Am I the only one who finds how the running times on DVDs and cinemas are written annoying? Why is it written in minutes rather than hours? For example, the Aussie western “The Proposition” on DVD has a running time of 100 minutes. The question is: how long is that in hours and minutes? As it happens (and pointed out on the DVD Times website) that is 1 Hour and 40 Minutes. So the question is: why not simply state that right at the start? Why try to be fancy and write it in minutes? Is it because 100 minutes “looks” better written than 1 Hour & 40 minutes? This is also the case with films showing in the cinema. Miami Vice has a running time of 133 minutes. Superman Returns runs at 154 minutes.

Who wants to sit there working out how long 133 and 154 minutes are?

Someone ought to remind these people of the KISS principle: Keep it Simple and Straightforward.

4 Responses to “Running Time Rant”

  1. You get used to it, like the difference between 9.40pm and 21:40, to the extent that I don’t even notice it any more.

    That said, I’m not sure the DVD guys are used to it. A mate at work told me last week that he was going to watch Back To The Future 3 when he got home ‘coz it’s only an hour and 14 minutes.’ I was immediately suspect and told him that wasn’t the case and he’d probably misread 114 minutes. No, no, he said, it definitely said 1hr 14 mins.

    And the result? The film was 114 mins long. But… the box mistakenly had it as 1hr 14mins. (Or so he says - the R2 boxset he was talking about, which I don’t have). Idiots.


  2. I have to admit, I’m still not used to it. Maybe I’m just being lazy?

    Wonder if anyone can confirm if that BTTF running time mis-print is true?


  3. Sorry, I have to ask, but… are you taking the piss? You’re seriously saying you can’t translate minutes into hours and minutes?

    Michael Mackenzie

  4. No. I’m serious. Maths isn’t my strongest subject.


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