‘Bubble’ bursts

The future of moviegoing or its end arrived Friday with the release of Steven Soderbergh’s “Bubble” simultaneously in theaters, on DVD and on cable TV. The debate over whether studios should close their distribution windows had been under way for a long time before “Bubble,” a micro-budgeted film that even its director calls “experimental,” and the controversy no doubt will continue long after “Bubble” is forgotten. With grosses of some $72,000 from 32 theaters, the results of the much-watched experiment showed that simultaneous release may be better at selling DVDs than movie tickets.

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