Midweek Mumbling, this week I want to talk about something that is very close to my heart, money and the cost of watching Film
I am not just going to rabbit on about how to make money online, or a get rich quick idea. No, this is more of a plea for the prices of film media to come down.
Lets face it we are in a world-wide depression, money is tight for us all. I mean I used to put £10 of fuel in my car and I got 10 litres, that was just 2 years ago, now I get 6 litres. It’s a joke. I go and buy a basket of shopping, costs me over £50 without fail!! That is just for the essentials in feeding my family for a weekend.
What I am trying to get at is why I have to pay so much to have a very small pleasure in life, watch a film.
If I go to my local multiplex with my family I can definitely count on it costing me at least £25 for the tickets, and that is a 2-D film, as I am not paying the extra money to look like a freak in 2 pairs of glasses!!! £25 is a lot of money. My first full-time job when I was young brought me in £100 a week, so paying a quarter of that just to sit uncomfortably in a cinema with my girls for 2 hours stings quite a bit. It’s not only the ticket though is it?
I know for a fact that the cinemas do not actually make all that much on the over priced tickets. It is all about the concessions. The last time we all went to the movies, we bought 2 drinks, popcorn for the girls and some M&M’s for me and it cost me another £16….I nearly fell over!!! If you do decide to chance your luck and sneak food into the cinema you have to get past the over sized spotty teenager eyeing you up and down looking for the tell-tale signs that you are breaking the LAW, these guys have that stone cold stare that only seasoned killers have. I imagine some fat naked manager in the offices out the back of the cinema rolling around on a bed covered in money.
HAHAH Me has your Money!!!!
OK so we got in, we have our gold dusted popcorn and our liquid diamond drinks (well they must be for the price I payed for them). We sit in the strange shaped seats. On a side note does anyone else do the bum grill in the cinema seats? 10 minutes on one cheek then flip to the other, rinse and repeat? Surely my bum isn’t such a weird shape?
I am going off topic, So the show starts but before the movie begins we are shown a 30 second movie on how ‘Piracy is a Crime’. OK I get the point, Piracy is bad. I never would condone the piracy of a media I love, but, if there ever was a case for piracy then it is here to cut out these stinking Anti-Piracy adverts. I paid for my tickets, I had to take out a small mortgage, but I paid, tell the pirates not me. What happens next is worse, it’s far more patronizing, they thank me for paying for my ticket, because I have helped to keep the industry alive and keep the films being made, I agree but also I have helped that manager keep his bed of Gold too!! These warnings far worse on DVD or Blu Rays, not only do we get the adverts but we also get it in 30 languages. Not only that but you can’t fast forward them!! I don’t see the point at all. If the technology is there to get through the security on a disc, capture just the film with the correct language and subtitles, don’t you think they can get past these warnings? HEAR ME NOW PRODUCTION STUDIO, I BOUGHT THIS FILM, I PAID TO SEE IT AT THE CINEMA LET ME GET ON WITH THE SHOW!!!
‘What the hell is your point?’
I haven’t really got one. I know that I cannot change this. I know I cannot get the world to reverse and for prices to come down, but it would be nice if somehow things stopped getting more expensive. We do not go out much, we enjoy watching films but I never get to see the new releases as they are too expensive. There must be another way. Surely. More sponsorship? More product brands? I don’t know. But if Piracy is such a big thing then making Films cheaper and therefore more accessible would kind of make ripping them off defunct. It is kinda like legalizing drugs or Pubs opening 24 hours, taking away the need to go underground and making it there for all reduces the amount of crime, surely? Am I wrong in this?
I guess it is a vicious circle, prices go up because of Piracy and Piracy happens because of the high prices…I may take up knitting..
How are you coping with the recession? AM I way off with my proposition? Is piracy making film more expensive? Are there any other ways out of this?