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2.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware - not standard Digital Copy, January 5, 2010
This review is from: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Very good movie, liked it in the theater. I wanted to post this right away, though. Buyer Beware, digital copy works only on PS3 to download to PSP. I'm very disappointed. This is in fine print on the back of the case. Deceptive on Sony's part. Really reduces value of Blu ray in my book.
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Initial post: Jan 5, 2010 4:47:31 PM PST
Geoff D. says:
You beat me to it--was just logging in to say the same thing. REALLY poor form on Sony's part--completely deceptive use of the "Digital Copy" term and distinct logo.

Posted on Jan 5, 2010 10:41:34 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 24, 2010 12:46:07 AM PST
David Monroe says:
Digital Copy is a rip-off joke anyways. Under fair use laws in the U.S. every DVD is a digital copy, just get it from there. HandBrake.fr - There's your digital copy.

Posted on Jan 6, 2010 6:46:07 AM PST
RJ146 says:
I don't think this is a reason to give the movie a 2 star rating, it is a great movie regardless of the digital copy. Plus, this is a Sony movie, they have obvious reasons for promoting the use of their products (which are great, by the way).

Posted on Jan 6, 2010 1:47:26 PM PST
Geoff D. says:
RJ, You're right about the movie--if it were just a star rating for "enjoyment," I'd call it a five. But this is a rating of the "product," and based on a deceptive label, I'd have given it a two as well.

David, your point is a good one--and Handbrake made quick work of it. I just believe that if the marketing says the digital equivalent of "no assembly required," I get a little peeved about having to pull out my tool box.

Posted on Jan 6, 2010 11:10:21 PM PST
Mark M. says:
Just wanted to chime in on this and mention that the actual physical BD has an official sticker directly on the front that clearly states that the digital download version is meant for downloading to a PS3 and PSP. I saw this my self at a local (Kent, WA) Target last night. It seems that Amazon (as of this moment) hasn't mentioned this specific requirement in their bullet points for the BD version.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2010 4:07:08 PM PST
Jim says:
Interesting, Mark. I just purchased this product today and there was no sticker on the front. Count me as one of the disappointed folks who expected the digital copy to be much less restricted :/

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2010 12:29:53 PM PST
Mark,

The version that I picked up at Target did not have such a sticker. And there was no asterix or anything next to the DIGITAL COPY claim at the top that even caused you to reference or read into the PS3 mention on the back.

Shame on Sony as everyone expects that short of such an explicit claim it will work on things. Hell if I am buying a PS3 so I can download. Last thing I buy from Sony for a long time.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2010 1:27:06 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 18, 2010 1:29:28 PM PST
I just got off the phone with Sony. They are apologetic but have no solutions. Call their customer service at 800-860-2878 or email them at consumer@sphecustomersupport.sony.com and voice your anger at either the packing mistake or deceptive practice.

Sony said it clearly says PS3 on the package. I pointed out the front just says digital copy, there is not footnote or asterix that would cause you to dig for fine print or gotchas. The back does say in small print that a digital copy is included for the PS3/PSP. It still says nothing about this being exclusive, nothing about it being a requirement. It also runs against established expectations for "Digital Copy". You do not know that it is unusable until you open the package rendering in non-returnable.

VOICE your opinion so they at least a) don't do this again and b) consider making some restitution to those of us that purchased this expecting we could use it in a manner consistent with all our other digital copy movies (ie ipod)

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 9:13:34 AM PST
Here is the stupidest part. You can buy the movie from iTunes for 14.99. So if you want a Blu-Ray disc and a real digital copy you have to pay twice. Why not give the consumer the choice to pick between a PSP, iTunes, or Windows Media format for the Digital copy like everyone else, Sony?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2010 5:10:30 PM PST
R. Temple says:
District 9 is also a Sony production, and it came with an iTunes Digital Copy. So why restrict this movie?
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