Two weeks ago I went into a DVD shop in London and saw an amazing offer: all 23 James Bond movies on Blu-ray for only 79 pounds (about 120 US dollars). I was going to buy them, but I saw that the movies had only English subtitles. I usually don't care, but part of our family is in Argentina and another part is in Germany. When they come to visit us they need subtitles either in Spanish or German.
This weekend I came to Barcelona for another reason. I went into a DVD shop looking for the same offer, since here I will get Spanish subtitles. I found the same box with all the movies, but the cost was 194 euros! This is about 250 US dollars. It doubles the price in London!
Why on earth is the price so different if both countries belong to the EU? Why is it so expensive in Spain to buy a movie? It's absolutely crazy! No wonder Spain is one of the countries with the highest piracy rates in Europe.
I am not justifying piracy by any means. It's illegal and it's wrong. But maybe, only maybe, if the studios don't want people stealing from them, they should start trying not to steal from the people in the first place.
I very much wanted those movies, but I won't accept this pricing policy from the studios, and nobody should.