Well, I feel like I'm part of a Seinfeld episode, but it seems our entertainment issues have been solved...at least temporarily. Yesterday, as we were walking home, we passed a street vendor selling DVDs. I casually inquired if he had any in english, and he answered in the affirmative so we all started perusing the titles. Then it hit me...these were 1st run bootlegged DVDs (for you Seinfeld fans out there, picture Jerry with a video camera taping "Death Blow" or "Cry, Cry Again")!
I have to say, the selection was pretty damn impressive, but I was very skeptical whether 1) these would be the actual movie and 2) they would be in english. Regardless, after reading 9 books and watching the 5 movies we brought no less than 3 times each, I figured it was worth the risk. Plus, you couldn't beat the price...we bought Iron Man 3, Oblivion and Wreck it Ralph for a total price of 5 soles or about $1.80 (or about $0.60 per movie).
We rushed home to check them out and see if they were legit ("legit" meaning they were the actual movie, since at $0.60 each these movies aren't exactly "studio sanctioned"), and to our pleasant surprise they were! Other than a weird intro featuring chinese writing (which just reinforces that there's no copyright protection in China), the movies are all the real deal!!! Not only are they studio quality, but the sound is good and we can choose english as one of the set-up options!
The kids and I enjoyed a movie night yesterday with Iron Man 3, and I plan to stop by my favorite bootlegger often to refresh my DVD collection. If you have any requests, let me know!