I have six friends who all bought the film on bluray or dvd also and all have the same DVD-R look. It is the official release playing to the character of Lisbeth's style. If you'd look closely at the disc. you would see the razor blade that Lisbeth wears etched into the disc as well as the rating and why it's rated thusly. Also on the inside clear center of the disc the official company title and rating are etched in as well. So please stop complaining until you've LOOKED CLOSELY AT SOMETHING.
It is not a DVD-R. It is manufactured to look like one. You can easily tell this by inspecting the disc. This has also been confirmed by professional reviewers.
Edit: No offense to anyone, but I don't understand why people would think that a huge company like Sony would give you a burned DVD-R instead of an official disc. Obviously it looks like one. I just don't get it. I think it's really cool that they did it.
if a person has traveled to parts of the world where official looking bootlegs are everywhere like Hong Kong or China or India or Brazil, just for example... a person may understand why a note would have been prudent in the box, my opinion. I personally think controversy and confusing people who even travel globally and see many clever bootlegs is part of the Sony DVD marketing plan.
I noticed that you deleted your earlier post and moved this one. I am a little confused about your position. That article states that it's an awesome and unique marketing idea. Is it supposed to strengthen your argument? I have seen bootlegs from Cina and Hong Kong. I agree that you may not know if you're not from here, but if are, then that excuse doesn't really work. Especially if you bought the Blu-ray version, because there are clearly two blu ray discs housed with the DVD. Thinking that one disc is bootleg, while the other two aren't, is a tad ridiculous.
I never thought it was a bootleg, but maybe a production film on the making of the movie. Life would be a lot easier if people would just answer a question with a simple answer without trying to trash them for asking a question. People show respect for others. Life is hard enough as it is.
My Blu Ray discs from this brand new set don't play in my Pioneer Blu Ray player. Just get the Sony intro then blank - for both discs. the DVD (the disc that looks like a burned copy) plays fine- though only has standard dvd clarity and sound. I admit I've become spoiled by true hd/blu ray - and purschase keeper movies on blu ray discs. I checked both blu rays in my laptop which has a blu ray disc player/recorder. It won't play them. It identifies them as Blu Ray (as does the home theater player) but says they are the wrong format. These are the only blu ray discs to ever not work in my player, which is a year old. Anyone else have this issue?
Thanks. I updated the firmware last weekend and I can now get the BD to play, though I have to come at it sideways (from scene selections). I can't just put it in and it will play. Thanks for the reply.
I think it would be prudent of Amazon to alert customers that this is a gimmick. When I opened the package, the first emotion was outrage. I've had this happen in the past. It's only slightly amusing after learning the truth from posts here.
I understand the outside part, but did they want it to look like a bootleg when you watch the movie. Mine did! It looked like someone was sitting in a dark theater filming the screen and then slapped it on a DVD. The sound was horrible and we never could get the screen to lighten up enough to see all the action. Maybe people are complaining because they didn't get a quality INSIDE DVD.
I agree. My problem is when you play the movie. It looked like someone filmed it in a darkened theater. We can hardly understand some of the dialogue and the picture won't lighten up enough for us to see it clearly in some scenes. That's why I thought it was a bootleg and that I had been duped.
if the firmware update doesn't work (it didn't on my 2-3 year old Pioneer BD), return the disc and stream it/on demand it. or buy a new player. I wound up with a new BD player that came bundled with a new tv. it plays in the new one, a Panasonic
Wow- just went back through this thread/topic. Amazon or someone came through and deleted a LOT of troubleshooting/complaint type posts from people like me who were having issues. It was all detailed, everything we went through. Now it's mostly gone. Too bad. More people will buy this badly authored disc.
The GWTDT BD simply won't play in certain BD players- no matter how new the firmware is. There were Many complaints about this- myself and others exchanging multiple copies, trying different players. It seems mainly some Pioneer players have issues with it. Sony should have made good on the bad ones- but I don't think they ever fixed the issue. Just refer to this most recent complaint that resurrected this thread.
Whatever. I would have returned my second glitchy copy for a refund and given up if I hadn't happened to get a newer BD player that plays it.