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Soderbergh's "Bubble" in January


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#1 of 18 OFFLINE   Elijah Sullivan

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Posted November 20 2005 - 07:08 PM

This is something that's been talked about pretty widely, recently: Soderbergh releasing low-budget films simultaneously in theaters, pay-per-view and DVD.

The first in this series (I think it's something like a five-film contract) is called Bubble and it comes out on January 31st.

Some people call this the end of the movie theater and the start of a revolution. I'm more in the boat of this being the death of what cinema means and the first major battle won on the side of movies as mass-consumption product.

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#2 of 18 OFFLINE   PaulP

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Posted November 21 2005 - 01:44 AM

I'll pick up the DVD. Posted Image

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Posted January 23 2006 - 10:54 AM

No cover art on the bits. Any reason? Is this still due in January?
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#4 of 18 OFFLINE   PaulP

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Posted January 23 2006 - 11:13 AM

Amazon has the cover.

#5 of 18 OFFLINE   Jon Martin

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Posted January 23 2006 - 01:32 PM

It is on DVD next week, in theatres this Friday (although not many theatres).

I think this whole theatrical/DVD thing is getting a bit overblown. Even my local news did a story. Yet, BUBBLE, a 73 minute, shot on video, with no name actors Steven Soderbergh experiment, never would have played local theatres, most likely. So, anyone who wants to see it would have to wait for video in the first place.

Ebert and Roeper both called the film "a masterpiece" so I will be looking forward to seeing it, on DVD.

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Posted January 23 2006 - 02:54 PM

Just set my Tivo to record it on HDNet Movies Friday night. I'm a big Soderbergh fan, so I'm really looking forward to it.
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#7 of 18 OFFLINE   Jason Seaver

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Posted January 23 2006 - 04:21 PM

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Yet, BUBBLE, a 73 minute, shot on video, with no name actors Steven Soderbergh experiment, never would have played local theatres, most likely.
If your local theaters are owned by Landmark, it sure as heck would, since Mark Cuban is doing the whole vertical integration thing with this. Even if Bubble wouldn't have played near you, Soderbergh is on a five-picture deal with HDNet/Magnolia/2929/Landmark, and I'll bet at least one of those pictures is higher-profile than Bubble.
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Posted January 24 2006 - 02:25 AM

I saw Bubble last year, and the acting (by local non-actors) is amazing -- it is hard to believe that you aren't watching a documentary. The downside is that the story isn't all the interesting, and the dialog is banal (as it turns out -- by design: all of it is improvised. During the post screening Q&A Sodderbergh said that the one thing that instantly ruins performances by non-actors is having them memorize lines).

If you enjoyed Full Frontal and his version of Solaris by all means check Bubble out. If you are expecting a conventional Hollywood film -- don't.

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#9 of 18 OFFLINE   Mark Lucas

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Posted January 24 2006 - 04:11 AM

Why doesn't Sodderberg make films I want to see anymore?

#10 of 18 OFFLINE   Jon Martin

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Posted January 24 2006 - 04:34 AM

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If your local theaters are owned by Landmark, it sure as heck would


There are none in my area.

From reading about the theatrical release though, they will be all digital projections of the film in theatres. I guess all Landmark theatres would be equipped with it. That would be better than a DVD.

I was afraid it would be the whole, rather unwatchable at times digital to film transfer.

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Posted January 24 2006 - 04:37 AM

Jon, there's a Landmark theater in Cambridge MA (but I'll be watching it on HD-Net/Movienet).
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Posted January 24 2006 - 04:54 AM

And another in Waltham, but if Jon's in Worcester/Springfield/Western MA, it's a hike.
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Posted January 24 2006 - 05:02 AM

A friend of mine had mentioned that the DVD on sale at Landmark is going to be in the $35-40 range and its just the film only, no extras.

Anyone else heard this? Seems a bit steep.

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Posted January 24 2006 - 05:17 AM

Yeah, I think a lot of the press mentioned that the DVD would initially have a premium price - and I imagine that Landmark will be charging the full SRP. Still, I think that'll mean $30 for Bubble, as opposed to $40.
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Posted January 24 2006 - 10:37 AM

Soderbergh was on NPR today talking about the picture and the release strategy.

A small film like this would probably not be in the local theater for a lot of people anyway so I can see the logic here with something like this rather than a big studio picture. Soderbergh's reasoning though was more that pirates have the dvd on the street the day it's out anyway so why not try releasing it officially.

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Posted January 24 2006 - 11:17 AM

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if Jon's in Worcester/Springfield/Western MA, it's a hike.


Yes, I'm in the Springfield area. The Hartford / Springfield market doesn't have one. Wish it did though.

And one other thing, I was reading in Mark Cuban's blog how the theatres that showed ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM (another Magnolia film) when it played a few months back would be getting a cut from the DVD sales since it came out last week.

Haven't read it elsewhere and he didn't go into further details about it.

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Posted January 31 2006 - 01:42 PM

Just got the DVD today from Netflix.

Very good film, and the transfer looks terrific.

Some great extras, especially a documentary on the casting. Two commentary tracks. One with Soderbergh, the other with the cast.

Worth at least a rental (the DVD is a bit overpriced right now, although it is on sale at Target of all places).

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Posted January 31 2006 - 01:55 PM

I saw the DVD at WalMart yesterday. I'll probably skip the movie becauseIi liked Solaris and hated Full Frontal.
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