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'Alice' shorter in U.K., theatrical run could be cut


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  • 'Alice' shorter in U.K., theatrical run could be cut

    LONDON -- Walt Disney Studios plans to cut the theatrical window in the U.K. for its March 5 release of Tim Burton's 3D spectacular "Alice iIn Wonderland" to 12 weeks in a bid to take advantage of the May school half-term and avoid the sales doldrums caused by the World Cup soccer tournament.

    The proposed cut from 17 weeks to 12 has been communicated widely to the exhibition industry, sources said.

    It will be welcomed by home entertainment retailers, which have long argued for video releases to be closer to theatrical to take advantage of the greater promotional buzz.

    Cinema owners, however, are said to be mulling individual action against Disney, according to industry insiders who suggested that they are prepared to drop the movie entirely.

    Disney representatives declined comment but Phil Clapp, chief executive of the Cinema Exhibitors' Assn., confirmed that the issue is being debated.
    'Alice in Wonderland' window grows smaller
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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    Re: 'Alice' shorter in U.K., theatrical run could be cut

    In many countries in Europe, the film is banned!!!!
    The movieplexes are concerned with the quick DVD release
    and therefor not showing the movie at all!!!


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      Re: 'Alice' shorter in U.K., theatrical run could be cut

      In Europe, however, theater owners have taken a harder line.

      "I'm getting e-mails from my colleagues all across Europe and everyone says ... this is one step too far," said Ad Westrate, president of the International Union of Cinemas in Europe. "The guys are really fanatic now."

      Westrate also is past president of the Dutch cinema operators association, which said on its Web site Tuesday that a "large number of cinema operators" won't show the film because of "stranded" talks with Disney.

      Theater owners in Italy and other European countries are mulling similar action, said Westrate. Some European exhibition executives complained that, unlike their counterparts in the U.S., they were not consulted by Disney executives until recently.

      Disney Distribution President Bob Chapek has been in London since last week meeting with exhibitors in an attempt to resolve the dispute.

      Vue Entertainment Ltd. and Odeon Cinemas, two of Britain's three major cinema chains, currently don't plan to show the film in their theaters, two people familiar with the matter said, although talks remain ongoing.
      European theater chains threaten Alice' boycott over early DVD release - Movies AP -
      "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


      • #4
        Re: 'Alice' shorter in U.K., theatrical run could be cut

        Well they won't like when people ask about it. This movie is going to be huge.


        • #5
          Re: 'Alice' shorter in U.K., theatrical run could be cut

          are the theater chains worried that they will loose clientelle because people will just wait for the dvd release? If that is the case they are going to loose more for not showing it. Not only that but most people that are already determined in seeing it will not just stop going to the theater because they could wait another 3 months for the dvd. if that was the case they would just buy a bootleg.

          I hope people just start protesting against the theater chains for being greedy especially since they make millions from charging high prices for 3d experiences.


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            Re: 'Alice' shorter in U.K., theatrical run could be cut

            Cineworld backs off from
            Alice in Wonderland boycott

            The UK cinema exhibitor has announced that it will screen
            Tim Burton's 3D movie, despite Disney's plans
            for an earlier-than-usual DVD release

            Cineworld has broken ranks with the UK's other major exhibitors to announce that it will screen Alice in Wonderland, after all.

            But Vue and Odeon are still set to boycott Tim Burton's 3D film, because of a dispute with Disney over the release window.

            Disney originally wanted to release the film on DVD 12 weeks after the theatrical opening, rather than the industry standard of 17 weeks. After negotiations with exhibitors in recent days, the studio has agreed to stretch the window to 13 weeks, which was enough to persuade Cineworld to sign up.

            Alice in Wonderland comes out in the UK on 5 March. Cineworld, which has a 24% share of UK box office, will play the film on over 150 screens.

            "As leaders in 3D, we did not want the public to miss out on such a visual spectacle. As the success of Avatar has shown, there is currently a huge appetite for the 3D experience," said Cineworld's chief executive Steve Wiener.
            Cineworld backs off from Alice in Wonderland boycott | Film |
            "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


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              Re: 'Alice' shorter in U.K., theatrical run could be cut

              The chain fears Disney's proposals would inevitably lead to a standard 12-week window for most films in the UK, cutting down the time during which cinemas can make money.

              "Odeon/UCI has invested considerable sums of money, especially in the UK, over the past 12 months to install digital projection systems in its cinemas to enable customers to enjoy 3D,"

              Odeon and UCI cinema group said in a statement. "The popularity of 3D titles meant that last year these films played in Odeon/UCI cinemas for an average of 18 weeks from initial release."

              Odeon's decision will not affect the film's Royal premiere on Thursday at the Odeon Leicester Square in London, to be attended by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. Nor will it affect its plans to show the film in Spain, Germany, Portugal and Austria – territories where Disney intends to observe the normal DVD release window. The movie will be released on 5 March in both 2D and 3D.

              Odeon refuses to screen Alice in Wonderland after Disney row | Film |
              "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


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                Re: 'Alice' shorter in U.K., theatrical run could be cut

                LONDON -- Odeon/UCI cinemas has brokered an 11th hour deal with Walt Disney to show "Alice in Wonderland" in the U.K., apparently ending he dispute that had threatened to keep the movie off Odeon/UCI screens in the U.K. and Italy.

                The agreement comes on the day that the movie is due to have its world premiere in front of Prince Charles at the Odeon flagship cinema in London's Leicester Square.

                Although specifics of the compromise deal were not announced, in a statement, Odeon/UCI said it had reached "an enduring agreement ... encompassing all the different aspects of both companies' commercial relationship."

                Disney is still expected to launch its "Alice" DVD after 12 weeks. Disney could not be contacted for comment at press time.

                Odeon, Europe's biggest exhibition group, will now roll out the much anticipated outing from director Tim Burton at its cinemas in the U.K., Ireland, Italy, Germany, Portugal and Austria from March 5th.

                The two companies had reached an impasse over the launch of the movie after Disney said it would not compromise on the 12-week DVD launch -- cut back from the traditional 17 weeks.

                The row had been thought likely to overshadow the glittering premiere, with some reports from some sources that director Tim Burton was threatening to pull out, unhappy with the way his film had been caught in the crossfire.

                At any event, with both Odeon and Disney bosses making introductory remarks on the podium in front of Prince Charles, the event was likely to have been strained.
                Odeon U.K. in U-turn over 'Alice'
                "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


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                  Re: 'Alice' shorter in U.K., theatrical run could be cut

                  'Alice' international:

                  No. 3 on the weekend with a sixth-stanza tally of $19 million drawn from 7,152 screens in 51 territories was Disney's "Alice in Wonderland," which continues to climb the all-time boxoffice charts.

                  Director Tim Burton's 3D re-imagining of the Lewis Carroll classic has grossed $461.5 million so far overseas, surpassing 2003's "The Matrix Reloaded" from Warner Bros. (foreign gross, $460.6 million) as the 28th most popular title ever released overseas.

                  Worldwide boxoffice stands at $780.8 million, making "Alice" the 29th most popular title in film history, and the fourth biggest title ever released by Disney.

                  Openings this week are due in Spain and Japan.
                  'Titans' again tops int'l boxoffice
                  "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


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