- Sun Sep 29, 2019 4:19 pm
The Irishman is being distributed by Netflix and will have a very limited theatrical release. There is a lot of positive works of mouth about this film but people will have to wait until the first of November to see it unless they are in one of the limited and larger markets.
I think Netflix has been great allowing subscribers to access a library of titles. I've been a member for well over a decade now and love the ease of it. No more trips to the video store in time to avoid late fees or in order to get my hands on a new release before they are all rented out.
But, it is at a point now that there are a number of competing streaming services, Hulu, Netflix, soon to be Disney +. Now you have to be a member of multiple services to watch a wide array of titles.
It is also cutting into the theatrical experience as many services like Netflix are just releasing their original titles to a limited number of markets so they qualify for awards. But, who is really getting to see these movies aside from a small number of people? This has coincided by tv networks like HBO, Showtime, etc increasing their budgets for shows and casting film casts and crews. The result are tv shows with theatrical-like production values and scope. But we're still watching it all on a tv.
So while The Irishman appears to be getting Scorsese some of his best reviews in years, the show itself may elude most viewers due to the limitations of the streaming service industry right now. That's too bad.