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Sunday, June 12, 2005 12:01 am
Sin City is coming soon!
Excellent!! Only 1 month and 3 days before I get to watch Sin City in a cinema. Thank goodness I’m don’t live in Germany. They still have 2 whole months to go.

Of course Sin City was released on the 1st of April 2005 in America. The release date schedule (from IMDb) is available here.

What’s with this prolonged wait for movies? In this day and age, when news travels across the Internet, and where movies zip across cyberspace for private viewing, or to be sold internationally on the hush hush for a few dollars. Why hype a movie leading up to April 1st, only to make it available 4 months later in some markets?

I can understand that movies may need to be dubbed and subtitled for some international markets, but most English movies are shown in Australia… in English and without subtitles.

Bad Santa was released theatrically in Australia one year after release in the USA, to take advantage of the next Christmas season. The DVD was available in the USA before the movie appeared in Australian cinemas.

The Incredibles took 2 months to arrive in Australia.

This sort of thing may be common with art house movies. i.e. make a splash at a film festival, and then slowly trickle over years into various markets. But for mainstream movies, which rely on the initial hype and word of mouth, the practice is unfathomable.

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