Do you know what a DVD9 is? Have you ever seen a DVD before that was labelled “DVD9”?
If you’ve seen that before, it’s a pirated DVD! DVD9 is a “brand” made in Malaysia. The name came from the fact that a dual layer DVD can hold approximately 9 Gigabytes of data.
DVD9 is available all over Southest Asia, including the Philippines. Although some DVD9 movies come in through Manila, most of them come into the country through the famed “back door” route: from Malaysia, they make the short hop to Tawi Tawi, up the Sulu Peninsula to Zamboanga City, and are then distributed to the rest of the Philippines.
If you know where to shop for pirated movies (DVD9 and some others), you will find almost an unlimited selection of movies, TV shows and other entertainment available for your choosing. You can easily find everything from classic movies from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, up to current TV series that aired even this year! Even current movies that are still in the theaters are available on DVD!
It is not hard to find where to buy these items, I know two different shopping centers in Davao who are selling a full selection of DVD9 releases. I used to be a big consumer of DVD9 pirated DVD’s, but for about a year now I have not purchased one. I just kind of got tired of them, and also decided not to purchase pirated products anymore. Personally, I have no problem with people who do so, I just decided that it was not for me.
How much is the price, you ask? For a current run movie (a Hollywood movie that’s still playing in theaters) you can get it on DVD for P40 to P60 or so. If you buy several, you should be able to bargain the price to the lower end of that scale.
The quality? If you get a DVD9, the quality is generally excellent. If you buy another “brand” of pirated DVD, the quality is usually not as good as it is on the DVD9’s.