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(LA Times)   Global movie ticket sales climb to $35.9 billion, including $148 from China from the three people who didn't know where to buy pirated films   (latimes.com) divider line 17
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2014-03-28 08:58:36 AM
Headline would be funny if China wasn't the biggest growing market that props up the profits on many films. USA is becoming a minor market for Hollywood.
 
2014-03-28 08:58:58 AM
Pirating has probably led to movie producers going for the lowest common denominator. That or Hollywood has completely disappeared up its own arse.
 
2014-03-28 09:01:06 AM
But I thought that the evil bastards at thepiratebay had all but destroyed the movie industry.

/confused
 
2014-03-28 09:03:09 AM

Gobobo: Pirating has probably led to movie producers going for the lowest common denominator. That or Hollywood has completely disappeared up its own arse.


Oh, it did, then it reemerged out of it's own mouth and went in for the kill via it's own navel. That was, like, 1986-ish IIRC.
 
2014-03-28 09:44:08 AM
Buy, Subby? You clearly know nothing.
 
2014-03-28 09:54:26 AM
The ENTIRE movie industry's revenue equals less than a month of Walmart's revenue or about two months of Apple's revenue.
 
2014-03-28 10:21:19 AM
Thats just to buy out a movie theater completely one time to make a bootleg.
 
2014-03-28 10:22:12 AM

uttertosh: But I thought that the evil bastards at thepiratebay had all but destroyed the movie industry.

/confused


Yes, clearly piracy is a huge existential threat to our society.
 
2014-03-28 11:14:07 AM
Subby suggests that almost everyone knows how to pirate movies, and yet he also admits that ticket sales are at an all-time high. Subby needs to reconcile his contradictions.
 
2014-03-28 12:04:19 PM
Actually, people in China seem to want actual Western stuff... real Louis Vuitton bags, shiat like that.

Americans who go to China are the ones more interested in knock offs.
 
2014-03-28 12:24:09 PM

legion_of_doo: Actually, people in China seem to want actual Western stuff... real Louis Vuitton bags, shiat like that.

Americans who go to China are the ones more interested in knock offs.


Actual Uncle Ben's rice, not that no-name stuff in a plastic sack.
 
2014-03-28 12:50:40 PM
Who the fark buys a movie, bootleg or not?
 
2014-03-28 01:34:31 PM
Movies were $1 equivalent in yuan in Shanghai when I was there - with a jewel case and locally printed DVD.
 
2014-03-28 01:52:53 PM

Dellirium: Movies were $1 equivalent in yuan in Shanghai when I was there - with a jewel case and locally printed DVD.


When I went to Taipei, the markets were lined with dudes selling pirated videos for about that same price.  You could get them subtitled (awfully) in any language you wanted.  I picked up a bunch of Disney animated movies that turned out to be either legit or very good copies.  My kids drove me nuts playing "Under the Sea" over and over and over... in Mandarin.
 
2014-03-28 03:11:30 PM

tillerman35: Dellirium: Movies were $1 equivalent in yuan in Shanghai when I was there - with a jewel case and locally printed DVD.

When I went to Taipei, the markets were lined with dudes selling pirated videos for about that same price.  You could get them subtitled (awfully) in any language you wanted.  I picked up a bunch of Disney animated movies that turned out to be either legit or very good copies.  My kids drove me nuts playing "Under the Sea" over and over and over... in Mandarin.


Just so save others looking it up on youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kkd6VjAaWmI&hd=1

and here's the cantonese

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cCUbW1_8_4&hd=1
 
2014-03-28 04:16:08 PM

Dellirium: Movies were $1 equivalent in yuan in Shanghai when I was there - with a jewel case and locally printed DVD.


The had a bazaar on our Forward Operating Base in Iraq, that sold bootleg DVDs.  They had actual cases, pretty decently printed covers, and even the discs themselves usually had labels.  Almost all of them were professional looking studio screeners.

$2 bucks a pop.

A friend of mine got basically every Disney film every made since in the 1930s (including Song of the South) in an extremely well-crafted custom case, for like $50 bucks.  It should keep his daughters occupied until they're in college.
 
2014-03-28 04:47:15 PM

AgentKGB: tillerman35: Dellirium: Movies were $1 equivalent in yuan in Shanghai when I was there - with a jewel case and locally printed DVD.

When I went to Taipei, the markets were lined with dudes selling pirated videos for about that same price.  You could get them subtitled (awfully) in any language you wanted.  I picked up a bunch of Disney animated movies that turned out to be either legit or very good copies.  My kids drove me nuts playing "Under the Sea" over and over and over... in Mandarin.

Just so save others looking it up on youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kkd6VjAaWmI&hd=1

and here's the cantonese

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cCUbW1_8_4&hd=1


Nooooooooo!!!!  Now I'll have that in my head for the next week!  And I don't even speak Mandarin!  (Fina hi deeee!  Fina hi deeee!)
 
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