Originally Posted by NagysAudio
Those .mkv torrents are not the same quality as the original disc. When was the last time you actually saw a Blu-ray .iso for download? And even if there would be one on occasion, it may be up to 40+ gigabytes. Piracy is the number one reason, in my opinion of course.
You obviously don't know where to look. All you seek is out there.
...and I agree with you - the reason you give is just your opinion.
Stripping audio tracks and special features is all part of the lump sum plan to discourage renting along with delaying releases for rental.
The studios would like you to believe that everything they do is in this vast fight against piracy. They want people to believe that every pirated copy is a lost sale so they can go to congress and try to get onerous legislation that won't do the things that would help actually reduce piracy. The things that would actually reduce it are:
1) Plug up their own leaks and clean their own houses before wanting to go into someone else's. Many of the sources of pirated materials are from the studio employees themselves, or contractors hired to work on productions. Vet your employees better and institute better internal security, then we'll talk.
2) Stop sending your masters to China for duplication. Seriously. The studios wonder why there are so many pirated discs on the world market, yet send their product out to be duplicated by the world epicenter of piracy and trademark violation. Awesome.
3) Stop with the cascading release schedule. Release your product same day world wide so no one is left behind. When people have to wait longer, it makes them angry enough to say....aaaaargggg!
4) Price the product appropriately. Blu-rays are far too expensive. $25 - $30 for a new release is rediculous. Further, Charging nearly the price of the DVD for a friggin' digital download is crminal.
5) Make better movies. The studios don't seem to understand this. If they make crap, people don't want to own it. Really good movies sell well. Junk doesn't.
6) Stop with the fake 3D. If you don't spend the money to shoot it in 3D, it's not right to charge more for it. The extra admission price should reflect the investment put into it. Running it through a conversion program while you head off to lunch isn't an investment.
7) If it's not viable to release it on disc, make a deal with Netflix and Amazon to stream it. Having it sit in the vault doesn't generate money and increases piracy. However, the studios fail to understand that some money is better than no money. If they can't sell it at full price, they won't sell it at all. There are literally thousands of movies and TV shows sitting in vaults that people cannot legally view anywhere. Lump sum deals with streaming services would allow the honest folks to avoid being pirates to watch stuff they want to see.
If the studios want people to buy instead of or in addition to renting, they need to give them a reason to. Things like movie cash are one way to do it. Offering a rebate if you buy it after renting it is another. Super deluxe editions with exclusive content on the retail versions (as opposed to stripping normal content off the rental to penalize renters) is yet another.
Make it worth it for people to buy in, but don't treat them like suckers who are connected by one hand to a cash machine.
When you automatically assume your customers are priates, then nickel and dime them in hopes of a 2% bump in your quarterly stock price, you tick off the people that would otherwise have handed you their money. The problem is, the studios believe that making their content more expensive and harder to obtain legally is the way to stop piracy. The can't see the forest for the trees.
At any rate, back on topic:
My issue with Cabin in the Woods is that it didn't seem to know what it wants to be. Some of the humor was great, but it wasn't scary enough to be a scary movie. They would have been better off doing a sendup of horror movies where the premise is that horror movies are actually shot like reality shows - only people die for real. The whole premise of this one was plain silly and ruined the ending.
Shaun of the Dead showed you could mix comedy with horror and have a movie that was both funny and bloody in one package.Edited by NetworkTV - 9/23/12 at 5:26am