Sunday, May 20, 2007

Fay Grim movie review

Fay Grim, the Parker Posey-starring comedy-thriller that arrived in limited theaters across the nation on May 18th and that hits DVD on May 22nd, is a surprisingly entertaining if not completely off-beat spy mystery that will appeal to fans of such subtle thrillers like The Zero Effect and The Spanish Prisoner.

The DVD offers special features like "The Making of Fay Grim", the movie trailer and deleted scenes, but I found the movie itself to be worth the rental price (of course I got it for free and didn't pay anything for it). The movie isn't for everyone, but is good enough to warrant a rental... don't know if I'd buy it.

You can read my full Fay Grim movie review here, as I am going to spend the rest of this article ranting about this movies that are coming to DVD a couple days after they hit theaters...

Why are studios doing this? If you put a film in theaters, keep it in theaters. These DVD releases four days after their theatrical release don't make any sense to me, financially or otherwise. If you spend the money to put a movie in theaters, wait for a reasonable ROI before looking to the DVD game. So far I haven't heard of this strategy working, and there have been some perfectly good films with good actors that could have made a profit in theaters had they been marketed properly... and a well-marketed film for theaters will almost always result in good DVD sales.

Fay Grim and 10 Items or Less are two examples of films that are pretty good, feature good actors (Posey and Jeff Goldblum in Fay Grim, and Morgan Freeman and Paz Vega in 10 Items or Less) and were released to theaters for only a couple days. I just don't get it.

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