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JLDark and Early Digital: Really?!?

I saw this ad this week, for the new Justice League Dark animated movie. And at first glance, I thought I had missed its release–despite being in a Walmart on Tuesday and actually looking at the movie section and new-release endcap without anything jumping out at me.

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But no…I didn’t actually miss it. I realized the ad says on digital January 24.

I swear, every time I see ads like this, they just make me more and more angry, and less and less likely to buy anything new in the way of movies.

Bad enough the high price and shrinking "first week discounts" (if any) the last several years.

But this "digital-only" "window" just bugs the crap out of me.

Is there anyone who is REALLY just so desperate to see something like this, that they’d rather pay the $20ish for digital ONLY when a "mere" TWO WEEKS later for that SAME PRICE they can add blu-ray AND dvd to their stock?

Maybe if the digital version was say, $10, I’d consider it. I’d wait this one out on principle if I didn’t know myself and OCD on these. With the voice cast, content, and having all the previous such animated releases since the line started back in 2008, I’d kick myself for "missing" the thing.

But I’ve already gotten to where–despite loving them in the theater–I refuse to buy Marvel MCU movies; the way they screw around with "formats" and "combo packs" shut me out years ago.

Booking Through Thursday: Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

 

btt buttonIf you could see one book turned into the perfect movie–one that would capture everything you love, the characters, the look, the feel, the story–what book would you choose?

deweyThis one’s easy for me: Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World. Perhaps with some material from the followup Dewey’s Nine Lives.

Sounds simple enough, right?

Maybe it’s odd that I’d want to see a non-fiction autobiographical piece turned into a movie. But see? They already did a movie of Marley & Me…and this is in–to me–the exact same vein, and so totally plausible. Except, of course, that filming a cat would be so much different than filming a dog. And kittens! You’d probably have to give someone an award for successfully filming kittens doing what you want (as not every random kitten would be like Dewey–they’re all so unique!)

Thing is…I never got to meet the real Dewey, the cat these books are about. I’ve never even been to Iowa.

deweyninelivesBut I remember seeing some blurb about the book coming out, and while I recall thinking along the lines of “Oh…interesting. A book about a cat in a library, and his name is Dewey.” Out of sight, out of mind, nothing deep.

But then I lost my cat, Christy. Dewey came out 5 days later. I bought it 3 days after it was out, and read it cover to cover in roughly 20 hours. It was cathartic–reading about another’s cat. What the cat meant to them, to so many people. Maybe Dewey didn’t touch my life during his own life…but he sure impacted mine by his story being told!

christyonchairThen I found the audiobook, and while I dislike the abridgement (whole other topic for some other post, abridgements) of it, the audio still fascinates me and I will randomly activate that playlist in iTunes to have something playing in the background…or when I’m finding myself particularly wistful for my cats.

kaylawithcomicsAfter I lost Kayla last May, I found myself using the audiobook again, seeking some of that catharsis. Of course, I did this at work, and when THAT scene came up, I had to leave the room to recollect myself.

I mean, such is the necessity in a way…whatever joy there is, sharing that story of a beloved animal, beloved pet, that special member of the family…

But as someone who spent 2 1/2 years in library school, who has family ties to libraries, who has always been someone who has had a library as part of his life…I never thought of having a cat live there. Until Dewey.

And ever since I found out they were making a movie of Marley and Me…I’ve been waiting for the movie of Dewey.

Maybe it’ll “just” be “made for tv.” I’d absolutely go see a theatrical release. But if I can count something like Tuesdays With Morrie as one of my all-time favorite films, and it was made for tv…so, too, I’d “settle” for a made-for-tv film for Dewey.

Kayla (age 13) in mirror

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