Toronto reporter given bootleg “Apes” video

Toronto Star
movie writer Peter Howell reported Friday that he recently received a high-quality bootleg video compact disc (VCD) of Planet of the Apes that was downloaded from the Internet. The film, he said, plays full-screen on a computer monitor, with good picture and sound, and offers subtitles in Indonesian and Chinese. The ease with which the film was obtained, Howell wrote, “made it obvious that the Napster file-trading phenomenon that has rocked the music industry over the past year has caught up to Hollywood with a vengeance.” Howell’s source for the disc told him, “Most people aren’t making discs to sell. It’s just fun for them to have a brand-new release that’s still in theaters. It’s the thrill of doing something illicit.”