Early DVD release of 'Alice in Wonderland' and potential savings don't hit home

Johnny Depp
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The controversy over Disney's plan to release "Alice in Wonderland" on DVD a month early appears to be a tempest in a tea party for movie fans.

The experiment presents a chance for cinephiles to save big bucks by avoiding the cineplex, knowing that the wait would not be as long for store purchase and Netflix. That's the fear of theater owners, some of whom have threatened to boycott the film if Disney follows through.

But not one among the dozen or so movie fans interviewed by WalletPop in Brooklyn, N.Y., last week said they would be discouraged from seeing the 3-D adaptation at the theater.

"For some films it would not matter," said Vicki Eisen, a psychotherapist. "For a film this visual, I always want to see it on the big screen."