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Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland to be boycotted

 
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Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland to be boycotted
[link to news.bbc.co.uk]

Tim Burton's new film version of Alice in Wonderland will not be screened at Odeon cinemas in the UK, Ireland and Italy, the cinema chain has confirmed.

The move is in response to the Disney studio's plan to reduce the period in which it can only be shown in cinemas.

The plan would allow Disney to release the film on DVD at the end of May, thus helping it to boost DVD sales.

Odeon said it would "set a new benchmark, leading to a 12-week window becoming rapidly standard".

Cineworld cinemas will show the movie, however, after reaching an independent agreement with the Disney studio.

The Vue chain is also understood to have reached an agreement with Disney, details of which are due to be announced shortly.

Odeon's decision will not affect the film's Royal premiere on Thursday, which is coincidentally set to take place at the Odeon Leicester Square in central London.

Nor will it affect its plans to show the film in Spain, Germany, Portugal and Austria - territories where Disney intends to observe the normal DVD release window.

Starring Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Alice in Wonderland sees the novel's heroine return as a teenager to the magical kingdom for more surreal adventures.

Inspired by the works of Lewis Carroll, the film also stars Helen Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway and Britain's Matt Lucas.

The Odeon & UCI Cinema Group is Britain's largest cinema chain with more than 100 sites nationwide. Cineworld and Vue are the second and third biggest.

Together they represent just under two-thirds of all cinema screens in the UK.

'Need for exceptions'

It is the amount of time that separates a film coming out in cinemas and its release on DVD that is at the centre in this dispute.

In the UK, the window for theatrical release is 17 weeks. In the case of Alice in Wonderland, Disney wants to reduce that to 12.

Giles Deards of Disney told the BBC the move was about protecting DVD sales from piracy.

Without selling DVDs in the first two months after a film's release, people "don't have a legitimate way to see the movie", he said - leading to piracy and thus injuring DVD sales.

He said the move "would allow the studios to be flexible with a limited amount of movies every couple of years".

Bob Chapek, Disney's president of distribution, has said the company remains "committed" to theatrical windows.

However, he believes there is a "need for exceptions to accommodate a shortened time-frame on a case-by-case basis."

Odeon, though, believes such a move will damage not just its business but that of all cinemas in the UK.

"The negative impact on cinema attendance that such a reduction in the window will have will threaten the continued existence of many cinemas, especially the smaller and medium-sized cinemas."

Odeon also highlights the additional costs the chain has incurred making its screens suitable for 3D movies.

"Odeon/UCI has invested considerable sums of money, especially in the UK, over the past 12 months to install digital projection systems in its cinemas," it said.

Opposition

"The proposed reduction in the window on a high-profile 3D title like Alice in Wonderland undermines the investment made."

Disney also faces opposition in Belgium, the Netherlands and the US over its plans for this title.

It is not the first time, however, it has attempted to make overtures in this area.

Last year, the company attempted to reduce the theatrical window of Up, the hit Pixar movie named best animated feature at the Baftas on Sunday.

In that instance it dropped its plans after UK exhibitors threatened not to screen another of its titles, A Christmas Carol, later in the year.

Neither is Disney the only studio to have faced opposition over theatrical exclusivity from UK cinema chains.

In 2007, Odeon and Vue removed Ben Stiller comedy Night at the Museum from their cinemas after 20th Century Fox shortened its theatrical window to 13 weeks.

The Cinema Exhibitors' Association, the body representing the interests of around 90% of UK cinema operators, has not commented on this latest case.

Speaking "in general terms", though, it said it "strongly" supported the maintenance of "a clear and exclusive window between a film's theatrical release and its release on other platforms".

"The CEA believes maintenance of the window will ensure that audiences continue to enjoy the widest possible range of films in their intended environment, the cinema theatre."
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Re: Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland to be boycotted
That is the DUMBEST reason to boycott a film, ever.
I will be seeing this in the theater. I don;t go to the movies too often, but I've been waiting for this one for some time.
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02/22/2010 03:47 PM
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Re: Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland to be boycotted
That is the DUMBEST reason to boycott a film, ever.
I will be seeing this in the theater. I don;t go to the movies too often, but I've been waiting for this one for some time.
 Quoting: zombieintraining

exactly
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Re: Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland to be boycotted
That is the DUMBEST reason to boycott a film, ever.
I will be seeing this in the theater. I don;t go to the movies too often, but I've been waiting for this one for some time.
 Quoting: zombieintraining


Me too! Can't wait.
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I love Tim Burton, and I love Johnny Depp. Especially when they work together.
When I was taking film classes, I did my final project on Tim Burton. Another classmate and I had to do a ton of research and prepare an oral report on his directorial style. Good fun.
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You are children.
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I love Tim Burton, and I love Johnny Depp. Especially when they work together.
When I was taking film classes, I did my final project on Tim Burton. Another classmate and I had to do a ton of research and prepare an oral report on his directorial style. Good fun.
 Quoting: zombieintraining


wow...and what is it that you actually do, as in WORK?

film classes...the last refuge of a loser bum
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Last Burton/Depp collaboration I really enjoyed was "Ed Wood." Not to say that his more recent films aren't good, but I don't consider them instant classics like Ed Wood, Batman, Pee Wee and Beetlejuice.

I think Burton has developed the same affliction QT has over the past decade -- that he can do no wrong, that his vision is always the best; and when you have no one's opinions but your own to follow, the work can suffer.

Of course, the throngs of fans and billions of B.O. bucks have proved me wrong, so nevermind. Just throwing in my two cents like the giant movie nerd I am.
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so they are going to lose out on all the money they could be making from the release of the film in their theater because disney is pushing forward the release of the dvd? idiots.
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Re: Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland to be boycotted
That is the DUMBEST reason to boycott a film, ever.
I will be seeing this in the theater. I don;t go to the movies too often, but I've been waiting for this one for some time.
 Quoting: zombieintraining

Agreed. I shall not be seeing it at a cinema, simply because there are no cinemas around here. I generally have to wait until movies become available on DVD, but even so the idea of a boycott for this reason is just plain stupid.
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02/22/2010 05:12 PM
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Re: Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland to be boycotted
I love Tim Burton, and I love Johnny Depp. Especially when they work together.
When I was taking film classes, I did my final project on Tim Burton. Another classmate and I had to do a ton of research and prepare an oral report on his directorial style. Good fun.


wow...and what is it that you actually do, as in WORK?

film classes...the last refuge of a loser bum
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Since I can afford to pay for my account here, apparently I'm doing better than you!

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