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Triple Play or Triple Pay?
on 28 February 2011
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.