Just days ahead of the HD Digital release of The Force Awakens in iTunes, a BluRay rip of the movie has popped up online...
The ripped BluRay copy hit torrent sites early last week and was snapped up by 250,000 eager Star Wars fans in the first 12 hours! Variety had the numbers via TorrentFreak, which I quite disturbing given how close we are to an official release.
It doesn't matter what you say, a pirated copy of a movie is never as good a quality as the BluRay or HD Digital copy. Compression leaves artefacts in the movie that will disappoint, regardless of how many days earlier you get the film, or how many (or few) dollars or pounds you save by taking the quick and easy path. The other thing that's missing, aside from a quality presentation, is the full compliment of special features. In fact, these are now more exciting to me than owning the movie (almost).
I have to say, I'm shocked at how quickly The Force Awakens got a home video release. I was sure we would be waiting until at least the summer to see it in all it's shiny HD glory, and the movie isn't even that expensive to buy. The iTunes HD Digital version is only £13.99 to pre-order. Keep in mind, this will be better quality than any digital copy you may see bundled with the physical disc. These are rarely, if ever HD versions, and it's most likely going to be an UltraViolet copy, which just blows in my opinion. You almost never see an iTunes copy packaged with the disc in UK these days, and if you do it'll be SD and not HD, so avoid! Pre-order your full HD iTunes Digital version of Star Wars The Force Awakens here and enjoy the special features on the day of release, and rest assured that the quality of the presentation will be much better that any pirated BluRay copy you'll find online.
The iTunes version hits the UK library on 11th April, but if you're patient enough to wait, and you prefer to own the physical item, you can get the BluRay disc, in two flavours; Lightside here and Darkside here from Amazon.co.uk priced at just £15.00! So why would you need to settle for a substandard pirated copy?
How will you be getting Star Wars The Force Awakens for your home? BluRay? If so which edition are you holding out for? Or are your a streamer? If so which platform will you be going with? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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