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:
|Title||Theatre Release (Australia)||Home Release (Australia)||Number of Days between Theatre and Home Release||Opening Weekend $ (USA)|
|The Bourne Supremacy||26 August 2004||15 December 2004||111||US$52,521,865|
|Alien vs Predator||30 September 2004||January 25 2005||117||US$38,291,056|
|I, Robot||22 July 2004||24 November 2004
|The Day after Tomorrow||27 May 2004||6 October 2004||132||US$85,807,341|
|Spiderman 2||30 June 2004||15 November 2004||138||US$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...