Near DVD Quality of Wolverine Movie Leaked Online

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Hear that? That’s the sound of executives at 20th Century Fox falling all over themselves in a desperate attempt to bring the Internet to a halt. Why? Because someone, somewhere has leaked a near DVD quality copy of Fox’s biggest Summer movie, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” onto the Internet a full month ahead of its May 1 release. And did I mention this thing isn’t some crappy copy of the movie shot with a camcorder? And no, this is not an April Fools joke, though Fox probably wishes it was.

Word from Hitfix is that the leaked copy is “a near-finished DVD quality rip, marred only by a few unfinished FX shots.” In fact, there aren’t even any of those pesky timecodes or watermarks to mar your pirating experience. The only missing elements to the pirated copy seems to be scenes from director Gavin Hood’s recent reshoots of the film, which, according to actor Hugh Jackman, was the result of scheduling conflicts with the cast/crew, and not problems with the movie itself. So basically if you’re watching the pirated copy, you’ll be watching an unfinished version of the movie, and definitely not something Hood intended.

Obviously when someone leaks a (from all reports) very nice copy of your movie onto the Internet for free a full month ahead of your movie’s opening, it’s a major cause for concern. Making matters worst for Fox is that every movie blog is already jumping on this story, and pretty soon the major newspapers will be following suit (as soon as they wake up, one presumes), which will lead to more people searching the net for the movie, resulting in more pirating of the movie, etc etc. It’s a vicious circle, to be sure, and I wouldn’t want to be the bean counters at Fox right now.

At the moment, the studio is no doubt sending their legal shock troops throughout the web trying to pull the movie down, but at this point, gentlemen, good luck. The Internet is such that as soon as you pull down one copy of something, ten more will just appear to take its place. Also, good luck going after Hans in Serbia or Croatia or somewhere selling the movie as a DVD out of the back of his mom’s rented mule.

So how will this affect “Wolverine’s” opening? I happen to think it won’t make too much of a dent. The vast, vast majority of moviegoers are too dumb to know not to click on an email telling them that they’ve just inherited $2 millon tax-free bucks from a rich uncle in Nigeria that they’ve never heard of, so I doubt if many people will know where to even start looking to download a copy of “Wolverine”. Sure, the kids will know how, but the kids always know how, and I doubt there are enough of them to make too big of an impact on the film’s box office take.

I could be wrong, of course.

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  • erick

    this is karma courtesy of the internet on Fox for trying to fuck with the “Watchmen’s” release with their short-bus lawsuit. but we all know “Wolverine” will probably still make more than “Watchmen,” at least on the theatrical run.

  • erick

    this is karma courtesy of the internet on Fox for trying to fuck with the “Watchmen’s” release with their short-bus lawsuit. but we all know “Wolverine” will probably still make more than “Watchmen,” at least on the theatrical run.

  • lancimouspitt

    I hope this doesn’t cause too big of a dent for the film.
    Though I wish Fox would let people have more freedom when adapting super hero films.

    I mean jesus Christ their saying Dragon Ball only had a budget of around 45 million!
    And in the end product it showed.

    Wolverine rocked though.

  • lancimouspitt

    I hope this doesn’t cause too big of a dent for the film.
    Though I wish Fox would let people have more freedom when adapting super hero films.

    I mean jesus Christ their saying Dragon Ball only had a budget of around 45 million!
    And in the end product it showed.

    Wolverine rocked though.

  • cole

    some one tell me where i can find this damn movie please!!!=)

  • cole

    some one tell me where i can find this damn movie please!!!=)

  • http://www.timdiemart.com/ tripur

    this movie was not very good at all. I don’t understand the mentality in Hollywood to fuck with the story. I was so excited for Gambit and Deadpool but damn those were the two they fucked up the most. They skipped on a lot of story so they can add to the action sequences but the sequences aren’t good enough for the lack of story.

    *SPOILERS*

    and if people are wondering, the rumor about Ryan Renalds only being in the beginning for about 10 minutes then 10 more at the end as Weapon XI (or as Deadpool cause that’s when he takes on the name) are true. It was just sad.

    • rangamaru

      Okay… the action sequences of an unfinished pirated version of a movie is not good enough for ya? I’m just gonna wait for the theatrical release, even though the copies of the pirated Wolverine DVD are selling like crazy in my country.

      • http://www.timdiemart.com/ tripur

        ya know, if you’ve seen it then you would know. It’s a lot of stabbing and throwing and apparently Gambit can run up walls. The biggest reason it’s unfinished is do to the special effects where they use rough place holders and early drafts/renders. Other then that, you get enough of what the action scenes are like and they are nothing great. Again, if you’ve seen it then you’d know what I mean.

  • http://www.timdiemart.com tripur

    this movie was not very good at all. I don’t understand the mentality in Hollywood to fuck with the story. I was so excited for Gambit and Deadpool but damn those were the two they fucked up the most. They skipped on a lot of story so they can add to the action sequences but the sequences aren’t good enough for the lack of story.

    *SPOILERS*

    and if people are wondering, the rumor about Ryan Renalds only being in the beginning for about 10 minutes then 10 more at the end as Weapon XI (or as Deadpool cause that’s when he takes on the name) are true. It was just sad.

    • rangamaru

      Okay… the action sequences of an unfinished pirated version of a movie is not good enough for ya? I’m just gonna wait for the theatrical release, even though the copies of the pirated Wolverine DVD are selling like crazy in my country.

      • http://www.timdiemart.com tripur

        ya know, if you’ve seen it then you would know. It’s a lot of stabbing and throwing and apparently Gambit can run up walls. The biggest reason it’s unfinished is do to the special effects where they use rough place holders and early drafts/renders. Other then that, you get enough of what the action scenes are like and they are nothing great. Again, if you’ve seen it then you’d know what I mean.