Time To Video (TTV)

I'm amazed by how quickly movies go from the big screen to video. I've called it the "Time To Video" (TTV) scale. Below I've picked out a biased sample of movies I've seen (except Spiderman 2, it's just in there for comparison) and the amount of time it takes for them to come out on video/DVD:

TitleTheatre Release (Australia)Home Release (Australia)Number of Days between Theatre and Home ReleaseOpening Weekend $ (USA)
The Bourne Supremacy26 August 200415 December 2004111US$52,521,865
Alien vs Predator30 September 2004January 25 2005117US$38,291,056
I, Robot22 July 200424 November 2004
The Day after Tomorrow27 May 20046 October 2004132US$85,807,341
Spiderman 230 June 200415 November 2004138US$115,817,364

For some movies it's definitely an indication of their crapness. For others I guess it's a marketing opportunity (e.g. just in time for Christmas)!

A couple of the movies I liked this year are coming to DVD soon - should I buy them, or just rent them? I'm a bit of a sucker for all the special features, but I have to admit that often movies I own sit in the collection and are watched once or twice only. Two rentals at $5.50 each works out a lot cheaper than buying a DVD at somewhere between $20 and $30. Hmmm...

More on Movies

In relation to my last post, I find it amazing how much money is generated by the entertainment industry. IMDb has the list of the top-grossing movies of all time (just box office takings, not video/DVD sales or merchandise) which has the top movie of all time as "Titanic", which has taken in an amazing US$1,835,300,000 to date (that's nearly 2 billion dollars).

A recent Xbox game release took US$125 million on its first day alone.


My favorite movie, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" is in at number two on the IMDb list. Perhaps if we all buy the extended edition coming out soon it will put it into the number one spot?

Blog Birthdays...

Congratulations to Rodney and Michelle for a year of blogging!

I also reached one year last month...I remember starting out that I planned to do two posts a day, which is reasonable if you've heard me talk (apparently I can't stop talking). I was only reading a small number of blogs back then, but that has grown too (I currently get 81 feeds, that amounted to 3000 posts in the week and a half that I was sick - I don't list the IT blogs on Williams World, if you're interested you can find them over at dotnetjunkies.com/WebLog/thomasswilliams/).

One year on I'm still having fun and I wish that I had written more of what was going on in my life and the life of my family. Sometimes I find my own blog strangely impersonal!

Been Sick

I've been sick for the past week and a half with an infection in my knee (the doctor attributed it to bursitis).

Basically I was off my feet and resting, only leaving the house for doctor's appointments and Simon and Sujin's Homecoming and Olivia's Birthday. Olivia, TJ and Maya took great care of me and I miss them already, but I'm glad to be back at work as there's lots to do before my holidays in January.

And I have to say that the treatment I received was excellent - every day someone would come out and give me intravenous antibiotics, and every couple of days I'd go in to the hospital to be seen by a doctor. Well done Hospital in the Home!

Simon and Sujin's Homecoming

My brother Simon and sister-in-law Sujin have finally arrived in Australia and are expecting their first child in a couple of weeks. My Mum and Dad have been excited for, basically, ever, to have them back and so have Olivia and I and the kids. Preparations are going well for the baby too - keep an eye on Simon's blog at SiMoN stUff for the latest news.

Guys, it's great to have you back and local even if it is for only a couple of months. Olivia, TJ, Maya and I plan on seeing a whole lot of all three of you (including little "lump") while you're around.

Olivia's Birthday

Happy Birthday, my beautiful wife (posting this belatedly as Olivia's birthday was last week)!

Had a great dinner with you and the family, and I am enjoying your present (a breadmaker) probably more than you. Love you Wifey!


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