Artificial Intelligence - delay delay delay, are we gonna have to wait til March 5th?

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  1. Johnny G

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    With at least 2 sites now giving this date & no announcement in line with the earlier rumored Jan 29th, it looks like this film is having 8 whole months plus 2 part months from cinema to DVD.
    WHY SO LONG?
     
  2. Dan Brecher

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    This year was going to be pushing it, with Dreamworks wanting to seriously promote the Shrek DVD against the mass of competition like Phantom Menace, Snow White and so on.
    Throwing A.I into the mix of fall/winter releases now, and remember it's a relatively unpopular movie, would probably do little more then help it go unnoticed over the holiday season.
    It's all timing, they'll save it and promote it at the right time. March sounds pretty good! Be happy Dreamworks are doing the R1 disc to be honest... Those who want it will get their DTS track, and we'll probably get a nice 2 disc treatment. Sure if it turns up relatviely bare bones there may be grounds for dissapointment, but I think there is call from the fans and indeed from within Dreamworks to make the release something special.
    I could do with a wait, there's still so much out between now and Jan with some great announcements sure to follow to tie us over until March.
    Dan (UK)
     
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    Jesus, have some patience. Let DreamWorks take their time on it. So who cares if there is an eight month theaters-to-video window on it? Let's just hope DreamWorks is taking their time on the DVD making it great instead of rushing it out as a movie-only edition.
     
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    C'mon, is March really that far away? I don't think so. Folks are generally spoiled by the short theater-to-video window these days. I don't think an extra month or so will kill anyone.
    Maybe they're adding additional supplements, it being a Dreamworks disc and therefore likely to feature lots of added content. Another theory - thousands and thousands of new DVD players are being sold each week. Pushing the disc back from end-of-year to March will help boost sales just that little bit extra (and yeah, I'm aware that they could have capitalized on the publicity from the theatrical run if they released it earlier).
    Still haven't seen A.I, but I'll probably rent it when it hits disc, and buy it if makes a big impression.
     
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    To me, this is a great film. It's incredible how much battering it's gotten. I'd like to think that in 2030 it'll be one of a few films from 2001 still being looked at.
     
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    While I'd like this movie on DVD now, I think Dan's right about the crowded plate this winter. Heck, I've barely found time to watch any of the Muppets yet, much less some of the more recent releases. At the rate I'm going, I wouldn't get to it until March anyway. [​IMG]
     
  8. Jeff Rogers

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    You guys are forgeting that they want to maximize Oscar and other award potential.
    You wait...get a few golden globe nods, some other major nods and awards and then release it around Oscar time to keep the awareness out.
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  9. DanR

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    Also, let's not forget that Laurent Bouzereau is doing the DVD. I'm sure he is a busy man (he probably was finishing off Jurassic Park III ove the last few months) so maybe that has something to do with it too?!?
    Regards,
    Dan
     
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    I've been really wanting to get this film on DVD...I can't believe they are gonna push the release date again...First it was rumored for December, then Jan...now March. That sucks! I really loved the film and would have loved getting this under my tree on Christmas...since it was the best film that came out this year. Oh well, I'll have to let Jurassic Park 3, The Mummy Returns, Episode 1, FF: TSW, God father Trilogy, Shrek, Swordfish, etc. keep me company. I'm just happy Dreamworks will be taking care of the DVD. DTS!!! Hopefully with this hold up, they will actually put a commentary with Speilberg. Here's hoping!
     
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    Dreamworks is the only studio whose DVDs I buy sight unseen, as I have yet to see a sub-standard product from there. If quality is the issue, I am content to wait. I would not be surprised to see financial considerations involved as well. Shrek, as both a movie and DVD, not to mention other offerings from them this year, will likely inflate their bottom line somewhat. AI is the first, (I stand corrected, of course) movie they have released that did not meet expectations. It may be that moving the DVD to late in the 1stQ 2002 has more to do with a fiscal balancing act than anything. Once again, I will buy it sight unseen.
     
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    "You guys are forgeting that they want to maximize Oscar and other award potential."
    This film has about as much chance of getting Oscar nods in the major categories as "Freddy Got Fingered" and I suspect DreamWorks (and Spielberg) know it. I suspect other reasons are behind any delay (given that the DVD hasn't been formally announced yet, I don't think you could even call it a "delay").
     
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    I can wait untill March. As Dan said, there is alot of releases coming out and I have those to tie me over untill March.
    I am sure the wait will be worth it.
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    Just curious, is the delay the DVD only or both VHS and DVD?
     
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  17. DanR

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    Jeff A,
    Good point. Though, many DVDs are started before their theatrical release date, of which JPIII was one. I don't really think a few weeks difference in theatrical release determines is a big factor.
    Regards,
    Dan
     
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    Wow, those last two sentences in my last post are real doozies. My excuse is that I wrote them before my morning coffee. [​IMG]
    Regards,
    Dan
     
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    I haven't yet seen the film, so I can't speak to it, but my recollection is that serious, thoughtful critics were divided on its merits. It hardly seems fair to relegate those who weren't wild about it into a category of not being smart enough. Seems like a lot of smart people disagreed, as smart people will often do.
     

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