Stop taunting me Digital Theatre



I get it.  There are massive licensing issues that prevent public cinema screenings of the Digital Theatre release of The Crucible starring Richard Armitage.  I really do get it, and I have been trying to be extra, extra patient.  But desperate times lead to desperate measures…To channel my impatience, I’ve begun to craft a plan by which I will can almost replicate a cinema experience privately.  I’ve spotted out a familiar space:

Yes, that *is* a baptismal font...

Yes, that *is* a baptismal font…it sometimes pays off to chair the Technology Team!

It’s not quite as big as an actual movie screen, but it is definitely about 20 times the size of my biggest TV screen.  Even better, our new, 5000 lumens projector is due to be installed any day…if you look closely, you can see it hiding in boxes at the bottom center of the image.  If I can get my…I mean my fellow committee members in line, we should have the CAT 6 wiring pulled to establish a nice, steady and secure Ethernet connection.  We also have a recent sound upgrade which will give me surround sound.

I even have one of these!!  (I can also lay my hands on cinema like boxes of Goobers and Snowcaps!)

I even have one of these!! (I can also lay my hands on cinema like boxes of Goobers and Snowcaps!)

Looks like I’m pretty much set, but it seems like something is still missing…now what was it?  Oh, that’s right….I still need the #%$@* main event!  If I were a betting person, I’d guess North America won’t see a digital download until the cinema screenings run their course…April?  May?  Who can say?  Until then though…

A girl can dream...and photo edit! Photo Source

A girl can dream…and photo edit!
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I’ll keep the popcorn popper on standby…anybody with me?  (BYOS – bring your own sweater…it’s kinda frosty in there after hours!)

21 comments on “Stop taunting me Digital Theatre

  1. zeesmuse says:

    I have totally given up seeing this at all. I’ve unfollowed them on Twitter and I’m getting ready to stop email notifications. I’m that disgusted. I don’t think it will be released for download in the US until the year 2525 and I’m no longer excited over it. I have a crappy computer with a small screen and vision problems.

    Really. Fed. Up. To. The.Teeth. That’s just how I feel.

    • obscura says:

      😦 I’m sorry that it’s got you that frustrated. My suspicion is that they will squeeze every ounce of revenue that the can out of the cinema screenings before they make any other move, but it would be fiscally foolish not to make it available to North America via download when they have so many other things.

      If it ever does show up, you can be pleasantly surprised right? (and hopefully find a buddy with a bigger screen!)

      • zeesmuse says:

        I’m just… no. I don’t like having something nice dangled in front of me and than snatched away. No, this isn’t for you. I know I’m being childish about it, but I’m just really soured on the whole deal. I think the whole thing is just bullsh*t, tbh.

  2. Perry says:

    We’ve been working on the same sort of set up down here if we don’t get an actual screening ( which is probably the case). Just have to check the rules about home use and so forth. But, for charity or for no charge, there shouldn’t be a problem. Now all we need is a date. It’s actually the sound I’m more worried about,

    • obscura says:

      I thought about that for a moment too…but I’m not really planning on anyone else being there who wouldn’t have been in my livingroom watching it with me 🙂

      Sound can be tricky business – good luck!

  3. Guylty says:

    It’s really a rather sorry business. Not entirely sure whether DT is to blame, after all it’s the copyright owners who are putting a stop to the screening. But kudos to you for organizing a work-around. It couldn’t be more cinema-like!!!

    • obscura says:

      I think it will show up eventually – I wouldn’t be surprised if the BOTFA DVD’s don’t come later since the film is still performing so well in cinemas…that’s showbiz 🙂

      When it comes to making lemonade from lemons, it pays to have the all access church pass 😀

  4. sparkhouse1 says:

    Holy Smokes…that was quite a list of places they are showing The Crucible in theatres….looks like every location on the planet except North America. LOL

  5. I love the title of your post. It’s exactly how I feel. Every time I get an email from DT I get my hopes up.

    I do think there are more parties involved in the release than just DT. I am concerned that they haven’t given an approximate date for the digital download. What if the N American rights extend to more than theaters? I agree that as long as it’s being shown in theaters there will be no download available.

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your set up! I have a 48″ TV (set up with HDMI) and I thought I was doing well 😉

    • obscura says:

      I’m pretty lucky in that I had two options since there are reams of LCD projectors and decent WIFI at work too, but the sound is MUCH better here and the place is deserted a lot of the time. Anyone asks I’ll tell them it has something to do with work or volunteering – that seems to clear a room pretty fast most days 🙂

  6. Servetus says:

    If you want to have a sacrament you have to have popcorn AND wine. Just sayin’.

  7. Excellent notion! I’m with you! And the religious setting is quite apt–in terms of religion being invoked and taken “in vain” in The Crucible. Ha! I’m still hoping to see what everyone describes as RA’s towering performance as John Proctor in The Crucible.

  8. Leigh says:

    I should be in WI by the time your plan goes forward. I might even be able to get my hands on a vehicle. 🙂

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