I was talking about movies with my grandfather the other day. He's now in his 80s but still has clear recollections of going to the cinema on a regular basis back in the late 1920s and 1930s. One of his most vivid memories is of seeing King Kong on its original release back in 1933. Kong obviously made a big impression on him as ever since I was a kid, I can remember him talking about his experiences at the cinema on that day 70 years ago. He remembers the posters just inside the main door and the friends he was with. He even remembers the colour of the carpet and the price of the chocolate he bought. It got me thinking... Back then there was no home cinema. Television existed only in a very primitive form and was mainly for the rich. So most people would only get to see a movie once. Imagine seeing a movie you really enjoyed but not seeing it again until many years later ( although he bought his first tv in the 60s, my grandfather didn't see King Kong again until I bought him the video in the mid 90s ). Imagine how such a movie would haunt your dreams for years. Imagine how it would gain almost mythical status within your mind. By being able to buy DVDs so soon after the cinema release are we missing out on the 'magic' of the early days of cinema?