Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Why See Old Movies Back on the Big Screen?

Why should I bother to see old movies back on the big screen? I already own copies of my favorite movies on disc.

The best home theatre cannot compete with a quality cinema presentation.

On a 60, 70, or 80 foot screen, the dinosaur roaring down at you is real. It threatens you on an instinctual level.

The widescreen landscape of an epic engulfs you.

And the simple lives of everyday men and women are more engaging when they are inescapably larger than life. Your emotional response to the images is greater. In close-ups, actors are in your face, dominating your perception.

The emotional response of a respectful audience is greater than the sum of its parts. Humor is funnier when other people are laughing. (This is why they ad laugh-tracks on sitcoms.) Likewise, horror is more frightening when you can feel the palpable tension of those around you, and tragedy is more affecting when you hear quiet gasps and sniffles.

The next time one of your favorite movies is Back on the Big Screen, check it out!

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