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Anti-Piracy Gets Serious

The latest from the home-video front

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Pirate Eyes Have you ever rented a flick during which the antipiracy number 1-800-NO-COPYS scrolled across the bottom of the screen and wondered what would happen if you ratted on your local video merchant? Other than busting an overzealous capitalist — promo cassettes are meant to help stores decide how many copies to order — you might get some dough. ”Turn in a video store that we successfully prosecute and we send a check for $100,” says Ken Jacobsen, vice president and director of U.S. Anti-Piracy Operations for the MPAA, who says it gets about 300 calls per month. ”If you bust a piracy lab or ring, you get top dollar — $15,000.” Leading one inevitably to reflect on the fortune wasted in not pursuing a lucrative career as a video bounty hunter. — Daniel Fierman

Colorful Commentary As blabbermouths Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson have demonstrated, young filmmakers sometimes don’t know when to shut up. So when Darren Doane completed the now-obligatory director’s commentary track for the DVD of his low-budget crime drama Godmoney (Image, 99 mins., R), he kept the deck rolling to record a rare ”spoof” track, in which he and producer Ken Daurio mock the rambling, often overblown nature of audio commentary (a standard informational track is also included). ”People have this expectation of a filmmaker to be really, really deep,” says Doane, who used the non-sequitur-heavy track to, among other things, inexplicably offer his take on Joey Lawrence’s singing career (even though Lawrence had nothing to do with the film). ”I thought it would be funny to talk about my film in a way people would want me to talk about it.”

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