WOW: WARNER BROS. STOPS GIVING NEW TITLES TO BLOCKBUSTER
Studios are getting desperate:
According to The Financial Times, Warner Bros has stopped supplying discs of its latest releases to Blockbuster after the rental chain refused to agree to a 28-day window between the films going on sale and becoming available for rent, The FT reports.
The move is the first step taken by Warner Bros to stimulate retail sales and make owning film content more appealing to consumers. It will be followed by efforts to expand similar release “windows” already in place with other movie rental services, such as Netflix and Redbox.
Blockbuster rejected Warners’ window request and instead bought discs of “Horrible Bosses” and “The Green Lantern” on the open market to in turn offer them to customers for rent.
“They felt it was important to continue to offer day and date rental so rather than work with us they went around us,” Kevin Tsujihara, president of Warner Bros Home Entertainment, told the paper.
If you’ve ever wondered why Hollywood is so enamored with tyrants like Castro and Chavez, look no further than this. It must be infuriating to have Blockbuster run to Walmart as a workaround to this stupid 28-day moratorium.
This is not only a good list, but what’s most fascinating about it is how it’s focused on the importance of Netflix’s streaming content.
That is the future of home video, and as we see in the post above, the studios are terrified right now and completely unable to deal with or harness the massive shift in consumer behavior.
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LAST NIGHT’S SCREENING
Something remarkable happened last night. On my fifth or sixth attempt to see what all the fuss was about regarding Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Departed‘ (2006), for the first time ever I actually enjoyed it. That doesn’t mean I’ve joined the other camp that rates it as Best Picture-worthy. But at least I no longer hate it. That’s not a small thing.
Please use the comment section to give me the credit I deserve for hanging in there. Maybe tonight I’ll give that dull piece of crap ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ another shot. Or ‘Raging Bull.’
CLASSIC PICK FOR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28
11:15 PM Other, The (1972) — A boy’s evil twin leads him on the path to murder. Dir: Robert Mulligan Cast: Uta Hagen, Diana Muldaur, Chris Udvarnoky. C-100 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format
Creepy, atmospheric little horror film. The pace is a tad slow in spots but well worth it.
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