Thursday, April 2, 2009

Wolverine Shows Up Online... Piracy is Killing The Industry. I'm Terrified!

Not really. But it was big news this morning when it was publicized that X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the latest movie in the XMen franchise, showed up on the torrents, way ahead of its release date. The constant realist, something just didn't mesh with the story.

Apparently an "incomplete, and early version of X-Men Origins: Wolverine" appeared to have been stolen from the studio. Fox claims that this version is without the special effects, final musical scores, and editing that will really make the movie. Like I was going to see it in the theater anyway.

So what doesn't mesh? The fact that this is an incredible publicity stunt for Wolverine. Considering the fact that I didn't even know the movie was coming out next month, it creates quite a stir. Also - the movie is apparently quite unfinished, even though its coming out in a month. Compounded with the fact that they claim the movie is forensically marked, which would make it seem likely that they should already know who leaked it.

But the biggest piece of evidence that creates my skepticism is the fact that just next week, US Congressman Howard Berman, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, will be holding a final hearing on the implications of piracy on the movie industry... in nearby Van Nuys. The results will likely drive public sentiment and policy on video piracy. These guys are just like the MIAA... so it wouldn't surprise me if they pulled a stunt like this.

Read on (here])

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