'Star Wars: The Drive Awakens' Blu-ray rip leaks to torrents

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Blu-ray rip leaks to torrents

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After grossing over $2 billion in theaters, Star Wars: The Drive Awakens has made its lengthy awaited debut… on the piracy scene. The film is scheduled for launch by way of obtain till April 1st, and the Blu-ray arrives April fifth, however now that the discs are pressed one has inevitably leaked out. TorrentFreak estimated that within the first 12 hours over 250,000 individuals had already downloaded a replica, and it is at present topping trackers like The Pirate Bay and Kickass Torrents.

Regardless of DRM and takedown notices, there’s little Disney can do to get the film off of the web, though one wonders if an earlier digital launch might have helped. By comparability, yesterday Fox put The Revenant up on the market by way of on-line retailers like iTunes, Google Play and Vudu almost a month earlier than the Blu-ray and Extremely HD Blu-ray model might be out there on April nineteenth. TFA will in all probability nonetheless do gangbusters at retail, however I’m wondering what number of of these downloaders would pay for a replica if that they had a reliable choice out there.