Inglorious Basterds……An Inglorious Problem

I’m sure you all remember the issue we had with The Hangover, and how we had to delay the showing at Grafton because the production company decided to keep it in theaters for an extra couple weeks. Unfortunately, we have the exact same problem with Quentin Tarantino’s new box office smash, Inglorious Basterds. Universal Pictures has decided to put the film in major theaters for an extended period of time to get more Oscar nominations. I’m sure the film won’t have a problem with getting any Oscars, but who am I to second-guess a production company’s decision? So what does that mean for us? It means that we are unable to get a copy of the movie to play at Grafton for the first week of December. We considered just bringing it to Grafton in January, but it comes out on DVD release December 15, so it will already be on DVD for a month when we come back after January.

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So if you’re huge Tarantino fans (like myself) and were waiting with bated breath for Lieutenant Aldo Raine to make his appearance here at JMU, just put the movie on your Christmas list and hope that someone special understands your need for obscene amounts of comedic violence.

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Of course, we can’t leave you hanging with just a chick flick before finals, so we have selected another action-packed movie as a substitution for Brad Pitt and his WW2 scalping and skull-bashing. Gamer is a film with Gerard Butler (you know him as King Leonidus from 300) where Butler is an inmate on death row and he and his fellow inmates are the subjects in a Call Of Duty type shooter game called Slayers. People around the world are playing Slayers on their PS3s and Xboxes, but instead of controlling imaginary digital figures, these players control Butler and the other prisoners in a life or death battle for survival. To give you a glimpse at the tone of the movie, here’s a quote from the movie, taken from imdb.com.

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Ken Castle: [seeing Hackman] Look at it. The new face of Slayers. Pure, crystalized horror. Two stories high and bathed in bloody red. He is what they want.
Geek Leader: They love Kable.
Ken Castle: They do now, but when they watch their hero die right in front of their eyeballs so sharp and vivid it feels like you could reach out and touch the wet flesh, they’re going to change their point of view. They’ll be seduced by the power of violence; the dominance. It’s human nature.
Geek Leader: Kable’s made it through 28 battles. Every player in the game has tried to take him out.
Ken Castle: Yeah, Kable’s the perfect soldier. He’s a tactical killing computer. His only vulnerability is the nanex itself; the *ping*, the delay between Simon’s commands and Kable’s ability to execute.
Geek Leader: So why should this one be any different? Who controls him?
Ken Castle: [long pause] No one.

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Again, we apologize for the inconvenience and I encourage you to check out Gamer for your pre-exam study breaks!

– Katelyn

The Hangover Blunder

Introduction time!

I’m Katelyn, the Marketing Chair for UPB’s Film Committee. I really wanted to let you all know about the unfortunate series of events surrounding our Grafton showing of The Hangover. I know in the Film Committee we’re all super upset about having to reschedule it, so I’m sure there is some general campus “upset-ness” as well. Hopefully, this will clear up some of the confusion for you.

picture from movieguys.orgFirst, I should let you know how we make the selections and scheduling choices. As a college campus movie theater, we have access to movies on a pre-home release basis, which means that we get movies before they come out on DVD, usually about 2-3 months after their release in theaters. At the beginning of every month, we start looking for movie choices for the next month. For example, we started looking at the September movie possibilities in the beginning of August. When we look at the list of available movies, we can see the date of the pre-home release, whether it’s anticipated or set in stone. So in August, we took all the movies with release dates in September and voted on them as a committee based on what we thought you guys as a campus would most want to see.

Once we selected the movies, we arranged them in a very jigsaw-esque manner to coordinate the release date and the running time of the movies with the available screening space. So here’s what happened with this infamous movie:

Originally, the release date for The Hangover was September 21, which was perfect for us to be able to show the movie in the last week of September. Keep in mind that The Hangover was the biggest blockbuster of Summer ’09, so Warner Bros. (the company behind the film) decided at the last minute to extend the theatrical release in selected theaters. Of course, that pushed back the DVD release date, thus the pre-home release date was pushed back to October 2. Of course, if the movie releases on October 2, we can’t very well show it on September 23. Since we want nothing more than to bring the “biggest blockbuster” to picture from wallpaperez.infoJMU, we decided that the best thing to do would be to schedule The Hangover to play Homecoming Weekend (Oct 14-17) alongside the new Harry Potter movie. There will also be a 3pm Matinee Screening of Harry Potter on October 18, the Sunday of Homecoming Weekend. Fair compromise?

Again, we really do apologize for the inconsiderate actions of Warner Bros. (How dare they forget to put JMU’s best interest first?!) Thanks so much for understanding, and please tell your friends that the date has been moved and why so that we can minimize the number of disappointed people showing up to see The Hangover at the end of this month. After all, we don’t want another Notorious blunder, do we? 🙂

Thanks for taking the time to read this and for your interest in UPB.

– Katelyn