PIRATED DVD AND BLU-RAY DISC
Today there are many pirated disc claiming to be blu-ray copies. many people are beeing fooled to believe that indeed these are blu-ray disc copies. It is basic that blu-ray disc are not capable of being played in DVD players while DVD discs can be played in blu-ray players. People should learn to distinguish the difference of the two disc in order not to be fooled by unscrupulous persons selling bootleg disc. The truth is these are not blu-ray disc but merely DVD. Movies from blu-ray disc have been copied and transferred to DVDs in a lower resolution some at 720p. Pirates use a bootleg format called AVCHD which uses 720 horizontal lines instead of Blu-rays 1080 resolution. I have seen these so called pirated blu-ray disc and i must admit that the quality is quite impressive even the packaging my gosh it even looks better than the original in terms of packaging. When i played these pirated disc copied from original DVD and Blu-ray, it feels like the real thing, almost. Most of these pirated disc dont have special features and it somtimes have wrong descriptions. Some of these disc have no special features coz they claim that they have been recorded in HIGH BIT RATES wherein a lot of memory is being used as compared to ordinary copies of DVD. I have bought an original movie DVD in HIGH BIT RATE and they have deleted the special features and indeed it sounds better and looks crispier.
One must be knowledgeable when dealing with this vendors of pirated because some of them are ignorant when it comes to the technalities of a dvd and blu-ray. They even dont know what is a dolby digital and DTS. So long that the audio is clear they insist that is already enough. You should know the difference between a DVD and blu-ray etc. otherwise you will be misled by this unscrupulous vendors.
I even saw pirated UMD movies for the PSP, They even claim to have a real pirated blu-ray movie using a blu-ray disc thus it is is supposed to be an exact duplicate of an original blu-ray movie however i have not tested it yet if what they claim is true.
The positve effect of this piracy is that it forced down the price of original DVD. Before the price of an original DVD is really quite high but with the introduction of piracy these prices went down because most movie buffs tend to patronize this low price pirated copies and thus to enable to compete, the price of original DVD went down. Though this has brought losses in terms of millions of dollars to the movie industry.
In the Philippines, a licensed distributor of original DVD movies lowered their prices to 299 or less unfortunately only the features film have been included in the disc meaning the special features have been omitted. Not only that, the packaging even looks cheap. What is the use of buying of an original DVD when the special features have been deleted. Ironically, some pirated DVD especially those with great packaging have better picture quality and some even have complete special features. This development is very dissappointing especially to those collectors like me who only buy original DVD. The qulaity of original DVD movies should be maintained despite the recduction in its price. Fortunately, some distributors still manitain the qulity of original DVD despite the reduction of its price.
However, I would like to stress lest I be misunderstood that I AM NOT ENCOURAGING THAT YOU PURCHASE A PIRATED DVD OR ANY DISC FOR THAT MATTER FOR IT HAS CAUSE SEVERE LOSESS TO THE MOVIE INDUSTRY AND THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY PIRACY BESIDES THE FACT THAT IT IS A VIOLATION OF THE COPYRIGHT LAW.