But! It is somewhat relatable. In Lost in Translation Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson deal with feelings and expectations appearing one way at one time and then translating differently a little bit later.
The same happens for me sometimes when it comes to movies. There are films that I was so excited to see when released in theaters that I admittedly then enjoyed, but later, in tv or blu-ray viewings utterly disappointed me. I remember when Peter Jackson announced that he was releasing a new version of King Kong. I couldn’t wait to check it out because, for the first time, King Kong was going to be presented on the big screen for the people of my generation to enjoy. I went to the theaters, enjoyed watching Kong beat the mess out of a T-Rex or two, and almost had a tear reach my eye as the known and expected ending came about. What a great film to see on the big screen. Such a visual treat, so full of action and drama…just plain cool.
It immediately went to my list of “must buy” movies. When I finally picked it up on disc I excitedly threw it into my dvd player and watched it at my house.
But, something happened. The film’s impressiveness was “lost in translation.” For some reason, it wasn’t as great of a movie anymore. The switch from the big screen to my screen/setup did not yield the same result. I was so disappointed in the film. (I actually traded it in for credit at my local video store). King Kong had gone from “very cool” to “very boring!” (Now, before you start to question the awesomeness or lack thereof of my home theater setup, don’t. haha, My setup is pretty sweet. For you tech junkies, I enjoy the beauty of my television along with a 5.1 system that includes the Klipsch Quintet series iii along with their 12″ subwoofer…and, it rocks!). Needless to say, I was sorely disappointed and almost went all Nicolas Cage on the movie! haha
I jest, of course, but has this ever happened to you? I found the same thing happened for me with Sucker Punch. Great to watch on the big screen, but boring otherwise. I own it still, but I put it on when I just want some different music playing in the background while I am working on something else.
Avatar is another one. I liked it in 3D in the theaters…once…but afterwards, something truly gets lost in translation for me. So underwhelming, it turns boring or perhaps just not as exciting as it once was. I even have to add the Transformers films in here, all three of them. I enjoyed something about each of them in the theaters, but it’s just not the same when translated onto disc.
What is this unfortunate phenomenon that thus threatens to invade my treasured (and alphabetized, mind you) blu-ray/dvd collection? What causes certain films to lose their entertainment value? Losing the status of Amazing, Beautiful and Captivating and then gaining the status of Dull, Exhaustive and Forgettable.
Interestingly enough, the exact opposite sometimes happens too. Perhaps that is a post for another time. But it saddens me when a movie I enjoyed in theaters just doesn’t deliver at home. The films sometimes truly do get lost in translation, leaving me feel definitely less enthralled.
What movies disappointed you when they released on disc as opposed to the big screen? Share your thoughts? Did Inception disappoint you? Black Swan? Star Wars…any of them? What about 2012 or the 3rd Matrix? Does this “lost in translation” phenomenon even happen to you?
Let me know. Leave a comment and tell me the movies you loved on the big screen but did not after you brought them home!
Thanks for reading. Happy watching!
–T, The Focused Filmographer
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