Cory C. Albrecht
2004-05-10 03:44:00 UTC
Well, I just finished watching "Harry Potetr and the Sorcerer's Stone"
on ABC. While I like the movie, I was rather disappointed at the way ABC
added soooo many commercials to the show. I missed the first 45 minutes
since I was at my Grandmother's place for Mother's Day, but everything
else seemed to follow the pattern 8 minutes of movie followed by 5
minutes of commercial and after every second commercial break (once or
twice before the commercials) there were bits of 2 minutes at the
longest of the interviewing/hosting with Radcliffe, Grint and Watson.
All in all there was only about 18 minutes per half an hour of show.
Generally, North American half hour shows are 22 minutes of show and 8
minutes of commercials (and 44 to 16 for hour long shows). Than mean a
2.5 hour movie would take ~3.4 hours at the expected ratio. Of the
remaining ~36 minutes to make 4 hours, one would expect that there would
be 26 minutes of the interviews with the trio or the sneaks of "Prisoner
of Azkaban." There's no way the total of the interview/hosting bits plus
the special PoA "preview" equalled 26 minutes. There were just too damn
many commercials. :-P
Those little 2 minutes or less bits were really too short for the trio
to say anything meaningfull, especially since Grint appears to be far
less talkative than Radcliffe or Watson.
Did I like having a chance to see SS again? Yes. Were the interview bits
worth the rather choppy feeling of getting only 8 minutes of movie at a
time followed by having to endure 5 minutes of commercials? Not a
chance. We didn't learn anything new in the bits - it was 90% "Oh, I
really liked working with ...". And the supposed preview of PoA was more
like "Scenes from the making of..." and of the actual clips I didn't
notice anything I hadn't already seen from downloading various trailers.
All in all if you didn't get to see this you didn't miss much. IMNSHO,
the only people who would have gotten anything from this are thos HP
fan(atic)s who are the equivalent of the Star Trek fan(atic)s who dress
up as Klingons and learn the Klingon language to go speak it at the
conventions. (And that is coming from a big Trek fan!) I had higher
jopes for these 4 hours, and I was disappointed.
"Star Trekkin' across the universe!
Always going forward 'cause we can't find reverse!"