Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, September 18, 2021, or: Good Box Sets Come to Those Who Wait….

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Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in my corner of west-central Florida on Saturday, September 18, 2021. It is a muggy early meteorological fall day. The current temperature is 82˚F (29 under partly sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the southwest at 3 MPH (4 KM/H) and humidity at 66%, the heat index is 89˚F (32˚C). It’s getting cloudy over my neighborhood, and the forecast for the afternoon calls for thunderstorms and a high of 87˚F (31˚C). Tonight, we can expect scattered rain showers and a low of 74˚F (23˚C). The Air Quality Index (AQI) is 21 or Good.

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I have been up since well before sunrise; I woke up at 5:15 AM to “answer the call of Nature” and then couldn’t fall asleep again. It was much too early to watch anything on any of the TVs – the other five folks I live with were sleeping – so I just turned on my computer and logged on to check my email and putter about online. (I could have read a book instead, but my room is so not suited for reading. So I didn’t.)

Well, the first email I checked this morning was chock full of good news. Amazon let me know that my much-delayed Star Trek: The Original 4-Movie Collection box set has shipped and will arrive tomorrow.

(C) 2021 Paramount Home Media Distribution

This is what Amazon had to say in an email sent at 2: 57 AM (whilst I slept)

Hi Alex, Your package is arriving earlier than we previously expected. It’s now arriving:

Sunday, September 19

Previously expected:

Wednesday, September 22

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Right now, my box set of Star Trek: The Original 4-Movie Collection is in the Tampa Bay area and bound for the Amazon distribution center that serves my area. Weirdly enough, that facility is in Lakeland, and from there it will go to another Amazon facility and be transferred to a delivery vehicle. It’s a baroque system and I don’t pretend to understand it. All I know is that I’ll get my set tomorrow – 12 days after Paramount Home Media Distribution’s “drop date” of September 7.

Oh, and because I had accrued over 4,000 Disney Movie Rewards points, I used 1,300 of them to order the 4K UHD Blu-ray set of Disney/Pixar’s Incredibles 2. I wanted a Star Wars-related collectible – the Disney Movie Rewards store has those, too – but there weren’t any Star Wars: The Black Series figures, and since I’m not interested in pins or posters (no room to hang them, even though I like movie posters), I opted for Incredibles 2 instead.

After all, I purchased the 2004 film – The Incredibles – earlier this year, and none of the other available titles thrilled me. And since I wasn’t using my bank’s debit card or my trusty Visa card, but points that I’d accrued from various purchases of Disney or Lucasfilm titles, so much the better.

Now I have to go make room for the Star Trek box set on my IKEA Billy shelves…..

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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