>>>>Here in NYC many local dvd stores release popular movies before the official date.<<<
Yes, most of us know that there are occasionally retailers that break the official street dates. When these stores are caught doing this, the distributors take serious action against them. And, just to help to clarify, the rules of most of these forums specifically make it clear that if obtain a copy of any film before it is officially released (regardless of the means), then the backing up of that disc is not to be discussed. There are also quite a few people on many of these forums who have the perk of working in a Mom and Pop retailer that sells DVDs, or a rental store, and thus they are often offered the ability to acquire a film prior to its release. They are also required to play by the rules established by each individual forum, though, to ensure that the forum is not shut down or does not endure a legal battle.