So true. The second run theaters used to get some ghastly, worn-out prints that made a movie watching experience trying. These days, one can set up a projector, a Blu-Ray player and some powered speakers inside a coffee house and have a superior experience.
PS. I walked into a neighborhood sports bar a few nights ago and they had an 84" flat screen showing the FSU - Notre Dame game. Get one of those and, in a coffee house type of a room, one wouldn't even need a projector.
And, just as quickly, the latest rumors pop up - the EOS Cinema lineup will be revamped in 2015.
Canon wants to stay in the game and three year old models won't get that done.
URSA is not a run-n-gun camera but the media can be rented and files compressed (if you have no need to shoot Raw) during the image acquisition. And, whenever Atomos releases Shogun - expected by December now, a couple of months later than originally - a lot of folks will use that with very versatile GH4 or A7s (or NX1, if it lives up to its billing)
And then there's FS7 for another fistful of dollars or FS-700 + CD Q7 for a few fistfuls more.
So, the question here isn't whether C100II is a competent camera but whether it provides value for its price and release date. I would say that, considering its competition, it does not ... to a neutral buyer who isn't heavily invested in Canon glass already. To me, this looks like a hurried update that has been in the development stages for a new camera but has been released now to cover a bunch of hinds in Canon headquarters.
As to 4K - many dismissed it a year ago on this very site ... and then Panasonic released GH4 and it sold 2.5 times the number of units the company anticipated. Likewise, ARRI kept telling folks that Alexa has enough res ... and then had to scramble with the open gate sensor in order to placate the pros asking for better detail. And, going into the Christmas shopping season, Panasonic has a 4K compact camera in LX 1000 and a 4K DSLR style FZ-1000 for $900 each.
And this $5,500 camera does not.
Corporate history is filled with the fallen giants and the LA based production numbers keep falling and falling anyway. At some point, the Chinese will begin to produce and distribute more films with top global writers/actors/directors but under far more controlled wages, more or less replicating the old (1920-50's) Hollywood studio model and the center of the creative universe will drift further and further away from LA much like the rest of the global economy will drift away from the Western Hemisphere.
It'll have a hard time holding its value. 2015 is the end of the line for the 1080p cameras. For run-and-gun, there are new 4K camcorders and rigged out 4K DSLR's (which have a better stills capture as well). For low/no budget creative projects, C-100 will be going against URSA, AF-200, GH4/A7s + Shogun combos, FS-7, NX1 and many speculated/currently unannounced projects like A-99 MK II, which might have an internal 8K, or updated A7s with the internal 4K function. TV is in the 4K mode now for archiving, if not broadcasting, and the broadcasters themselves are going online (since 4K broadcasting will depend on the government while streaming can be mostly controlled by the source). Once folks see what 4K looks like, wedding and corporate will demand it as well.
My take is that Canon will have to revamp their entire EOS line very soon or see a lot of their L-glass head out to eBay.
Hollywood accounting is "creative" by definition, which is why everyone is interested in gross rather than net profits ... (net profits do not exist) ... which is another reason for this blockbuster mentality - most of it is paid upfront and every agency in town wants to get in on these big budgets and that makes the $10M-$25M film - outside of the horror and comedy genre - a rare bird.
And big budgets mean fewer films and, of these fewer films, the concepts are fewer as well.
As to George, he was lucky that the 70's weren't like that. Maybe Hollywood needs to go back to a "slow rollout" type of marketing where big cities open first and the revenues derived from there support a a subsequent nationwide release. And if the early couple weeks don't do the trick, then that's the way it goes.