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Wolverine Movie Internet Leak

Would You Watch a Leaked Movie Before It Opens in Theaters?

Recently an unfinished version of the highly anticipated Hugh Jackman movie, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, leaked onto the Internet.

This security breach could be disastrous for the folks in charge of this movie because, as one blogger put it, it could have "a dramatic and negative impact on this film's opening and overall box office performance."

Ugh. Poor Hugh.

Big leaks like this don't happen too often, but when they do I try to resist the temptation to watch because I prefer my initial viewing of a movie to be on the big screen. On the other hand, knowing that a movie I really want to see is out there on the Internet, it can be so tempting to go searching for it.

So what do you think? Would you watch a leaked movie?

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karenpanna karenpanna 8 years
Personally, I think it would depend on the film. If its one I am not too sure about spending $10.00 for the big screen experience (and potential disappointment), I might be persuaded. However, films like this which I am dying to see gratuitous shots of giant Hugh on the screen, I will abstain from. ;) I like the larger than life Wolfie running about slashing and blowing things up with all his uber-muscle-y-goodness. Admittedly, I get annoyed with people who preach about their refusal to do such things because more than likely, they're guilty in some way. Yes, it's stealing, but so is using programs like Limewire, Napster (in the old days) or sites like YouTube or Hulu to a certain extent. Even burning a copy of a CD or a mixed tape could be considered piracy. It just depends on one definition of piracy. That being said, whoever leaked this gem should be dragged out and shot... or at least very fired. Just being the Devil's advocate.
Aurora-87 Aurora-87 8 years
No. Even though I do watch movies online, I still like going to the movies. There is no comparison, I would rather see a big blockbuster on the big screen than on my laptop.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
Well apparently I am a hypcritical artist because I watch pirated movies. ARRGHH!! Seriously. though I have close friends who have had their work stolen and it isn't great but I have watched leaked/stolen movies before. I caught X Men by mistake because where I work some of our participants bring in their own DVDs and the guy brought it in. I caught the last half.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
No way. Why watch an unfinished, unpolished version and have all the surprises ruined? I go to the movies for the experience.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
I downloaded it but I have not and probably will not watch it. I heard that its not even the final cut and that you can see the wires and everything hanging from the actors. Plus movies like that you need to see in the theater in my opinion. It will still be a big movie either way.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
"I had some friends who worked at the theater and they figured out the code to unlock the movie" Woah! You know you could have gotten into BIG trouble for that. As far as bad quailty for leaked movies, that's not true at all. A 'leaked' movie is almost always a "workprint" (like the wolverine movie, which is rare) or a "screener" (which is what is sent out to movie critics and more common).
mnxygrl mnxygrl 8 years
i tend to watch "leaked" versions to see if its something i'd enjoy, and if it's a good movie, i go to the theater to support the movie. if it's crap, then i don't see the point in supporting it. there are so many movies that i extremely disliked and would have felt i wasted my money if i had gone to the theaters to watch it, but every once in awhile, there's a movie that has a wonderful storyline and amazing acting/direction so i spend the money to watch it properly, the way it was meant to be. for example, the movie "taken" was out in dvd quality at least a month prior to US theatrical release. i absolutely loved it watching it at home, so i ended up going to the theater and spent 20.00 to watch it on the big screen munching on popcorn. so really, even though i was able to watch it for free, i still paid to watch it legally as well because it was worth it.
Fellora Fellora 8 years
I wouldn't...i would rather see it in the theatre for the first time. Besides, there's still a theatre in our city that only charges $4 for matinee and $6 regular.
zeze zeze 8 years
The piracy thing is tricky - for this case, no, because I would want to see it finished and on the big screen, for other depends. I watch movies online (uploaded on some websites) when I am bored, don't want to go out, can't find in my video store at the time or don't want to pay $4 for something that I will get bored of and not finish - which is wrong, but at the same time, I have gone out and bought SO MANY movies that I watched online because I loved them and thought they were worth it. Now the online thing has become almost like a trial for me - I love British movies which aren't at the local BB anytime, and watching it online and then ordering it for like $35 on amazon seems fair to me.
idawson idawson 8 years
No mainly because I would be afraid that some final effect work, etc. would not show up in the leaked print. I doubt that this is the final, clean print that will go to the theaters.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
some movie, like this one, id like to watch in the theater. but i would watch a pirated movie.
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
Of course - going to the theatres is a rip off now!
emalove emalove 8 years
Possibly. I'd try to wait it out though.
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 8 years
I don't know... I would want to, but I'm a chicken. the possibility of getting caught and the possible legal ramifications ar enough to stop me in my tracks.
Kazagirl Kazagirl 8 years
No, it wouldn't be worth all the trouble of downloading because I know the quality would be bad.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
Yes...but since it's X-men I would also see it in the movie theatre for the effect.
bleached bleached 8 years
Depends on the movie... For something like this, I would wait for the finished version
amelioratelj amelioratelj 8 years
I wouldn't watch it online-but I have sort of watched a leaked movie before. I saw Transformers a couple of weeks before it came out. I had some friends who worked at the theater and they figured out the code to unlock the movie, so we went in real late and watched it- it was like a private screening. I don't regret it, it was awesome, and I paid to see it again a couple more times, so don't feel like I was cheating the system or anything.
karlotta karlotta 8 years
I only download movies that I wouldn't go see in the theater or rent on DVD. So... what's the harm? At least I watch them!
NJRae NJRae 8 years
Artist can be paid percentages based on tickets sales, DVD sales, etc. And here is something you might find interesting- down load 1 movie, song, etc. and get caught the penalty can be anything from losing your Internet access, to a fine of $750- $150,000. Suddenly that $10.50 ticket doesn't seem so bad. Some people are only going to see the "get caught" part of my statement- well it is getting a lot easier to find out who is illegally downloading media. What about if it was something you created?
jessanne jessanne 8 years
Heck yeah I watch unleased/leaked movies... I mean, yes I WOULD.
Sarana Sarana 8 years
I've watched it and the quality was quite good, although some special effects were missing. I though that added to the experience, sort of a look behind the scenes. I bought the DVD and watched it on my TV, so it wasn't on my computer either. It's al over the DVD shops here, so basically unstoppable. Seeing as the cinema release has yet TBD for my country I don't feel guilty about watching. I'll go to the theatre too if it ever gets here.
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 8 years
Nope. I'm really looking forward to this movie but I want to see it in good quality on the big screen.
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 8 years
For me, it's about being honest. I don't want to cheat someone out of something that they deserve, so I won't watch a movie leak. I won't illegally download music either. I'm one of "those."
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