Alice in Wonderland will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 1, but when Tim Burton's revamped adventure only opened in theaters nationwide on March 5, it seems movies are coming to DVD a lot faster these days.
Alice in Wonderland is a special case, though. The industry standard is to release a movie on DVD 16 and one-half weeks after it comes out in theaters, however, Disney decided to put the re-imagined tale on DVD just 12 weeks after its theatrical release.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Disney's move is part of a with a new, informal agreement between theater owners and Hollywood studios, where the studios would be allowed to release one or two titles per year a month earlier than normal.
This affects the business in two different ways. On one hand, with movies coming out on DVD earlier, people may be more inclined to wait for it to come out on disc so they can rent or buy it for less than the cost of going to the theater. However, with 3D films like Alice in Wonderland, the theatrical release becomes a one-of-a-kind experience that moviegoers may not want to lose out on. This is one of the reasons why so many movies are coming out in 3D.
Even at 16 weeks, it seems like movies are hitting shelves much quicker than before. Avatar opened in theaters on December 18, and will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on April 22. That's just over four months in between the two release dates. How do you feel about the situation? Are you psyched that DVDs are coming out sooner? Or would you rather movies stay in theaters longer? %Poll-44996%