I think this will be better for theaters than most people realize, because they make most of their profits off of concession sales.
I don't know about you but when the ticket itself is $10, I don't feel much like buying popcorn and a soda. With this kind of decreased pricing, now I'll have money to actually visit the concession stand each time I go.
I've noticed that a lot of people have a very elitist attitude about specializing in a particular job and only that job, because apparently that's the only "right" way to go into filmmaking.
I've seen some pretty snobbish insults directed at people who do a ton of different jobs on a small set. I've even seen it said before that if you call yourself a "filmmaker" (as opposed to a "cinematographer," a "colorist," or something more specific) you've already failed. It's such a narrow-minded and pointless mentality.
I agree with all you said but wanted to point out that Skyfall was shot in 2.8K ARRIRAW and 5K Redcode RAW, not 1080p.
Even worse is when it's painfully obvious that the 2.35:1 letterbox was tossed on almost as an afterthought during post and none of the shots are actually composed for it
I believe that the time it takes for a film to get rediscovered has grown shorter ever since home video became a thing.
I mean, in most cases you only get one shot at a theatrical distribution. If your advertising fails to make an impression or something, there's not much you can do in such a limited window. This could totally destroy a movie like Citizen Kane, made at a time when theatrical distribution was all there was.
But home viewing isn't a limited window. When anyone can watch your movie whenever they want, it can lead to a huge re-evaluation. The best example I can think of is Dredd; it made about $12 at the box office because many people thought it was related to the 1995 Judge Dredd movie with Sylvester Stallone. But it became very popular on home formats within a year of its initial release and now it seems to be regarded as one of the best action movies of the last decade.
Seems to just be 2K