Sunday, August 26, 2007

A Strange Release Date

Release dates are a tricky business in Hollywood. One has to balance holiday schedules versus prior earnings of similar films from years prior versus cultural zeitgeist and on and on and on. Sometimes things work out well where a movie like GROUNDHOG DAY can come out in February or a film with a thin-layer of dogmatic patriotism like INDEPENDENCE DAY can come out around July 4.

That said... it sure seems strange as heck that Rob Zombie's remake of John Carpenter's classic, HALLOWEEN, is coming out in August and not October. Will this film really have legs for over eight weeks? Certainly, it won't be ready for a DVD or DirectTV release on October 31.

I looks like the USA is the only country with this horrible release date. Take a look at when this film is set to premiere in some other countries:

  • France - 10 October 2007
  • Turkey - 19 October 2007
  • Germany - 25 October 2007
  • Netherlands - 25 October 2007
  • Russia - 25 October 2007
  • Brazil - 26 October 2007
  • Italy - 31 October 2007

All in all, a far cry from August 31. I'd be really interested to know why/how this decision was made.

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