On Blu-ray Collecting: The ‘Pre-Order Gremlins’ Strike Again!

WWII-era U.S. Navy poster on “Gremlin Prevention” in naval shipyards.

Well, it seems as though the Amazon pre-order gremlins have struck again.

In June, an Indiana Jones 4-Movie Collection box set of 4K UHD Blu-rays that I pre-ordered a few months earlier and was scheduled for a June 12 “street date” by Paramount Home Media Distribution was delivered almost two weeks later.

More recently, Paramount’s Star Trek: The Original 4-Movie Collection with both 4K UHD and 2K HD Blu-rays which I ordered back in July and was scheduled for a September 7 release to coincide with the Emerald Anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series was also delayed for over 10 days.

(C) 2021 Paramount Home Media Distribution & ViacomCBS

This morning, I checked my email account and saw an email from Amazon regarding a pre-order I made around the same time I ordered that Star Trek box set. This time around, this order was for something I have not seen – the recent adaptation (the second one if you are counting) of Stephen King’s The Stand.

The Stand was seen on CBS All-Access (now Paramount+) late last year and got mixed reviews from critics and fans alike. I am a fan of both the novel and the 1994 miniseries written by King and directed by Mick Garris, so even though I pulled a Hamlet and asked myself “to buy or not to buy,” I ended up clicking the order button.

And because this is another Paramount Home Media Distribution release, I was not surprised when I read the email from Amazon:

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We’re encountering a delay in shipping your order. We’ll make every effort to get the delayed item to you as soon as possible. If you still want this item, please confirm below. We apologize for the delay.

Of course, right away I knew which order this referred to, since it was originally the only one I scheduled for this month back in July; I’m on a tight budget, so I have to plan my non-essential expenses carefully. (Since then, I ordered a 16-pack box of Ensure nutritional drinks, but that’s a story for another day.)

If you’ve read any of my previous “my pre-order from Amazon is delayed!” posts, you know that I can’t blame Amazon for the snafu. After all, they’re the middleman between the movie studios and Yours Truly. It’s not Amazon’s fault that (a) the global COVID-19 pandemic has caused a snarl in worldwide shipping, or (b) that the movie industry needs more disc replication plants in North America to keep up with demand for Blu-rays (both 4K and 2K).

And I know that this is pure coincidence, but these delays affect new releases by Paramount or ViacomCBS (Paramount’s corporate parent) more than, say, Warner Home Media.

(C) 2021 Warner Home Media & DC Comics

I mean, the last time I ordered a Blu-ray set produced by ATT-owned Warner Media  – Zack Snyder’s Justice League Trilogy – was an impulse buy in September. Guess what? Even though it was a popular new release, there wasn’t a week-long (or longer!) delay between my order and the box set’s arrival.

Another WWII-era Navy poster about gremlins.

It seems that those gremlins are not Paramount fans!

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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