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Bootleg Star Wars AotC Debuts on Internet

CmdrTaco posted more than 12 years ago | from the goes-with-the-territory dept.

Star Wars Prequels 575

Arctic Fox writes "Matt Drudge is reporting that bootleg copies of the new Star Wars movie have been appearing on the internet one week before the movie's big screeen debut. The article says that they have used a tripod mounted camera at a pre-screening to tape it. Not known is if anyone is seen walking in front of the camera." I gotta admit, I find this amusing, although I'd never bother downloading it: I've had 12:01 tickets ready to go and there is no way I'm gonna spoil it watching a low quality divx.

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not worth it (0, Troll)

Bad_CRC (137146) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496322)

no way I'd ever get a copy on my l33t dialup connection anyway, but the quality is supposedly not even up to "crap" standards.

Re:not worth it (3, Funny)

Hallow (2706) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496347)

Yeah, some reviews are saying it's going to be bad.

Oh, wait... you're talking about the image quality?

Re:not worth it (1, Funny)

BEI01 (567185) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496357)

What exactly are you talking about here...the bootleg, or the direction?

DIS DICK IN YOUR MOUF (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496325)

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Re:DIS DICK IN YOUR MOUF (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496367)

Looks like you got a bad case of the 'H's. Better see a dick docktor.

fresh poop (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496331)

Whooo fresh poop get yer fresh poop!

We should Kill all Niggers (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496332)

This isn't exactly anything new. Lord of the Rings was circulating on the Internet two weeks before the movie was released, and I'm pretty sure everyone in my friend's dorm had a copy of it. I hope you didn't pay too much of a premium for those tickets, I watched it the other day after grabbing it from a friend and it wasn't that great.

Publicity (2, Funny)

CptSkydrop (577286) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496333)

Maybes it George wanting to get some more publicity ?

Not worth downloading... (2, Funny)

telstar (236404) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496335)

This is one case where I wish the DMCA WOULD swing into action...

Re:Not worth downloading... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496349)

It's not worth watching in a theatre, either.

Re:Not worth downloading... (1, Offtopic)

telstar (236404) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496457)

I guess I wasn't clear ... that was my point.

Re:Not worth downloading... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496358)

Why? Do you think Lucas will stop making Star Wars because of some crap copy of a movie floating around on IRC?

Or are you his financial advisor?

Maybe its just your being self-righteous?

Re:Not worth downloading... (2)

telstar (236404) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496487)

Maybe its just your being self-righteous?
  • Yeah ... because I rely on the web to boost my self-esteem.

  • Read some reviews... The movie doesn't sound that great, and based on what Lucas turned out for Episode I, I'm not holding my breath for this one.

Re:Not worth downloading... (1)

Dante_H (537218) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496465)

This is one case where I wish the DMCA WOULD swing into action...

Why on Earth would you want that? No-one is forcing you to watch the poor quality version, but undoubtedly there are some people who would want to watch it. I had a copy of LOTR before it was released but waited until I saw it in the cinema to rewatch it on my PC. And it's an utter joke if you think this will somehow make AOTC lose all profitability.

If you are against piracy in general, then your comment makes no sense.

Re:Not worth downloading... (1)

Jobe_br (27348) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496502)

Or, how 'bout those poor folks that don't live in a prosperous country that will have cinemas showing AotC? For the Star Wars fans (which I'm sure exist) in those countries, this is kind of nice. The internet has reached into many countries that general prosperity (and the spoils thereof, like movie theaters) hasn't reached. I don't generally condone any type of IP theft, but this struck me as "nice", in this particular case.

Re:Not worth downloading... (5, Insightful)

soap.xml (469053) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496473)

If you give the DMCA any place to work, even with something like this, you are validating it as a law. The DMCA is not the solution here. It is simply copyright infringment. Plain, old fashioned copyright infringment. Its illegal, period. We don't need some stupid new law to tell us that. But my personal take on it is simply this. If you want to dl it.... go ahead. I won't, I'm watching it the day it comes out. Then I'll buy the dvd when it comes out, after lucas releases all of the dvd's Ill have a big star wars party and we will watch them in high quality, legally.

Those with the low-qual divx may see it frist, but nothing beats the "big screen" :)

Re:Not worth downloading... (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496479)

why?

Because knowing it's available forces you to download and watch it?

Because it gives ``filesharing'' a bad name?

Because the ip theft may outrage the creator? Because he has the money and influence to affect legislation and future works?

If it's good for the goose, it's good for the gander. How can you say it's ok to ``share'' Microsoft Office and Britney Spears mp3s, but not Attack of the Clones?

Neat trick... (5, Funny)

Yoda2 (522522) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496336)

Yeah but to watch it now and then go to the first screening and ruin all the good parts for those sitting near you might be a kick.

Re:Neat trick... (1)

prator (71051) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496495)

You, sir, are evil.

Re:Neat trick... (5, Funny)

ct (85606) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496524)

Pssstttt. Darth Vader is Luke's father.

//ct

hmm (2, Interesting)

Hadlock (143607) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496341)

befre anyone says "we don't need no stinking movie news! i'm here for /computer/ stuff!", we should suggest a movie box?

what's next? "new movie, blah is to be released in 8 weeks. the first copies of it on divx are already appearing on the internet. this release beats the old record by 3 and a half hours."?

Re:hmm (-1)

count_sporkula (446625) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496366)

isn't you .sig a bit out of date, or are you gearing up for next year?

Stop bragging already!!!!!! (3, Funny)

the_2nd_coming (444906) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496343)

ARG...Taco, you keep bragging about that damn ticket, I am gonna have to drive over to the west side of the state and take it just so you won't brag any more.

you still suck though for having it :-) have fun.

Re:Stop bragging already!!!!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496384)

Hey, you could have had one too if you had a job that only required 10 minutes of work a day and could spend the rest of the time hanging outside movie theaters.

Re:Stop bragging already!!!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496393)

Have you considered buying you own ticket? It's not like there's mile long lines like the last movie. :)

Re:Stop bragging already!!!!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496410)

Now, hold on. It's a bit early to be sucking everyone off. You must be mistaken if you think that Malda gives two flying fucks about you. You're not special. You're a fucking slashminion. What the fuck do you think he'd do to you? Get between a man and his food, and he'll fuck you up.

Give credit where credit is due. It ain't due here, bootlicker.

Re:Stop bragging already!!!!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496455)

I would kick his ass...he's just a geek.

Re:Stop bragging already!!!!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496420)

who ever the retard with moderator status is who just moded this offtopic should watch out, I meta moderate all off topics as unfair...say good-bye to your moderator status you dolt.

Re:Stop bragging already!!!!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496443)

no! No! please not the m2 death ray! I take it back.

you stupid kike. you think anyone gives a fuck about you or the bullshit you have to say?

Re:Stop bragging already!!!!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496484)

you know what, I think that you have a grudge against me and you are the one who mods me down all the time.

and aparently, people do since they MOD ME UP TOU FUCKING ASSHOLE!!!!!

Re:Stop bragging already!!!!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496510)

m2 doesn't do anything. i moderate karma whores troll and i still get mod points.

Re:Stop bragging already!!!!!! (1)

xonker (29382) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496454)

Like it's that difficult??? I've already got tickets, no sweat required. Sheesh.

For those who haven't caught on... (3, Insightful)

Skirwan (244615) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496346)

For those who haven't caught on yet, this is why the MPAA and RIAA dislike technology so strongly.

--
Damn the Emperor!

And they will let this slide probably (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496362)

They need some copies of the movie floating around to push their propaganda. Don't expect them to swoop down very soon. They will only lightly go after the perps, loudly whining about piracy. They need piracy like some software companies need piracy to get a hook into a market.

Re:For those who haven't caught on... (2, Insightful)

the_2nd_coming (444906) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496381)

well, if the MPAA would do a better job of searching folk before they let them come into the prescreening, then this would not be an issue would it.

Re:For those who haven't caught on... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496514)

well, if the MPAA would do a better job of searching folk before they let them come into the prescreening, then this would not be an issue would it.

I wouldn't be surprised if it was an "inside" job. Like, one of the theater employees sets up a discrete camera and records it so he can impress his friends.

Re:For those who haven't caught on... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496387)

Actually they are against pristine copies, doubt they could really argue that people would download this instead of going to the movies. If someone is happy with a tripod camera recording chances are they wouldn't spend the money to see it in the theatre...

Re:For those who haven't caught on... (1)

popoutman (189497) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496396)

Well there is no loss to the relevant organisations, as the majority of those that watch these rips either would never have gone to see the film in the first place, (no loss in having seen it), or would be going to the film anyway.
I know of no-one that watches the rip instead of going to the cinema, much better date if have the whole big screen, popcorn, and the comfy seats..

Re:For those who haven't caught on... (2, Funny)

God! Awful (181117) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496496)

Oh right, like Slashdot readers get dates.

-a

Re:For those who haven't caught on... (1)

lunenburg (37393) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496403)

Just like Microsoft hates all that unauthorized copying that helped get their product onto everyone's desktop and them a monopoly on desktop operating systems, right?

Re:For those who haven't caught on... (4, Insightful)

Havokmon (89874) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496411)

For those who haven't caught on yet, this is why the MPAA and RIAA dislike technology so strongly.

Oh yeah, these 'perfect' copies remind me of trying to watch softporn through static on TMC.

"Standard" piracy isn't any better, or more widespread, than it was in the 80's.

Sure there's high quality stuff out there, but there's high quality drugs out there too.. Which do you think you'll get a hold of?

I think of it like Fort Knox:
Where do you find pirated movies? The Internet.
Where do you find Gold bars? Fort Knox.
Where CAN you get pirated movies. The internet, sort of, if you know the FTP site, or manage to have a complete news server, then MAYBE..
Where CAN you get gold? Fort Knox, if you have a small army with you..

MPAA and RIAA don't want money (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496414)

The movie is completed already. The MPAA refuses to sell you a CD copy of it, so they are leaving it up to the pirates to fill a market demand that they don't want to bother to satisfy.

A large percentage of the piracy situation involves just this exact sort of situation: the material is out there, and the company won't sell it, so piracy flourishes. This has nothing to do with denying profits to creators, since they have decided that they don't want the profits by not selling it.

Re:For those who haven't caught on... (1)

Flarg! (265195) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496429)

And for the MPAA, who also hasn't caught on, this is why it won't make a differance in the long run:"there is no way I'm gonna spoil it watching a low quality divx"

Re:For those who haven't caught on... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496441)

Yes, lets halt the maturation of earth's technology for sake of Brittany Spears music, and Mission to Mars remaining profitable to the rightful inheritors of the earth, the MPAA and RIAA!

-Hillary

Re:For those who haven't caught on... (2, Insightful)

Tom (822) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496466)

The problem isn't that they don't like people watching their movies or listening to their music without paying. The problem is that they go way overboard with the actions to prevent it.

When you shoot everyone with the same hair colour as the bad guy, you shouldn't be surprised that people start to hate you.

You kid us! (1)

samjam (256347) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496508)

Is there anybody who will go to the trouble of downloading this who is NOT planning to view it at the cinema as soon as reasonable?

I don't see how this will reduce revenue in any way!

Prove it ... Where is it ... (3, Insightful)

pgrote (68235) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496519)

Have you actually downloaded it and watched it?

Has anyone?

In looking around I have seen files with the name, but they are always bogus. Big time bogus. Different movie, not large enough, etc.

Has anyone for a single second considered that this could be a disinformation campaign created by the MPAA?

I downloaded LOTR, what a mistake (5, Insightful)

dstanley (244917) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496351)

I downloaded a bootleg version of LOTR when it came out. It realy spoils the awe that accompanies seeing the film on the big screen for the first time. Having made the mistake once, I won't do it again. After all, the wait is just like waiting for Christmas as a little kid.

Thats what I think, anyway.

Re:I downloaded LOTR, what a mistake (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496395)

Friend, you're highly homosexual. I believe the first mistake of your life was your momma getting plugged by a fat trucker, pumping her, sweating like a christmas ham.

It won't make any difference in the end.

Re:I downloaded LOTR, what a mistake (0, Offtopic)

jackb_guppy (204733) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496446)

What AHH?

I loss big interest in the first 10 minutes when they could no keep the prespectest right.

The "tall" people on stilts - with "short" arms
Then not on stilts - with "normal" arms
Then all corrected (computer) with wrong walk/run rythm.

The "short" poeple - with "normal" arms
Then with "short" arms (kids)
Then all corrected (computer) with wrong walk/run rythm.

I may to grow to like the movie later... but not worth the "price of the ticket"

I had same reaction to "Roger Rabbit" and the first street car (bus to made to look like tolley). You could see the bus wheels between the tolley wheels.

Sherk ahd problems with feet and hands interacting with other objects. Most computer shots can be known by the way objects "touch" on another. It just looks wrong.

Re:I downloaded LOTR, what a mistake (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496463)

I arrived late at the theatre for Lord Of the Rings and had to sit in the front row. All the quick cuts and blurry scenery induced motion sickness and I nearly puked halfway through.

attack of the clones (1)

[N]e1 (71307) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496354)

I saw the files on kazaa lite, they are only 140-170 meg in size...its horribly low quality. I may get it just to resist the temptation of watching it beforehand.
I must resist the darkside of the force! :)

Re:attack of the clones (1)

Hyperfrog (575345) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496469)

It's seriously not worth it. Friends of mine had similar movies in the past *shudder*.

It really does ruin the 'movie' experience. Anyway, who'd waste 150MB on ANY movie that badly crunched.. let alone a lightsaber swinging romp this is going to be!

All the best sites... (-1, Offtopic)

Big Dogs Cock (539391) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496356)

...run on Linux [netcraft.com]

thank jesus (2, Funny)

tps12 (105590) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496361)

SPOILER WARNING FOLLOWS

I just downloaded it off Napster, and it is not that great. Jar-Jar gets trained in the ways of the Jedi, which is cool, but then he gets killed by Yoda.

:(

Princess Lea's buns (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496386)

The scene where they show Princess Leia's buns is good though. The same with the scene where it is shown that Boba Fett is a clone of Watto.

Re:thank jesus (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496416)

Shouldn't that read:
[...] then he gets killed by Yoda.

:)

Re:thank jesus (1)

user32.ExitWindowsEx (250475) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496445)

Napster?
Definitely lying.
However, if he's not, then *doesn't know what to say*

Re:thank jesus (0, Flamebait)

Maudib (223520) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496498)

wtf? Why is this rather good joke moderated as troll?

Good lord.

maybe the moderator is just the uber troll, and I hist first victim.

What people don't realize is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496363)

that watching it on a monitor, no mattr how big, or with what speakers, it still can't compare to a giant movie screen with speakers and volume pumped up to the max. DVD Home theaters come close, but the sheer size of the screen should be reason enough to venture out to the theater. This is one that needs to truly be seen on the big screen, because the special effects will be worth it.

hell no..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496371)

....bootleg Divx movies are for watching bullshit like RollerBall or Death To Smoochy, not quality films like Star Wars.

Re:hell no..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496468)

What's "Death To Smoochy"?

that's what I say (2, Funny)

vs-Tsoonamy (531780) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496372)

I bought some 00.01 tickets for me and my friends, and I'm not willing to destroy all the tension and curiousity about it by such a f****** divx.

Crazy KaZaa'ers / 12:01 tickets (2)

Geek In Training (12075) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496373)

I gave up on downloading cams when someone promised "Spider-Man - 1 of 2 - Real!!" And it was ACTUALLY Part 2 of Changing Lanes. Man, KaZaa is a mixed blessing.

On the other hand, I am fortunate enough to live within close proximity to one of the "sacred places" specified by Wired that have digital projection. Cinemark started selling tickets Monday morning, but didn't advertise them until Tuesday. By then, word of mouth had already sold out the 12:01am show online, and I had stopped down Monday afternoon to the kiosk in the Valley View Cinemark lobby to claim my tickets.:)

Next thing you know, I'm EVERYONE's best friend. I ordered 12 tickets (the most I wanted to spend on tickets on my credit card wa $100) and they were gone to friends and co-workers in 2 hours. The next day and a half, I got 4 calls from people BEGGING me to bump other confirmed viewers! :(

I just told them to pre-order for Thursday or Friday night. In the mean time, I'm taking a Jedi Holiday on Thursday, with my boss'es blessing, because Wednesday night I'm lining up! I may not own any Star Wars costumes or merchandise, but the movie is going to rock, and the cultural experience of being there opening night with the HARD CORE SW folks is too unique to miss.

Re:Crazy KaZaa'ers / 12:01 tickets (2, Insightful)

grazzy (56382) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496474)

why download ts and cams? i always wait for the dvdrips to come out..

this movie is going to suck anyway and you know it. why not spend your money on some QUALITY movies instead that deserve your money, not this hollywood crapovera.

Re:Crazy KaZaa'ers / 12:01 tickets (1)

Geek In Training (12075) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496516)

this movie is going to suck anyway and you know it. why not spend your money on some QUALITY movies instead that deserve your money, not this hollywood crapovera.

I've read the script. The dialogue is pedestrian, pure Lucas blah blah. Lucas is a storyteller and effects conceptualizer, but not much of a screenplay writen.

Less Jar Jar, but Anakin still saying things like "Wow! That was wacky!" And "I had to pick a speeder with a real gonzo color!" Arrrgh!

At least there are the Windu and Yoda fight scenes though.

The guy who spoiled the x-files "the lone gunmen" (5, Funny)

RedCard (302122) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496375)


Now, I forget exactly which slashdot editor it was that posted "the lone gunmen are dead" several hours early...
... but whoever they are they should be forced to watch the divx BEFORE being allowed to see the movie.
And the divx should be as grainy, low quality, and stuttery as possible.

Poetic justice.

Hey now (1)

JAVAC THE GREAT (239850) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496382)

DivX is not low quality!

Re:Hey now (2, Informative)

russx2 (572301) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496437)

It is if the source medium is shite - which it is!

Re:Hey now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496509)

Ahem. Well, then high quality is going to the theatre with paper towel tubes taped to your eyes and ears.

Probably a built-in laptop camera (1)

Boss, Pointy Haired (537010) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496391)

If the previous poster is correct, and this Telesync doesn't even come up to 'crap' standard, what are the chances that it's someone posing as a journalist who sat in the front row with his laptop with built in camera.

VCD (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496397)

Just for clerification, it is a VCD not DivX, therefore it is MPEG1. It is also 2 CD's in size and was released by FTF. You can see the .nfo of the release from www.isonews.com

a sad day (0, Flamebait)

tps12 (105590) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496402)

I know I am not alone in expressing my grief and remorse over this occurance.

All my life as a geek and "hacker" (not a bad term!), I have believed that "information wants to be free." But now this principle has turned around and stabbed our own George Lucas in the face.

After all he's done for geeks, for space enthusiasts, for scientists, for toy companies, I think it's disgusting that the very Open Source zealots who I respect and idolize turn around and boast--that's right, boast--about how they don't have to pay for tickets.

CmdrTaco: I hope you're happy in 10 years when George Lucas is out of business and Skywalker Ranch is purchased by Microsoft-Linux-Time-Warner-Toyota.

:(

George Lucas out of business (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496431)

Does the average Star Wars geek care about the idea of Lucas being out of business in 10 years? By 10 years from now, the Star Wars series would have been completed for years, leaving Lucas nothing left to do but license Jar Jar tv cartoons and make really bad movies like Willow and Howard the Duck.

Seems like all we have to lose is Jar Jar toons and really bad non-Star Wars movies?

Re:a sad day (0, Offtopic)

Stavr0 (35032) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496434)

+1/-1: Funny, Troll

Like, man, you are so Lucas' bitch...

Bootlegs are a Way of Life in Asia (5, Interesting)

nemesisj (305482) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496405)

Having lived in Asia for 15+ years, I can say that this is the way that almost all new movies makes if over there.

Somebody sneaks into a screaning with a camcorder and films the movie. It's always fun to see whether the guy will use a tripod (most don't for fear of getting caught), who's going to stand up during the movie, whether the dude will be eating popcorn (always a little hard to hear the dialogue), and what the audience finds funny.

These bootlegs are almost always sold as VCDs instead of DVDs and they are so low quality that if you have a prayer of seeing the movie at the theater, you don't touch them. Sometimes you get the ultimate surprise of watching "It's a Bug's Life" instead of "Jurrasic Park III", but it's all part of the experience.

P.S. to the MPAA - if you actually sold movies in China that were legal, this sort of thing would never fly with the public.

Re:Bootlegs are a Way of Life in Asia (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496464)

Sometimes you get the ultimate surprise of watching "It's a Bug's Life" instead of "Jurrasic Park III", but it's all part of the experience.


That would be quite a surprise. Imagine picking up Jurassic park, and getting Jurrasic park. The fucking horror. A movie of poor grammar and misspellings.

Anakin is Luke's Father! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496406)

After impregnating Natalie Portman, he goes an kills the Lone Gunmen! You dirty SOB, Anakin! Get you Damn Hands off of her!

Better Info here (3, Informative)

Alien54 (180860) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496419)

Matt Drudge is citing the report in the LA Times (free reg required)

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-051002starwars. story?null [latimes.com]

which is rather extensive, but is somewhat of a showcase of antipriracy arguments.

Re:Better Info here (2)

Geek In Training (12075) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496489)

which is rather extensive, but is somewhat of a showcase of antipriracy arguments.

Priracy, is that where privacy and piracy collide? :)

Priracy! Sounds good to me; add it to the /. lexicon! It should be close enough for Taco!

This is not necessarily a bad thing... (2, Interesting)

ClockworkPlanet (244761) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496424)

So someone took a camcorder and filmed AOTC. They did it before, and they'll do it again. When TPM came out, I managed to get an early camcorder VCD copy and sat and watched it at home and was totally thrilled - not by the film itself, but by the fact that I was able to watch this film early, and that finally a new Star Wars film came out.

When it was released, I went and saw it at our local cinema, and it was obvious that a huge number of the people queuing to get in had also seen the film early, and yet we were all still lining up to pay money to see it again (I copied the AVIs from the CDs to my laptop and had watched it lots of times.) Sure, it made the cinema trip less of an occasion, I pretty much knew the film line for line, but the bootleg film, for me, was a huge part of the whole Phantom Menace experience, and I'd do it again (and probably will as soon as I find a copy online.)

This time though, I won't follow it up by going to the cinema as well. I felt that the fact that the sound was kind of ropey for the first half hour or so, and the picture was washed out and less than perfect added to the story - it was supposed to be set decades before ANH and the copy I had actually looked like some kind of archive footage.

AP Story... (2, Informative)

silent_poop (320948) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496426)

The AP is also running a story [yahoo.com] .

Spiderman in DIVX (1)

DarkClown (7673) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496430)

Just watched it last night. Killer flick, great quality!
Will definitely check it out in the cinema at the first opportunity, now...

Impressive... (2, Funny)

ringbarer (545020) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496440)

But I'd be even more impressed if a movie with all the crap bits edited out does the rounds before it appears on the big screen!

Phantom Editor, you have one week!

I want to download non US/UK anime movies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496452)

I want to download non US/UK anime movies cos I can not see them any other way !!
AOTC will be at my local cinema and I can choose wether or not I see it.
Anime has lost a lot of footing in the UK and I want more !!!

will have no effect on box office (5, Informative)

dioscaido (541037) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496453)

Will this have any impact on ticket sales? Obviously not! I would dare anyone who would trade a grainy 320x200 shot of the movie for the real thing in the movie theaters.

LOTRs was out on Morpheus before the movie came it, and it still had amazing revenues.

You know, I find it highly ironic... (3, Funny)

Lethyos (408045) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496456)

...that nowhere in any of the existing StarWars movies (don't know about Episode II yet) does there appear a "marketing droid". I mean, how could George Lucas do without such a potentially important character! "Marketing droids" would be crutial to the development of the plot line... perhaps they would be responsible for funding the Evil Empire...

Prove it ... Where is it ... (2, Redundant)

pgrote (68235) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496461)

Each and every time I see something like this I want to say, "Show me the money."

How do we know this isn't disinformation from the MPAA?

I have looked on all the normal underground channels for it, but haven't seen it. There have been filenames that would make you think it is it, but it's a bogus file.

Has anyone actually seen this?

Re:Prove it ... Where is it ... (1)

rnb (471088) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496521)

Hell, could have been made and released by some insider on purpose. What better ammunition to try and get some laws through Congress? "Hell, Senator, that new Star Wars movie was on people's computers before it was even out in the theater! Surely, we need some sort of protection!"

Not a conspiracy theory. Just an idea.

The ending doesn't make any sense... (5, Funny)

ryanvm (247662) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496471)

I wouldn't waste my time if I were you. The ending doesn't make any sense, it's just some crazy lady dancing.

My tickets say 15/05/2002 11:59PM (1)

zardie (111478) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496478)

The movie tickets I've got say that the session starts at 11:59PM on Wednesday night? I suppose this is cool because they show trailers and advertisments and so on and don't start the movie till later perhaps?

whocares (0)

cybercrap (319182) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496481)

Shit, I just don't understand you people. Whocares if you see it at 12:01 or even the first few weeks. I might go see it after the lines have died down and it is been out for weeks or months. I guess i'm just the only geek who isn't obsessed with star wars or could even give a shit that they are making ep 1-3, when i'm sure they won't ever be as good as the originals.

When you have to wait half a year (1)

DeBaas (470886) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496483)

I'm not sure when they will release it in Europe. But last time it was more than half a year later then in the USA.
However the advertising didn't wait at all.

If they build up the hype but let you wait half a year, they should not be suprised if this angers fans in Europe so much that they download the bootlegs.

It's 2002 and there IS such a thing as the internet. A release in Europe and other parts of the world should be at least within a month.

It's there own fault for being cheap. Watching it full screen in a cinema is worth it. But not if you have to wait half a year.

Same day release (1)

Keyser_Lives (543481) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496504)

As with Lord of The Rings, this film is also coming out in many parts of Europe on the same day as in the States. I know here in Dublin there is a local cinema showiong it at midnight.

Slow News (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496488)

Welcome to 12 hours ago.

No Harm, No Foul (5, Insightful)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496490)

So, to see these you need to incur a gig of download and all you get to see is two crappy VCD's of a movie that's coming out next week.

These are obsessed people, my friends. Nobody is doing this to avoid paying $8 at the box office. The people who download this will probably be first in line, dressed up as their favorite StarWars character. And they'll probably see it 6 times, even if it sucks.

Noone is loosing money here.

Anyone remember... (4, Funny)

CaffeineAddict2001 (518485) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496500)

Those guys who have been waiting outside since february?

Are they still there?
Maybe we could give them a laptop and a DivX...

I wont spoil it either... (1, Flamebait)

xtermz (234073) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496505)

I've had 12:01 tickets ready to go and there is no way I'm gonna spoil it watching a low quality divx.

I've had my $12 USD ready to go since payday, and I'm not going to spoil it watching a lame movie like ATOC...

I've already got my plan. (1)

Sobrique (543255) | more than 12 years ago | (#3496506)

To drive people insane at the film, go to the first night, and 'count' the cue dots.
For those who don't know, they're the little black dots in the top right hand side, that tell the projectionist when to change reels.
The first cuedot is to 'start the other projector' the second is when to actually change scenes. They're 6 seconds apart and so you can count 7 seconds down from the first one (7..6..5..4..3..2..1..cuedot..scenechange) and it'll drive anyone sitting next to you absolutely insane.
Great!

ahhh, good news for all of us in the UK (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3496520)

We might get to see that head-butt scene now.
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