Leaked on Pirate Sites ahead of US theatrical release and on HBO Max * TorrentFreak
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Dune is one of the most anticipated films of the year and has already sparked controversy with the decision to launch in US theaters and HBO Max on the same day. However, that debate will now be put on the back burner after a copy of the film has been leaked online. The release is courtesy of EVO, the same group that recently leaked Netflix’s “The Power of the Dog” and “The Guilty”.
Dune (also known as Dune: Part One) is the first installment of a two-part adaptation of the 1965 sci-fi book written by Frank Herbert. The film has been planned for years, with filming ultimately taking place between March and July 2019.
Dune premiered at the 78th Venice International Film Festival on September 3, 2021, and Warner Bros. released the film internationally on September 15, which did not include key markets such as the US and UK.
The film will launch simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max on October 21, a day ahead of schedule. However, the controversial decision to have a date-and-date release in the United States is already overshadowed by another type of cast.
Dune published on pirate sites
In the early hours of Sunday, the P2P publishing group known as EVO posted a 10.6 GB file claiming to be an “HDRip” from Dune. This means that the copy was not obtained from a “camed” or camcorder copy of the film shown in theaters, but was taken from another source.
Some torrent sites have the version marked as a WEBRip, which suggests an online streaming source, but at the time of writing, EVO has yet to respond to TorrentFreak’s request for comment. From the NFO file released with the movie, we can confirm that the resolution is 1920 × 780 and the runtime is 2 hours and 30 minutes, which is five minutes less than the 155 minutes listed on IMDb.
Update: A source familiar with the version says the execution gap is due to the source of the leak, which is a European VOD / DCP leak with a higher framerate.
As seen in the image above, the quality could be better and indeed some hackers will prefer to wait until October 21 to get a copy of the movie ripped on HBO Max. In the meantime, however, that does not prevent mass hackers from securing the release.
From one copy, many others appear
After the original 10.6GB version, other variants of the EVO brand have appeared online in smaller file sizes including 4.4GB and around 1.8GB. These easier-to-consume copies are popular. from hackers, with tens of thousands of people taking part in the action in the first few hours alone. As a result, Dune is clearly on track to become one of the most pirated movies of the year.
It will take some time to properly assess how many times the movie will be retrieved via torrents, but it is less easy to estimate how long the movie will be pirated overall.
Unauthorized streaming sites now represent a huge share of the unofficial market, so while there have been hundreds of thousands of downloads so far (which seems likely) that number could be eclipsed in the days to come. to come.
Dune releases latest large-scale EVO leaks
The leak of Dune by peer-to-peer group EVO is the latest to make headlines from the obscure entity. Last month, EVO was also responsible for the leaked copies of “The Power of the Dog” and “The Guilty”. These Netflix movies were apparently obtained from film festival selectors and released long before their official release dates.
The exact source of the Dune leak is currently unknown, but with a few days of its simultaneous release in US theaters and HBO Max will deal a heavy blow to Warner Bros. and director Denis Villeneuve, who has previously urged people to watch the film in theaters. , not on the small screen.
“The way it went, I’m still not happy. Frankly, to watch Dune on TV the best way to compare is to drive a speedboat in your tub. To me, this is ridiculous. It’s a film that was made as a tribute to the big screen experience, ”he said recently, commenting on the release date.
Villeneuve says the big enemy of cinema “is the pandemic” but right now another type of viral spread could be of even greater concern.