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Retail giant Amazon is giving Captain America, Miss Piggy and Maleficent the cold shoulder.

Consumers are suddenly unable to place advance orders to buy DVDs or Blu-ray discs of forthcoming films from Walt Disney Studios, including two popular summer releases that each captured more than $700 million in global box office receipts — “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Maleficent.”

Neither Disney nor Amazon responded to requests for comment on the development, which was first reported by Home Media Magazine.

Amazon’s move is reminiscent of a dispute it had with another powerhouse Hollywood film studio, Warner Bros.

Earlier this summer, Amazon halted preorders of movie discs from the studio ahead of the hotly anticipated home release of the family film “The Lego Movie.”

Amazon used the hard-ball tactics to persuade Warner Bros. to agree to more favorable deal terms, according to one person with knowledge of the discussion. Ultimately, the two sides reached an accord, and DVD and Blu-ray disc sales resumed.

On the print side, the retail giant is embroiled in a pricing dispute with book publisher Hachette, as the bookseller seeks to drop the price for electronic books. Hachette has resisted — and Amazon responded by suspending advance orders of titles from the publisher’s authors and slowing mail delivery of its books.

A group of writers are taking out a full-page ad in Sunday’s New York Times to protest the bookseller’s actions — and Amazon has responded with a campaign of its own.

Even though DVD sales are declining amid the growing popularity of Internet streaming services, the revenue remains important to underwriting the cost of a film.

The home release of major family films such as the forthcoming titles from Disney — “Maleficent,” a fresh telling of the “Sleeping Beauty” story from the perspective of its villain, and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” a second installment in the Marvel superhero saga — remain popular with certain groups of consumers.

Amazon currently offers the Disney titles, as well as “Muppets Most Wanted,” for purchase through its video streaming service, Amazon Instant Video.


Time to sue Apple again?   Wait, they aren't even involved this time?   LOL--perhaps our legal eagles will sue Disney.   After all, didn't SJ use to own a big chunk of it?   That should be enough 'evidence' of wrongdoing.    Disney, like Apple, created huge demand for it's products, they should be found guilty of wanting to be paid for it now, regardless of immense new demand they have created, while Amazon should be able to sell them all for a penny (at that price Amazon can almost afford to just toss them in gratis) and use them and box filler.  Styrofoam peanuts are so expensive.  Imagine how nice it will be to have disney movies included with the cat food...  Consumers will love it, so (using my best legal logic here) it's gotta be good.  


And what is Amazon going to do if/when Disney just says goodbye and starts selling through B&N or some other online storefront?

The same with Hachette.

People want the entertainment that they want. They only use Amazon because it provides them with what they want. If Amazon can't then they will stop using Amazon.

I think that Amazon is playing a very dangerous game. And while Hachette might not be big enough to tell Amazon to take a flying leap, Disney has a history of telling organizations to take a flying leap. People want Disney products and if Amazon doesn't offer them then they will find someone who does.


Welcome to the new Walmart. This is the exact same tactic they used to gain dominance.

As time goes on, I become more and more disenfranchised with Amazon. Their prices on a lot of things are no longer competitive, and they no longer have the tax free advantage they once had. The reasons to shop there, and deal with these shenanigans, decreases by the day.


This is why I'm letting my Amazon Prime account run out and will not renew. I'm going to buy my dead tree books at Barnes and Noble's brick and mortar stores. Amazon seems to be raising prices of hard bound books (especially Hachette books they refuse to ship) because of pressure from Wall Street. So you don't save much by going with Amazon any more. Might as well get books nearby.


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