I’m extremely annoyed at Blu Ray, Sony and Warner Brothers. I’ve been waiting for months for the release of 2001: A Space Odyssey on Blu Ray DVD, so I can enjoy one of my favourite films played at the best quality through my PS3 and 1080i projector. It was scheduled for release on 5 December 2007 (see screen capture below from the official Blu Ray Australia website). I made this image on 8 February 2008… so they are useless. Despite appearing about to win the format war over HD DVD, they have not won the enthusiam of customers.
After the December deadline passed I learned that the release date had been put back to 6 February 2008, and the website EzyDVD, which always seems reliable and accurate in its release dates, listed this date for a long time. When I checked back with them on 8 February 2008, however, thinking I could now go into a shop and buy it I found that it is now listed for release on 9 April 2008. Depressing.
The company that owns the film, Warner Brothers, are still listing only the old standard DVD of the film on their Australian website. Losers.
I want to buy this product but they are making it impossible. Why is the Australian market so poorly served by film distributors? I am increasingly either buying DVDs from Amazon UK or other sources, or downloading movies from bittorrent, because I cannot buy them here.
I’d buy 2001 on Blu Ray online if not for the stupid region coding. As Australia and the UK are both region B for Blu Ray I think I could buy it frrom Amazon UK, but I don’t want to take the risk of it not working. Furthermore, there doesn’t seem to be a PAL version available in the UK – Amazon UK are only listing an NTSC import. So the issue seems to be a worldwide delay in the PAL version.
The PS3 is also region locked for standard DVDs, further discriminating against Australian consumers. This means that I cannot use it to play my many legally bought foreign movies on DVD (usually region 2) on my PS3. Sony, you suck massively. I hate your determination to control what I watch, especially as I want to watch legally purchased DVDs. I will take particular delight in pirating your music and movies until you start treating your audience with the respect it deserves.