Nathin Rabin, critic for the AV CLub, has finally seen Casino Royale and asks this:
So here’s my question for you, dear reader. As civilians, do you like to experience the hot new thing as soon as it comes out or do you like to wait until the buzz and hype has died down and things can be viewed with a little more distance and detachment? In other words will you be rushing to see Superbad this weekend or are you willing to wait for it on DVD?
He also refers to the pleasures of watching Freaks and Geeks on DVD and suggests that it might be better to get all the episodes in context since they aired erratically. Generally, I'd prefer to see a movie getting all the hype, but I am somewhat insulated since I live in Japan and it often takes longer for entertainment to arrive (if it it gets distributed here at all). Thus you don't have people quoting Napleon Dynamite everyday at work. In addition, I think some films like Casino Royale, the Bourne films, Children of Men, etc...beg to be seen onthe big screen for the full cinematic expereince. As for TV I am a fan of watching the DVDs at my liesure over waiting week to week for episodes to air (this is how I saw most of the following series: The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Wire, Arrested Development, Entourage, Freaks and Geeks, The Larry Sanders Show).