Prima Cinema Brings First-Run Movies To Your Home
on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/19YNe7U Incorrect please try again A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Wanna introduce a film on Turner Classic Movies? Whitney Matheson, USA TODAY 1:16 p.m. EDT October 2, 2013 A new contest will let a Turner Classic Movies fan co-host a film with Robert Osborne. (Photo: TCM) SHARE 29 CONNECT 13 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE If I watch a classic film on Turner Classic Movies, I make sure to catch Robert Osborne’s insightful introductions and postscripts. More often than not, he tells me something I didn’t know, and that even goes for movies I’ve seen dozens of times (like, say, The Graduate). This month, TCM is holding a contest that will let one lucky fan co-host a movie with Osborne. Over at the site for its ” Ultimate Fan Contest ,” you can submit a 90-second video of yourself introducing a classic film. Along with being featured on the air, the grand-prize winner will win a trip to the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, where he/she also will introduce a film. The contest just kicked off, so few submissions have been posted on the site. However, this clever sample sets the standard for what they’re looking for.
After all these years the Blair Witch should have uncoiled her hairy fingers from our psyche. It should be nineties nostalgia by now. But do we watch it when we’re going camping? No. No we don’t. Because there is going to be some night when we have to leave the tent to go to the bathroom, and we want to be able to do that instead of cowering in our sleeping bags and holding it in until dawn. 1. The Boogeyman (1982 & 2010) Stephen King’s notoriously good horror stories make for notoriously bad films. The psychological description that King gives his monsters can’t translate to a literal visual image. The Boogeyman, a short story collected in the book Night Shift, makes better films than most because we see so little. A man in a psychiatrist’s office describes the deaths of his three children at the hands of a monster called the boogeyman. We don’t know whether he’s making a veiled confession of his own crimes, whether he feels guilt for repeated instances of crib death, or whether he’s stalked by a real demon. Two different short movies have dramatized it, and they’re good, right up until the boogeyman is revealed as a guy in make-up and a suit.
You have to be vetted by the company (you cant just buy one). The fingerprint scanner makes sure its you watching the movie (or are at least in the room when it starts). There are even more draconian security features than the use of your digit. Its essentially locked to your home and specific display. If you didnt think Hollywood was paranoid about their content getting out, well, now you know. While the upfront cost is steep, I cant say $500 is outrageous for each viewing. After all, if youve got a family of 4, plus a few friends, plus drinks and snacks, a night out at the movies could easily cost over $200. A $300 premium for not having to go to the theater and being the go-to house for movie night that doesnt seem unreasonable. Well, not unreasonable for the type of person who could plunk down $35,000 for the hardware. Conclusion and More Info For the person with the ultimate home theater, this seems like a really cool addition. Being able to watch first-run movies at home is probably the dream of a lot of people. For those spending hundreds of thousands on a custom cinema in their home, whats a $35,000 add-on to the overall bill?