Torrents: ‘The Hateful Eight,’ ‘The Revenant,’ Other Christmas Movies Leaked Online

Anne Sewell

Hackers have illegally released several of the latest Christmas movies online, including The Hateful Eight, The Revenant, Joy, and Legend.

What are said to be DVD screener files of Leonardo diCaprio's new drama, The Revenant, along with Quentin Tarantino's epic Western The Hateful Eight, have been leaked online ahead of their U.S. release dates on Christmas Day.

Besides these top Christmas movies, Tom Hardy's Legend has also been leaked along with the true sports story Concussion, which stars Will Smith as the Nigerian Dr. Bennet Omalu. Reportedly, In the Heart of the Sea is also among the illegal copies available online, as well as Steve Jobs.

According to Contact Music, Hive-CM8 hackers have admitted responsibility for the movie leaks and are threatening to upload more copies online in the near future. The group ShAaNiG also features in the names of the torrents of the various Christmas movies.

— Business Insider UK (@BI_Europe) December 21, 2015

Normally, new films uploaded for illegal torrent purposes are CAM versions, made with a video camera in the theater itself. These are sometimes made using a small tripod to keep the camera steady, but as this is not always possible, many are often shakily filmed with a handheld camera and usually have appalling sound, audience members coughing, and silhouettes of people walking in front of the screen.

Other copies are often what are dubbed TS (or telesync) screeners, filmed inside the cinema but using a direct audio source, such as an audio jack for hard of hearing audience members. Reportedly this does not, however, always guarantee good sound quality.

In 2014, The Expendables 3 was illegally uploaded to the internet weeks before its release and was apparently downloaded over two million times. Relating to that online leak, the UK police reportedly launched a joint investigation together with the US Department of Homeland Security, which reportedly led to an arrest earlier this year.

As reports, this is nothing new, as Hollywood always has a battle with illegal downloading of movies at this time of year, however, it is likely this will affect the box office when it comes to the Christmas movies. As they say, while it might sound convenient to relax and watch the films at home, they are, of course, much better on the big screen.

In the meantime, as reported by the Inquisitr, Quentin Tarantino has finally got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame prior to the Christmas theatrical release of The Hateful Eight. While the movie has been nominated for a Golden Globe, reviews are varied, with many saying the film is too long and drawn out.

Samuel L. Jackson, however, generally gets an excellent review for his performance in the role of bounty hunter Major Marquis Warren alongside Kurt Russell, and Jackson joined Tarantino in his walk on the Hollywood Boulevard on Monday.

— Variety (@Variety) December 22, 2015

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