Review by Choice Review
Expanding film studies beyond traditional boundaries, Tryon (Fayetteville State Univ.) explores how cinema affects and is affected by developments in technology and culture that have altered the way movies are consumed, produced, and perceived. The author discusses how the rise of DVDs and their special features have further engaged audiences and expanded film culture. He explores the impact of the digital revolution on the big screen, from themes and special effects to distribution and projection. Students of cultural studies and technology will find interesting, though sometimes narrow, perspectives on how technological developments have elevated fans to the status of critics, editors, and codirectors. Tryon concludes by showing how technology has expanded the concept of the film beyond its theatrical release to include special editions, fan reviews, blogs, mashups, and parodies--meaning that a film is no longer a finished, self-contained work, but rather an ever-growing cultural entity. Although some chapters rely heavily on a small number of examples and would benefit from additional perspectives and tastes, the book is readable and well researched, offering students an excellent opportunity to go beyond more traditional film studies. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. B. H. McMillin Illinois State University
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