You can get Spider-Man 3 on DVD!

The only problem is that you have to go to China to do it.

In a story from The Hollywood Reporter, it seems copies of the new Sony film have begun appearing on the streets of Beijing for a $1 each.

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Spider-Man 3 doesn't come to theaters in the U.S. until May 4.

According to the article, "the pirated DVDs appear to be of the actual movie, complete with a picture of the hero in a new, black spider suit that he wears for some of the film." In a bit of irony, "there is even a warning on the back, printed in Chinese, against pirating the product."

Also, there are reports that the burned DVDs people are buying aren't working in a lot of players.

"It's too expensive to go to the cinema to watch movies," stated Duan Nana, a Beijing resident. "This has a lot to do with why people are rushing to buy fake DVDs and watch movies at home. It's very common, and it's logical."

UPDATE:

However, in a new story from Variety, it seems that pirates have not struck Spider-Man 3 in China. After some news stories were posted, Sony released the following statement:

"Our investigation in China has revealed no case of the film being pirated to date," the studio states. "Similar hoaxes and false alarms have occurred prior to the release of other major films. We have uncovered examples of Spider-Man 2 being sold in Spider-Man 3 boxes in China. But thus far we can find no instance where Spider-Man 3 has appeared on DVD."

In addition to this, the studio maintains that it has found "no pirated copies of Spider-Man 3 on the Internet."

Currently, "the only showings of the pic have come at heavily monitored preems, which started April 16 in Tokyo. Spider-Man 3 will open next Tuesday in China, France, Italy, Japan and South Korea -- three days ahead of the domestic release."

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Evan Jacobs