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Someone explain this to me: Star Wars Trilogy & Indy DVDs already available?


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#1 of 32 OFFLINE   Gary->dee

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Posted April 02 2003 - 09:32 AM

bootleg links removed

Coding : All Region

Video Format : Widescreen - NTSC - Color

Audio Tracks :
- DTS : English
- Dolby Digital Surround 5.1 : English
- Digital Stereo : English

Subtitles : English, Chinese, Thai, Malay (Close Captioned - Removable)

# Discs : 3
# Sides : Single
# Layers : Dual

Special Features :
- Interactive Menus
- Scenes Selection
- Trailers


Are these bootlegs, is this joke or what?? I came across these and I'm wondering if this is for real.

#2 of 32 OFFLINE   Peter Apruzzese

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Posted April 02 2003 - 09:33 AM

This comes up around once a week.

They are bootlegs.
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#3 of 32 OFFLINE   Esten

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Posted April 02 2003 - 09:35 AM

If they WERE real,then why would they be so cheap? Think about it.

#4 of 32 OFFLINE   Gary->dee

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Posted April 02 2003 - 09:39 AM

Ok so they are bootlegs, that's all I need to know. I've never come across that add or that site before and I was just wondering. There's no extras so $29.99 for just 3 movies and a trailer or 2 seems about right.

Edit: Also the packaging looks pretty cool and official, which is why it confused me even more.

#5 of 32 OFFLINE   Esten

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Posted April 02 2003 - 09:42 AM

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There's no extras so $29.99 for just 3 movies and a trailer or 2 seems about right.


Not for Indiana Jones and Star Wars,it doesn't.

#6 of 32 OFFLINE   Gary->dee

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Posted April 02 2003 - 09:45 AM

Ok so I'm brain dead. Posted Image The $29.99 price seemed crazy, then reasonable and now it seems crazy again.:b

Edit: Wait I have another question: why is this site able to operate and sell these things? It's piracy isn't it?(ok that's 2 questions)

#7 of 32 OFFLINE   Charlie Essmeier

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Posted April 02 2003 - 09:52 AM

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Wait I have another question: why is this site able to operate and sell these things?


Because it's almost impossible for law enforcement to go after every single business that sells this stuff. Check out the DVD section on Ebay. There's about 100,000 bootleg DVDs for sale there, and that's just one site.

The same thing goes for bootleg CDs. The powers that be try to stop it at the wholesale, rather than the retail level, and even at that, enforcement is pretty haphazard.

And by the way, they are "real." They exist, and you can touch them, and they will play. What they are not is licensed.

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#8 of 32 OFFLINE   Jeff Kleist

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Posted April 02 2003 - 09:54 AM

Because the MPAA can't catch them asa fast as they go up. I've reported the site to the MPAA, please remove the link so people don't follow it to enrich the scum

For anyone else wondering

THESE TITLES WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE US BEFORE ANYWHERE ELSE, AND WILL PROBABLY BE RELEASED WORLDWIDE AT THE SAME TIME. ANY AND ALL INDY/STAR WARS DISCS YOU SEE (except Episode 1 and 2) BEFORE MID-NOVEMBER(for Indy) ARE BOOTLEGS

#9 of 32 OFFLINE   Richard Stammer

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Posted April 02 2003 - 09:58 AM

And of course, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg bring this on themselves by sitting on these movies and refusing to release them. And if you think there are alot of these now, wait until ol' George tells everyone that he will never release the original versions of the Star Wars Trilogy.

#10 of 32 OFFLINE   Gary->dee

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Posted April 02 2003 - 10:00 AM

But, Charlie I'd think there's a difference between a single person selling something on ebay and an established website that sells and distributes bootlegs. Another thing that confused was that because licensed Star Wars trilogy VCDs are available I thought that perhaps licensed DVD were too in certain countries(silly me).

Anyway I'm taking off my FBI hat and removing the links.

Thanks for your help guys and explaining this to me because I considered buying these things.

#11 of 32 OFFLINE   Lew Crippen

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Posted April 02 2003 - 10:06 AM

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: Also the packaging looks pretty cool and official, which is why it confused me even more.

If these guys are not respecting the rights of the content of the films, you don’t think that copying a little thing like cover art would be a problem, do you? Posted Image

I looked at the FAQ in the link, and the first (and funniest) was Is it safe to use my credit card.

Now there’s an idea: I’ll just give my CC number to a bunch of guys who are already morally suspect.
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#12 of 32 OFFLINE   Lew Crippen

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Posted April 02 2003 - 10:09 AM

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And of course, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg bring this on themselves by sitting on these movies and refusing to release them.
Seems a bit odd to blame the victims—even if they are rich, they are the guys who had the ideas and produced the work. Not the guys who are ripping them off.
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#13 of 32 OFFLINE   Tony-B

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Posted April 02 2003 - 10:50 AM

Let me just say one word...

BOOTLEG!!!!!

Sorry, I just had to really emphasize it. Posted Image
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#14 of 32 OFFLINE   Dave H

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Posted April 02 2003 - 11:19 AM

I don't know why so many people don't know bootlegs when they see them! Go to any REPUTABLE DVD retailer and you will not see any original Star Wars or Indy on DVDs. It's as simple as that.

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Posted April 02 2003 - 11:31 AM

In the immortal words of C-3PO in Return Of The Jedi just before they launch for Endor....

"Here we go again..."
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#16 of 32 OFFLINE   Richard Stammer

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Posted April 02 2003 - 11:41 AM

George Lucas as victim. Now that's rich. Let me start counting the numerous versions of the trilogy that I legally own, purchased from the "victim." Of course, I'll answer my own comment by stating that I know that I only have myself to blame. But the days of buying multiple copies of these greedy filmakers' films have come to an end for this boy.

#17 of 32 OFFLINE   Gary->dee

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Posted April 02 2003 - 12:03 PM

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I don't know why so many people don't know bootlegs when they see them!


Ok I'm going to list the reasons why I thought these Star Wars DVD's might be legit:

1) I was referred to the site that sells the questionable DVD's from a banner at a UK Tripod site. To me than lent a slight aire of credibility, however slight.

2) The site itself that sells the bootlegs is a professional looking site that sells many DVD titles, most of which are, as far as I can tell, legitimate copies not bootlegs of movies currently available on DVD.

3) The packaging looks somewhat professional with a consistant design ethic being used for all 3 movies. Basically I got fooled by the fancy gold border.
http://www.geocities...tarWarsDVDs.txt
(don't worry I'm hosting this pic of the DVDs myself)

4) As I briefly mentioned, there are legit VCD's available of the trilogy and perhaps I thought there might be legit DVD's available too. Ok I know that's a pipe dream but a dream nonetheless!

5) The legit looking specs fooled me(see first post).


So basically I got fooled into thinking they might be legit because of the way they were presented, but at least I didn't buy them.

#18 of 32 OFFLINE   John McDevitt

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Posted April 02 2003 - 01:24 PM

Too bad the Empire DVD has a Jedi poster for the cover!

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Posted April 02 2003 - 01:44 PM

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Also the packaging looks pretty cool and official, which is why it confused me even more.


Any fool with a scanner and elementary Photoshop skills can recreate this. What's more, the 5 Star label has been canned by Fox.

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The legit looking specs fooled me

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Audio Tracks :
- DTS : English

Not likely when they are released.

Finally, how on Earth would an official release of these films be released so quietly? I'm sure you'll be seeing a million TV spots when it finally happens.

#20 of 32 OFFLINE   Glenn Overholt

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Posted April 02 2003 - 02:06 PM

Might it help some future viewers here if we made this a sticky and kept it up on top?

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