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Unread 12-26-2009, 02:34 AM   #1
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Movie: Avatar, $150M for marketing. Huh??????

So, I saw some movie called "Avatar" today. Never heard of it before, had NO IDEA what it is about (always an interesting way to see a movie). But wife wanted to go today, so, we went. After the movie, I get on-line to see what I can find out something about it (a habit I developed from watching movies at home). Supposedly, some $150M+ was spend on marketing, and it has received all kinds of hype and press, etc.

Now, I am on the Internet - every day. I read the news - from many sources - on practically a continual basis (I am a news junkie). I realize I live in Alaska - but we have the same Internet everyone else does. How is it possible that I could know nothing of this movie, at all, given its marketing budget and hype? Even by accident???? What did they spend all that marketing money on??

FWIW - the crowd was awful as usual. I am appalled that parents bring their infant babies to the movies - and even more appalled that movie theater managers and staff allow them in. It's just ridiculous. Hard to decide which is worse - these people, or the damned cell phone people. What is wrong with these people?? I swear to god I want a cell phone jammer so bad I can just taste it!!! I hardly ever go to the movies for these two reasons. I don't even remember the last time I went to see a movie, but it was a long time ago. Oh, I remember now - it was in May to see Star Trek. Other than that..hell....probably the FIRST transformers movie (didn't see the second). Anyway.....there you go (:

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Unread 12-26-2009, 02:39 AM   #2
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Sometimes things are right in front of you and you dont even see it
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Unread 12-26-2009, 03:00 AM   #3
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the media has been saturated with all the avatar advertisements, between burger or mcdonalds, commercials, cell phone ads, etc... hell, the video game was out before the movie hit theaters !
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I remeber reading that you dont watch much tv? that probably why you dident notice it.


I did a google search, it suppostidly cost 300 milion -500 million dollars to produce.

Sofar it's made 237 million.
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I saw it yesterday afternoon in 3D, I thought the story was recycled and unoriginal- still OK but nothing new really. But it was visually ASTOUNDING and for this it goes down as one of my favorite movies of all time.
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First time i heard about it was during a cowboys game, they played the trailer on that huuge screen for the crowd. They played like a regular preview for people at home, after that i wanted to see it, great movie..
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Unread 12-26-2009, 07:33 AM   #7
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So, I saw some movie called "Avatar" today. Never heard of it before, had NO IDEA what it is about (always an interesting way to see a movie). But wife wanted to go today, so, we went. After the movie, I get on-line to see what I can find out something about it (a habit I developed from watching movies at home). Supposedly, some $150M+ was spend on marketing, and it has received all kinds of hype and press, etc.

Now, I am on the Internet - every day. I read the news - from many sources - on practically a continual basis (I am a news junkie). I realize I live in Alaska - but we have the same Internet everyone else does. How is it possible that I could know nothing of this movie, at all, given its marketing budget and hype? Even by accident???? What did they spend all that marketing money on??

FWIW - the crowd was awful as usual. I am appalled that parents bring their infant babies to the movies - and even more appalled that movie theater managers and staff allow them in. It's just ridiculous. Hard to decide which is worse - these people, or the damned cell phone people. What is wrong with these people?? I swear to god I want a cell phone jammer so bad I can just taste it!!! I hardly ever go to the movies for these two reasons. I don't even remember the last time I went to see a movie, but it was a long time ago. Oh, I remember now - it was in May to see Star Trek. Other than that..hell....probably the FIRST transformers movie (didn't see the second). Anyway.....there you go (:
I heard about it from my son, I don't watch much TV.

The movie goers are polite out this way. It isn't often that I hear babies cry, if they do they leave the theater. I don't think I have ever heard a cell phone go off or anybody talk on way during a movie in my area.
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Advertising works on different people in different ways. For instance, I know there's several product or media tie-ins it's been involved with, because I've seen or heard them but I couldn't tell you which ones those were as I've forgotten. I don't think I've ever bought anything because of a commercial as I just kind of zone out. I know there was so much advertising that I almost winced in pain every time I heard the title mentioned; because it was being used to beat me over the head and forcing me into submitting $10 to make it stop (I thought the movie was great anyway).

At my theater, I intentionally went to the last showing (11:20 PM) and guess what? Crying babies. SERIOUSLY, WHAT THE ****.

Actually, they only fussed for the first 20-30 mins. The worst was the sniffling snuffleupagus behind me that wouldn't wipe their damned nose. For 3 hours.
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Sometimes things are right in front of you and you dont even see it
Well, that's my point really. Makes me wonder about the effectiveness of advertising.

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I remeber reading that you dont watch much tv? that probably why you dident notice it.
It's true, I don't watch much TV. As it happens, I'm watching TV today (for the first time in maybe 2 weeks), and the was doing so for less than an hour before I saw a McDonald's commercial for Avatar. But I wonder if I would have even noticed the commercial if I had not just seen the movie.

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I saw it yesterday afternoon in 3D, I thought the story was recycled and unoriginal
I liked it, and only saw the 2D version. My exact quote after the movie was, "That was the first movie I saw in a long time that didn't completely suck."

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Advertising works on different people in different ways. For instance, I know there's several product or media tie-ins it's been involved with, because I've seen or heard them but I couldn't tell you which ones those were as I've forgotten. I don't think I've ever bought anything because of a commercial as I just kind of zone out. I know there was so much advertising that I almost winced in pain every time I heard the title mentioned; because it was being used to beat me over the head and forcing me into submitting $10 to make it stop (I thought the movie was great anyway).
Yeah, for me, when commercials come on, no matter what the medium is, I generally either hit mute, change the channel, to take a leak, use the computer, or simply zone out. Even so, it seems like I would have seen SOMETHING, SOMEWHERE, all things considered.

The result of all of this is that it really makes me wonder about advertising over-saturation, and whether the advertising industry could be better served by actually advertising less - so that advertisements are less commonplace.

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At my theater, I intentionally went to the last showing (11:20 PM) and guess what? Crying babies. SERIOUSLY, WHAT THE ****.
I blame the establishment. I just can't believe they allow these people in.
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So tell me, I know nothing about this movie. Are we dealing with animal human hybrids something like this?
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So tell me, I know nothing about this movie. Are we dealing with animal human hybrids something like this?
Sort of - yeah - but sexier.
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With all that money spent on marketing, it didnt make me want to see it anymore than if I had never heard of it
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So tell me, I know nothing about this movie. Are we dealing with animal human hybrids something like this?
not even close
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