It was retracted in Canada before release, and I believe that was because of licensing issues with the book. Perhaps the US release was also recalled because of the book. No major on-line stores still carry it...
I believe it was pulled due to the book. I don't know if the ones that shipped to stores were recalled but they are not shipping anymore. I have read that some B&M's still have a few copies, but that won't last long.
I wasn't sure if I was going to go for the deluxe edition or not for this film. But since it was going the way of Ed Wood and I had planned on buying it eventually, I decided to pick it up. I think I got the last copy at my local BB. For me it's always a toss up between a SE and a DE or LE version. But I think it's definitely a recalled or discontinued item because it's not listed on the WB video page.
Oh, and guess what else I bought? You guessed it, Ed Wood. I think I'm scarred for life from that sad episode.
As many business affairs/home entertainment lawyers as Warner employs, I'm surprised at this late stage in the DVD game that a title can get off the drawing board, much less into replication, much less into stores if there is such an apparently fundamental underlying rights/licensing issue. These guys get paid to vet the rights issues partly such that exactly these kinds of embarrassing, unfortunate, costly circumstances can be avoided.
Two copies were left at one of my three local BBs; picked one up. $35.99.
I guess I was one of the lucky ones. My copy shipped from Amazon.com on the release date but Amazon (and all other sites) pulled or were unable to fulfill orders shortly after that point. Interestingly enough, most Best Buy stores had plenty of copies to sell at that time although I'll bet they started selling fast when it became apparent that this set was recalled/hard to find. By the way, I thought the book was a great companion piece on the making of this great movie and the CD soundtrack was nice too. Well worth the $2X I paid.
Well I wouldn't be too upset if you can't find the deluxe edition. You can still buy the 2-disc special edition. It has every extra on the DVDs that the deluxe edition has. You can always buy the soundtrack, and the book doesn't exactly knock my socks off. I have a feeling that the ebay buyers will be mostly collectors.
Like Paul.S said, it is a little surprising that these things aren't worked out beforehand. Maybe it'll get worked out quickly, and people that want it won't need to drop $50+ on ebay.
i'm gonna clean out my local best buy, bury these in a time capsule, and then sell 'em on ebay in a couple years, right before people start buyin' blu ray. then with the money i get i'm gonna buy some shawhank hd-dvds.
Went to second local BB last night--they had no Deluxe Editions.
Thx again, Harold. As beloved as Shawshank is and as often as an appreciative thread has popped up over the years started by someone who just discovered the film, I'm surprised (and disappointed) that this thread has not gotten more heat/hits/posts.
Although his inbox is voluminous enough for me to not expect a reply, I've dropped Bill Hunt a line in the hopes of getting some more definitive word on why exactly this has happened.
It's probably not gotten the attention that Ed Wood and others have received because you can still buy the special edition. But that's just a guess. Or maybe people are no longer shocked or surprised when it happens. It does seem to happen with some regularity.
I went to the Circuit City, Target, Walmart, and CompUSA in my area and none had any Deluxe Editions (CompUSA dropped DVD movies all together). I went to Best Buy and they had 6 copies so I bought them all. Great thing is if they don't sell for a profit on eBay I can always return them. If anyone wants a copy and can't find one let me know.