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Why box sets beat cinema every time

By Robert McNeil

The billboards holler thusly: “It’s Smurfs v Aliens at the box office!” Sounds like grim news but it’s a sign our cinemas are in good health, particularly with all the new sci-fi films — Green Lantern, Captain America, The Avengers, and whatnot — airing or in the offing.



As a born-again screen sci-fan, I rejoice.

But I won’t be tempted back to the cinema, and am happier to wait till the DVD comes out. It’s more relaxing to watch at home.

Recently, I’d a year’s subscription to the cinema, but didn’t use it for six months.

Cinema attendance involves watching movies with other people, most of whom should be incarcerated.

It’s absurd to attend an event hoping other people will behave. It’s just not going to happen. Factual-style research shows one in five of the populace is a yob or ned, so there’s bound to be one in your row or in front of you.

Every evening lately, I’ve been watching the first season of Star Trek, bought in its entirety for about a tenner.

Glib citizens may well deride the Trek but it’s a masterly study of decision-making by that great Captain James T Kirk, a hero who certainly did not get where he is today — the final frontier — by sitting in a cinema texting and gabbing.

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