DVD Rivals the Theatrical Experience in My Book19 Jan, 2004 By: Stephanie Prange
The latest “Lord of the Rings” installment, The Return of the King, is very long (three hours plus), and despite the fact that my husband offered to watch the kids while I trekked to the theater to see it, I still decided against visiting the box office this weekend.
Honestly, I would rather wait for the DVD.
I know Return of the King has been widely acclaimed and has topped the box office several weeks in a row. It's also the kind of epic many think is best viewed on the big screen, but I think I would rather watch it in the comfort of my own home on my DVD player.
In the old VHS days, when the picture and sound quality just didn't measure up, bypassing such an epic on the big screen would have been unthinkable to me. But the home viewing experience on DVD is so stellar that a trip to the movie theater seems like a chore.
I'd prefer to watch it at home, where I can choose my own intermission and snacks, and can get up and walk around a bit.
As far as this moviegoer at least, the home video experience has begun to rival the big screen. The ‘Rings' numerous-hour extended editions are probably the best and most definitive versions of the trilogy, but they'd be a pain to view in a movie theater — even in the most comfortable of seats.
As ticket prices skyrocket along with the price of theater snacks, the DVD viewing experience looks better and better. At least one colleague has mused that home video may finally be taking a bite out of theatrical revenue — and, this weekend at least, I tended to agree.