So The Lion King was the #1 movie at the box office this weekend, and last week it was announced that Ghostbusters will be coming back out in October.
Rereleasing movies was commonplace until home video came around. I did not see Star Wars or Empire in their original theatrical runs because I was too young, but caught them both in rerelease before Jedi came out. Disney movies used this a lot too with pretty much putting everything into a rotation every summer.
The trend faded in the 80's and has been all but absent in major markets over the last 20 years.
I think it is a good idea. Theaters want to offer something that can't be experienced at home, thus the flood of 3D. But audiences are burnt out on the 3D gimmick and rereleases could be something new. You get the experience of seeing classics on a big screen, with a crowd. I for one, would pay to see Raiders of the Lost Ark in a theater as I've only seen it on VHS/DVD.
I really enjoyed seeing the original Star Wars trilogies on the big screen again when they re-released them before Episode I came out. I also liked seeing the first two Toy Story movies on the big screen again.
Everything is pretty much a remake anyway, so why not.
I think Jurassic Park with the IMAX 3D treatment would be pretty cool.
I am going to see Superman in an old style theater on Saturday. The wife, my friend and maybe me may get to see the 1931 Frankenstein in a medical auditorium. There had better be more theaters for Ghostbusters then they did with Back to the Future, that was bullshit. Yes, if he saw the special edition you saw the trilogy, its like saying you didn't see Godfather if you saw the extended version in a theater.
The Wee Baby Sheamus.
Twitter: @realjoecarfley its a bit more toned down there. A bit.
If you dig around the site, you can find a reference to On Demand Content, but it's probably wouldn't be so hidden if it was actually really good. That's a feature I'd like (or just general DVR capability)