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H'Wood up in arms over 'Bubble' releases

Jan. 27, 2006 at 9:25 PM

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The release of Steven Soderbergh's art house film "Bubble" at theaters, cable TV and DVD over the next four days has sparked an entertainment industry debate.

The low-budget murder mystery starring non-actors is hardly blockbuster material, the Los Angeles Times noted. But it has forced Hollywood to consider the implication of a film being made so accessible so early after its theatrical release.

Several veteran directors told the Times Soderbergh was treading dangerous ground.

Jonathan Demme said it seems "the movie business is devouring itself" while Tim Burton dismissed the simultaneous release as absurd.

"Viewing in a theater is the optimum experience," Ron Howard told the Times. "It needs to be preserved. ... But, at the end of the day, technology and viewers are going to tell us what they really want."

M. Night Shyamalan has said he would rather switch jobs than see his movies debut on the small screen.

Soderbergh declined to comment, the Times said.

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