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    If I were talking about a film being made based on a book, would I say "The book came out in film" or "The book came out on film"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EverLivingPoet View Post
    If I were talking about a film being made based on a book, would I say "The book came out in film" or "The book came out on film"?
    "A film was made from the book" is common.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WillKim View Post
    I looked in a dictionary. "The book came out under film." is better
    No. That is incorrect.

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    I heard "The film came out in/on DVD" often enough. So "The book came out in/on film" would be ok too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EverLivingPoet View Post
    I heard "The film came out in/on DVD" often enough. So "The book came out in/on film" would be ok too?
    I would use "on," not "in" for either of those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EverLivingPoet View Post
    I heard "The film came out in/on DVD" often enough. So "The book came out in/on film" would be ok too?
    Not for me. I'd say, "The book was made into a film", "They made a film of the book" or, like bhai, "A film was made from the book"

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    Re: ON/IN FILM

    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    ▪ The movie just came out on DVD.

    The phrasal verb "come out" means "to become available : to begin to be produced or sold."


    http://www.oxfordadvancedlearnersdic...dictionary/dvd
    be released on/come out on/be out on DVD

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    Re: ON/IN FILM

    Quote Originally Posted by EverLivingPoet View Post
    If I were talking about a film being made based on a book, would I say "The book came out in film" or "The book came out on film"?


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    DEAR EVERLIVINGPOET:

    (1) Yes, prepositions drive many of us crazy.

    (2) I agree that "on" would be fine.

    (3) If we can say that a book has come out on DVD or video, why

    can't we say that it has come out on film?

    (4) I did some googling and found some examples that sound fine

    to my ears:


    When [the book] Witness for the Prosecution came out on film,
    it was a huge hit.

    When does Wolf Brother come out on film?

    Les Miserables was just washed out on film.

    There's just so much to the book that I'd love to see on film.


    Respectfully yours,


    James

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    But, "The book came out in film" could be used in limited circumstances?

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    Re: ON/IN FILM

    Quote Originally Posted by EverLivingPoet View Post
    But, "The book came out in film" could be used in limited circumstances?
    As a native speaker I would never use "in" in the above sentence.

    "The book came out on film" is common in North America but, based on what other members have said, odd sounding or incorrect elsewhere.

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