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2.0 out of 5 stars Triple Play or Triple Pay?, 28 Feb 2011
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This review is from: Inception (Blu-ray + DVD) [2010][Region Free] (Blu-ray)
OK this is a fantastic film, brilliantly conceived and executed, but anyone buying the film on blu-ray is likely to have seen it before and know what they are getting. This review is more concerned with the triple play format itself.

So, you get a nice blu-ray with all the normal bells and whistles that this brings and also a DVD copy if like most people, you don't yet have blu-ray players dotted about the house. My understanding was that this pack also included a third copy, in digital format, that could be transferred to a mobile device such as a smart phone or ipod to watch on the move. Being quite a long and very involved film, I thought this would be ideal for me to put on my phone and watch whenever I got the opportunity. I was very, very wrong.

Firstly, there is no digital copy in the pack, you have to download it using the code you are given. Secondly, you have a choice of two formats to download in, either ipod/iphone compatible or in good old fashioned windows media. If you make the mistake that I did and download the wrong one I am afraid it's bad luck because the code is only valid for one download. If you do choose the right one, which as it turns out I actually did, you may find that it does not play on your device due to the highly restrictive digital rights management built into the file. The DRM also accounts for the biggest single problem with these triple packs, the DRM protected file is only valid for 4 months from the original release date of the film, that means that four months after the film becomes available to buy, you can no longer watch the digital version, it will not play on any device, at all, ever again. If you buy the film 4 months and a day it is released, tough, won't work, so don't bother.

I honestly do not see the point of this at all, the film industry wants to cut out illegal copying and so giving people the opportunity to own a legitimate copy in the first place would appear to be the ideal solution, but if that copy only works temporarily (if at all!) then it really is not worth it, in fact it seems to be just another way of the adding a few quid on to the price tag.

These restrictions apparently apply to all of Warner Brothers films, not sure about any other company's films as this one has put me off the idea for life. So if you want a digital copy of your film there are other ways to get it, without the DRM restrictions.

Buy the film and you will love it, but save yourself a few quid and just get the normal Blu-ray.
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Initial post: 10 Mar 2011 08:38:45 GMT
Angel C says:
"save yourself a few quid and just get the normal Blu-ray."

That's the problem with these pointless Triple Play packs - They're often all you can get for some films. Even Amazon themselves have the *Standard* Blu-Ray of Inception tucked away without a picture, 1 left in stock for more money (£17.99) than the Triple Pack.

Here's a link to the standard Blu-Ray (if it works);
WARNER HOME VIDEO Inception (Rental) [BLU-RAY] (12)

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Mar 2011 12:32:00 BDT
Bigal-sa says:
Thanks for that link, the triple pack is now £14.93 vs £23.73 for the *standard* bluray. The mind boggles...

If I wasn't so impressed by the quality of the bluray that I saw, I'd go for the DVD (which is also a ripoff at £9.99).

Posted on 26 Apr 2011 23:25:49 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Apr 2011 23:27:03 BDT
Pigpen says:
I suppose the advantage is with the bundled DVD it's fairly trivial to rip it to a DRM-free digital format of your choice, so no need to bother with the digital copy version at all. I'm not saying its strictly legal, but it's definitely not complicated these days.

Otherwise, I agree with you wholeheartedly. I just bought the Tron & Tron Legacy double pack for the same price as the Tron Legacy (imo pointless) 3D + DVD + DC version.

Posted on 18 May 2011 10:22:30 BDT
Just received Inception on blu-ray and my digital copy expires on 5th December 2011. It seems Warner Bros. are releasing new copies of the blu-ray with later expiration dates.

Posted on 16 Jun 2011 21:16:52 BDT
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Posted on 7 Jul 2011 16:14:36 BDT
Marteen 57 says:
Many thanks for the information I just wished I had read your information before buying the triple play of the Adjustment Bureau with Matt Damon.
From now on I will only buy bluray only discs. What will the film companies do next to get us to part with a few extra quid. Never mind we all live and learn.

Cheers for this

Posted on 26 Sep 2011 00:52:31 BDT
K. Ashby says:
''the DRM protected file is only valid for 4 months from the original release date of the film, that means that four months after the film becomes available to buy, you can no longer watch the digital version, it will not play on any device, at all, ever again'' what are you talking about?? i watched my digital copy only the other week once its downloaded it is yours forever i understand that the code says its valid for 4 months only but i have just used my star trek code and it worked yet it says it expired on 17/11/10 i for one prefer buying triple play because if you only have a dvd player in the bedroom it allows you to watch the dvd version and the digital copy comes in handy on the train or bus to/from work. it also gives you a code to download the digital code to stop people dishing the digital copy disc to all there friends. also if you did download it using the wrong format (windows or itunes) delete it and redownload it correctly thats what i done with alice in wonderland

Posted on 20 Nov 2011 20:18:03 GMT
Dr. Zook says:
MCPX, you say, "If you make the mistake that I did and download the wrong one I am afraid it's bad luck because the code is only valid for one download. If you do choose the right one, which as it turns out I actually did,..."

First you say you doenloaded the wrong one then you say you downloaded the right one. So did you download the wrong one for your purpose or did you download the right one for your purpose?
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