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Is this a pirated DVD?

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#1 of 10 OFFLINE   Greg Lovern

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Posted February 24 2005 - 03:13 PM

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 of 10 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted February 24 2005 - 03:18 PM

Probably. And this thread doesn't belong in the Movies forum. M.
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#3 of 10 OFFLINE   Nick Graham

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Posted February 24 2005 - 03:18 PM

Yep, it's a boot.

#4 of 10 OFFLINE   Lynda-Marie


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Posted February 24 2005 - 06:16 PM

Shopping the used section of Amazon.com now requires one to have one's B.S. detector working at full power. Posted Image

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#5 of 10 OFFLINE   Mike Williams

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Posted February 25 2005 - 02:58 AM

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 of 10 OFFLINE   dan fritzen

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Posted February 25 2005 - 04:49 AM

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.
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#7 of 10 OFFLINE   Jose Martinez

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Posted February 25 2005 - 11:00 AM

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.
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#8 of 10 OFFLINE   Zack_H



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Posted February 26 2005 - 09:39 AM

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

#9 of 10 OFFLINE   Mitch Stevens

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Posted February 26 2005 - 10:06 AM

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 of 10 OFFLINE   wayne-sun



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Posted February 27 2005 - 10:40 AM

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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