‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Pirated Blu-ray Copies Leak Online

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Blu-ray-quality copies of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” have hit piracy sites, less than two weeks ahead of Disney’s planned home-video release of the blockbuster in the format.

The first pirated copies of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” appeared online late Tuesday, and within 12 hours had been downloaded by about 250,000 people, according to piracy-news site TorrentFreak, which first reported the leak.

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Disney has set April 1 for the home-video release of the film, followed by Blu-ray on April 5. The movie has grossed more than $2 billion worldwide at the box office.

Lower-quality “cam” rips of “Force Awakens” cropped up on pirate sites shortly after the movie’s theatrical debut last December, but the latest leak appears to be the first DVD-quality copy to hit piracy networks.

An image accompanying the pirated “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” copies indicate the rip came from a regular retail disc, according to TorrentFreak.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” a resounding success for Disney, was directed by J.J. Abrams, and written by Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt, and produced by Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy and Bryan Burk. The film stars Harrison Ford, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley.

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  1. John Liddle says:

    It’s on News servers now….There’s no way to stop it from being downloaded, and no way to moitor it as the news servers (And services like giganews use encrypted connections and don’t keep logs of user activity)are all over the world once anything is uploaded it’s copied over and over again to the servers….the days of stopping this kind of thing are long since gone.

  2. Guss says:

    I’ve heard that this “pirate” copy of the bluray, doesn’t include the part when Obi-Wan was talking in Rey’s head when she touched the sabre. Which was in the theatrical release. Wonder if there are going to be 2 versions released.

    • thesithlord2007 says:

      It’s in the official bluray. They also changed a scene when the resistance launched their attack to destroy starkiller base. In the theatrical version, a black pilot cheared “YAHOOO” as if he was playing a video game. In the bluray version, this part was replaced by him instead saying “hah, direct hit, haha”. Still cringey but a lot less cringey than the theatrical version.

  3. Steve says:

    I’ll be buying a Blu and DVD anyway, love this movie! Best of 2015!

  4. Demonthese says:

    After what Disney did to some of their IT staff I say f**k’em. Wish the whole IT/Technology community would boycott or pirate this movie so they don’t get one cent from us.

  5. jsb says:

    Thanks for the update, Variety!

  6. Jonny says:

    They made their money, and they will make piles more from DVDs and re-issuing bluray box sets of the entire series. They shouldn’t be pissed off about this.

  7. Bennie says:

    Why don’t the studios just go after the people downloading these films and fine them to the fullest extent of the law? That’s going to stop piracy if 250K people got hit with a fine of, what is it, $100K? I think that would stop it dead in it’s tracks if they just spent a week plowing through the torrent sites and doing this. Are they worried those people wouldn’t watch movies anymore? Well they weren’t paying obviously in the first place, so oh well. They’re breaking the law, and they know they are, so I don’t feel bad for them if that were to happen.

    • Dave Hayes says:

      Yeah see, you’ll never catch me copper, yeah lol I’m sure if pirates on the high seas 300-400 years ago could magically snap their fingers and make a perfect duplicate of the entire contents of another ships cargo hold appear on board their ship simply by sailing beside if for a hour they may not have got such a bad rap.

  8. Alex says:

    Who would bother downloading this in bad quality? Anyone who cares to see this movie already has, as the box office has told us, so why not just wait for the actual blu-ray release?

  9. Mama says:

    Jo Mama you need to chill out, bud.

  10. Jo Mama says:

    And…. nobody gives a shit. Haven’t you printed enough cash from this terrible movie by now? What do you care if you get robbed of a couple million? They killed Star Wars and beat it to death with a money stick. Star Wars is dead. All that’s left is printing cash and brainwashing women and minorities into joining the military.

  11. Anon says:

    Slow news day up I guess.

  12. Larry Martin says:

    Thanks for letting all of us know. I’m sure your article will increase the piracy of this film now, since there are thousands who won’t want to wait until April 5th. Good job.

  13. Ryan Brosch says:

    Was this article copy edited by anyone at all?

    “Blu-ray-quality copies of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” have hit piracy sites, less than two weeks ahead of Disney’s planned home-video release of the blockbuster in the format.” Then the article states “copies indicate the rip came from a regular retail DVD.” So DVD = Blu-ray? What?

  14. Alan Glaze says:

    This is Terrible!! I’m Shocked! I’m Shocked…!!!!

  15. Tissrien says:

    Oh no.

  16. How is this news? This happens with EVERY SINGLE MOVIE, EVER. This article is the equivalent of “Today there were no clouds in the sky, resulting in lots of sun hitting the ground in lots of places, making farmers concerned about a possible drought.”

  17. rcjteng says:

    The movie already made billions and people are giving their copy away online. if Disney wants to make money, they should offer blu-rays with special features, a great looking case and a light saber. Also, a Star Wars theme park where you can beat the crap out of jar jar binks may be interesting.

    • Jo Mama says:

      Wow, you’re actually begging for a $50 rip-off with a bunch of worthless plastic shit on it. And an $80 steel version.

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