Update: Here’s how you can exchange your PlaysForSure code for an iTunes redemption code. Movie fans over at forum.blu-ray.com say Warner Bros’ new release of “Speed Racer” promises a digital copy of the movie that will work on iPods, but there’s no such thing on the disc—only protected WMV files. [blu-ray.com] (Thanks to Sabler!)


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  1. zigziggityzoo says:

    Yaaawn. So why doesn’t everyone rip the Blu-ray and then grab it from thepiratebay?

    They don’t stop people from getting what they want, it just slows them down.

  2. howie_in_az says:

    Wait, people bought that movie? Oh god it was so horrible.

    That’s still shitty of WB to not include the things they’ve promised. Do the protected WMV files work on a Zune?

    • samurailynn says:

      @howie_in_az: Haha… I can just imagine someone saying “see they can even put these files on their Zune” and showing it to someone in marketing. Then someone marketing starts saying “You can put the movie on your iPod!” because all of those little devices are called iPods, right?

  3. Yeah, pretty lame to promise that and not deliver.

    On that note, all “Digital Copies” provided on movie discs are worthless. That’s what ripping the DVD is for. Then you get to choose what format to rip to, and you get no DRM. Instead of having the studio shove crap down your throat (WMV + DRM = barf).

    Of course, unlike easily-ripped DVDs whose encryption was broken sometime around 1998, Blu-Ray is not as trivial to decrypt. Which leaves the customer screwed–he can’t watch his overpriced movie disc on the device of his choice–instead, only a Blu-Ray set top player, a Windows PC, or a silly Windows-Media iPod-knockoff can play the content he paid for.

    Microsoft 1, World 0.

    If you find yourself in this situation, i’d recommend you download a 700MB torrent from a DVD-rip of the movie and use a program like VisualHub to encode it for your iPod (Most torrents are still in xviD format which won’t play on a ‘Pod either). Then while you’re at it, download a non-DRM High-def torrent of the movie in x264 format for watching on the big screen, and make a note to save $20 next time by skipping the nasty DRM disc of doom (Blu-Ray) in the first place.

    • gaberussell says:

      @West Coast Secessionist:

      Google “rip blu-ray” and you’ll find several articles and pieces of software that allow you to bypass Blu-Ray DRM, which was hacked over a year ago. The format does include provisions for updating players over the internet to support new DRM schemes, but we all know that the hacker community is efficient enough to keep pace.

      The only real barrier to the common user is the hard drive space and computing power to do such a task, as well as the price of blu-ray readers and writers. I expect that those barriers will go away within the next year or two, just as they did in the early years of DVDs.

  4. BloggyMcBlogBlog says:

    The worst example of this I can think of this is the regular and special edition DVD’s of the movie “21.” The only difference between the two special features wise is the special edition comes with one of those stupid digital copies. The regular edition is $15 on Amazon and the special edititon is $22.

  5. axiomatic says:

    DRM = Cancer for video devices.

  6. Preyfar says:

    Price and rip off aside, at least it comes with something “special”. For the longest time, movie companies would release a “Special Edition”… and never release a normal version. The word “special” was overused so much the word has lost almost any meaning. Much like Apple’s watering down “genius”, Subway destroying “artist”, every company on the planet that used “extreme”… and the newcomer “green”.