I picked up the news item below from Bill Crider’s blog. The meaning of this is huge. The end has come as far as watching movies projected on film is concerned. From now it’s going to be all digital.
I wonder how Martin Scorcese, a man who says he cares passionately about film, feels about his film The Wolf of Wall Street being the first to be distributed 100 percent digitally.
The whole medium, meaning the means by which movies are conveyed to and viewed by the public– the vehicle that the images are transmitted on– has changed. The next obvious step will be to eliminate entirely the use of film cameras. What is being lost by this conversion?
Read what has happened to Technicolor.
I suppose it won’t matter soon anyway, how movies are made and shown. In a few years everyone will be mainly watching movies on their cell phones and Tablets, and with a picture that small what difference will it make what they look like?
As Norma Desmond said in Sunset Boulevard: “It’s the pictures that got smaller.”
And what about those big screen TVs in the living room? For the most part the flat screens will be used by guys to watch sports. I suppose there will be a few movie fanatics who will pop in the Blu-Ray of a classic movie made on celluloid, and try to recapture the movie-going experience of the past. But in a few years, collectors will have to dig deep into the vaults to find actual “films” to watch.
Hold on to those DVDs, folks. The Wolf has arrived.