As a bit of an admitted pirate myself, I was wondering whether or not you'd be able to peg me here. I was starting to doubt that I would fit as a type until I got to "Broke Downloaders". That's me in a nutshell, and the description could not be more accurate. Great post.
I think they should have made another, less expensive option available as well. As cool as it would be to have all of the production materials, many people just aren't interested enough in that kind of thing enough to shell out $42 for it. There should be a movie-only price that includes the DVD and HD versions of the film.
While I'm all for supporting the proliferation of open-source projects, charging so much to support a 15-minute short film might deter many from pulling out their wallets.
Maybe I'm alone here, but I actually enjoy having my cable and big plasma TV. Sure, the internet can cover most of the programming available, but cable with my DVR is so much more convenient than downloading shows or waiting 8 days for damned Hulu to bring up new episodes. I have about 8 or 9 shows that always record, so I just live off the DVR, commercial-free. Plus I don't have to worry about anybody else I live with bogging down my bandwidth.
Comcast may charge an arm and a leg, and I do split the cost with two roommates, but even alone I'd be willing to pay the price of that added convenience of just being able to sit back with a remote and watch.