I know we have discussed this somewhat on the threads about The Artist and others, but it deserves its own thread. It isn't news to any of us that film - that is, old-school photochemical film - is on its deathbed. Film as a distribution medium will effectively be gone in just a couple of years. The changes occurring in both creating and and showing movies are enormous, and the consequences significant... and not always in the ways you'd expect. This article lays it out very well: http://www.laweekly.com/2012-04-12/film-tv/35-mm-film-digital-Hollywood/ And this is the first of a series of excellent long articles: http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2011/12/01/pandoras-digital-box-in-the-multiplex/ As a lifelong movie buff/collector/scholar and lover of older technologies, I find aspects of this situation unbelievably sad. There's no question that digital cinema is great in some ways, but I mourn the inevitable loss of art houses and small theaters, and the many thousands of old films that will never migrate to digital versions and eventually become nearly impossible to see. And since digital formats aren't remotely as archival as film, much is going to be lost going forward - someday, it will be equivalent to the situation with silent films: vast numbers will simply have been lost. Of course, I personally still run 16mm and Super 8 film (not to mention VHS tapes), but it's strange: I went from being a weirdo when I began collecting in the 1970s - before the introduction of home video, when just owning movies was an unusual hobby - to being a weirdo now because I still champion old media! I know something is always lost when there's a technological paradigm shift, but this situation is really distressing to a serious lover of film!