Thanks Smits, and I agree with what you say there.
Unfortunately a lot of people do refuse to pay for DVDs and Blu-ray now, I'd say that most people I know are in that boat and when you try to explain why they shouldn't download they just laugh in your face. Quotes like "DVD companies should see the risks when putting stuff out and be prepared for any loss through downloading", "why should I pay for something I can get for free?", "DVDs are overpriced, they should make them more affordable and people will buy more" all spring to mind as things people have said to me. One even said "would you pay for sex?" when I said no, he said "so why would you pay for DVDs?".
Sadly there are a lot of ignorant people out there and attitudes like that make my blood boil, but what can you do? I actually think torrent sites have their positives, if something is ultra obscure then it's nice to get them until the real deal comes along, it sure beats spending crazy amounts of the tapes, even though tapes are always option one for me. Unfortunately a lot of people don't use torrent sites with those limits and instead seem to get commercially available films instead of spending a bit to support the companies releasing them. I'm far from a rich man, I also have a family to support, but I manage to put money aside to buy films, my Code Red collection alone (including titles released via Media Blasters, Scorpion, Rareflix and their side labels like Ward, Exploitation Pictures etc) is well over 100 releases, consider each has cost the best part of £10 and some even above that mark and it's cost me a few quid. So if I can budget enough to ensure I can support these companies and build a good collection then anyone can.