The world's first e-premier....
September 5, 2003 1:59 AM   Subscribe

This is not a love song - The new movie written by The Full Monty creator Simon Beaufoy distributed over the web. Though before you download you may want to read a review. The future of movie distribution?
posted by brettski (10 comments total)
 
requires media player 9?

no thanks. make it mac compatible, then I'll think about it. I did hear about this on NPR though, and it sounds like an ok movie.
posted by demannu at 3:01 AM on September 5, 2003


Wow, that review was quite brutal.

It also misses out on about 90% of its potential viewing public by only being available if you are based in the UK. However I guess a copy will be available on some file sharing service shortly after the event.

What were they thinking when deciding to make this film available on the internet, but only in the UK? Strange.
posted by sebas at 3:35 AM on September 5, 2003


BBCWorld does the same thing, much to my chagrin after having become addicted to it as my only English-language channel, and having moved house recently to a building where it's not available on the cable service.

I'm wondering how I can proxy myself to get around that...can anyone help, if that is indeed possible?
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 3:48 AM on September 5, 2003


The guardian review was a bit more forgiving.
posted by biffa at 3:53 AM on September 5, 2003


What were they thinking when deciding to make this film available on the internet, but only in the UK? Strange.
I think the point is that it is an experiment in movie distribution on the internet that continues to protect the industry's much loved regional boundaries. In other words, whilst they have the right to distribute the film in the UK, they may not necessarily have the right to distribute the film in the US.
posted by chill at 4:17 AM on September 5, 2003


This isn't about P.I.L.? Boo.
posted by ginz at 6:48 AM on September 5, 2003


This isn't about P.I.L.? Boo. - ginz

I concur. Now I have that song stuck in my head. ;)
posted by dejah420 at 7:25 AM on September 5, 2003


I can think of at least two movies that debuted on the Net before. The first--and I'm pretty sure it was the first ever, going back to 1992--was "Wax, or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees." One of the strangest movies ever made. The other is "Party Girl," which (I think) put Parker Posey on the map.
posted by adamrice at 8:39 AM on September 5, 2003


Oops
posted by chill at 1:13 AM on September 6, 2003


So this is just a DRM protected stream? No actual download to disk? To way to burn it to a couple SVCDs and watch it on your DVD player? No real way to watch with friends without cramming two or three chairs around the 17 inch? I guess those of you with video out on your computers can find a way around this limitation, but video out isn't exactly ubiquitus, especially in the desktop world.

Obviously there's a balance between protecting your IP and usability, but this is pretty ridiculous. I've complained about this kind of thing recently here.

These guys have a real uphill battle to fight because of the limits of technology and a Microsoft DRM asx stream I can't control makes me not want to even participate. This isn't some three minute fan film, but a whole movie. A good part of the cinematic experience is immersion to turn on our brain's "suspend disbelief" circuit and a postage sized video screen with sound coming out of cheesy computer speakers simply hurts.

>What were they thinking when deciding to make this film available on the internet, but only in the UK?

My best guess is that they are serving the stream from the UK, thus there would be a lot of router hops and latency for international users. In other words the stream itself is very sensitive to network traffic thus pauses, skips, etc. There are many ways around this but it costs money. Also their billing model is somehow tied into UK mobile phones.

There's a film digital revolution to be had, but the 17 inch simply will not cut it. If the digital film pioneers think we're going to move up to expensive 25" monitors and better sound systems while a much nicer TV sits in the living room unused, then they are going to be in for a surprise.
posted by skallas at 1:46 AM on September 6, 2003


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