Is this kid full of it?

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  1. Dan Whalen

    Dan Whalen Stunt Coordinator

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    I work with this kid that I used to go to school with (he was a year younger than me). I overheard him telling our supervisor the other day that there is a website that you can download new movies that haven't even been released into theaters yet. I don't know if this is true or not, but this kid is famous around town (small town[​IMG] ) for being a pathological liar, that's why I'm skeptical. He is always making up stories about one thing or another. So is it true, or is he full of shit? It just doesn't seem like it's true, but I don't know.
    Dan
     
  2. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

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    It's quite possible, people sneak video cameras into press screenings and such, or make a copy of a workprint. I saw a guy selling a workprint of The Mask before it came out.
     
  3. Nigel McN

    Nigel McN Supporting Actor

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    While it does happen (theres already a dvdrip of FOTR) the last place to go would be the web. It sounds like your friend is confusing film with fact.
    Masterminds while very unrealistic, pretty much matches up with what you've described. [​IMG]
     
  4. Eve T

    Eve T Supporting Actor

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    Yes, he is telling the truth. You can get new movies online, I have a buddy that gets to see new movies he dl on line before I even got the chance to see them at the theaters. They can take awhile to encode but yes even though your buddy might be a pathological liar, he's probably telling you the truth about this one.

    Peace out

    Eve
     
  5. MichaelPe

    MichaelPe Screenwriter

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    Nigel's right. Especially at this period in the year, there are so many academy screener DVDs floating around. Films like "In The Bedroom", "I Am Sam", "Jason X", "Snow Dogs", etc. have been available around the net for a while already.
     
  6. Scott Weinberg

    Scott Weinberg Lead Actor

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    I've received several "For Your Consideration..." screeners, and I'm still waiting for my Jason X tape. [​IMG]
     
  7. Kami

    Kami Screenwriter

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    Yeah it's totally possible. Some people get screeners beforehand and then just distribute on the internet, also some theater projectionists set up cameras in the projection room, and hook up the audio directly to the source.

    There is probably a half-dozen different versions of Lord of the Rings floating around the net...most of them are ready-to-burn in VCD format (3CDs).
     
  8. Tom Ryan

    Tom Ryan Screenwriter

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    Yes, there are DVD screeners and of course cam rips and also VHS screener rips.

    -Tom
     
  9. Matt Stone

    Matt Stone Lead Actor

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    Yes...but in general they aren't released before the films are released at theaters. I had a copy of American Pie 1 a couple of months before release...but it was a Workprint, when the title was still East Great Falls. Most of the time, bootlegs...or screeners in this case come out a week or two after the theatrical release of a film. Also, in general you can't usually download them off of "websites", but usually off of peoples personal ftps, or newsgroups...because websites that illegally host bootlegs are pulled down pretty quick.
     
  10. Holadem

    Holadem Lead Actor

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    I don't know about the web but here you find people selling movies on the street days before their release dates. DVDs are also becoming more and more common.

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    Holadem
     
  11. Kimmo Jaskari

    Kimmo Jaskari Screenwriter

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    .... which, in the end, doesn't mean much since who in his or her right mind would want to see LotR for the first time in an utterly ridiculous videocam rip put on VCD?

    But I guess amazingly enough there are some who find that amusing. Weird people.
     

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