Even after a police crack-down, pirated DVD copies of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith hit Pakistan five days after the film opened in theaters worldwide - a huge delay, considering English-language films are usually available for purchase on the street within 48 hours of their Western release. Retailers expect to sell 50,000 copies of Sith within the first couple of weeks of its release; they're charging $2 for the film, and another $2 for a DVD containing all five previous Star Wars releases. According to the BBC, "the cinema industry in Pakistan has all but collapsed" - theater owners can't afford to import English-language films until about two years after they've already been released everywhere else - so the bootleg industry thrives despite any attempts to curtail piracy. [thanks, Babar!]
categories Movies, Cinematical