He is right, and it seems the MPAA are well out of order.
Here’s what I see from the New Zealand iTunes store. There are 18 movies found when searching for Boy, but not the March 2010 release Boy.
Here are the US iTunes store search results. There are 45 results, getting on to three times the number of NZ results, and sadly still no Boy.
This is a simple demonstration of much that is wrong with the retail side of the movie industry in New Zealand. The international content isn’t here, and our domestic content isn’t getting out there.
It’s worse. Let’s zoom in on the buying options:
In the USA you could buy the HD version of Astro Boy for $19.99 or the standard version for $14.99. You could rent Fat Boy run for $2.99 or buy it for $9.99.
Let’s switch to NZ.
We cannot buy an HD version of Astro Boy, and our standard version is $17.99 (US$15.31) which is about right versus the USA’s $14.99. Neither store offers the movie to rent in any format.
Run Fatboy Run is also $17.99 (US$15.31) however, which is 50% more expensive than the US price of US$9.99. The rental price of $4.99 (US$4.25) is also much higher than USA iTunes store’s US$2.99.
So in general, and other experience backs this up, the amount of content is much smaller, the formats not as good and the prices higher, perhaps much higher. I suspect there is some value to be gained in being careful where you buy if you were shopping in both stores.
Note that if you want to buy from a foreign iTunes store, then you can. Whether it is for movies, songs or apps, for personal use or, if you are in the business of iPhone and iPad development, for business, then follow the instructions posted here previously.