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Is 4K Digital Cinema inferior to film?
>Tarantino has suggested he may retire because (although he can still shoot on film) he cannot project on 35mm prints in most American cinemas, because of the rapid conversion to digital.
>Steven Spielberg has called digital projection "inferior" compared to film, and attempted at one point to release Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on motion picture film only.
>A theater can purchase a film projector for as little as $10,000 (though projectors intended for commercial cinemas cost two to three times that; to which must be to be added the cost of a long-play system, which also costs around $10,000, making a total of around $30,000–$40,000) from which they could expect an average life of 30–40 years.
>By contrast, a digital cinema playback system—including server, media block, and projector—can cost two to three times as much, and would have a greater risk of component failure and obsolescence.