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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ official Blu-ray release leaks online weeks early

Updated 4 years ago
Published Mar 23rd, 2016 11:09AM EDT
Star Wars The Force Awakens Leak
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Two weeks before the official Blu-ray release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is scheduled to hit retail, an early copy of the movie has been leaked on several torrent sites around the Internet. Within hours of being posted, it became the most shared file on The Pirate Bay, Kickass Torrents and similar sites.

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According to TorrentFreak, around 250,000 pirates had downloaded the Blu-ray release of The Force Awakens within 12 hours of the first copy making its way online. The group that ripped the movie provided a photo of the disc:

Of course, this isn’t the first leak of The Force Awakens. Recorded copies of the movie were posted within days of the movie being released in theaters, but shaky cam torrents don’t draw nearly as much attention as HD leaks.

TorrentFreak also notes that Disney and Lucasfilm have sent out tens of thousands of takedown requests over the past few weeks, but the pirated Blu-ray is still available on a majority of the popular torrent sites to this day.

If stealing movies isn’t your thing, you won’t have to wait long to get your hands on the official release. Disney announced earlier this month that the digital download would be available on April 1st and the physical copies would release on April 5th. For more details on the various releases, check this post, which also lists all the bonus features.

Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.