Movies Wolverine (and other movie leaks)

ysabel

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#1
As some of you have already heard, a bootleg copy of the movie, X-men Origins: Wolverine was made available in the net before the actual movie release.

Jackman 'heartbroken' over leak


X-Men Origins star Hugh Jackman has called the leaking of his film a month before release a "serious crime".

An unfinished version of the film was downloaded an estimated 100,000 times from file-sharing websites last week and is now being investigated.
The Australian actor said it had left him "heartbroken" and amounted to a "Ferrari without a paint job".

He was promoting the Wolverine film at Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour and arrived by swooping from a helicopter. The star unveiled 20 minutes of finished footage to around 600 fans at the location where much of the film was shot. He said there would still be huge interest in its release later this month, despite the "upsetting" leak.

"There's no doubt it's very disappointing. Obviously people are seeing an unfinished film," Jackman added.

The star, who hosted the Oscars earlier this year, is embarking on a world tour to promote the film, which delves into the back story of his character Wolverine.

The illegal copy of the film is being looked into by the FBI, which could result in criminal proceedings.

The rough cut did not contain CGI special effects and frequently showed green screens and wires attached to actors.

A journalist for Fox News was dismissed earlier this week for posting a review of X-Men Origins based on a viewing of the illegal download.
Roger Friedman joked that he might watch other films using the same method. The network condemned Mr Friedman's action as "reprehensible".


The leakage was bad enough and it's just worse that it was an unfinished version that was spread around. I can imagine their disappointment. I also think it was stupid and unfair to do a movie review based on that copy.

Anyway, in general:

How much do you think a movie suffers from a leakage (either before its release or at the same time it's being released)?

Honestly, if you were a fan of a movie and you knew a bootleg copy is available in advance, would you watch that or would you wait for it to come out in theatres? OR both?
 
#3
A green screen, rough cut of a film isn't nearly as entertaining as actually waiting for the film to hit the big screens and enjoying it.
 

Merc

Certified Shitlord
V.I.P.
#4
How much do you think a movie suffers from a leakage (either before its release or at the same time it's being released)?
Minimal really. Especially a movie like Wolverine. What's it going to cost them? An extra million at most? There's no point in pursuing (legally) a leak like this because it would cost more in the long run. It's angering to have it happen though.

Honestly, if you were a fan of a movie and you knew a bootleg copy is available in advance, would you watch that or would you wait for it to come out in theatres? OR both?
I would much rather see it in theaters. If it was a movie I was only half interested in, I'd probably download it. However, if I really liked the movie and didn't feel like paying $12 to see it again, I'd download it until it came out on DVD.
 

Hiei

The Hierophant
#5
I saw Origins already and I have to say that I'm fucking psyched for it to come out in the theatres. Without all the CGI and having everything polished was kind of upsetting, but it was still a decent movie. I have a few issues with the movie that I'm not going to go into yet, but I still really want to see it in the movies.

But to answer your question, I think it depends on what the movie is. If I have no interest in seeing it and it's leaked, I probably still wouldn't watch it. But with a movie that I actually do want to see, a leak is exactly what I want. And if I want to see it bad enough, I'll see it in the theatres, too.
 

ysabel

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#6
But to answer your question, I think it depends on what the movie is. If I have no interest in seeing it and it's leaked, I probably still wouldn't watch it. But with a movie that I actually do want to see, a leak is exactly what I want. And if I want to see it bad enough, I'll see it in the theatres, too.
I'm the opposite. If it's something I really want to see, I would rather see it in the theatres first than settle for lower quality version of it. Although the thought of other people seeing it before me also makes me wish I've seen it too.

If it's something I'm not really interested in, I might check the advance copies and maybe I'll be surprised and find out I like it. It might even urge me to go watch the movie when it comes out. Maybe there's a positive side to the leak after all that the producers aren't just thinking of right now, haha.
 

Hiei

The Hierophant
#7
Meh, I knew that the leaked version wasn't going to be the version that they put into theatres and it probably has extra scenes that will be cut before it comes out. Scenes that'll probably be special features for the DVD.

But I'm also pretty antsy about movies that I like. And the earlier that I can see them, the better.
 

Ryuk

Registered Member
#8
As I mentioned in the Wolverine thread my friend just picked up a bootleg copy of the leaked reel this week, so it's already hit the streets. He said he watched about ten to fifteen minutes of it and then stopped, mainly because he didn't want the rest of it ruined for it and intends on paying to see it in the theater, but also because he doesn't want to watch a half assed version of it sans most of the effects and with wires and whatnot all over the place.

As also noted in the Wolverine thread I'm assuming this is all the result of idiotic fanboyism, as there was industry discussion that there would be some kind of backlash against Fox due to the Watchmen lawsuit.
 

Shwa

Gay As Fuck
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#9
I really don't like watching bootlegged movies, they're always crappy quality and sometimes you miss parts of the movie that are real important. I would just wait to see it in theaters.

~Shwa