Wednesday, January 10, 2007

How About a Movie?

Why pay $10 to see a movie in the theater when you can buy the DVD on the street for $5?

Because it's illegal, of course.

A couple of guys were busted with a few crates full of pirated CD's and DVD's. They were caught by private investigators hired by the entertainment industry to find bootleggers. I was looking through the confiscated booty when this movie caught my eye:

'Rocky Balboa' opened in theaters a couple weeks ago and is already being peddled illegaly on DVD. We watched a bit of it to check the quality and were surprised to see it was pretty good. This was not one of those deals where a person sneaks a video camera into the theater and records the movie from the big screen. Someone must have gotten an advance copy of this film and started copying it.


This week I startedInvestigator school which is necessary to obtain Detective certification. It's several months long and is being taught by the city's premiere homicide detective. I'm getting back into 'student' mode and am glad it's not like the 'cadet' setting of the academy. After completion of the class, and another year of tenure, I'll be able to seek any number of detective positions.

10 Comments:

At January 10, 2007 12:57 PM, Blogger Dirk_Star said...

Uh, since they are now confiscated D.V.D.'s, I'll only go as high as seven dollars for a copy.

And yes, that does include shipping and mishandling...

 
At January 10, 2007 2:01 PM, Blogger whimsicalnbrainpan said...

It is amazing how fast they can get bootlegs out on the streets these days.

Good luck with Investigator school! I have a feeling that you'll make an excellent detective.

 
At January 10, 2007 3:19 PM, Blogger Meander said...

wow...a detective. that reminds me of a song...watching the detectives. yeah. i think you will be a wonderful detective. my favorite tv detective is columbo.

 
At January 11, 2007 8:09 AM, Blogger Craig D said...

Just "checking the quality" eh?

Last month I was in a doctor's waiting room where he had a monitor showing a movie for his patients' enjoyment.

A mother and daughter walked in and Mommy went nuts. "THE SANTA CLAUSE 3!?!? We just paid $20 to see that last night and it's already out on video?!?!?"

Other tangentially-related anecdote...

My brother bought a bunch of "used" DVDs for my daughter off of amazon.com. Two of the Disney classics turned out to be pirated discs! Funny thing is, the inserts for the boxes look to be legit.

Good luck with that POLICE ACADEMY sequel you're working on!

 
At January 11, 2007 9:13 AM, Blogger Wizened Wizard said...

Good luck with school, O.G.

I wonder if you like to read mysteries... solve puzzles... What is motivating you to become a detective? (It sounds interesting to me).

 
At January 12, 2007 12:22 AM, Blogger Officer Gary said...

Dirk -'Mishandling' is right.

Wizened - I do like mysteries and puzzles. I can't pass up a Saduko puzzle, crossword, or cryptogram without attempting to solve. I'm enchanted by chess but never was very good at it (how I envied the grandmasters, though).

Thanks to everyone for the encouragement. I'll keep you posted on the new schooling.

 
At January 12, 2007 12:30 PM, Blogger Dirk_Star said...

Apparently the video bootleggers are smarter than we first thought.

They have just released a two disk video set of George’s speech and are calling it, Apocalypse Now...

 
At January 13, 2007 12:38 PM, Blogger russkal said...

Here in Manila, bootleg or "pirated" copies of DVDs are being peddled openly for just 50 pesos each. That's 1 dollar to you, Officer Gary!

What's more, you can get the latest series of House, Lost, Heroes or Gray's Anatomy complete in just one disc (they call it DVD 9 and it has a larger storage space).

There are efforts to clean up video piracy here, sure. But most often than not, them pirates just mushroom back after a raid.

Oh well...

 
At January 15, 2007 3:27 PM, Anonymous LC said...

Your keen mind will make you a great investigator and an excellent detective. But, how will you live without all those weirdos you bump into on a regular basis?

 
At January 16, 2007 8:45 AM, Blogger *Goddess* said...

I was talking to a lady in the drs office one day and she was complaining that the dr was running late because she wanted to get home and watch her bootleg copy of......hello!...The Passion of the Christ. I just thought it was hilarious that someone would but a stolen movie about Jesus;)

 

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