During tonight's American Dad I saw an advertisement for American Pie Presents: Band Camp, an unrated, straight-to-DVD movie in the American Pie series. I laughed, of course, when I saw that it was a straight-to-DVD movie. Then it struck me: the other American Pie movies were rated R. That means that a large chunk of the potential audience can't see it in theatres... but they can see it on DVD. So, why not just release straight to DVD? It actually makes a lot of sense, now that I've thought about it more. I guess there are a few places that actually check ID to buy movies (I'm sure Wal-Mart is one, and I bet that a lot of movie rental places would), but I'd bet that a lot more theatres check ID.
Then again, I'm not sure. I've rarely had my ID checked for anything.