Demolition releases into the digital world

From The Oscar Nominated Director of Dallas Buyers Club

must-watch black comedy”

A successful investment banker (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. With the help of a customer service rep (played by Naonia Watts) and her young son, he starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew.


This is the premise for Demolition, the latest film by Canadian filmmaker Jean Marc-Vallee who has previously given us the fantastic film Dallas Buyers Club  With a great cast featuring Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, and Naomi Watts. Demolition is definitely a film to be seen. However there is something very different to Demolition. More so in its release format. Demolition is the first film that I can think of (although there might be more) that is a digital only release for the home audience. Now Im still what they call ‘old school’ in that I prefer the disc format, I love special features and the ability to take a disc to a friends house and show them the wonderful film I have discovered. I do have a collection of digital films but they are all on the Ultraviolet format and given to me after I purchased the DVD (or Blu Ray).


But the world is a changing as the song goes (or is it a song I have just made up) and more and more films will be ‘digital only’ releases. One of the interesting things about digital only releases is that you are automatically losing some of your advertising.

Quite often I will walk through my local DVD retailer and see the box art, or one of those large cardboard standees and think ‘oh that films out. Ill get that and watch it this evening’ with digital only releases, I wont see that in my local stores. Yes of course I will still have social media, and websites to alert me about the latest films but digital only releases do concern me a little. But then again I remember feeling the same concern when a few years ago Netflix announced they would load a full series of a show on their platforms for people to binge watch. I figured that would never take off. Hmm yes I was little off on that guess wasnt it. Im pretty sure I will be just as off when it comes to my concerns about digital only releases because what better way to pass the time on a long train journey or sitting in bed at night than watching a movie.




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