Hi, there. Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida on Friday, October 8, 2021. It’s a hot, muggy “autumn” day in west-central Florida. The current temperature is 85˚F (30˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 72% and the wind blowing from the west-southwest at 3 MPH (5 KM/H), the heat index is 99˚F (37˚C). The forecast for today calls for thunderstorms in the afternoon and a high of 86˚F (30˚C). Tonight, we can expect more thunderstorms and a low of 72˚F (22˚C). The Air Quality Index (AQI) is 58 or Lightly Polluted.
This morning I checked my Amazon account’s Orders page to see if the status of my preordered Blu-ray set of The Stand (the 2020 reimagined miniseries that premiered on CBS All-Access, not the 1994 one which aired on ABC). I was hoping that I’d see an Order has shipped message there. Alas, I was greeted with this message instead:
We will email you when we have an estimated delivery date.
As I said a few days ago in On Blu-ray Collecting: The ‘Pre-Order Gremlins’ Strike Again, I am aware that:
- There is a worldwide supply-chain distribution backlog due to the COVID-19 pandemic
- Amazon (and other retailers) have no control over the supply-chain issue
- ViacomCBS releases are prone for missed release dates
I’m not going to hit the Cancel Order button on Amazon and reorder from Best Buy or DeepDiscount.com. The shipping/distribution issue affects every retailer, and since Paramount Home Media Distribution is relying on disc replication facilities in Germany as well as the woefully overstretched North American replication plant (which I believe is in Mexico), I don’t foresee any changes in my order status.
Thankfully I have the 1991 Complete and Unabridged edition of Stephen King’s novel, as well as the 1994 mini (King adapted the novel himself, and Mick Garris directed the four-part epic about a post-apocalyptic final battle between good and evil.) on DVD and Blu-ray.
Still, it would be awesome if Paramount Blu-rays were less vulnerable to these missed “drop days,” It seems that every time I preorder anything from this studio – be it The Stand, Indiana Jones, or Star Trek – I end up receiving my packages two weeks later.
Ah, well. I’d rather get my Blu-rays later than never.
Still, this “new normal” is annoying!
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