HD copies of Thor: Ragnarok have been made available online due to an Apple glitch which allowed people who pre-ordered the flick to immediately gain access to the movie. Breathing life to a rather dull franchise, Taika Waititi approached the Chris Hemsworth-led film with the same brand of humor and vigor much like his past movies. The risk to pull a drastic change in scenery and vibe paid off as both critics and fans loved the flick resulting to perhaps more Marvel collaborations with the New Zealand director moving forward.
The error was apparently rooted in a miscommunication between Vudu and Apple -- both companies participate in the Movies Anywhere program, which is a service that allows subscribers to access their digital movie collection across devices and apps. With no real means of stopping the continued spread of pirated copies of the film due to illegal downloaders, it will be interesting if Marvel Studio is contemplating to move its official home release sooner than intended or stick to their original schedule despite many already enjoying the film at their homes.
A report from TorrentFreak shares that Ragnarok has become available in several torrent sites after customers were able to prematurely download the title long before its due digital release. One user who was able to take advantage of the situation gladly shared how he discovered the technical glitch said: “I pre-ordered Thor Ragnarok on Vudu yesterday and it links it to my iTunes also. But curiously it showed up in my iTunes library this morning (pre-orders shouldn’t). And now I can watch the full movie in HD. I obviously downloaded it right away. I know its supposed to come out February 20th.”
While sharing iTunes movies with others online is not really that straightforward, there are devoted tech-savvy people on the internet who are willing to put the extra time and effort to make other people's lives easier. One of which is the group called EVO, whose Ragnarok file is one of the most popular torrents for the film, explained what went into the process of making it possible. “More than 10 hours working in a way to remove this f***ing protection finally come to an end. Casualties: 1 account banned. Lol. But it was worth it. Enjoy fellas. Have a good weekend. No VIP required. No pennies needed. All free," they said, obviously proud of their handiwork.
The predicament is not the ideal situation that Marvel Studios and Disney had in mind for the upcoming home release of Thor: Ragnarok. Performing well at the box office, eventually becoming the highest grossing film in the MCU sub-franchise, the company was presumably hoping for another good payday considering that many would want to relive the experience of watching the threequel at the comforts of their homes. Unfortunately, with this mishap not due to external factors, but internal error, we're pretty sure that Feige and his team's first order of business is to find out what went wrong and whose fault was it.
Thor: Ragnarok will officially be available for digital download on February 20 while its disc release planned for February 26.
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