What does a DCP movie have to do with RHPS?

Effective last year, the movie industry began phasing out 35mm (and 70mm for IMax) film and replacing it with a digital system called DCP. DCP does render a much better and consistent picture with incredible sound fidelity far superior to any Blu-ray or other Hi-Def format. It also has many features that benifit the theater operators that aren’t necessary to go in to here. But, I will go in to the one major benefit of DCP to the movie industry. A DCP makes it very difficult to show a movie at any time other than for when it is licensed to be shown. So if you go to a showing of RHPS (or any other movie) at a theater that shows it on DCP, you are guaranteed to be going to a legally licensed showing. You can’t make that guarantee with any other movie format.
20th Century Fox, who owns the copyright for RHPS, is taking this transition effort one step further and is no longer granting general licensing of RHPS on any format except DCP. There are a few exceptions that they make to allow Blu-Ray, and even fewer yet to allow 35mm film. Because of this, we expect to see fewer [legally licensed] showings of RHPS in the near future until all movie houses can make the very expensive transition to the digital cinema projection systems (or go out of business!). DVD is no longer allowed at all. Special events at venues where movies are not usually played will be allowed to license RHPS on Blu-Ray (at least for now). For example, the Ann Arbor Summerfest’s “Top of the Park” was licensed this summer to show RHPS on Blu-Ray – or it would have been had it not been rained out (which was unfortunate since the Michigan Rocky Horror Preservation Society was scheduled to shadow-cast).http://mrhps.com

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