Ultraviolet
@Liam Ronan Not so, my good man. It's a fantastic preview trailer for the next Vin Diesel xXx skate-boarder/ spy movie.
Liam Ronan
@Ultraviolet If you say so. Never seen any Vin Diesel flick. Even so, and not to quibble, isn't a 'preview trailer' effectively a commercial? Perhaps it's not a 'crummy' commercial but it is a commercial none the less, right?
Ultraviolet
@Liam Ronan Please DO quibble. It's a pleasant change to quibble on GTV over something like this than the far more acrimonious quibbling that happens around here on a daily basis. Yerra Bergoglian Troll! St. Thomas Aquinas Said We Can Haz Abortions! Goodness Me, I'm Oh-So Appalled At Trolling On GTV, I'll Antagonize UV For Lulz. etc.
Ultraviolet
I suppose whether or not they are "commercials" really depends on how you see the medium of movies and even the trailers for them. I see both as art/ entertainment. Trailers are, in their own way, mini-movies, collecting the more exciting scenes and giving a synopsis of the story.
Some extended trailers are almost the movie it itself. There was one particular official extended trailer for The …More
I suppose whether or not they are "commercials" really depends on how you see the medium of movies and even the trailers for them. I see both as art/ entertainment. Trailers are, in their own way, mini-movies, collecting the more exciting scenes and giving a synopsis of the story.

Some extended trailers are almost the movie it itself. There was one particular official extended trailer for The Lion/ Witch/ Wardrobe that covered so much of the movie, watching the film was almost boring because it was like seeing it for the second time.

I would argue they're art/ entertainment because they can stand on their own grounds, artistically. Some are even better than the movies they describe! Also, people even make "fan made" trailers, picking their own favorite scenes, doing the editing, picking the music, etc. The same is also true for movie posters which can be considered "art about art".

Sure, for the studio/ licensees, they approach movies and everything connected with them (especially these days) as just a product. In spite of that, the medium transcends their base motives.

The term "commercial" seems best suited for goods and services... Garbage bags and phone plans and such. Or, such is my perspective.
Liam Ronan
@Ultraviolet: Interesting exposition and thoughts. Thanks for taking time to elaborate so candidly. I am inclined to be persuaded in part by your logic and I'd love to 'bat the breeze' with you sometime. In any event and until then I'd like to buy the world a Coke and be pope:
"I'd like to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony
I'd like to buy the world a Coke
And keep it company
That's the …More
@Ultraviolet: Interesting exposition and thoughts. Thanks for taking time to elaborate so candidly. I am inclined to be persuaded in part by your logic and I'd love to 'bat the breeze' with you sometime. In any event and until then I'd like to buy the world a Coke and be pope:

"I'd like to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony
I'd like to buy the world a Coke
And keep it company
That's the real thing."
Ultraviolet
"until then I'd like to buy the world a Coke and be pope."
@Liam Ronan Please take a "Your Turn Is" ticket from the dispenser.
At last count you're third in line behind future popes Maccabeus The Heavy-Handed and Ultraviolet The Benevolent
Liam Ronan
@Ultraviolet: Ya know, even at the time I thought SNL's Father Guido Sarducci was a commercial for Vatican II.
Ultraviolet
@Liam Ronan "Father Sarducci" could easily be the most flattering face of Vatican Council II, especially during the late 70s/ early 80s.
Liam Ronan
Pope soap on a rope.
Liam Ronan
@Servant Of Divine Mercy "As Ralphie remarked about his Little Orphan Annie Super Secret Decoder in the movie A Christmas Story: Just 'a crummy commercial.'