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Kurt
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On the Warner's Archives. The big win is actually NETFLIX. just pop these 'long tail titles' into their own massive catalogue and reap the rewards across the entire pool of their service.

I got Zip.ca (In Canada) to go thru a lot of the Criterion Collection, and obscure titles that I didn't want to buy.

One last thing, on Distribution, interesting Long Tail vs. Middle-of-Bell competition are these 'RED BOX' thingies in grocery stores which obviously push more popular titles, and less 'explore the long tail' which is offset by the Warner Archives press-on-demand and VOD/Streaming which are all about the long tail. Interesting times for lovers of the obscure.

On 3D: *blech* I agree about the headaches after the 40 minute mark. I couldn't make it thru Beowulf or Coraline without a major headache afterwards. I don't think I even made it through Nightmare Before Christmas 3D, and that was short with 3D used sparingly! I remain with 2D for the moment, I hope Avatar comes out in 2D.

And Dreamworks is playing it a lot safer with their high-concept releases than Pix-Ney who (as you guys indicated) can afford to take Wall-E and Ratatouille type chances with the material, instead of relying on CARS/Toy-Story sequels.

Kurt
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On Star Trek. Did we see the same trailer? I didn't get much out of it. But yea, I'll be in the theatre for Star Trek, with **LOW EXPECTATIONS** The new/old emotional/action take comes across as silly and wannabe. Kinda like MI:3. Hmmm…

rot
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I'm just waiting for a Star Trek/Lost crossover, as Abrams was able to put a tidbit into Cloverfield.

Matt
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Interesting piece on 3-D headaches…

http://www.slate.com/id/2215265/pagenum/all/

Kurt Halfyard
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Indeed the closing paragraph says it all:

"So here's one theory for why 3-D movies have failed to catch on in the past. It's not because the glasses were "cheesy" or because the projection systems were crude. It's not because the movies were poorly made. (Some truly amazing stereo films have been produced, like Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder.) No, the bubbles always pop because 3-D movies hurt our eyes. We may not notice the discomfort at first, when the gimmicks are still fresh and distracting. But eventually, inevitably, perhaps unconsciously, they creep off the screen and into our minds. It's happened before and it will happen again: At some point soon, 3-D cinema will regain its well-earned status as a sublime and ridiculous headache."