Avatar claims title of most pirated Blu-ray movie ever

In addition to the movie box offices, James Cameron’s Avatar has seen been seeing strong success on the piracy shores. Since last week’s Blu-ray release, the $237 million dollar film has been downloaded far more than any previous Blu-ray releases. 

TorrentFreak reports that since its leak, Avatar has seen over 200,000 downloads within its first four days. While nowhere near the levels that DVD movie rips attain, the figure is highest so far for HD Blu-ray rips which come in at much larger file sizes.

Download statistics have shown that the majority of its demand is originating from the UK and Australia, who have a later release date than the US. The Blu-ray was released to the US market last Thursday, April 22nd and to the UK just yesterday.

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Something just doesn't seem right.. We all know how movie studios and the RIAA/MPAA like to bloat statistics to make piracy seem like a bigger issue than it really is, I'm willing to bet it was not even close to the figures they claim.

Not to mention it's only been out four days, so that itself seems suspicious enough for me to claim bullcrap. I personally don't find this movie interesting aside from some nice visuals, so it's not something I would like to watch.

I just wonder how many of those "evil" people would have actually bought the movie if piracy wasn't an option?

Download statistics have shown that the majority of its demand is originating from the UK and Australia, who have a later release date than the US.

Maybe the film industry could take a moment to think about this.

There is obviously demand for this film and people probably wanted to see it as soon as it was released for whatever reasons they have yet were unable to due to the staggered release dates. The fact that it was so popular in the cinemas and is still showing in some and has made so much money can not make it any more obvious to the film industry that people are willing to pay. The people who are downloading this are not to blame, its the film industry. Surely if it was released on the same day worldwide, the number of downloads would have been lower. People want to see it and if its released earlier else where, they will get it from there instead.

Anybody pirating blu rays isn't doing it because they don't have the money.... it's because they can. They'll end up loosing money in the end. Unlike the fragile dvd's, blu rays are well made and are very hard to crack. (crack as in physically crack) As such I don't store dvd's in their cases. Blu Rays I do. Not much harm in storing those in their cases. I can't imagine copying a blu ray. Even if you went to a bulk store like meritline com it's still like a $25 price tag for just a few of them. And AnyDVD would have to be upgraded. There's really no point to pirating a blu ray. It satisfies the customer.

PatrynXX said,
Anybody pirating blu rays isn't doing it because they don't have the money.... it's because they can. They'll end up loosing money in the end. Unlike the fragile dvd's, blu rays are well made and are very hard to crack. (crack as in physically crack) As such I don't store dvd's in their cases. Blu Rays I do. Not much harm in storing those in their cases. I can't imagine copying a blu ray. Even if you went to a bulk store like meritline com it's still like a $25 price tag for just a few of them. And AnyDVD would have to be upgraded. There's really no point to pirating a blu ray. It satisfies the customer.

um...really what? I fail to see your point? so while you go to your movie rack, and grab a blue ray case, pull the disk out, put it in, wait for it to load, then watch it, I've already selected my MKV on XBMC running on my HTPC in my living room.

You rip the 50GB file down to 22GB...store it. Easy

SirEvan said,

um...really what? I fail to see your point? so while you go to your movie rack, and grab a blue ray case, pull the disk out, put it in, wait for it to load, then watch it, I've already selected my MKV on XBMC running on my HTPC in my living room.

You rip the 50GB file down to 22GB...store it. Easy

Dont forget watching all the crap like anti piracy notices, trailers and the multitude of stuff you cant skip.... and the 10s intro to the menu before you can select play...... That providing you dont have to update your player/copy of power DVD before you can even play the damn disk.

Unplugged said,

Dont forget watching all the crap like anti piracy notices, trailers and the multitude of stuff you cant skip.... and the 10s intro to the menu before you can select play......

There's refreshingly little of that 'crap' on the UK blu-ray release. Just pop it in, and you're almost straight to the main menu.

Anyway, what a crap excuse for not buying a film...

Draconian Guppy said,
meh avatar schamavatar

+1

Cannot understand the hype
Saw it in 3d in the movietheater, I was seriously considering leaving:p

The only movie I ever left in the middle of, was the new Alice in wonderland,
now THAT sucked big donkey balls

With the cost of blue-ray burners and media it doesn't make much sense to me to even go through the effort. DVD pirating makes more sense because burners and media are cheap but blue-ray is still too pricey. What do you really save? $10? How many movies do you have to pirate to break even on the costly blue-ray burner?

Tim Dawg said,
With the cost of blue-ray burners and media it doesn't make much sense to me to even go through the effort. DVD pirating makes more sense because burners and media are cheap but blue-ray is still too pricey. What do you really save? $10? How many movies do you have to pirate to break even on the costly blue-ray burner?
Who said they were burning them to disc? they are just ripping the higher quality version. In most cases the files will just be left on the HDD or stored on an external HDD, no need for optical media at all.

Edited by Xerxes, Apr 28 2010, 4:59am :

Hmmmmm the movie really wasn't all that to me, only thing good about it was the unique visuals. Other than that the movie was completely predictable.

Biglo said,
Hmmmmm the movie really wasn't all that to me, only thing good about it was the unique visuals. Other than that the movie was completely predictable.

You mean like Terminator/Titanic for example?

Of course they are predictable but it's the cinematic journey they take you on that matters.

Biglo said,
Hmmmmm the movie really wasn't all that to me, only thing good about it was the unique visuals. Other than that the movie was completely predictable.

If I'd been able to see the movie in the full 3D it's meant to be seen in then i might not agree with you but the 2D version just suked why because NZ's cheap ass theater owners who can't be arsed to update 20yr old projectors

Athlonite said,

If I'd been able to see the movie in the full 3D it's meant to be seen in then i might not agree with you but the 2D version just suked why because NZ's cheap ass theater owners who can't be arsed to update 20yr old projectors


lol

neudera said,
Excuse me, I must be on my way to pirate a movie with giant blue balls in 1080p resolution.
Who's talking about Watchman ?

Why would ANYONE pirate this Blu-Ray?

No commentary, no special features, no extra anything. And we know there's a special edition coming out in a few months.

I'll wait 'til then, then I'll get it.

krasch said,
Why would ANYONE pirate this Blu-Ray?

No commentary, no special features, no extra anything. And we know there's a special edition coming out in a few months.

I'll wait 'til then, then I'll get it.

To watch? Although I wouldn't want to watch it. Thought it was awful

krasch said,
Why would ANYONE pirate this Blu-Ray?

No commentary, no special features, no extra anything. And we know there's a special edition coming out in a few months.

I'll wait 'til then, then I'll get it.

Because some of us care mostly about the Movie.. Adding more crap onto the disc only take away from bitrate that could be used for the Film.

Ryoken said,
Because some of us care mostly about the Movie.. Adding more crap onto the disc only take away from bitrate that could be used for the Film.
Not really. 25GB (and 50GB) is a lot of space. Far more than what is needed for the film. Ever hear of diminishing returns? That applies to video compression heavily.

Edited by WICKO, Apr 28 2010, 12:04pm :

krasch said,
No commentary, no special features, no extra anything. And we know there's a special edition coming out in a few months.
Did you just state the reasons why this Blu-ray was pirated?

Well maybe the movie studios will finally learn staggered releases do more damage then good? I doubt it though ...as for me, I plan to buy my Blu-Ray copy when it goes on sale Friday here.

dead.cell said,
Looks like he'll have to make his movies much longer to stop piracy.
After Google's fiber optics networks hit, this won't be a problem.

dead.cell said,
Looks like he'll have to make his movies much longer to stop piracy.

Or those who have FIOS like me

Edited by murkurie, Apr 28 2010, 1:16am :