Jackass 2.5 to premiere online
Straight-to-internet release bypasses cinemas
The world's first "studio-backed broadband film" - Jackass 2.5 - will later this month premiere online, bypassing a traditional cinema release.
The third movie spin-off of the Jackass franchise will be offered, courtesy of Paramount Pictures Digital Entertainment and MTV New Media in association with Blockbuster, completely free for two weeks from 19 December at blockbuster.jackassworld.com.
On 26 December, it'll be made available via pay-per-view platforms and on DVD in what Reuters describes as "a light-speed reinvention of the customary distribution-window chain".
Tom Lesinski, president of Paramount Pictures Digital Entertainment, explained: "We're trying to shake up the model. We're trying to prove that some form of longform distribution can be successful on the internet."
Jeff Tremaine, producer of the Jackass films, promised that while Jackass 2.5 offers "a higher percentage of gross or inappropriate things to it" than previous outings, it contains "nothing so gross that it couldn't have been in Jackass 2".
Nonetheless, Blockbuster will attempt to protect innocents from the new movie with an age-verification system designed to "discourage anyone under the age of 17 from seeing 2.5". ®
Is there anywhere where you can LEGALY download HD movies?
Mabe this is the first step in providing a way of download movies. They let it go free for a few weeks to find out how long it takes to break the system and then fix it? Or is it just a way to test to see if this distribution model works by using a carp movie that they know they wont make too much money on.
what you all seem to be forgetting...
I am no fan of the Jackass series. but some of you are acting with such incendiary anger and bitter words.
I fully understand that most register articles are designed to invite mocking and berating of the every industry tied to geekism - but i thought some of you may be sensible about this.
Cutting out all the corporate jive talking, I sincerely hope this is successful. I agree with the comment about "2 weeks after they'll start charging" which makes no sense at all. they are giving people two weeks to watch (and rip) the stream for free before they start charging it. useNet will have a copy with an hour.
but this is not the point. if this is successful, it will be a precedent. something for the music industry to look at and say. "Wow, what a bunch of cretins we have been. If we'd just woken up to a different distribution model, rather than assuming ALL of our customers are blood-thirsty pirates of the high-interenets, then we might have actually earned their respect!"
Even if the film in question is straight-to-video quality toss, so are 70% of the films released at the cinema gone to see by the proles. Come now, lets be more sensible when commenting next time? eh?
It seems that they priced it correctly
Given the content, and modern commerce, it appears that this movie has priced itself correctly for the content it has. It is worth exactly ZERO. No more, can't be less.
My guess is that the next movie of this series (2.6??) will be priced so that WE get paid to watch it (watch this movie and you will be entered in a drawing). I don't hold out much hope for ANYTHING "direct to internet" as being very decent quality.