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New film goes reel-less

After years of development, Hollywood is finally getting ready to release its first all-digital major motion picture, The Final Cut, which stars Robin Williams and tells the story of computer chips that can record memories and that can be edited after a person dies.

Not only was this movie completely shot and edited digitally, it will also be released digitally, broadcast by satellite to theatres to dedicated hard drives and screened using the latest digital projectors.

The Final Cut will be shown on 115 screens at participating AMC Theaters starting Oct. 15, according to Vancouver’s Lions Gate Films, the movie’s distributor. Conventional reels of the film will likely follow within a few weeks.

The industry is watching closely to see how this experiment turns out – it’s estimated that physically producing hundreds and often thousands of reels of film costs the industry more than a billion a year and often prevents the wider release of smaller budget films.

Film prints also suffer wear and tear through the use of conventional projectors. As a result, second run movies often have noticeable flaws, and can appear washed out with a degraded sound quality. Digital films stored on hard drives will always look the same, no matter how often they’re played. For more on The Final Cut, visit www.finalcutfilm.com.

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