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Postby audiojunky » Fri, 24 Aug 2007 1:03 pm

Has anyone tried the online DVD rentals here in Singapore?

I checked out Hollywoodclicks but they seem quite pricey at around $45/month.

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Postby Paolita » Wed, 29 Aug 2007 12:57 pm

Hi,
I realize this is an old post but I was just wondering whether you tried the online movie rentals at the end.? I also think they are a bit pricey and I don't know anyone else who does it?

Any tips?

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Postby Splatted » Thu, 30 Aug 2007 2:51 am

Singapore DVD rental prices are too expensive.

I miss the days when I used to rent new releases for $2 at the local Videobusters back in Australia.

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Postby audiojunky » Thu, 30 Aug 2007 9:10 am

Splatted wrote:Singapore DVD rental prices are too expensive.

I miss the days when I used to rent new releases for $2 at the local Videobusters back in Australia.


Yeah I agree with you - the DVD rental places does seem quite expensive, though homepal seems to be a relatively good option.

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Postby junfu_80 » Sun, 02 Sep 2007 12:23 am

Every thing in singapore will be MORE PRICEY in the next few yrs. :mad:

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Postby jim_boy » Wed, 05 Sep 2007 8:43 pm

Hi,

Yes, agree that everything in Singapore is getting more expensive.

Luckily, I can get good and cheap stuff when I'm in Jakarta. I almost travel there every month, so am quite familiar with the market rate of DVDs there. :D

In Jakarta, a DVD is less than S$1. It's pirated but quality is as good as the real thing. Also sometimes you can get really good old vintage stuff along the road side or at the famous DVD centres.

I remember getting Scarface, the first movie(?) by Al Pacino, and movies from the 70s and 80s. Also the entire 007 James Bond Series from Sean Connery to current actor can be purchased there.

Now I have people already asking me to help buy some new titles when I return to Jakarta soon.

Salam,
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Postby Strong Eagle » Wed, 05 Sep 2007 10:32 pm

jim_boy wrote:Hi,

Yes, agree that everything in Singapore is getting more expensive.

Luckily, I can get good and cheap stuff when I'm in Jakarta. I almost travel there every month, so am quite familiar with the market rate of DVDs there. :D

In Jakarta, a DVD is less than S$1. It's pirated but quality is as good as the real thing. Also sometimes you can get really good old vintage stuff along the road side or at the famous DVD centres.

I remember getting Scarface, the first movie(?) by Al Pacino, and movies from the 70s and 80s. Also the entire 007 James Bond Series from Sean Connery to current actor can be purchased there.

Now I have people already asking me to help buy some new titles when I return to Jakarta soon.

Salam,
jim boy.


So, Salam, if I read your post correctly, you are OK with pirated movies? Sorry, theft is theft. Pay the price or do not watch.

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Postby jim_boy » Thu, 06 Sep 2007 11:11 am

Thank you moderator for your concern on this issue. It's indeed a thorny one.

Maybe you have to look at things from another perspective:
The Pirated Industry is a full-blown industry in Indonesia, especially in the capital Jakarta. It employs tens of thousands of people to run the show. Without it, these people would go out of job and possibly be forced to engage in criminal acts to make a living.

The inept government have no way of providing proper livelihood to these people if they were to clamp down on this industry. Thus the nonchalant attitude towards such practices.

If you are a noble person, maybe you can consider pumping in some investment to transform this industry to something legal and pacifying to the western world. For this to happen, you would need lots of money and a selfless attitude.

Also, maybe you should adjust your western mindset when you are in Asia. Things can be very different as compared to UK or USA. In Jakarta, original DVDs are very limited. The price is also expensive but this is not the main factor why people choose to get pirated versions. The originals also lack variety and genuine importers only cater to market demands for certain commercial and popular movies. So if you’re a movie buff, the most natural move would be to get the pirated versions, which has almost any title you can find in the West.

For me, I’m neither in support nor in opposition to this type of practice. As you said aptly, pay the price if you want to watch. 99.9% of people in Jakarta opt to pay for the much lower price. Most likely you would too, if you’ve been in Indonesia for quite some time.

Selamat datang ke Indonesia! (Welcome to Indonesia!)
jim boy.

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Postby bigfilsing » Thu, 06 Sep 2007 12:46 pm

Just my 2 cents.

It is indeed difficlut to explian to a poor person why action stars get millions and he has to pay top dollar for a DVD he'll only watch once.
If the major movie houses wanted to stop piracy then they should explore all channels of distributing their product not just teh conventional "easy" ones.
I do not think Jim's justification of the pirate movie world employing people holds water. Thats like saying speeding and drink drivng are OK cos it keep ambulance drivers and hospital staff in a job :???:

The main cause of piracy is greed. Why do DVD and music CD's have to be so expensive???? Because the producers over price their product thats why.

I think we should respect copyrights etc but I have little sympathy for the movie houses when their willingness to combat the root cause of the imense growth in the piracy industry is zero.
A DVD should be the same price as a movie ticket ...then see how many they sell!!!! People sharing the DVD's happens now and most people would buy their own if it was affordable.
If nothing else the piracy trade has shown us it costs nearly nothing to manufacture and distribute DVD's and CD's

If the big guys aren't willing to sell the DVD's to us cheaply then they should pro actively support rentals. Shops, on-line etc

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Postby jim_boy » Fri, 07 Sep 2007 10:52 am

bigfilsing wrote:I do not think Jim's justification of the pirate movie world employing people holds water. Thats like saying speeding and drink driving are OK cos it keep ambulance drivers and hospital staff in a job :???:



Hi bigfilsing,

Thanks for your views.

However the example you gave seems a bit far-fetched. Speeding and drink driving can cause harm and even death to other people.

Watching pirated stuff doesn't kill someone, it only makes some people angry.

But of course, you do possess some intelligence in other parts of your response and some of your arguments do hold some water. :D

thanks again,
jim boy.

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Postby Splatted » Fri, 07 Sep 2007 4:45 pm

jim_boy wrote:Watching pirated stuff doesn't kill someone, it only makes some people angry.


Depends on what part of the world you happen to live in. Seems like Nth Korea have discovered the holy grail of copyright enforcement. Why spend time and money locking up people when you can just execute them?:

http://www.rfa.org/english/korean/2007/ ... orea_wave/

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Postby Makan24-7 » Fri, 07 Sep 2007 9:10 pm

I miss Blockbuster and Netflix.....

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Postby Makan24-7 » Fri, 07 Sep 2007 9:11 pm

eHit too.... for the rare Asian movies...


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