I guess the "simple" answer to those who don't understand why an intermission should be retained on home video releases, or why the musical portions of a roadshow presentation are better played over a black screen than over some arbitrary image, would be:
They're part of the film. It's all just part and parcel of the way ALL films would be presented, in a perfect world, on whatever our best home video format happens to be at a given time. We want film to look like film. We want the colors, framing, and audio to be correct. We want original logos retained. We want the original theatrical experience preserved and replicated to the best extent possible.
If you've never experienced roadshow films and you don't understand or like these elements of presentation, then by all means use the chapter skip or fast-forward button to your heart's content. But don't ask that these things go away. (I'm not sure anyone WAS asking that they go away. Not accusing anyone of anything here, just hoping to contribute to an explanation.)
As for the very existence of intermissions, and the genius of planning the best position for them in the service of actual suspenseful situations, look no further than those of Doctor Zhivago and 2001: A Space Odyssey. I treasure the memories of audiences audibly gasping at these moments. Talk about inspiring good intermission conversations... They knew how to do it.
Edited by Charles Smith, November 19 2013 - 01:58 PM.