You guys ever hear of those Star Wars movies?

*Flashback to the time I watched all six movies in a row for Entertainment Weekly!*

With the next generation of Star Wars movies set for release later year, it probably came as no surprise that the folks of Disney wanted to try and make a little extra money. So they did what Star Wars fans have likely become quite accustomed to and re-released the movies. Sure you already own them on VHS, DVD, BluRay, Laserdisc and the special editions of each of those, but now you can own them digitally. Which, granted, out of all the technology is probably going to last the longest (knock on wood), but how many copies of a movie can one person own? Does that I mean I own more than three copies of Beaches and I’m legitimately asking? Yes, yes it does.

But the digital release of the Star Wars movie doesn’t seem to have been met with boisterous applause, as many fans are crying fowl over the cost of the movies, which, again, they already own probably like three times over. But the reason fans are upset is the huge disparity between what americans are paying compared to we Canadians.

Down south, the movies cost them $89 USD, while up here in the land of Tim Hortons, Canadian fans are paying more at $124.99 CAD. Considering how crummy the Canadian dollar is right now, that’s quite a difference. And sure we’re used to that happening with books and hard copies of movies because of transportation costs,  that’s a big price difference for a digital copy of the movie, which, again, they probably own at least three different copies of.

As of the time I wrote this, it’s about a $10 difference with the exchange rate. And sure, $10 is the end of the world, but it’s a weird thing to do to perhaps the most loyal fanbases in the world. (I wrote that sentence but the math doesn’t seem right, which is a reoccurring theme in my life. Either way, it’s a big difference.)

They took to the iTunes page to air their grievances. What do you think? Something worth complaining about?

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Mike Morrison


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