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May 18 2005

Australian release date is now 29 September. (reg reqd) Wonderful news for all of us who had been dreading the 6 week wait till 17 November. The link is to the Official Movie Website where you need to be registered and logged in.

The post quotes browncoats_downunder members (a yahoo group) who've had emails from UIP.

ladysorcha beat me to it - and is closer to the source - but yay, yay and all kinds of whoopee!!
Unfortunately ladysorcha doesn't have a link so I'm afraid I'll have to go with your thread.
hehe first post sorry simon

[ edited by ladysorcha on 2005-05-18 08:32 ]
Ah no worries :). Ummm anyone else notice that the Aussies will be seeing the movie one day before the Americans?
I just did, Simon. wondering what that's about.
Wow. This is just... wow. Me happy so no form good sentence.

Simon said:
Ummm anyone else notice that the Aussies will be seeing the movie one day before the Americans?

Well, if you take into account the time difference, it's more like two. ;-)
Look if this is true, this is the coolest ever but is it? True that is? I mean, I hoped against hope that we would shift a little earlier but before the US? We will be the first in the world to see it, right? No way, not ever, not unless something very strange has happened. November 1, yes - one day after, I get but before?

If it is true though, BIGGEST F@#KING WOOHOO EVER!!!!!
If not, normal service will be resumed!
esg - nothing sinister it's just that movies always come out on a Thursday here.
Is there a way to find out when a movie comes out for a specific country?
purplehazel - do movies really always come out on Thursdays here? You know I must be really slow on the uptake because I have never noticed that in 12 years living here! D'oh!

[ edited by catalyst2 on 2005-05-18 08:51 ]
catalsyt2 - I think so; as in it seems that way to me. Certainly the programmes change on Thursdays and usually you can only book ahead as far as the coming Wednesday night.

In looking at citysearch to try an confirm my theory I do think I'm right as a general rule. However, I noticed that Revenge of the Sith is showing at 11.59 pm tonight - Wednesday 18th May - sounds like a day early but is only a minute! If you ignore the time difference. Could be we'll be in for the same thing with Serenity first showing Thursday 29th at 11.59.

[ edited by purplehazel on 2005-05-18 09:12 ]
Oh no, just realised I have to buy a new calender now - my Serenity countdown is all stuffed up if this true - I crossed 176 off this morning! Now it should be 133! Still, all for a good cause and all. At least I am not adding to the tally!
Wooohooo! I AM SO EXCITED! I was dreading having to avoid spoilers for two weeks or so. Buy now! OMG! People will have to avoid the spoilers from me! Muhuahuahua!
YES!!!! I love it when we get the good stuff early!!!
Am doing the happy dance.
Catalyst2 - I got your message, and yes we must do SW next tuesday!
I am determined to cross paths!!! Tuesday, Rocky Cinemas, Star Wars!
I, too, received an email from UIP stating that they have brought the date forward here. So Woohooo! we get it one day earlier than the U.S. How great is that! Oh yes, I have already seen it (had to get that in there), but I will be there on the 29th September.
It seems that UIP have sent the notification to all the people who signed up to see the serenity screening in Sydney So I can also confirm I have recieved an email from them confirming the release date. This is great news we now go from having one of the last release dates to having the first release date!!!
So excited about this!! New movies always (usually) get officially released on Thursday's first. If there's a midnight screening of Serenity it'll be around 12.00am on Thursday morning, which probably explains the Wednesday 11.59pm showing of Revenge of the Sith. Midnight screenings are pretty common for movies expected to be big hits - mostly sci-fi ones anyway. They did it with the other Star Wars movies as well (eps 1 and 2). I'll definitely be at a midnight screening if they have one.

There is one possible downside of the change in date though. It might make it less likely for any of the BDHs to attend the Aussie premier. Of course if they came for a Wednesday night premier they could be on a plane to LA the next morning and back in LA that same morning LA time (time zones are such fun).

PS first post, hope I did it right...
Yipppeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!

I can confrim the UIP e-mail as well. And it is always Thur for new movies but the premiere (or 'preview' as they are saying for Sith as 'no talent' will be there) is often the evening before. Maybe UIP will let us know if there will be a premiere the night before.

I was at the screening. Can't wait to see it again.

ETA oops, you just beat me to the punch there Blackcat. Sorry for the duplicated info. Congrats on your first post.

[ edited by eyeofhorus on 2005-05-18 11:49 ]
That's amazing! Well done you Ozzies :D.

Now, not to be a "whinging pom", but what is the UIP UK up to!
Yay, we rock!

...Damn. I'll have moved overseas by then. Come on, New Zealand, don't let me down now!
Now, not to be a "whinging pom", but what is the UIP UK up to!


Pretty much! We need our date moving forward as well :)
blackcat makes a good point. I have no problem with a 7th October UK launch versus 29th Sept Oz (lucky, lucky, lucky :)) and 30th Sept US launch, as long as we get a proper all out West End, Leicester Square, red carpet, big limousines, screaming fans, BDH heavy premiere.

Plus it would be fun for a change not to be the person sitting at home, watching the local TV news, sniping “really, don’t these people have anything better to do” but rather to be amongst the throng of screaming fans. Although I am a lady and therefore would only toss in a half audible ‘well done chaps’.

And for those of you now moaning ‘why is it always London’, you should check out the UK threads on the OB and, if you haven't done so as yet, email screenings@cantstopthesignal.co.uk and request to be put on the mailing list for possible screenings throughout the UK in August before the official release date, which may or may not happen, but at least then you be in the loop.
purplehazel & catalyst2 - yes movies always open on Thursdays in NSW (not sure about other states). We might be the very first to see the "proper" release of Serenity! Unless it opens in New Zealand on the same day... ?
For the first time since I've become a JW fan, I'm glad that I'm in Melbourne. ;) Since it's before the exam period, I'll be able to drag all of my Uni/College friends to watch it with me. Excellent!
"I have no problem with a 7th October UK launch versus 29th Sept Oz (lucky, lucky, lucky :)) and 30th Sept US launch, as long as we get a proper all out West End, Leicester Square, red carpet, big limousines, screaming fans, BDH heavy premiere."

miranda - that's a very good point. *stops the whinging with the thought of Joss & Cast on a red carpet in Oct*.
oxylus - yes NZ - or possibly Fiji if we don't get a midnight showing. When I lived in Suva the Village Six there would sometimes show films after the US but before Australia.

A couple of weeks ago I was joking with friends about possibly flying to Fiji rather than waiting till November if we could find a cheap package holiday.
Wonderful news! I'll be there with bells on. And also clothes. :)
It's pretty odd for Australia to have the first showing, isn't it? And how many release dates have been moved up now? Maybe Universal is planning to move them ALL up. Including the US/Canada dates? *Pretty please?*
Pixxelpus, That's what I've been thinking. A summer opening in the US/Canada would make so much sense...
Pixxelpuss, I hope you're right! Maybe they're waiting for the Star Wars hype to die down before announcing it! We can all hope can't we??
*sighs* And Germany still has to wait for November! :( It´ll be damn hard to stay away from spoilers for so long ...
If all the BDH go to London at October 7 for the UK premiere, they must be able to drop by Amsterdam a day earlier for the Dutch release, right?

Good news also for the French, since their release dat has also been moved forward, but only to October 19.
It's pretty odd for Australia to have the first showing, isn't it?
Not as odd as you'd think. We've had simultaneous releases with the U.S. many times over the past couple of years - mostly for genre-ish flicks. (Of course, by "simultaneous" I mean the day before, but only because movies are always released on Thursdays here.)
It's pretty odd for Australia to have the first showing, isn't it?
Not as odd as you'd think. We've had simultaneous releases with the U.S. many times over the past couple of years - mostly for genre-ish flicks. (Of course, by "simultaneous" I mean the day before, but only because movies are always released on Thursdays here.)


An example of this was Hitchhiker's Guide which came out a day earlier here. It's just because as other have rightly pointed out that we have new release day being Thursday (makes us lucky). I suspect the reason for the Thursady release day is to artificially inflate the first Weekend's takings to reflect the Australian Population as it is so much smaller than the American population.
Plus not only is Thursday pay day but Australians do love Friday night and/or Saturday night football ;-)
Ya have it right there purplehazel! I am not a footy fan tho, I think it's because of late night shopping and thursday pay days. Either way, I have a huge smile on my dial!
Also, we got Bridget Jones before the Brits.
Also, we got Bridget Jones before the Brits.


That's not necessarily a good thing.
Yay, this is nice. Thanks UIP or whoever's responsible :)

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