Ok, I'm going to take some flack for this.
I've been a StarWars fan since the age of 5 (I'm 19 now) and I
live in the UK. Why the HELL has George Lucas made us wait 2
months to see TPM?!?! If it needed to be dubbed into our
language I could understand. If we had vastly differnt cinema
equipment I could understand. George could have made so much
more by doing a similtanious worldwide release - instead the hype
machine will simply peter out by the time TPM hits England.
That's why I watched a bootleg.
No, I won't tell you where it was downloaded from - anyway; it
was 1.2Gb so only T3-ers stand a chance.
The quality was superb - it had obviously been filmed in an empty
auditorium on a high quality digital camera. The sound was fine
(okay, it wasn't suround sound)
Here's my point - I know how nuts you guys went when the movie
came out. Let me ask you; would you have paid $600 to fly over
to England to watch it? Would you have been content to miss your
favourite newsgroups and websites to avoid spoilers. How pissed
would you be if a friend gave away a crucial plot element in
If anything this has made me want to go and see it in the
cinema - I saw it on a 27 inch monitor with a huge sound system
and (even though I LOVED every minute of the film) it wasn't
I'm not condoning bootlegging - it seriously damages the
entertainment industry but
i) LucasFilm should have realised that this would happen if they
made the rest of the world wait an extra 60 days
ii)Watching the bootleg was perhaps the best advert for a film to
be seen on the big screen that I have ever witnessed.
Again, I don't have a copy of the bootleg anymore and if I did
there's no way I'd e-mail you 1.2Gig.
Oh, if you're wanting to prosecute me - the above is all a work
of fiction. Can you understand now why people are bootlegging?
My slice of the web...
"War doesn't determine who's right. War determines who's left."