Halfway through a movie tonight at the theater, I thought that I was either having a stroke or that someone had slipped DMT into my coke. It seemed like about every 30 seconds, I was seeing a weird, quickly-flashing pattern of dots in the middle of the screen. It was so intrusive and distracting that I thought that there was something wrong with the print, but when I notified the manager afterward, he explained that it’s some sort of new “anti-piracy” thing. So I came home and looked it up online and checked it out.
“Deluxe’s version has been given the pejorative name of “crap code” by filmgoers, due to its quite intrusive nature when viewing. These dots are usually placed on bright areas of a film frame, so they can be more easily identified, and are a reddish-brown color.”
This is Infuriating. It’s absolutely unforgivable, offensive, and unacceptable. Putting dark, flashing brown-red dots in the brightest areas of a film frame punishes people who have legitimately paid money to go see the film - it was very distracting to me, and my friend agreed that it was noticeable and irritating. Haven’t companies learned that punishing and inconveniencing your legitimate customers in a world where digital piracy is so easy is a guaranteed way to drive those customers away? I stopped buying CD’s when they stopped actually being CD’s due to bullshit “anti-piracy” elements that made it impossible for me to play them in my car or computer player, much less make mp3’s of them for convenient use on my mp3 player. When they started punishing me for paying their bills, I stopped paying their bills and started stealing from them.
This makes me never want to pay to go see a movie again. If it’s going to look like shit anyway, I might as well just illegally download it!