Is this a pirated DVD?

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Greg Lovern, Feb 24, 2005.

  1. Greg Lovern

    Greg Lovern Agent

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    I bought a copy of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow from an Amazon.com private seller, and I suspect it may be a pirated copy. How can I be sure?

    Here's what makes me suspect it's pirated:
    -- On the back (data side) of the disk, the inner and outer rings are purple. Doesn't that indicate a consumer write-once DVD, not an industrial pressed DVD?
    -- The jacket, and the printed side of the DVD, have a soft, and very subtly pixelated look, that looks to me like it could be done by a very high quality consumer ink-jet printer. They don't have the more crisp, printed look that most DVDs have.
    -- All four borders of the jacket are micro-perforated.
    -- The plastic case looks very cheap compared to most, and it's warped. Seems weird for a major studio like Paramount.

    Any thoughts? Is this DVD pirated?


    Thanks,

    Greg
     
  2. Michael Reuben

    Michael Reuben Studio Mogul

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    Probably. And this thread doesn't belong in the Movies forum.

    M.
     
  3. Nick Graham

    Nick Graham Screenwriter

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    Yep, it's a boot.
     
  4. Lynda-Marie

    Lynda-Marie Supporting Actor

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    Shopping the used section of Amazon.com now requires one to have one's B.S. detector working at full power. [​IMG]

    It's amazing how ballsy the bootleggers are getting.

     
  5. Mike Williams

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    If the cover has a very soft and subtly pixelated look to it, then it wasn't done by -- as you stated -- a very high quality consumer ink jet printer. If it looks pixelated, it wasn't done by a very high quality anything. I print original DVD covers for original DVDs using an ink jet printer and you can't tell the difference from a professional studio one and the ones I print at home.

    But yes, it's a bootleg, and not a very good one at that.
     
  6. dan fritzen

    dan fritzen Second Unit

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    I have sold 18 things on ebay including 4 DVD's, I always guaranteed that my auctions were not pirated or burned copies, i suggest searching out those types of sellers on ebay or amazon.
     
  7. Jose Martinez

    Jose Martinez Screenwriter

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    Did you report this to Amazon? They must have a policy against pirated copies. I know Ebay does. The seller should be prevented from selling anything in the future.
     
  8. Zack_H

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    Purple is a copy. Retail dvds are either silver or gold.
     
  9. Mitch Stevens

    Mitch Stevens Supporting Actor

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    If the data side is purple, that is all the proof you need that it's a bootleg. No professional, store bought DVDs have purple sides. Most likely, the movies been COMPRESSED to fit that single layer as well, resulting in a movie that looks hideous on a large screen, High Definition set.
     
  10. wayne-sun

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    I purchased a DVD off of Ebay a few months back that turned out to be a pirated copy. I reported to Ebay and they suspended the sellers account right away. I also reported it to the manufacturer and they never even returned a phone call or e-mail regarding it. I was very surprised they don't treat it more seriously but I guess it's all based on scale, a couple of DVD's on Ebay versus a few thousand or more in the far east.
     

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