A film, also called a “video” or an “anime” film, is a collection of digital images that form a picture, either live in the original format, as in broadcasts, or on some other type of media, and are presented as a series of still pictures on a computer monitor, generally with sound. These images are often produced by computers, using special software programs designed for this purpose, and they can be viewed using specialized viewers, such as by playing the video on a DVD player, or through a television. Movies range in length from a few seconds to a full hour, depending on their intended purpose and subject.
The major types of motion pictures are normally played on a large television or large movie screen, known as a movie theater, while other smaller venues called movie houses display smaller-screened motion pictures on special screens. Most movies are intended to be shown on a television set, but some motion pictures have been made available in home video formats, such as VHS. Video games have also developed the use of video screens, and movies may also be distributed on home video systems. While not every movie is made available on these systems, a growing number of movies have been converted to this format, either by the DVD process or by producing home video releases using computer programs.
Motion pictures, whether made using film or some other technology, have become an art form in and of themselves. Most motion pictures are produced for commercial release, but a number of independent motion pictures have also been released on DVD. One of the most popular independent films to be released on DVD is the Japanese science-fiction action hit “The Matrix” (ending up being produced as an English-language version known as the” Revenge of Machines” in North America). A new science-fiction action feature film called “Terminator” is also in the works and is expected to become one of the biggest selling DVDs of all time.