M. Night Shyamalan is speaking out about a proposed movie distribution strategy that would shorten the gap between a movie's big-screen and DVD releases (or even make the release dates simultaneous). Evidently director Steven Soderbergh is part of a business venture that is promoting this expected trend.
Excerpts from an E! Online article by Joss Grossberg:
"'Art is the ability to convey that we are not alone,' Shyamalan noted. 'When I sit down next to you in a movie theater, we get to share each other's point of view. We become part of a collective soul. That's the magic in the movies.'"
"'If you tell audiences there's no difference between a theatrical experience and a DVD, then that's it, game's over, and that whole art form is going to go away slowly.'"
As much as I hate the negative things a movie audience can bring to the viewing experience (whispering chair-kickers, you know who you are), there's nothing like watching a brilliant story on the big-screen. So sod off, Soderbergh!