Thor: Ragnarok released in theaters late last year, and is scheduled to launch digitally for home ownership on February 20.
However, it looks like a small glitch on the side of iTunes means that some customers were able to net the upcoming release almost a month early. As first noted by TorrentFreak, one customer on Reddit posted how they were able to pre-order the Marvel Cinematic Universe film starring Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, and directed by Taika Waititi on one service, but able to watch it the next day on another.
As it turns out, the Reddit user was able to pre-order Thor: Ragnarok via VUDU, which ultimately tied that future purchase to iTunes via Movies Anywhere. However, a glitch on iTune’s side of things apparently made the movie able to download a month early. Obviously the Reddit user took advantage of the option, which means they can watch the film in HD a month ahead of schedule:
“I pre-ordered Thor Ragnarok on Vudu yesterday and it links it to my iTunes also. But curiously it showed up in my iTunes library this morning (pre-orders shouldn’t). And now I can watch the full movie in HD,” the user states. “I obviously downloaded it right away. I know its supposed to come out February 20th.”
As it stands right now, it looks like other Reddit users quickly jumped on the bandwagon and were able to replicate the pre-order bug as well. Each of those who have tried it were able to download the film via iTunes.
There is no telling how long this bug will last, and one would imagine that it will be patched quickly (if it hasn’t been already).
Movies Anywhere is a nice service, and considering it ties into so many different platforms something like this was bound to happen eventually. It will be really interesting to see if it keeps happening, and if it happens with other services other than iTunes, in the future. The really unfortunate part of Movies Anywhere is its lack of 4K UHD and HDR content, which needs to be changed immediately.