Why Universal’s VOD Move Is A Horrible Idea

Would 1917 have been as good if you watched it from your home? I don’t think so.

In a time where movie news has come to a sort of standstill, it’s a delight that now and again we do get some news. Anyone else excited that Scoob is moving to VOD? Nope, nobody is. Anyway, one thing that has caused debate is that Universal Pictures (Back to the Future, Bond, Jurassic World) will now be putting their future movies onto VOD (video on demand) at the same time as they are realized in cinemas.

So, what does this actually mean? Currently, if you want to see the newest movie you pay at the cinema and sit down and watch it on a big, huge screen with reclining chairs and amazing sound in pure darkness, immersed in escapism. Nothing can beat the cinema. But in the not so far away future, Universal will be putting their movies into the cinema and onto video streaming service on the same day. So instead of going to the cinema and enjoy the fill in its full impact, you can sit at home and watch it on your phone or laptop.

This is a horrible idea.

The idea of watching the newest Bond movie from your sofa is in my mind a huge insult to those who work hard on these movies. Hearing that iconic score booming out of surround sound speakers will never be beaten by watching something at home. The ending of Bohemian Rhapsody is breath-taking when watching on the big screen. Feeling like you are part of Live Aid can not be recreated by watching the film at home. 

Bohemian Rhapsody Live Aid Concert Scene

Everybody knows the budget for made for TV movies are massively lower than your big-budget movies. Does this mean your next Jurassic World movie will have a lower budget if you aren’t going to be watching it on a huge screen where each and every detail builds a story? Meh, you are watching it on a small screen so we will just cut corners and make a Sharknado quality film. 

Creating the Dinosaurs of Jurassic World | Featurette | Jurassic World

Future movies that could suffer from this include;

Fast and Furious

James Bond

Monster Movies

Illumination Movies

  • Despicable Me
  • Secret Life of Pets
  • The Grinch 
  • Upcoming Mario movie

By making movies that are going to go straight to TV as well as cinema, you are going to lose big creative names. 

Would 1917 have been as good if you watched it from your home? I don’t think so. 


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