When we saw the subtitles of a bootleg copy of The Avengers, we couldn't believe how outrageous they were. The subtitles butchered the English language to the point that it felt like a whole different movie. Turns out, a lot of bootleg movies have subtitles that bad. Just check these out.
No one sets out to be an international slot machine kingpin: it just sort of happens. Our friends over at Wired took a look at Rodolfo Rodriguez Cabrera, who went from a Cuban engineering student to the head of a multi-million dollar bootlegging scheme.
1983 saw the release of the South Korean film Computer Nuclear Warship Bombing Operation, which was later distributed internationally as Savior of the Earth. The cartoon was a slapdash Tron clone, complete with disc wars and a Pac-Man cameo.
In a series of beautifully ugly (and tenuously legal) Russian kids' books, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles meet "Space Hunter," a crab-faced alien with dreadlocks. They fight at first, but the creatures later reconcile and enjoy poorly drawn pizza together.
Thai animation studio GM Toons cranks out subpar CG facsimiles of your favorite childhood films with impunity. Their most egregious creation is their scene-by-scene remake of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, which inexplicably replaces the Beast's head with Simba's.
When you have a superhero as iconic as Batman, it's unsurprising that he'll be bootlegged to kingdom come. Bat Blog has a collection of illicit Bat-art from all over Asia. Check out vintage Vietnamese comics and Batman fighting aliens in Hong Kong.
A woman is potentially facing three years in jail for recording three minutes of New Moon, the sequel to Twilight. Three years. In Jail. Over Twilight.
It's a tiny bootleg video, but I don't care. You can see that the 3D looks amazing, the new lightcycles are stunning (and move like real bikes), the world and the whole mood is Batman-like dark. And Jeff Bridges... well, he is Jeff Bridges. What can I say, he looks like a badass version of the Dude. "It's just a…
When a company comes out with an innovative, landmark product, many other companies will end up incorporating those design features into their own products over time. But at what point does drawing inspiration from a rival's innovations become simple bootlegging? We asked three experts.