Right now, I’m watching Michael Moore’s “Sicko” on Google Video. Good documentary with the usual hard-left slant on the reporting. Video quality is just OK, of course.
A high-quality DVD screener (DVDSCR) copy is widely available on BitTorrent outlets. The Google download is a no-hassle, zero risk way to see the film. As of this writing, it’s located at this Google Video url. If that link goes dead, use the search or just nose around.
Moore has said “I don’t have a problem” with P2P sharing of his films, as long as the networkers aren’t making money. “I do quite well,” he explained. “I make these movies because I want things to change.” He compared it to someone lending a DVD to a friend.
In this case, though, “Sicko” has another week and half until it makes it to U.S. theaters. Moore’s backers at The Weinstein Company may not be so enthused.
Update: Lionsgate, the distributor of “Sicko,” said Tuesday it would open the film on one AMC screen in New York this Friday, a week before the wide premiere. A Weinstein exec told The New York Times that the move was not related to the premature Internet distribution of the film.