: :mad:
     
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    Some movies require a visit if you can't wait for the DVD release!

    We also went to T3 the other Saturday. Cineworld in Milton Keynes not too shabby.....thet have a couple of 'superior screens'. and the ****holes won't usually pay the extra (£8.50), to sit in a proper air conditioned, reclining seated, cinema, especially after the first week of release. We also had about 5 other people in the place
    Taking me phillips head electric screwdriver next time........gonna get that big 'Dolby Digital' plaque..:D :D
     
  18. TheBigApple

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    I find I can get more involved in a film at home due to there being no distractions, and find it a much more rewarding experience.

    One of my pet hates has to be sitting in a cinema occupied by someone who thinks the Dolby Digital or DTS trailer is the funniest thing they have ever seen. Even worse if they are sat behind me.

    Or the person who has to describe everything they think is going to happen.

    Or the cheap b***h who has bought a multipack of crisps and family choice cans of cola, and insits on handing them out very noisily to their six urchins, just so they can eat and drink them even louder.

    Or the s**t who feels compeled to kick the back of my chair. How would they like it if I got up and kicked their f*****g teeth in.

    Wipe them out. All of them.
     
  19. tony kop77

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    I prefer cinema especially for films such as T3. I prefer cinema because i enjoy going out and go out for a meal in resturants before hand with mates :D
     
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    We always go to the cinema on tuesdays (cheap day, £3.50 all day) at 11am (1st showing) and never in the 1st 2 weeks of release (unless it's something special-LOTR). Often have the place to ourselves, maybe 8 people max. Hardly ever go on an evening, particularly during school hols, and weekends are a total no go.
    Some films have to be seen on the big screen, but as home cinema (and in particular, my setup) improves, the need lessens. I'm sure someday soon we'll all have 60" screens with prog scan & DTS and then nobody will bother with the multiplex.
    Anyway, I digressed. Big action movies - cinema, always. Most other genres - have to be very good to tempt me from my sofa.
     
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    I guess it depends on what home setup you have. If you have a projector and digital sound in a specialised room then I don't see how a public cinema can compete! :lesson:

    The thing with the cinema is to go at the right time - if you go on a friday or saturday night it will be horrible for sure - the best times are weekdays (if possible) or late at night. My local Warner Village does 1am showings on thurs/fri/sat nights and they are always less than half full :smashin:
     
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    ...Cinema: As it gets me out of the house ;)
     
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    Home definately, I went to see Matrix reloaded for the first time in two years on a thursday afternoon and there was me and the wife and five other people, the major off who wants to be a millionare and two girls who talked all the time ( why were they their ).
    I would rather put a new dvd on and open a nice bottle of red wine and really enjoy the movie instead of turning round every five minutes to see who is disturbing us.

    cheers Dave.
     
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    Oh cinemagoing horror stories! :D

    Went to see "Attack of the Clones" on second night of release. Bad enough that the film was crap, but we had to endure the following.

    Local UGC was crammed to the rafters, mostly with fanboys - so lots of nerdy types speaking at the tops of their voices during trailers, etc, to make sure you're impressed by the minutiae they have immersed themselves in about Lucas, The Force, CGI, etc. We weren't - it's sadness (and in many cases ignorance) trumpeted aloud.

    We ended up seated beside two blokes in their late 30s/early 40s (old enough to know better) with a kid of about 12 sitting between them. Kid turned out to be the sprog of the fat one of the two blokes, who, to the annoyance of all around had an equally fat gob.

    All through the trailers we had it at full volume. "That looks crap - I'm not going to see that!" "That looks brilliant - I am definitely going to see that!". Needless to say everything he planned to see looked absolute pants (it's all so tediously predictable).

    Then as the on screen messages to turn phone off, don't rustle sweet packets, SHUT YOUR FAT F****** MOUTH, etc, are unspooling, he starts to tell his son (at maximum volume of course) what he's going to see in the film. Tuts and sighs from the assembled masses are acknowledged by fat bloke with a dirty look and then ignored.

    Then the movie begins. "It's starting - it's starting! Hooray! Are you all excited Daniel?" Child and accompanying bloke by this time are showing the good sense to look truly embarrassed.

    "Star Wars" title hits the screen, followed by the scrolling story-so-far bit, which fat bloke begins to read aloud! Very aloud. Surrounding moviegoers erupt in a chorus of "Ssshhh!" and "For ****'s sake!" (OK the latter was me. :blush: )

    Fat bloke looks around angrily and lights on me as I'm nearest, and barks "What's your problem mate?" "My problem" I inform him "is that I paid to watch a movie, not to listen to you. If I want an audio commentary I'll buy the DVD!" "I'm reading it for my son actually!" he retorts, to which I replied, "If at his age he can't read for himself then he has serious problems, but I don't care - I don't want to listen to you. OK? And if you must read for him try a radical concept - WHISPER IN HIS EAR!"

    Much harrumphing and fidgeting ensues but at least he's shut his gob. Then about ten minutes or so into the movie, he's whispering, then it gets louder, then it starts to work up to maximum volume as he gets excited, and we realise to our horror that he has already seen the movie and is telling us what is going to happen in the scene we are watching!

    Then just as I'm about to explode, a woman in the row behind and above, does it for me, by bouncing a half full carton of popcorn off his head sending it flying everywhere (the popcorn - not his head unfortunately!) and launching into a screaming tirade of four letter words, looking like she's going to kill him. Attendants come running, fat bloke is shopped by all as the culprit and warned to shut up or leave.

    Silent throughout the remainder of the movie, BUT, he gets up (disturbing the entire row of people to his left each time) and makes four (count 'em) trips to the concession stand and comes back each time laden with food/sweets/drink - for himself, not the others, and proceeds to munch and slurp his way loudly through the lot - and this is on top of the nachos, Coke and popcorn he consumed before the movie started.

    As I said, as if the movie wasn't bad enough we had to put up with fighting and arguing with an elephantine, human waste disposal unit who could not quite grasp the concept "YOU'RE NOT IN YOUR LIVING ROOM IN FRONT OF THE TELLY! THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE HERE TOO AND THEY'VE PAID MONEY TO COME!"

    So from that evening on, now when I go to the movies I go midweek about late morning / early afternoon (never at school holidays), or if I'm not in a desperate hurry to see the movie I'll wait for the DVD.

    Call me old fashioned and pernickety, but there you go...
     
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    living in Bristol we have four multi-plex cinemas. However, they can all be annoying.

    the worst has to be cineworld. In the last few visits I have had the following -

    The Two Towers - film started in wrong aspect ratio. I rushed out, missing Gandalfs opening plummet.

    Star Wars Episode 2 - wrong aspect ratio. Missed the scrolling text.

    Charlies Angels 2 - some idiot put a cardboard folder in the way of the projector just as the film started. Also, way to loud and I actually asked to have it turned down.

    Die another day - Far too loud. Ear piercingly loud. I sat with toilet roll in my ears. Rubbish film too. (should have wrapped it around my head..)

    T3 - some idiots smoking, talking and being 100% disrespectful to other cinema-goers.

    And this week as got the week off work -

    American Pie wedding - sound from centre speaker only. Had to wait for a quiet moment to rush out and suggest it was wrong.

    Pirates of the etc etc - sound kept dropping off to front left channel only - really annoying, spoiling an other wise superb film.

    So, today was the final straw. ended up demanding to see the manager. Pointed out the above issues in a polite way, stating that this is my local cinema and I support it but that as a customer I have had enough of the standard at the cinema. I mentioned that the slogan outside states ' movies as they should be seen' ho ho.

    Anyway, got chatting with him, nice bloke. Told him that I have a cinema room at home and that the cinema is a passion. He asked to to give him a month to sort things out as he has just transferred from a different chain and he is only too aware of the problems. Did not go into fan-boy mode but dropped aspect ratio and dolby digital in the conversation so he realised I was not some tom chancer. Anyway gave me and the wife a comp ticket and an apology. Lets hope he sorts it.

    Of course, we can go to another cinema in Bristol but have you ever driven anywhere in this god forsaken place? it takes forever and the last time we drove from south to north bristol to watch the the superlative Narc (film of the year by the way) and I was flabber gasted to pay £14.50 for two tickets at warner..........

    Anyway, rant over. We have a lovely flix at home but I like to watch films at the cinema in the first instance. Saw both reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction at the local indie cinema before they became the historical master-classes they now are.

    cheers,

    Cap:smashin:
     
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    the showcase in notts is totally c++p also picture is totally arse and i think whoever set the dolby up was deaf
     
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    Home it is then. I watched Gangs of New York yesterday. The wife only came in to disturb me once.

    Great film. Daniel Day-Lewis was brilliant....and he will be brilliant again if you watch it too.
     
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    Blimey, you're having a lot of problems at the pictures!

    I rarely go, only for films I can't wait for the DVD release of, or when I've got a week off work, as now, thank God.

    When I do go, it's to the Showcase in Bristol & always for an early (11:00 ish) showing ... probably audiences are worse in evenings. There's no more than a dozen people in the cinema when I go, sometimes only 1 or 2 - I've not yet had the cinema all to myself - & I've had no problems with them.

    Sometimes a big rowdy audience would be nice - saw American Pie 3 on Monday, only 3 people there, & I found it odd to be the only one laughing :)clown: ).

    The sound at my local is pretty poor - too quiet. I wonder if multiplexes have to keep the volume down to stop the films being heard in the other auditoriums.

    LOTR is far better at home, simply for bladder's ease. I reckon Peter Jackson was having a good old chuckle at every river/waterfall scene he put in that film.

    All said, I still prefer watching at home with all my comforts nearby, & no half an hour cycle ride to endure.
     
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    I saw AOTC and TTT at Leicester Square Odeon, both on there opening days, and found the cinema efficiently run.

    I had no major complaints about picture or sound quality, and the audience was well behaved.

    Multiplexes, particularly on the discount day, are a magnate for PWT. Weekend evening performances are likewise, a mecca for the jogging bottom wearing hat brigade. So it figures you're not going to get people with Ox-Bridge manners.

    As these groups are the main customer groups, the management are not going to ask them to ****, are they. Plus if they did, that comes with so many risks these days.

    So unless it's a special occassion, I will view at home. At least it's my house and my rules etc. It also have the advantage of sub-titles as there seems to be a prediliction for movies to have in audible dialogue tracks these days.
     

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