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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Allan Mack, Mar 17, 2003.
While looking for a yet-to-be released DVD at Amazon, I got this message:
To my knowledge, there has never been a release that seems to have been directly affected by voting at Amazon. I don't know if they pass it on to the studios or not. I personally feel it's a marketing gimmick to gather e-mail addresses for Spam purposes. In fact, the few things I DID vote for that eventually came out on DVD, I never got a note from them saying "you voted for this, here is the release date". Is anyone else's experience different?
For what it's worth, this is the auto-response I got from Amazon:
Of all the movies that I've signed up for. The only one that has been actually released was Austin Powers 2. I signed up immediately after seeing the movie in the theaters, but I seriously doubt that peoples votes influenced the DVD release. It would obviously have been released whether anyone signed up or not.
That's a good point, Mark, but we're talking about DVDs that people have been waiting years for, not months. Movies such as those I listed above (Star Wars, Raiders, etc). Movies that have actually inspired people to make online petitions because of the long wait for these movies to be released on DVD. I don't think Austin Powers 2 is in the same category...
I did that once. I signed up for Ed Wood and Valley Girl :b
I have voted on a good amount of unreleased titles on Amazon.com. I voted several years ago for Duel & I got an email several years ago when the info came out that Duel was going to be released. But then I found out a little while later that Duel was postponed/delayed.
You're better off voting for more obscure and overlooked titles. I highly doubt votes for Indiana Jones or Star Wars is going to mean much...Lucasfilm and Fox/Paramount know the films are in high demand.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not implying that Autin Powers 2 is not worthy of being on DVD. Indeed, if it was 2008 and Austin Powers 2 was still not on DVD, you can bet there would be petitions to get it released!
AFAIK, Amazon doesn't give out email addresses. They do, however, send you lots of annoying amazon stuff.
As far as the person who mentioned Valley Girl goes: it's coming sometime between August and October of this year. See if Amazon lets you know about it when they get it listed. In fact, I'm tempted to go sign up for something that I know will be announced shortly but isn't listed at Amazon yet. It will be interesting to see what happens. Let me think of one and maybe I'll do it.
I have signed up for this service from Amazon many times. They always e-mail me when the title is up for pre-order on their site. A few that I've signed up for and received notice on recently include Far From Heaven, Adaptation, 25th Hour, and The Ben Stiller Show.
I just received another Amazon notification about the DVD for Chicago, so it seems to still be working for me.
Like JimmyK, I've noticed that the service for notices about releases for things (or performers) don't always work. I pay attention tho, and check personally to see if something new has come out. And Amazon's data bases of songs, disks, etc., are not very good. So many enquiries don't lead to a result that I expect. The lack of info about many movies and cd's is hilarious - why would anyone order a title like that? The only movie i remember voting for release was KING KONG. Apparently its still coming, but its a long wait But I do like writing little reviews sometimes, Amazon is fun for that
I've always received notices for the movies that I've "voted" for in this fashion. Most recently are Barton Fink, Miller's Crossing, and The Thin Man.