Daily Archives: October 28, 2005

Shyamalan considered harmful

M. Night Shyamalan is against the notion that DVDs should be released at the same time movies are released to the big screen. He holds that that would spell the end of movie theatres. Basically, he wants to force people to see new releases in theatre. I don’t think this statement is a stretch. By his own reckoning, if DVDs are released at the same time as the movie, theaters will suffer and close. Why? Because people will buy the DVD instead of going to the theatre. Why? Because people prefer to see the new release at home. Therefore, when the DVD is not available at the same time the movie is release, people are forced to go against their wishes.

As far as I’m concerned, this puts Mr. Shyamalan in the same camp as people shoving DRM down our throats.