Per Richard Armitage, no cinema release of The Crucible in North America

~ by Servetus on November 1, 2014.

16 Responses to “Per Richard Armitage, no cinema release of The Crucible in North America”

  1. Oh, huge disappointment. I wished the rights-holder would allow this. What a lost opportunity.

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  2. Canada shouldn’t be included in that US-North America stuff…..we are part of the Commonwealth for Pete’s sake! We should get some perks!

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  3. Yes, very disappointing — although I’d been guessing it wouldn’t have been shown in a city within easy driving distances of here anyway. I was still hoping to be able to see him in the large format again 🙂

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  4. I was hoping for the opportunity of joining a meet-up viewing in San Francisco. Well, back to being extremely grateful they decided to make this film version at all!

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  5. Miller’s daughter won’t OK it for North America? I wondered because it had been quite a while since they announced the UK dates.

    This bothers me a little: “No cinema release in US but will be available for download…I believe.” Those last two words thrown in at the end.

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    • I found that disquieting, too, but I’m guessing he just wanted to cover his *ss.

      I don’t know which rights are applicable in this case — maybe it’s Ms Miller, maybe it’s some entity who has purchased some other cinema or broadcast rights?

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  6. I’m heartbroken–I really wanted to see this on the large screen. I wish I understood why Miller’s daughter is so protective of her father’s work in his own country. After all, “The Crucible” was originally produced and staged in this country and was an award winning hit here. I’d think she would want American audiences to see such a stellar production of his work.

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    • To be perfectly honest — how one guards a legacy is a highly individual matter, and to top that off, her husband starred in the film version of it, so it’s perhaps not just her father’s legacy she’s protecting. I can understand her POV, although I don’t know if she’s the rightsholder in question.

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      • Yes, I thought of that too, in no North American theaters, if it is her, we don’t know, she may be protecting DDL’s legacy as well, or even more so. Sad for us though, not the same to see it at home, then in a darkened movie theater with an audience (and not the same as on stage, of course). Still grateful for the opportunity to download the play.

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  7. Holding onto the hope of being able to download The Crucible to view it.

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  8. I found that “I believe” kind of disturbing as well. I don’t see how downloads could be made available only in certain countries in any enforceable way. I hope the rights holder could recognize how many people are willing to legally spend money to have the opportunity to access this utterly unique production. I hope my heart won’t have to break….

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    • here’s an entirely rational prediction — the Armitage fandom has an amazing ability to crack DRM. I hope, too, that they will sell it too us, and I think that the rights situation for the download will have been worked out ahead of time, before they begin making the product. The situation with the broadcasts seems to have been being worked out gradually over the last few weeks. But had the rights not been available for download in North America — this is only a prediction, not a promise — I think we would know that by now, just because they wouldn’t have wanted to awake so many hopes. If that’s not the case, the backlash will be tremendous.

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      • Yes, we have many amazing abilities. I hope you’re right, because it does seem much more irrational not to market the download universally, more or less, compared to the cinema broadcast, which I can imagine has some different issues. Just very unsettling to me. I’m much more interested in seeing The Crucible than most other things of his that I haven’t seen yet.

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        • There was a post about this on Anglophile Channel apparently reassuring us that it will be available for DL in North America.

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          • Yes, thanks, I just saw that a little while ago! She probably/hopefully has good sources…. still crossing fingers 🙂

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