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Gerard

There are exceptions.....The Shawshank Redemption was nothing at the Box Office - it's become a classic through DVD. In fact, it's currently ranked #2 on IMDB Top 250 Movies of All Time.

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I thought I read somewhere that Kingdom of Heaven had become a surprise hit on DVD - no doubt that there are some films which are just plain duds, but there are also a fair number of films which get "lost in the shuffle" theatrically and which find their audience once they come out on DVD...

Junebug

Another example is "Office Space". Panned by critics it bombed at the box office. But the DVD proved extremely popular and it has turned into a cult hit.

Be sure to use the new cover sheet on those TPS forms!

PlungeBob


Don't make me make my O face!

Oh, Oh, Oh!

Robert Moore, OK

If you know much about the movie industry. DVD's almost straight profit for the studios. Talent doesn’t make anything; unless they are they are Exc.Prod or Producers of the film. And maybe the cream of the "A" list stars my make a % of DVD sales. The studios do not release their true DVD sales numbers, so everything else would be a guess.

Shawshank Redemption is over-rated like most of the top Top 250 on IMDB. It doesn't truly deserve its acclaim. It's a cliched and fake sanitized view of prison life. Just try and talk your way out of prison rape. That scene and many others ruined Shawshank. American History X is more realistic. Blood In, Blood Out: Bound by Honor is a better movie. Also, Shawshank gained its popularity on video in general, not DVD. It came out before DVD was popular, probably before it even existed.

Tom

Two words: Fight Club.

max

well if hollywood would start making better movies, maybe we would pay to go see them..

not any really groundbraking films lately

"well if hollywood would start making better movies, maybe we would pay to go see them.."

And if they stopped spending so much money just to make one movie, some of them would actually turn a profit at the box office. I mean,....60-100 million to make one movie? And 20 million, plus gross perecentage points of the profits, of that goes to the star?

There are many independent producers who could make dozens of films out of 20 million dollars alone

"And if they stopped spending so much money just to make one movie, some of them would actually turn a profit at the box office. I mean,....60-100 million to make one movie? And 20 million, plus gross perecentage points of the profits, of that goes to the star? "

Sometimes I'm watching a 60+ million dollar big budget movie, and I'm wondering, what the hell they spent all that money on? WHERE did they spend it? I mean, I just cant see how certain movies cost that much to make. I look at them and think: "Without changing a thing in the script, this movie could have been budgeted for much less."

Greg Dewar

Gosh you mean the DVD of Bewitched won't be a blockbuster DVD seller??? Shocking!

Or, that a movie that people might have liked, but missed in the theaters might make it (i.e. Office Space)? Shocking!

In other words, if you make crap, you make....crap money. If you make something people might find entertaining, you might make some money.

And if you're anything but a superAAA list star with production interests, you're totally screwed either way. Why pay people so they can make a living as a professional actor? Can't we just hire people from India who live in a dirt pit somewhere instead?

"Why pay people so they can make a living as a professional actor? Can't we just hire people from India who live in a dirt pit somewhere instead?"

I'm certain many corporations agree with you. They love hiring overseas workers to work for a fraction of what an American would get paid.

"Dey tuhk our juhbs!

On a side note...I actually agree that actors are very much overpaid for the work they do. Then again I believe the same could be said for many corporate top executives.

"There are many independent producers who could make dozens of films out of 20 million dollars alone."

Most of them would not be worth seeing any more than the dreck that Hollywood produces. Let's face it. Making a good movie is hard, unless your audience has very low standards.

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