Star Wars: The Force Awakens DVD/Blu-Ray and digital copies will arrive in a few weeks, but while we would all like to see the movie as much as we can, in any known viewing platform, Director J.J. Abrams has one request – don't watch the film on your cellphone.
According to Reuters, during an SXSW seminar, the 49-year-old filmmaker told (almost pleaded) audiences not to watch The Force Awakens on their handheld devices.
Anyone who makes movies will say: 'Please don't watch my movies on that.' It is the nightmare of every storyteller that people are going to watch something you made on something so small.
Any fan knows that Star Wars movies aren't meant to be watched in just any screen, especially small ones the likes of tablets and cellphones. Certainly, the visual effects and set pieces cannot be appreciated in the smallest of screens. However, in this day and age where people are constantly mobile, perhaps this can't be helped anymore.
In the conference, Abrams also admitted that the mobile world has its cons. While it's hard to appreciate movies, especially CGI-filled like Star Wars, in handheld devices, cellphones are a great advantage to the art of filmmaking. The quality of the camera may not top that of Hollywood's, but everyone is given the chance of creating their own films.
Personally, I have no objection to watching Star Wars in cellphones. Sometimes, it just really can't be helped. There will be instances where you just want to see the films ASAP and the easiest way to do that is through mobile phones. Although, I do think it's only applicable to films we've already seen. I wouldn't want to watch Rogue One: A Star Wars Story or Star Wars: Episode VIII for the first time on a cellphone. Would you?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens' digital copies will be released on April 1, while Blu-Ray/DVD copies will be released on April 5.
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