Roll up, roll up... get your free films
by, 02-10-2009 at 07:14 PM (5553 Views)
It seems Slum Dog Millionaire is set to beat all records... for the most pirated film in history. Its universal appeal provides the perfect catalyst for this dubious title. That and the universal availability of pirate copies.
At a time when everyone's attempting to save money, it comes as no surprise to see knock off sales surge. But surely that's not the whole story? I paid £3 to watch Slum Dog on the big screen courtesy of Orange Wednesdays. About the same price some people are paying for pirate copies. There's bargains to be had. In fact I will never comprehend the publics love affair with pirate DVDs. The quality is awful, it'll put the price of DVDs up in the long run, but more to the point, you can BUY the real deal for a fiver. Sure they're not the latest, but you always pay a premium for the latest must haves.
What's even more shocking is that the whole industry is the ultimate money for old rope. It's quite literally like printing money. Hell, people could even download the films for free if they really wanted. But there's more a stigma attached to that. People get caught stealing films from the internet, but how many times have you heard a story of a guy in the street being collared for buying a dodgy DVD?
If you simply must see Slum Dog (or any other film for that matter), pay a few quid more and watch it in a cinema.