Godzilla vs Kong must wait

godzillakongI want to watch Godzilla vs Kong (released this week on home rental) but I think I’ll save my £16 to put toward the 4K release in mid-June. The studios just haven’t got their rental pricing right for these new hybrid-release movies: the only film I could conceivably be suckered into paying that price for a rental for would be Villeneuve’s Dune if I absolutely can’t see it in a cinema come October.

I understand some premium level of pricing is inevitable and even necessary but I can’t see how its really going to work regards recouping the mounting costs these films have while waiting for release. How can they possibly break even whatever they charge, so shouldn’t they be aiming for something more towards the impulse-rental level? Maybe something like £10 would be sweet spot enough to tempt those like me in to giving it a rental and get sufficient rentals enough to be worthwhile. I don’t know.

My worry is where all of this leaves these franchises once the dust clears. How in the world Dune Part Two ever happens is quite beyond me, and I’m rather worried about the gap in time between the productions if they even get Part Two greenlit next year (Dune was completed last year). Will Villeneuve be enthusiastic following the HBO Max nonsense, or will he jump ship as Christopher Nolan is rumoured to have done?

You know, all this actually makes me thankful, in a weird way, that BR2049 proved a box-office failure back in 2017. Had it been successful enough to warrant a third entry in the Blade Runner franchise, it would possibly have been caught up in all this, even had it been still in pre-production. How do ‘big’ films get made in times such as this? 

7 thoughts on “Godzilla vs Kong must wait

  1. I can only presume the £16 price point is working out for them, because they’ve pretty unanimously stuck to it now. I can kinda see the logic: if there’s even two of you watching, it becomes favourably comparable to the price of a cinema ticket (bearing in mind you’re not getting the true big screen experience); and for a family with kids, it’s a bargain compared to a cinema trip. But for those of us on our lonesome, yeah, it’s not at all friendly.

    (I… did not pay to watch GvK. I’ve been a good boy up til now and waited for “home premiere”-priced films to come down to acceptable levels, but here is where I cracked. Thing is, if it gets a cinema release near me when they reopen, I’ll almost definitely pay for that; and I will definitely-definitely fork out £25 for the 4K release in a few months’ time. So I might not be legally entitled to save £16 but watch it anyway right now, but I’m fine with it morally.)

    1. Just had a thought: if that £16 rental came with a discount off a future disc release (even if a partial one, say £10 rather than the full £16), I probably would’ve taken the punt a few times. Of course, studios would rather we all switched to streaming anyway, I think, so probably a moot point.

      1. That’s EXACTLY the kind of thing they should consider- after all, if they think everyone is going the way of streaming anyway, they probably wouldn’t think it would impact revenues much if at all. Like you, I’d certainly be more likely to take a punt, and if I didn’t like the film, then I wouldn’t buy the disc and would take a positive from the ‘hit’ that way, and the studio would be on a winner too because they aren’t really mindful of disc revenue (apparently, but I see they are getting Zack Snyder’s Justice League out there on disc as well as a remastered Batman v Superman).

    2. I’m actually heartened that you didn’t fork out £16 for it (where’s the review by the way?) I don’t understand all the torrents business etc- I was one of the few who waited months to watch GOT until my in-laws got Sky Atlantic. Its one of the things I’m curious about regards streaming and all things digital, its like the studios have given up on piracy as I’m reliably informed every time anything decent goes digital its on the pirate feeds overnight.

      Those of us who still buy discs will always give something back to the studios, we are probably the best suckers/customers the studios have. I watched a few films on Kodi several years ago and if I liked a film, I’d always go buy the disc for a better-quality experience. As I’ve gotten older I’ve become a bit more discerning/wary/suspicious of some of the pricing and £16 for a rental is… well, maybe its the future. I suspect some kind of hybrid release format will become the new normal and maybe as you say £16 will seem more reasonable for a couple otherwise facing a £30 outlay at the cinema (those cinema tickets do keep sneaking up in price).

  2. Matthew McKinnon

    Don’t bother. It’s shit.

    There’s a lot of ‘oh, it’s actually OK’ and ‘much better than the last one’ type three and four-star reviews out there. And on the strength of those and goodwill towards the director after ‘The Guest’ (and having liked the Skull Island film) I gave it a punt.

    It is pretty much exactly the same as ‘Godzilla: King Of Monsters’. Same paper-thin non-characters, barely even introduced before running around the world on some nonsense quest and then fading into the background for the big fight. It’s really really poor.

    And the sound mix is atrocious: I had to constantly whack it up a full ten notches above normal to hear the inaudible dialogue and then quickly turn it down when the explosions started up again.

    There is some nice design in the Hollow Earth sequence, and the big fight between Godzilla and Kong is spectacular, but otherwise it’s a wasteland. Avoid like the plague.

    1. Bugger. I’d hoped that KOTM was a blip. The enjoyment of a good movie (Skull Island) can really sucker you in for disappointment can’t it- I even bought KOTM on 4k and only watched it once, it didn’t even qualify as eye-candy, which takes some doing with a blockbuster movie in 4K. Film-makers seem to think the toybox of CGI can replace such nonsense as drama and characters and I suppose if the films make enough money they are proven right; who wants to make ‘movies for the ages’ now? Its all about the money. I guess Covid has finally undone that facet of the Monsterverse (although I hear they are making another Godzilla?).

  3. I thought GvK was a lot more like Skull Island than KotM, tonally. But your mileage will vary — everyone seems to have completely different views on which MonsterVerse films are better / worse / dogshit / brilliant.

    I thought this piece by Matt Zoller Seitz was an eloquent defence of the series: https://www.vulture.com/2021/04/my-heart-belongs-to-the-monsterverse.html (FYI, the paragraph near the end that begins “Godzilla vs. Kong expands on that idea.” has some spoilers in it, if you want to avoid them.)

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