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Ghostbusters theatrical rerelease slated for next month!

Published at: Sept. 13, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. The next entry into my editorial column THIS SHOULD HAPPEN was going to be about rereleases (and it still very well might be), so consider my pleasant surprise at the news of Ghostbusters being rereleased to theaters next month.

Now, there aren't any details that I've been able to find. I don't know how many screens, if it's a real 2k/4k re-release or one of those shitty DVD projection jobs, but the Ghostbusters Facebook page hinted at things in the works and then posted a trailer announcing the return of Ghostbusters to the big screen.

If it ends up being a well-pushed wide-release then this could very well be the studio's way of gauging interest in the franchise as they decide what to do about Ghostbusters 3.

I want this trend to continue, so you better believe I support these re-releases. The UK is getting Jurassic Park, we're getting Ghostbusters... If studios are smart they'll realize how much money they could make in pushing rereleases of these big audience pleasers.

Anyway, I'll save that rambling for the next This Should Happen. More Ghostbusters rerelease news as it comes in!

-Eric Vespe
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  • Sept. 13, 2011, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Fuck it

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Re-release Mystery Men

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    That movie rocked hard!

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Second!

    by Ernest_Menvilles_Flaccid_Penis

    So close!

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 8:57 p.m. CST

    yea, but the problem with that is...

    by TheSeeker7

    If the rerelease of the original film goes well, as you suggest, they'll likely take that as a good indicator that GB3 should go, WHICH ABSOLUTELY SHOULD NOT HAPPEN. I'm as big of a GB fan as you could possibly meet, and I've said it for years now, yes even with Murray being on board, the last thing in the world I want is a Part 3, it's a baaaaad idea.

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Then you probably shouldn't see it, theseeker7

    by Mugato5150

    I'm a huge fan of the original too and I'm in the minority in that I thought the second one kind of sucked. But I'll give the third a chance.

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Agreed. As much as I would love to see this again

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    It seems to be a litmus test for remake/sequel/reboot. Top gun just had a re-release. Now a 3D is coming. Next up is a remake/sequel..

  • Was a critical and commercial failure, wasn't it?

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Trailers in the early 80's

    by FSJGuy

    Bad, but oddly charming.

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Where do I get my ticket?

    by Fletch Gannon

    I look forward to watching a classic back in the cinemas! Just tell me where and what time and I'll make room to watch it. No matter how great your home entertainment system is nothing beats watching a movie on the big screen with others! If watching this leads them to pushing forward with a GB 3 (which I think it will and it will be a letdown) I still think the first is great and subsequent illiterations will make it moreso.

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 9:17 p.m. CST

    so what about AICN: The Movie?

    by theDORK

    Who is playing Harry? And have the roles of Quint, Capone and Hercules been cast yet? I've heard nothing about this project...considering Hollywood makes everything into movies.

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 9:19 p.m. CST

    I Aint 'Fraid of No Re-Release!

    by Cheif Brody

    That's awesome. Hell...Hollywood is already fresh outta NEW goddamn ideas...may as well treat us to a re-release...rather than a "re-imagining", "re-boot", "remake" or "re-fucking-hash". <p> Fuck...it's Halloween...why not throw the original "Nightmare on Elm Street" & "Halloween" out into theaters while yer at it? I'd take that over those two shitty "re-boots" that brought absolutely NOTHING fresh to the table! <p> I think it's a smart move for Hollywood to roll out some classics to the big screen, especially for holiday occasions. <p> JAWS for 4th of July...Scrooged or Die Hard for X-Mas...etc. You don't need to "remake" something to bring it to a whole new audience. Just dump it back into theaters for a month...make some money while yer at it. <p> Meanwhile...take that $$$ to fund FRESH and NEW ideas....create brand new franchises...and stop taking the lazy way out.

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 9:24 p.m. CST

    I sure hope this gets a full release, unlike...

    by Dreamwriter

    Back to the Future, which only showed two times, once on Saturday and once on Tuesday, and then only on one screen in the Seattle area, with almost no promotion whatsoever.

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Hope this isn

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • I can only make it to an AMC via train, so a 7:00 PM show means getting one back from Boston is a tight squeeze for me. I had to pass on the recent big screen showing of Scarface for that very reason (starting a three hour movie at 7:00 PM?!). At least with their recent showings of Back To The Future and Airplane!, they offers two showings apiece, one on a Saturday afternoon, and the other on a Tuesday night.

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Ghostbusters II was *hardly* a commercial failure

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    About $110 million in 1989 dollars was a pretty impressive haul. It only *seemed* like a failure because the original grossed more than twice that five years earlier. Kind of like how the same summer's "bomb" Licence To Kill was supposedly the reason why the James Bond franchise went into a 6-year hibernation, and yet the weak $30 million U.S. gross was a FRACTION of what it pulled in worldwide, considerably more than it cost to make.

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 9:40 p.m. CST

    1989 was a bitchin summer for films.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • ghtyty

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 9:49 p.m. CST

    There are re-releases because there is nothing worth seeing these days.

    by Punisherthunder

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 9:54 p.m. CST

    I wish more old films would get NATIONWIDE theatrical reissues

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I know Disney is doing The Lion King for two weeks starting Friday (which is what they did for their Toy Story double-feature in 2009), and that's a business model more studios should try out. Instead of these ENDLESS REMAKES, just make a few thousand new prints, advertise a two-or-three week window where you cans ee your old favorite on the big screen again, and make some fresh money on films that have been in the can for decades. I miss the days when Disney animation classics would get reissued every seven years or so (which came to a halt by the end of the 90's...I think The Little Mermaid in 1997 was the last major theatrical reissue, and that was done just to sabotage the success of Don Bluth's Anastasia). I mean, making some new prints and creating a new advertising campaign can't cost THAT much, and since nostalgia rules these days, you could easilly make $20 or $30 million a pop for some of these reissues. Imagine if, prior to the release of Crystal Skull in 2008, we got each of the previous Indiana Jones movies reissued in the previous three months? Or Tron before Tron: Legacy? Or The Thing before...um, The Thing? Easy money.

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 9:58 p.m. CST

    It's not a studio re-release, no remastered prints

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    more info here: http://protoncharging.com/gb/2011/09/12/scottish-company-reissuing-ghostbusters-for-theatrical-release-this-october/ some small distributor striking new print copies from an old master. Still I'm psyched to see this on the big screen again.

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Re-releases don't work anymore

    by Jaster Mareel

    It was different in the 70's before home video. Then, of course re-release shit. Disney films were on a continuous re-release schedule and in the 80's stuff like Star Wars and Close Encounters enjoyed a couple of re-releases. Hell, even by the time the Star Wars special editions came around re-releases were still viable because as the trailer suggested, an entire generation had only seen the films in pan and scan on low resolution VHS on 19"-27" shitty CRT TVs. My of my how far we have come since then. Now everyone has at least 42" HDTVs and Blu-ray is extremely popular. Ghostbusters has been out on BD for years. So why in the holy fuck would I pay more to go see it in worse quality with a bunch of loud-mouthed assholes and expensive snacks when I could pay less to OWN the mother fucker on Blu-ray? It will look and sound better on my system and I can pause and eat whatever the fuck I want on my comfy couch. I mean.... HELLO? McFLY?

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 10:05 p.m. CST

    don't worry, Indy is only 30 years old, in like 20 years C. Nolan jr will make a reboot

    by HadWoodenTeethChasedMobyDick

    trilogy set in the real universe.

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 10:06 p.m. CST

    I like this idea if only...

    by Ted Knight

    releasing the actual original movie instead of a botched remake becomes the new trend.

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 10:12 p.m. CST

    It's a no-brainer, even for Hollywood

    by Johann Wolgang von Eisenschwanz

    Like, how often do expensive reboots and unnecessary prequels just alienate fans of cult franchises? I'd gladly shell out regular admission to see one of my favorites, because the best home theater system and small group of friends is no substitute for catching a classic on the big screen with a high grade sound system. Case in point: how much better do you think a limited rerelease of "Conan the Barbarian" would've done than the floptastic shitty reboot? It certainly couldn't have done much worse, and it would've cost far less. For a fraction of the cost of making a new film from the ground up with NO assurances the audience will respond positively, you can trot out the a few of the old warhorses every couple of years. Best case scenario: the studios net an easy couple million, the fans go home happy.

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 10:13 p.m. CST

    who you gonna call?

    by HadWoodenTeethChasedMobyDick

    he-man he-man he-man!

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 10:15 p.m. CST

    I miss the days of rereleases.

    by MisterManReturns

    Foreign to the kids in here, I realize.

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 10:18 p.m. CST

    I should clarify...

    by MisterManReturns

    I miss not only the old days of rereleases, but the old audiences that enjoyed them, as well. I haven't gone to a theater in years.

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Fantasy Re-release Lineups anyone?

    by DonnyUnitas

    Ghostbusters sounds great. Also wanna get Jurassic Park here in the States... Would also love Superman, Batman 89, BTTF, Carpenter's Halloween, DeLaurentis' Conan the Barbarian, Robocop, T2, ET, the Dirty Dozen, the Rambo series, and of course, the holy grail of re-releases, theatrical cuts of the original SW trilogy.

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 10:32 p.m. CST

    ReRelease Cabin Boy

    by GoFuckYourself

    If you don't like it, then FUCK YOU!

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 10:39 p.m. CST

    nasty in the pasty

    by WeylandYutani

    You are correct that Licence to Kill was not a bomb, but under performed at the box office. However, that was not the primary reason the Bond series was put on hold in the early 90s. Quitnex, Pathé, MGM/UA and Danjaq/EON became embroiled in a legal dispute about the distribution and licensing of the Bond film franchise which took several years to resolve. Production for the followup to LTK was slated to being in 1990, but that date fell through as all sides lawyered up and the case dragged on. So even though LTK had softer returns than expected, there was other behind the scenes studio turmoil that got in the way of continuing the series on schedule.

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Mugato, you're in the majority...

    by KnowItAllFromCali

    The second one did suck. However, that doesn't mean a third couldn't be good. I'll reserve judgement.

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Making a Ghostbusters III would be bad. "How bad", you ask?

    by hank henshaw

    Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light. Total protonic reversal.

  • Has peck in it. Has brian Doyle Murray for crying out loud who is better as the mayor than the useless throwaway they had in the original movie. That game is worth a blog the same as any classic movie. Stars Bill Murray. It's the best game you probably didn't play.

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 12:29 a.m. CST

    How much do re-releases cost the studio anyway?

    by Jobacca

    Never understood why this shit doesnt happen ALL THE TIME. Oct. should be a month of nothing but classic horror films...not the fucking SAW franchise. Why not re-release Xmas movies during the month of Dec? Or past summer blockbusters in the spring? Movies are a community experience....At home Blu-Ray DVD is pretty nice,but I would gladly pay top dollar to sit in a theatre full of fans laughing and screaming along with their favorite movies.

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Common Practice, Now Lost

    by THX1968

    Re-releases were a long, storied part of Hollywood history. Maybe studios will get a clue and realize that a re-release of, say, Superman: The Movie would be a better investment than an Idiot Produced Green Lantern movie. The home video craze that began in the 80's put the kibosh on re-releases for the studios, but it hasn't deterred George Lucas from making a killing on re-releasing Star Wars movies. The goon doesn't even have to mess with it, and people would still flock to a limited engagement of Star Wars (1977). Think of the millions Hollywood could save on production costs. Outside of prints and distribution, you're looking at all profit. It's a win-win, because the audience will know that it is seeing a great movie instead of a shiny new piece of mustard shit like the Idiot Produced Green Lantern movie.

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 12:29 a.m. CST

    If yer in Seattle

    by kurtisaurus

    and into cool re-releases Cinerama's revving up the Cinerama/70mm festival again: http://seattlecinerama.com/966/70mm-film-festival

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 12:34 a.m. CST

    Maybe exhibitors are testing the ground here in NZ....

    by jazzdownunder

    .. but we've been seeing a lot of pretty cool re-releases in theaters over the past 2 years. In fact, we had Ghostbusters 12 months ago !!! At around the same time we had Grease and there have been others that escape my memory right now.

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 12:35 a.m. CST

    This is a CLASSIC MOVIE. Happy to hear this.

    by Mennen

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Nooooooo!!! Give me Jurassic Park instead!!!

    by cinemixtape.com

    I saw it 4 times in theaters as a 7-year-old and I've always wanted to see it again in theaters.

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 1:07 a.m. CST

    I miss theatrical re-releases

    by dukeroberts

    I saw Song of the South on the big screen in 1985 or so. Make THAT so!

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Wait a second. So you can actually go into a place

    by Xen11

    that plays your favorite movie on a big projected screen with other people sitting in the room that watch it too? Get the fuck out of here!!

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Ray Parker Jr's Ghostbusters Theme < Ray Parker Jr's Pryor's Place theme

    by DickBallsworth

    Fact, fuckers.

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 2:10 a.m. CST

    weylandyutani

    by kwisatzhaderach

    It was really sad that we were denied a run of Timothy Dalton films, and we ended up with Pierce Brosnan and invisible cars instead.

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 2:13 a.m. CST

    Summer 1989 = best summer ever

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Batman, The Abyss, Lethal Weapon 2, Field of Dreams, Licence To Kill, The 'Burbs, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure...

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 3:08 a.m. CST

    Why?.........I've only seen it about 50 times.

    by Arkhaminmate001

    Instead of this pointless exercise maybe hollywood can invest in some new talent to write NEW original movies instead of just trawling through the old VHS tapes for 'remake' material. Hollywood is dead.

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 3:10 a.m. CST

    =Was a critical and commercial failure, wasn't it?=

    by KilliK

    nope.it was a hit and it got good reviews.But the studio didnt have a lot of actual profit because most of the grosses went to the pockets of the property's copyright holders,Akroyd,Ramis,Murray.

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 3:11 a.m. CST

    Summer 2011 = best summer ever

    by KilliK

    Transformers 3,Green Lantern,..oh what the fuck am i saying?

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 4:45 a.m. CST

    Why isn't it in 3D?

    by melonman

    Is there actually a God?

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 5:14 a.m. CST

    one of the best soundtracks ever

    by tomdolan04

    Really compliments the entire film perfectly

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 5:35 a.m. CST

    please god no gb3

    by tomdolan04

    Theyll either have venkman dead or killed in the first 10minutes. Its going to be a cgi fest. Its going to be full of were too old for this shit jokes from the now large out of shape akroyd. Ramis and reitmans output in the last decade has been horrible. The new cast they want to focus on will be overshadowed by the original film. <p> Make a new supernatural comedy. Just dont call it ghostbusters.

  • Let it go, people. Let it go. Hold onto your prized childhood entertainment-memories before they are ruined... again. If you love it? Let. It. Go.

  • Has anyone crunched the numbers on that?

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 6:31 a.m. CST

    I agree regarding re-releases

    by the_man_with_two_brains

    Some films, no matter how many times you watch them on your home cinema system are best appreciated on the big screen. I pay £14.99 a month for unlimited cinema via Cineworld and I see just about everything I care to (except the odd one or two films I have no interest in), the cinema chain annoys me a little though because they decided not to screen Tree of Life or Troll Hunter instead opting for a 3 month run of Harry Potter, which I have no interest in. Anyway, re-release as many films as possible (and I'm not just talking classics), an eclectic mix of 2001, Blues Brothers, Animal Hosue, Ghostbusters, Terminator 2, Close Encounters, Independance Day and so on...why waste money remaking when you can re-release so much cheaper. Surely someone somewhere has linked DVD retail sales and can work out what films are regarded as repeat worthy.

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Well at least you're not being melodramatic about it, neonfrisbee

    by Mugato5150

    For all the bitching that goes on in this site about Indy 4, did it ruin the original and your related "childhood"? Did the Jaws sequel where Jaws fights the Russian or whatever ruin Jaws? I didn't like Ghostbusters 2 or Back to the Future 3 but that has nothing to do with my enjoyment of the originals. Let them make GB3, if for no other reason than we can then stop hearing about how they're going to make GB3. You don't have to watch it.

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Ghostbusters would be awesome in 3D.. don't half ass it!

    by Griefo

    Let's hope they do it right. I'll bet there's gonna be a be a huge market for 3D rereleases of classic movies.

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Rerelease Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. RDJ is huge now.

    by David Cloverfield

    And it only got a limited release the first time around.

  • pay to see it with a bunch of assholes who won't shut up? Gee, what a tough choice.

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 8:01 a.m. CST

    i'd rather see a bunch of re-releases

    by ultragoregrind

    ...than fucking remakes. Seriously, i don't understand why the movie studios dont opt to re-release movies we love instead of remaking them. I mean shit... it's almost pure profit, right?

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 8:33 a.m. CST

    kwisatzhederach - Bill & Ted was February 89 not summer

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    Bogus Journey came in the summer though, in 1991

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 8:35 a.m. CST

    my local grindhouse guy says the studios are destroying their prints

    by Spandau Belly

    He says the studios are destroying all the reels of their old films and pushing for reprise showings to just be a bluray projected onto a big screen. He says it used to be only Warner Brothers that destroyed their prints but now all the studios are doing it and he mostly gets his reels from independent collectors these days.

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 8:37 a.m. CST

    AMC theaters around me used to run old movies every Fri & Sat midnight

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    Man, I loved that. Each weekend they had a different movie back up on the big screen. Got to see all the Indy films, T2, Breakfast Club, Godfather, ET, Ghostbusters, Star Wars, Ferris Bueller, and tons of others. Unfortunately that was like 10 years ago. They haven't done that in a loooong time. :(

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 8:56 a.m. CST

    This would make sense if a sequel was coming... otherwise -

    by impossibledreamers

    Why bother?

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Ghostbusters II was also going up against Batman

    by elsewhere

    Maybe that had something to do with it not doing as well as hoped at the box office?

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 9:11 a.m. CST

    This is NOT the major national re-release you guys think it is

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    a small, secondary distributor is providing prints for theaters to show in October. They've been doing it with GB for years, but this is the first time they're doing it on a slightly larger scale. Unfortunately, their FB happened to make mention of it, news sites picked up on it, and now people think a) the studio is actually behind it or promoting it b) it will be a big nationwide release on tons of screens c) these will be nice clean new prints none of those are true.

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CST

    GB II didnt do well because it was EXTREMELY inferior to #1

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    I rushed to see it when it came out, but it was just a giant disappointment compared to the first that it didnt deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence. So I filed it under "sequels that dont exist" (along with Speed 2, Crow 2-19, Blues Brothers 2000, etc). I rewatched it not too long ago, and while still mediocre at best, its not the worst movie ever made. But its no surprise it didnt do near as well.

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 9:18 a.m. CST

    THIS should be what Hollywood does instead of Remakes!

    by Topher4801

    I really hope Ghostbusters comes back to my city. I still remember seeing it here in a now closed movie theatre and just loving it! Stop doing remakes and start bringing the originals back to theatres! Fix up the picture and sound and sent it back just like that. I would LOVE to see older movies like Red Dawn, Fright Night, hell even Footloose and Dirty Dancing in our modern theatres. And these are just a few of the movies being remade that I can think of off the top of my head.

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 9:21 a.m. CST

    "pay to see it with a bunch of assholes who won't shut up "

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Um, if it's a reissue of a classic film, won't the audience consist mainly of people who have seen it before and WANT to see it on the big screen? I doubt today's teenagers would be lining up to see a limited run theatrical reissue of an "old" movie like Ghostbusters, so the audience would consist mainly of people who are old enough to have seen the movie when it was first released, and who would likely be quiet and respectful (except for laughing at the proper places).

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 9:33 a.m. CST

    gee, just what I want

    by coz

    a 27 year old movie run through a modern projection system, has the thing been remastered at all? a few years back I went to see a special midnight screening of Wrath of Khan at the local AMC, I think it was an original print. It looked terrible and sounded worse, the single worst movie experience of my life, which really pissed me off because it's one of my favorite movies. I think I'll pass for two reasons: 1, I'm not going to pay money to watch a movie I can recite in my sleep, and 2, I'd rather stay at home and watch it in HD on my HT rig which looks and sounds excellent and isn't in a room full of noisy fucking children whose parents could give a shit less about their little demon-spawn running amok because they're too busy twittering on their iphones as far as a third movie goes, they missed the mark for that by about a decade and a half. you people who rag on the last Indy movie, you think that was bad... p.s., herc is still a juvenile shill

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 9:52 a.m. CST

    If this plays near me, I will be taking my daughter.

    by ChickenStu

    Oh yes.

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Id love to see Terminator or T2 on the big screen

    by sunwukong86

    I wasnt born when the first came out and I was too young to see T2 when it came out. T2 must be amazing on the big screen

  • It was also a big seller on home video too. The Bond series was held up by legal problems, not the "failure" of Licence To Kill. Although you'll probably notice that since "Goldeneye", Bond films are released as Christmas blockbusters, rather than summer ones...

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 10:30 a.m. CST

    when we were kids, EVERY movie was re-released

    by Arcadian Del Sol

    there was no blu-ray or VHS or cable television - the only way to see a movie EVER was in a cinema, so studios (and Im looking at YOU, Disney!) would trot out their big hitters every 2 or 3 years. I distinctly remember Bambi and Snow White being in the theaters in the late 70s.

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Destruction of film prints...

    by the_patriot

    On July 1st, Disney president of exhibitor relations and distribution Chuck Viane sent this letter out to theaters still equipped with and running 35mm film. Some theater owners have taken this as a threat while others such as drive-in owners see it as the end to their business. ---------------------------------- Dear Exhibitor: At the end of this month I conclude 40 years in exhibition and distribution. I do not want to make this transition without sharing my deep concern with you. Some of you are among the dwindling number still playing only 35mm prints, apparently without plans to migrate to digital cinema. Others of you have converted only a few screens. (For those of you who are in the majority who have committed to conversion, congratulations and you can stop reading!) The window of opportunity is closing for you to take advantage of our VPF contributions to convert to digital cinema. At the same time, 35mm print costs are rising as suppliers grapple with falling volumes and soaring input costs such as silver and oil. (Film stock costs are up about 20% in just the past year.) I can't predict when, but we may reach a point when it is no longer economic for us to supply film prints on the same terms we have in the past, or at all. Likewise, it may become uneconomic for our suppliers to remain in the 35mm print business. Under these circumstances, if you intend to remain a long term player in the theatrical exhibition business, why take the risk of the eroding economics and questionable prospects for 35mm? The question is particularly timely and urgent when you can still take advantage of limited-time distributor-subsidized programs to convert to digital cinema. I urge you, as a friend in exhibition, not to miss the best opportunity you will ever have to upgrade. For the sake of your business and the moviegoers that we serve, I urge you make the move to digital, and do it now. Very truly yours, Chuck Viane (contact info excised)

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 11:04 a.m. CST

    $

    by CT1

    $$

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    it seems to me...

    by Chad

    ...that the reason the studios don't do a lot of rereleases of old movies is because people can watch old movies for dirt cheap in multiple ways. Sure, if they rereleased some iconic, popular films, they could probably make some quick cash, but they also risk making the cinematic experience start to feel like reruns of the experiences of yesteryear (if they end up doing a lot of rereleases). If they do that, they could erode the sales of new releases also--and the windows in which new releases have to make their money are so much smaller now than they used to be. The studios are only thinking about money. They may be wrong, or they may be right, but I for one have said many times it would be nice to go see the rerelease of (fill in the blank), but whenever a rerelease is around...I find I'd just rather stay at home. I've seen that movie a million times already. Watching a new movie, opening night, that turns out to be really good or iconic, with a group of people who are "in the moment" with you is the best cinematic experience. Watching an old movie with a group of people who all know the movie (like you do) like the back of their hands doesn't even compare. Some things just can't be recreated.

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 11:16 a.m. CST

    "Destroying Prints" should read

    by A G

    Lying about Destroying Prints

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Bustin' makes me feel good!

    by LarryTate

    that is all

  • They tested it in Austin to see how it would fare and nobody fucking went despite a marketing campaign. Re-releases. Do not. Fucking. Work.

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST

    YES!

    by Transhuman

    Never seen it in theaters, grew up watching this movie, the cartoon, playing with the toys. I'll be there and I'm getting as many friends to go with me as I can. BRING ON GHOSTBUSTERS III

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Dont agree with shitty DVD projection statement

    by poseidon72

    First off many theaters that are doing midnight and other revival showings are using Blu ray projection now. Ive backed more than a few at my local community theater showing Dawn of the Dead 78, The Towering Inferno, The Shining, Taxi Driver and Aliens and they have all looked and sounded great. Really great. Ive even watched standard DVD's projected- last week I watched The Dead Zone and it looked really good. While I understand if its a national release it should be 2k/4k but a standard midnight revival is more than fine shown in Blu ray projection. Dont give it a bad name because your wrong about that issue. A few months ago I went to NYC at the Clearview cinema and they showed The Poseidon Adventure using the remastered DVD and it looked great. Again if its a national re-release I agree with you but community revivals its not always realistic to get a 35mm print (they most likely are old and scratched).

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST

    surprised it's not going to be in 3D....

    by lfhlaw1

    Considering all the "re-releases" touting 3D.

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Tried to battle my boys - that's not legal

    by MooseMalloy

    I'm looking forward to the GB2 figures with dark outfits. Ya' know it.

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Digital projection is better than nothing - and can look fantastic

    by melonman

    Couple of years ago I got the chance to see From Russia with Love, Manhattan, Raging Bull, The Thing, The Good, the bad and the Ugly and Spartacus on the big screen. Digital reissues. And they looked amazing. No matter how good your home cinema is, it's still beaten hands down by a cinema experience. So digital screenings should be applauded as manna from heaven for cinephiles. And rkdn is right - rereleases did use to be standard policy for cinemas. I remember Bond/Pink Panther double bills still being popular into the 80s.

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    jacobfromlost ... i disagree

    by treatment

    sure, watching a new movie, opening night, that turns out to be really good or iconic, with a group of people who are "in the moment" with me is a great cinematic experience. however, watching an old movie with a group of people who all know the movie (like I do) like the back of our hands is far better. nostalgia trumps all dude/dudette.

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Agreed, do this more often with ALL classics...

    by SK229

    I love the idea of a Halloween/Elm Street double bill for Halloween. If you live in L.A. and love movies, you know about The New Beverly, Egyptian, and Aero. The Egyptian, in particular, plays a lot of my favorite double bills. My fave so far was Alien/Aliens a while back. People in every city should get to experience this. I just think every studio could brand it "Universal Classics" or 'Warner Brothers' classics... it's a fun thing to do on a Friday night before going out for some drinks. I must say, though, that the worst city, BY FAR, and the one that should be among the best at doing this, is NEW YORK. Worst fucking venues imaginable except for the one month out of the year at the Ziegfeld when they'll do this (not even sure they still do it) and NO love given to classic cinema. Now, if it's a bunch of pretentious indie shit with no actual substance and no entertainment value or even a fucking brain behind it, then NYC is your city. L.A. is the fucking mecca of movie-going, as it should be, but even in Silver Spring, Maryland, where I worked for a bit, they have the AFI theater that just showed Blade Runner and Die Hard last month, among MANY others, including a Dennis Hopper tribute and, I think, a Lethal Weapon marathon. But yeah, I think studios are throwing money away by not figuring out how to combine these screenings with blu-ray/book/merch sales in the lobby, and poster sales. Also, just to engage your audience more and brand your future content the way studios used to do. It's really a hidden revenue stream, figuring out how to tap nostalgia in myriad ways while offering the ability to revisit the classics in a wider release.

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Fuck, just project off of a blu-ray...

    by SK229

    They're technically 2k, aren't they? And by the time you get to see a print of a film, it's usually beat to shit and UNDER 2k, especially these classic movies where I don't think you can justify the cost of making new prints unless there's a huge potential upside. I see it more as a cool, quiet thing they do that doesn't have to justify a huge expense, but it sort of has tentacles reaching into other areas where the studios CAN make a lot of money by engaging their audience... fuck social media, how about SOCIAL EXPERIENCES, which is what watching a classic film in a theater full of moviegoers is all about.

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST

    kwisatzhaderach

    by WeylandYutani

    Agreed. I think Dalton gets unfairly criticized. I am not a fan of LTK, but I thought The Living Daylights had some great moments and was a good cold war action adventure. It would have been great to see Dalton in another Bond. As for Brosnan, he never got a fair shake either... the man was born to play the part, but as you suggest, the scripts mostly failed him - Why they insisted on goofiness for so long is beyond me. Only after the Bourne films came out did EON get their act together. Craig's two outings have been good IMO... CR was probably one of the best of the entire series, due in most part to the source material. I was less warm to the followup, but it was far better than many of Bond's poorest outings. As a very weird side note: While I was in university, I had a prof that was a former intelligence officer for CSIS and lectured a course on 20th century international relations and military history. He claimed that he once saw a demonstration where a defense company made a Humvee (sort of) disappear. He said it was totally impractical but that it showcased the crazy shit that outfits like DARPA work on. In retrospect I wonder if he was just fucking with us, but at the time he seemed very matter-of-fact. So perhaps invisible Bond mobiles are not as far fetched as it seems. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metamaterial_cloaking

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Yes, the tech for the invisible car was being worked on

    by Mugato5150

    Before Die Another Day. Doesn't make the execution in the film any less silly. Brosnan was my favorite Bond behind Connery and besides DAD, I don't think his movies were bad. GoldenEye was actually really good.

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    MORE!! MORE!!!

    by Kefrif

    The theatrical experience beats the home experience HANDS DOWN! For you kids too young to have seen it originally, Jurassic Park is a singularly AWESOME theatrical experience. Ghostbusters - I saw on a theatrical release in about 1988, theatrical rereleasing used to be commonplace. I'm telling you - the past is the future!

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Yes please, more re-releases!

    by Jason Moore

    One of our local Regal theaters used to run Flashback Flicks and the screenings were always packed, even during summer when there were shiny new movies to choose from. Got to see all the Indiana Jones films, plus Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Goonies, Breakfast Club, Princess Bride, Monty Python and the Holy Grail... hell, they showed Jaws on Thanksgiving night one year and it sold out. There's definitely a demand. I wish studios would do this more often instead of investing in feeble remakes that shit all over the memory of the original.

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 7:37 p.m. CST

    mugato5150

    by WeylandYutani

    Agreed about the silly execution of invisible cars. As for Goldeneye, I think it fell into a lot of goofiness traps that were common for Bond films before the series reboot a few years back... But to each their own. They also spent screen time setting up that BMW and then it was never used?! Sometimes EON makes odd script choices.

  • Sept. 15, 2011, 1:53 a.m. CST

    GHOSTBUSTERS 3D!!!

    by Orionsangels

    Now with super enhanced special effects! The Demon Dogs are now re-imagined in glorious CGI!

  • Sept. 15, 2011, 4:52 a.m. CST

    More rereleases and less remakes!

    by CuervoJones

    Good.

  • Please don't tell me they are going to want to charge me $7-10 just to rewatch a movie whose production has already been paid for, right??

  • Sept. 15, 2011, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Is it a re-release or a single showing?

    by Autodidact

    From what I can see it's a single showing on Halloween night?

  • Sept. 15, 2011, 9:13 p.m. CST

    I will go, by the way

    by Autodidact

    I need to see more re-releases of movies I never got to see on the big screen. Seeing the Alien director's cut in 2003 was fucking amazing, still one of the best times I've had at the cinema.

  • Sept. 16, 2011, 9:03 p.m. CST

    I will see this many times...

    by Van_Dammes_Forehead_Lump

    And I will love it. That is all.

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Yessss Ghostbusters

    by Jamie

    No thanks no one wants Jurassic Park. Ghostbusters was 100x better!

  • Sept. 22, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST

    by Jamie

    Well it doensn't matter if you don't. Plenty of others will.