Was browsing through the release information for the Hobbit sequel when, to my surprise, I noticed that the movie does not open in China until February, nearly two months after the rest of the world. Although this may be due to delays in agreeiing on a print with stiff Chinese censores I couldnt help but wonder about the sense in leaving a large marketplace for unauthorised prints of the film. The Chinese, as we know here, are not shy about duplicating big releases and with a population as large as theirs, many filmgoers will not be waiting until February to see this particular movie.
Dont get me wrong, however. I can not wait for a quality version to appear online but the film makers, who rampage against torrent sites, should really know better than to have such divergent release dates. This was the reason behind a world-wide release date, to stop piracy and make sure no market goes uncatered for.
Oh well. When the print does go online with hardcoded Chinese subtitles at least we can download with a sense that the makers of the film have been, if not complicit, at least aware of the part they have played and I, for one, thank them in advance.