News has emerged that Sony unintentionally uploaded a full 90 minute movie to YouTube, when all they were trying to do was upload a teaser trailer.
The mistake made by Sony’s US distributor stayed online for over 6 hours, before the error was spotted, and the movie removed, earlier this week.
YouTube users had clicked on the link expecting to only see the standard 2 minute trailer for the the low budget ‘Khali the Killer,’ but were instead treated to the whole film, credits and all.
Unfortunately, ‘Khali’ was not available in HD, which despite disappointing, was probably the least of Sony’s worries.
The first clue many YouTubers were watching the full movie was the 90 minute duration ticker on the video sharing site, giving away the fact that the upload was more than just some enticing highlights. With that said, if you weren’t lucky enough to catch the movie for free on YouTube, or If you’ve never heard of ‘Khali the Killer,’ then that’s probably no surprise, and may even be something of a lucky escape.
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Reviews of the film have slated it fairly unanimously, and the movie has a 3.6/10 rating on IMDB, based on 179 reviews, at the time of writing.
Khali the Killer, is a low budget movie about a Los Angeles-based hitman, and had for the most part slipped under the mainstream radar despite already having been released in parts of Europe and playing at numerous film festivals over the summer.
“After deciding to retire, an East L.A.,” the synopsis goes, Khali the “hit man decides to take one last job to help support his ailing grandmother’s end of life care. But everything falls apart, when he develops empathy for the targets of his hit, and he’s forced to make the toughest decision of his life.”
In 2014, Sony made a similar error when it posted the multi-million dollar budget film, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, to its South Korean YouTube account.
The link for the Khali movie now just leads to a blank video page.