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Duncan Jones getting screwed out of DVD cash for Moon

04.01.2010

If you're like me, you spent about a month trying to track down a local theater that was actually playing MOON when it was released. When that didn't pan out, I waited until it was on DVD (eons later) and rented it then, only to discover it was in fact one of my favorite films of the year.

Well, it turns out by renting it, I was inadvertently shafting over Duncan Jones and the crew. I’m sorry, I didn’t know! An angry Jones explains via Twitter.

Im actually quite upset right now.

UK DVD sales of Moon a healthy 120,000+. US numbers? Less than half that… due to huge number of “free” copies given to rental companies.

then they can split rental revenue with those chains, and pay the film makers… you guessed it… nothing.

Did you know that sometimes, when a studio wants to screw an indie film, they actually “give away” the DVD to large rental chains? ...

Just learned how we got “got” by the studio on Moon, and wont be getting any revenue from it. Very angry.

This is a shitty practice to begin with, but it's especially a big fat shaft for a movie like MOON, who couldn’t bank on ticket sales to make cash since distribution was horrific. By taking away a huge chunk of the DVD money and spiltting it with rental change, Jones and friends are getting reamed. 

I'm not sure why Sony hates this movie so much. As you'll recall, MOON wasn't nominated for any Oscars mainly because the studio didn't send the Academy any screeners (due to "piracy concerns"), and now there's this DVD bullshit.

In the spirit of charity, and because it’s a great movie, pick up a copy of MOON on Blu-ray.

Extra Tidbit: Clint Mansell's "The Nursery" from the soundtrack is my #1 played on iTunes right now.
Source: Indiewire

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10:51AM on 04/02/2010

Crappy

It's more important for a small, independent film to make the most amount of money it can (anyway it can) so that when Duncan goes to pitch his next film, it can get more funding.
For a studio to GIVE AWAY anything means something is not right. They don't really give anything away unless there's some of kind of revenue in sight. Greedy studios are getting out of control and hope this doesn't stop Duncan from making anything else.
It's more important for a small, independent film to make the most amount of money it can (anyway it can) so that when Duncan goes to pitch his next film, it can get more funding.
For a studio to GIVE AWAY anything means something is not right. They don't really give anything away unless there's some of kind of revenue in sight. Greedy studios are getting out of control and hope this doesn't stop Duncan from making anything else.
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3:31AM on 04/02/2010

Sucks..

Duncan Jones rubs me the wrong way. Have you read any of his other stuff? he made a great film here, and it sucks to have the pay fucked up. But I'm betting he rubbed someone else the wrong way, too.
Duncan Jones rubs me the wrong way. Have you read any of his other stuff? he made a great film here, and it sucks to have the pay fucked up. But I'm betting he rubbed someone else the wrong way, too.
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2:04AM on 04/02/2010

Poor Moon

Track100 you bring a good point, but look at it this way seeing as more then half the video rental stores are going out of business and selling there free copies of moon to people during there close-outs. It makes you wonder yes they are getting money for nothing, but Duncan Jones might get the last laugh when mostly all the larger rentals are all gone because of Netflix & Red Box!
Track100 you bring a good point, but look at it this way seeing as more then half the video rental stores are going out of business and selling there free copies of moon to people during there close-outs. It makes you wonder yes they are getting money for nothing, but Duncan Jones might get the last laugh when mostly all the larger rentals are all gone because of Netflix & Red Box!
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11:11PM on 04/01/2010
I don't won't to be the asshole, but Jones is a little green on how things work. Moon should have made money because it's awesome, but it didn't. Most rental companies would not have stocked it because of that. So the big bad company giving out free copies is actually a very nice thing to do. It means more exposure for the movies and Jones, so that maybe the next one will make money. It shows that the big bad company has a lot of faith in Jones.
I don't won't to be the asshole, but Jones is a little green on how things work. Moon should have made money because it's awesome, but it didn't. Most rental companies would not have stocked it because of that. So the big bad company giving out free copies is actually a very nice thing to do. It means more exposure for the movies and Jones, so that maybe the next one will make money. It shows that the big bad company has a lot of faith in Jones.
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10:07AM on 04/02/2010
So because The Hurt Locker didnt make a lot of money, its should be a hard one to find if I follow your logic ?
So because The Hurt Locker didnt make a lot of money, its should be a hard one to find if I follow your logic ?
11:00PM on 04/01/2010
Red, all I need to say
Red, all I need to say
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9:27PM on 04/01/2010
Feel so sorry for the dude. He goes out and makes his first movie, and he puts up with all that shit??? It's enough for anyone to quit filmmaking altogether. I just hope he doesn't get discouraged.
Feel so sorry for the dude. He goes out and makes his first movie, and he puts up with all that shit??? It's enough for anyone to quit filmmaking altogether. I just hope he doesn't get discouraged.
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8:16PM on 04/01/2010
Moon is one of the most underrated movies ever, which is especially painful since it is so, SO good. I don't understand why it's treated like a red-headed stepchild. It's revolting.
Moon is one of the most underrated movies ever, which is especially painful since it is so, SO good. I don't understand why it's treated like a red-headed stepchild. It's revolting.
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7:53PM on 04/01/2010
Why do all the good films get such crappy theatrical releases? Couldn't fins Moon, Hurt Locker, or the Road in theaters near me (still waiting to see The Road). I was lucky I caught Where the Wild Things are when I had the chance. Just another reason to hate the studios.
Glad there's another Mansell fan here, you've got good taste Tassi.
Why do all the good films get such crappy theatrical releases? Couldn't fins Moon, Hurt Locker, or the Road in theaters near me (still waiting to see The Road). I was lucky I caught Where the Wild Things are when I had the chance. Just another reason to hate the studios.
Glad there's another Mansell fan here, you've got good taste Tassi.
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5:04PM on 04/01/2010

that's some fucked up shit

I'm glad I picked up the movie on blu ray when it came out but...
I love this film and to have Jones and his crew being screwed like that... damn.
I'm glad I picked up the movie on blu ray when it came out but...
I love this film and to have Jones and his crew being screwed like that... damn.
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4:43PM on 04/01/2010

Hate Sony so much.

Rage.
They even fucking entered This Is It and 2012 "for your consideration" and not Moon. Morons.
Rage.
They even fucking entered This Is It and 2012 "for your consideration" and not Moon. Morons.
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4:37PM on 04/01/2010
I bought the Region-free UK Blu-ray awhile ago (it came out 2 or 3 months before the US one), so hopefully he got a nice kickback from those purchases. I was amazed when this film came to my ridiculously small Florida town, so I jumped all over the chance to see it. Probably the second best film of last year.
I bought the Region-free UK Blu-ray awhile ago (it came out 2 or 3 months before the US one), so hopefully he got a nice kickback from those purchases. I was amazed when this film came to my ridiculously small Florida town, so I jumped all over the chance to see it. Probably the second best film of last year.
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4:31PM on 04/01/2010

Don't worry Duncan!

You can have my $30, I'll go buy it today. Awesome flick, I've just been lazy getting it.
You can have my $30, I'll go buy it today. Awesome flick, I've just been lazy getting it.
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4:29PM on 04/01/2010
this movie is sick! fuck the studios and their bullshit
this movie is sick! fuck the studios and their bullshit
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4:26PM on 04/01/2010
I rented it dammit - movie was well awesome - definitely one too buy - especially now.
I rented it dammit - movie was well awesome - definitely one too buy - especially now.
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4:22PM on 04/01/2010
That's really annoying ... but at least the man has a bright future ahead of him.... not to mention david bowie's his dad, so he's not exactly starving on the street somewhere.

That being said, BIG fan of moon, look forward to seeing whatever he does next.
That's really annoying ... but at least the man has a bright future ahead of him.... not to mention david bowie's his dad, so he's not exactly starving on the street somewhere.

That being said, BIG fan of moon, look forward to seeing whatever he does next.
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3:55PM on 04/01/2010
That is some horse sh*t. I will go buy my copy today as long as some money goes to Duncan Jones.
That is some horse sh*t. I will go buy my copy today as long as some money goes to Duncan Jones.
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3:13PM on 04/01/2010

Just another reason

to NOT feel guilty about downloading flicks. Screw the studios up their asses.

Still have to see this flick tho damnit.
to NOT feel guilty about downloading flicks. Screw the studios up their asses.

Still have to see this flick tho damnit.
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3:11PM on 04/01/2010

why Sony?

I agree that Sony is strangely negative on the movie. When they didn't send any Moon screeners to the Academy, they came up with this weird ass reason: piracy. That made no sense. What does have to do with the Oscars and the voters?
I agree that Sony is strangely negative on the movie. When they didn't send any Moon screeners to the Academy, they came up with this weird ass reason: piracy. That made no sense. What does have to do with the Oscars and the voters?
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2:41PM on 04/01/2010
I wonder with what they threatened him, to make him delete the tweets and add this lame excuse... "Shouldn't try to understand revenue reporting. didn't have all the info. Being assured it's all as it should be... Will stick to directing!"
I wonder with what they threatened him, to make him delete the tweets and add this lame excuse... "Shouldn't try to understand revenue reporting. didn't have all the info. Being assured it's all as it should be... Will stick to directing!"
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4:23PM on 04/01/2010
oh hmm, maybe this article should be removed, updated or amended, then.
oh hmm, maybe this article should be removed, updated or amended, then.
2:34PM on 04/01/2010
Bought the Blu-Ray from the UK, it's only 16 USD on amazon.co.uk... Is there a difference, in terms of revenue for Duncan, if it was bought from England or from the States?
Bought the Blu-Ray from the UK, it's only 16 USD on amazon.co.uk... Is there a difference, in terms of revenue for Duncan, if it was bought from England or from the States?
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2:33PM on 04/01/2010
What the hell? I bought this movie on blu ray without ever having seen it. Best blind buy ever.
What the hell? I bought this movie on blu ray without ever having seen it. Best blind buy ever.
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5:56PM on 04/01/2010
Bought it because I couldn't see it in theaters. Glad I didn't rent it. Didn't need to see it first. We all knew it would be awesome.
Bought it because I couldn't see it in theaters. Glad I didn't rent it. Didn't need to see it first. We all knew it would be awesome.
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