Midweek Mouth-off: Release date delays and piracy

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The World’s End is the highly anticipated final chapter in Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s Cornetto Trilogy. The film opens in the UK this Friday. Us South Africans, well, we have to wait until 15 November to watch it. Similarly, The Evil Dead remake finally opens here on 16 August, despite releasing in the States back in April. And in the past local cinephiles have had to wait over half a year to see the likes of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and The Cabin in the Woods. In those cases, the films were available on DVD and download overseas before they even screened in our local moviehouses.

While many films open in South Africa at the same time, or within a couple of weeks of their international debuts, very often it’s the more offbeat, hard-to-sell films with “niche” geek appeal that are subjected to these massive delays. Today we want to know if you feel this contributes to piracy? Have you ever been tempted to download a movie because of long local waiting periods, queue it up on Netflix or import it from overseas?  Are you happy to wait? Or does it drive you crazy with frustration? Are local distributors hurting themselves with this approach? Let us know.

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Last Updated: July 17, 2013

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