James Cameron and 3-D movies really did save cinema… or at least delay its demise.
Cinema is nowhere close to its demise. People will still be going to the theaters 50 years from now, easy.
I think it has less to to with Avatar and more to do with the coming demise of physical media, like DVD, which includes Blu-ray.
The digital age and online distribution of media files doomed DVD sales a few years back. Only a matter of time before everything is a digital file transfer and physical media as a platform for distribution will be over forever.
DonÂ´t know about that.. I personally prefer having the disc rather than having a file on my computer
Hadn’t noticed all the DVD Rental stores on the way out? That’s due to a massive decline in DVD Rentals, and sales have seen similar declines. Even the president of Netflix predicted a year or so back that in five years DVDs would be history. He’s right. You have to have ENOUGH people – a big “market”, not just a few die-hards – buying these things to make it profitable, and fewer and fewer people are. It’s just a fact of the marketplace. Physical media is rapidly being replaced by digital file transfers. Won’t be long and every TV show and Film will be available for purchase as a download, and the majority of society will follow along. It’s inevitable. Technology changes the world.
PS: Of course, as the first comment above says, big screen theater is a different beast all together, and will surely be around for a very long time. Probably evolving into a fully immersed, 3-D, virtual reality holodeck-type experience.
But physical media as a distribution model for home entertainment, is on the wane big time.