I like to rent and or download movies from itunes, Blink box, Channel 4 on demand or Zune but i have notuced a trend that is making me reconsider this courtacey that i show to the filmmakers and it is a curtacey. Usually when a film comes out on DVD or Bluray it is available to rent through the mediums mentioned above and it is only after viewing the film do i make the decision to bluray and the upgrade in audio and video is very much wellcome. In most case the film is not good enough by my standards to warrent buying the bluray but renting a film in the uk cost £4.49 on itunes for example since i alway purchase the HD versions if the option is there and it usually is otherwise it is £3.49. Do not mind paying this but of late they do not want to give you the option to rent, only to buy which cost upwards of £10.
I was looking forward to Horrible Bosses this week (Stupid R rated comedies are/is my vice......i love them) which was released yesterday but they want me to buy it.....i want to watch it now. Why the hell would i want to buy a badly encoded video when i could just walk over to the local HMV and get the Bluray (helps that there is one in the building i work) with superior image quality and audio. Why would i want that to clog up my HD. Ticks me off that i cannot view the film for a small amount to decide and i sure as hell am not paying full whack for something i have not seen before (i'd sooner pirate than do that).
My bluray collection is made up of films i saw before hand - some during my eh...cough...funny period...heh heh heh - and i'll be damned if i'm going to hand over a tenner (yes a bloody tenner) for a badly encoded film and in the case of itunes will not even allow me to select surround sound unless i have an external dac.....bloody liberties i tell you considering that my soundcard will win hands down in a pepsci challenge with high end home cinema systems
They did this last week with Thor and Kung Fu Panda 2 - yes i am sure it is not the best of films but half the fun in life is finding out - as well with X-men first class (this almost tipped me over the edge) so when that came out i pirated it.....just as welll that the film was excellent enought - by my standards at least - to warrent buying the bluray.
They need to stop this nonsense because they never tell you beforehand whether it will be available for rent or to buy so there is me waiting anxiously and on the day....i look like a muppet