So, with just a little less than a couple years between the release date and the present day, you can grab free copies of the BBS Documentary DVD set online. For example:
There’s a bunch more out there, all of variant levels of quality and usefulness depending on what you’re looking to get out of the whole thing. The resolution of the original work was 720×540. The Google Video ones, for example, are 320×240… a savings of over 50%!
The re-encoding and resolution reduction also means it blurs in places and sounds washed out. And you don’t get the subtitles or the bonus stuff or any of that “extra” crap. But you do get the movie!
So the question is, does this bother me?
And really, it doesn’t. There are people who would never buy a DVD who might watch something on Google Video. And there’s kids who can’t afford $40 for a film, who are interested in whatever the hell this BBS Documentary thing is, so there I am, just another thing, easily downloaded, easily watched.
I’d love it if everyone who has seen the movie bought the DVDs. But that’s not how it works these days, and the energy I could spend being an asshole, I’d rather spend making my current films. Well, OK, I’m an asshole regardless, but I mean a miserly asshole versus an oblivious asshole.
And just one step back, I’m kind of delighted to be one of those huge things you stumble upon, looking around for “BBS” and finding this whole movie online. You don’t know the story, the guy, the reasons, it’s just this film you found… and it’s pretty good! Especially for free.
So hey, enjoy. And throw me a few bucks if you had a good time.
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