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It's Oscar season for pirates as over a dozen screeners hit the Web

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 11 Jan 2015 21:56 User comments (21)

It's Oscar season for pirates as over a dozen screeners hit the Web As they do every year, pirates have released a plethora of Oscar hopefuls to the Web, all in "DVD Screener" quality.
Among the releases are Birdman, The Imitation Game, Selma, American Sniper, Unbroken, Big Hero 6, Into the Woods, Big Eyes, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Gambler, Inherent Vice, A Most Violent Year and Kill The Messenger.

The screeners seem to have come from different sources, and while most are decent quality, reports say quite a few have audio that goes out of sync and have choppy frames, suggesting the leaks came from rookies.

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21 user comments

112.1.2015 1:39

So far, I haven't seen any with out of sync audio or any choppy frames. Maybe I just got lucky and found the ones that were among the ones with better quality than others.


212.1.2015 2:52

downloading a few now however i won't tolerate poor quality,so a good chance i'll wait for a bluray conversion version of mkv

edit:yeah right so 1st ones a cam of american sniper that goes in the trash the rest get deleted as well,i'll wait for the real thing,there's some people out there that rate them at v8 a8,morons

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312.1.2015 3:57

Damn...No Interstellar!


:/

412.1.2015 6:22
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Originally posted by scorpNZ:
downloading a few now however i won't tolerate poor quality,so a good chance i'll wait for a bluray conversion version of mkv

edit:yeah right so 1st ones a cam of american sniper that goes in the trash the rest get deleted as well,i'll wait for the real thing,there's some people out there that rate them at v8 a8,morons
Sad to say you must have the wrong ones, American Sniper is DVD quantity, this happens at this time of year

512.1.2015 8:23

Wow, just look at the posts here. you guys make it sound so normal to download these films illegally. Once again, stealing from the pockets of actors and film companies seem all but the norm! Why don't you guys just go to the cinema and PAY to see the film, or better still learn what PATIENCE is all about and wait for it to come out on DVD/BLURAY and rent or buy it. I'll hold my hands up and I will say that I was like that once, but I found that it made me an immoral person, a person who's greed was maximised by the millions of files out there to download whenever I wanted. I pray that you and others like you on here will eventually look at yourselves deeply and think, Am I justifying my actions by coming up with excuses? or am I just a greedy theif who can't stop taking what I want, when I want?

Tired, just very tired of seeing this sought of thing.


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612.1.2015 9:14

When one is tired of seeing,one can close his eyes and rest...

712.1.2015 9:16

Originally posted by cyprusrom:
When one is tired of seeing,one can close his eyes and rest...
That's just silly.

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812.1.2015 9:33


912.1.2015 9:36

Originally posted by cyprusrom:


lol, you are VERY silly.

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1012.1.2015 10:33

Originally posted by Dragon3000:
Why don't you guys just go to the cinema and PAY to see the film, or better still learn what PATIENCE is all about and wait for it to come out on DVD/BLURAY and rent or buy it.
...and if I'll get it anyway on the HD TV & movie deal I already pay for exactly where is anyone hurt or where is the immorality in downloading a copy?

(oh and I do also go to the cinema sometimes as well)

My set-top box has a hard-drive so keeping a copy isn't an issue here either.

The fact is these are all (like 99.9% of media downloads) the successful films anyway, they will rake in millions regardless.

But I am interested in seeing what you say about what I see as a mere issue of timing & convenience.

I am not 'greedy' and I am not getting anything I am not already paying for.
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1112.1.2015 10:44

Oh come on! you are coming up with excuses to justify your actions. Firstly you say 'and IF I get it anyway on this deal you pay for', that doesn't say that you will definitely Pay for it in the long run does it?

you refer to your set top box having a hard drive and so keeping a copy isn't an issue. No I suppose it's not, but that depends on whether you are talking about recording TV and Movies from the TV and Movie deal you speak of. If so, then yes you are paying for it and if the set top box is something that your provider gave you as part of your package, then of course that's fine, as they have given you the option for which you are paying for.

Your other point stating that 99.9% of the films are successful anyway? so what! and well done to the film writers, producers, actors, etc etc etc (see credits on film) who put loads of work into making it a successful film. That doesn't mean you can have it for free?!

Sorry but your points don't convince me, which makes your final two points irrelevant.


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1212.1.2015 12:01

Its just part of doing business the studio's know this & thieves don't care whether it's illegal,theft is part of doing business any business including my own

interestx's comment on timing & convenience is very relevant,netflix has proven this when it opens in new countries,there is a corresponding drop in piracy rates,that's what's been reported previously in news articles here at AD & pc world etc.
Right now netflix will be coming to nz soon,they are also attempting to stop us from using a vpn to circumvent region locking as are others for content we can't get here or is late getting here for those that don't mind paying,only other place is on a torrent


1312.1.2015 14:33

Originally posted by Dragon3000:
Oh come on! you are coming up with excuses to justify your actions.
Nope, not excuses, just obvious & rather simple logic, in my opinion at least.

Originally posted by Dragon3000:
Firstly you say 'and IF I get it anyway on this deal you pay for', that doesn't say that you will definitely Pay for it in the long run does it?
OK, so the rhetorical 'if' confused you.
I'll make it clear to you, I will get them anyway, definitely & absolutely, is that better?

As a subscriber for an HD cable TV service (with movies) & as a BBC licence payer they all will come up on my TV under the service I pay for.

I do pay.
I am getting nothing I would not otherwise get (& have paid for).

The only difference is timing.

Originally posted by Dragon3000:
you refer to your set top box having a hard drive and so keeping a copy isn't an issue....etc... for which you are paying for.
You're quibbling.
The point is I will get all those titles (& in HD) via either my cable deal or the British Freesat or British Freeview service.
And I can record & keep copies.

So, besides a matter of timing & my convenience I am genuinely asking, where is the 'greed' or 'theft'?

I cannot see that I am getting something I have not paid for, merely altering the timing of when the TV/movie business thinks I ought to be able to 'consume' this stuff under their ancient & laughably out-dated 'business model'.

Originally posted by Dragon3000:
Your other point stating that 99.9% of the films are successful anyway? so what!
Well, it does make a total & utter laughing-stock of the usual widespread claims that sharing damages 'the industry', I'd say.

Originally posted by Dragon3000:
Sorry but your points don't convince me, which makes your final two points irrelevant.

Well I'm sorry to say that I am coming to the conclusion nothing would convince you & anything which contradicts your view is irrelevant to you.


1412.1.2015 17:44

My wife and I just finally got out to the theater to see The Hobbit: Battle of 5 armies, finally. We paid. Now, still wrong to download it? Or must I pay more, huh.

1512.1.2015 19:03

I think we need to pay more & feed the corps. greed and support them to buy more drugs, etc.

Just saying.

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1612.1.2015 23:29

the past news articles at AD say it all,prosecute x only to have them do community service all the while the industry spent millions in bringing them to court in the first place,that cracks me up every time i read about it


1712.1.2015 23:50

There would probably be slightly less piracy if there was less discrimination and general assholeidness. Live in another country? Screw you...you get to wait 3 weeks-12 months. Have a bad back, can hardly walk? Come sit in agony in our crummy chairs for two hours. Have a weight problem? The healthiest thing we offer to eat is butter drenched pop corn! Weak kidneys? Enjoy a 98oz soda, there will be no intermission in this 3 hour movie. Want to enjoy a movie that isn't rated R? Good luck with the little kids running around. Want to enjoy an R rated movie? Good luck with the people talking on their cell phones. Want to take a picture of someone at their own birthday party? The cops are on their way. Want to avoid getting mass murdered like those folks in Aurora? Too bad...all the chains are gun free (aka defenseless victim) zones and they didn't even think of changing this policy even after it attracted a mass murderer.

The theater experience sucks. It is a left over from the days before VHS and Betamax and if the studios want to keep it on life support by refusing to sell their movies to the public then screw the studios. They know it works...just look at how much The Interview made with all of about 2 days advance notice...and that was with crummy over-DRM'd junk that wouldn't even allow people to play the HD version on their PC's.

All that said, I personally won't be pirating any of these movies. Not because I feel it is immoral or anything, simply because I am spoiled by bluray and 1080P LED TV. I'd rather wait for the unrated director's cut on bluray than watch a 1GB rip that looks like crap on any screen larger than a PSvita. Amazing things can be done with modern compression...but when the bluray is 25-50GB with nearly identical compression, getting it down to 1GB means a lot is lost and it is severely worse with a good TV.



1813.1.2015 10:18

Downloading movies before they even hit the rental scene is a loser act! Those that do give even 'pirates' a bad name. Plus, it's dangerous.

GO TO THE F'ING THEATRE AND PAY!


and at least wait until it becomes rentable...........LOSERS!



As for KillerBug's comment..........oh my, where do I begin?!?!?!?

I can't believe you're a regular on this site! First off, the theater experience CANNOT BE LIKENED TO VHS......you're a goof for making this comment! PEOPLE GO TO THE THEATRE FOR THE SCREEN SIZE AND 'EXPERIENCE' 99.9% OF THE TIME. Second, the 2GB files of blu-ray rips out there are OUTSTANDING and quite comparable on my 55" to that of blu-ray so PIPE DOWN!

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1913.1.2015 11:43

@hearme0
regarding killers vhs comment learn to read & comprehend as hard as it is for you.

lmao..what 2gb files are those & from where

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2013.1.2015 12:08

Look, I pay my TV Licence too, I pay Virgin Media to allow me to watch TV in HD, I pay for Netflix to watch movies and TV series, I pay to go to the cinema if I really want to see a movie, I pay to rent a movie if I really want to see it and if I really like that movie, hell I'll buy it.

All of that does cost a lot of money in the long run, which I think is the reason why most people decide to download anyway. It used to be my reason to download, but luckily I earn quite well now so I don't have any justification to download. Not that my reasons were good enough anyway! (in hindsight).

But what I can say, is that by waiting for movies to come out to rent or buy or even to come out on Netflix!, has really tested my patience. Which is a good thing. Patience is unfortunately lacking in todays society where everyone must see the lastest thing or own the next iphone etc...

My disappointment comes where individuals who can afford it still download movies anyway or just can't be patient enough for it to come out to rent or buy.

It does affect the movies industry, yes they may be big and they may make millions in profit, but they worked hard to get there and so I can appreciate that they will put restrictions in place to ensure that they get the money they are expecting.

I've only recently had a situation like that with the series The Middle. I bought the first two series on DVD (wife loves it!) but could I get series three? no! only on Region 1, which is no good for me. So that left me with only one choice, pay for a digital copy on Google Play, which by the way turned out to be free because I bought a Chromecast (which gave me 15 credit, 3 months NOW TV (which will cover the next part of Walking Dead and Game of Thrones), a free HD movie and 3 months of unlimited music).

Of course I could have just downloaded it and had it for free.

I get your points, honestly I do, I just hope you get where I'm coming from here as well as everyone else whose made a comment on this subject.

Thanks.

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2113.1.2015 21:21

@KillerBug
@hearme0
Yep.
I love the 2GB mkv's rip files of blu-ray, people's cook.

@Dragon3000
Patience is an ART and is well worded the time till few people can just wait for something, 'cos they/we have a big/good collections of almost anything.

P.S.
I don't think is worded to keep-up with the Johnce's.
I will say: It's better to keep up with the Linux ppl.
Beside, most of the Rich ppl. buy over pricey garbage; maybe to impress themselves.
To me: is like to become a Crapple fan boy or worse.

Just my $0.02

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