I was able to preorder 2 of these the other week. I tried pre-ordering 3 (one for myself, my brother and my friend) but amazon said 2 is the maximum number allowed. I read the page a couple of times and there was no limit stipulated anywhere and was only given the restriction upon checkout. I thought that was strange since I've been able to preorder other movie blu rays with no problem before (I just did that with Frozen a month before and a bunch of other movies the previous year). Checked again yesterday and saw this wasn't even available for preorder anymore. My guess is it's a problem with the distributor but it would be better to hear something official from amazon.
Something weird seems to be going on with Warner Bros. pre-orders. Loads of them are not available anymore, and all of them were removed pretty much at the same time (I had several of them in my "Saved for Later" list. This includes most releases of 300: Rise of an Empire, The Nutty Professor Box Set, The Man who knew too little, Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Vol. 3 etc. etc. All of them Warner releases, some of them pretty big.
Curious about the same thing - Warner Brothers DVDs seem to be the only ones affected (HBO Home Video as well, also owned by Time Warner). Haven't found anything detailing what the issue is. Considering all the press regarding Hachette it seems strange that no one is reporting this.
As I said in another post, the standard company line is that they're "Sold Out" which makes absolutely no sense, of course. I got this via support chat with "Marcy" earlier. (Sorry Marcy, I know it's not your fault - and that probably isn't your name.)
What's really weird is that each week - literally hours before their official release date - "Sign up to be notified" titles become available for preorder again. Right now you can pre-order Alexander: The Ultimate Cut, Nutty Professor 50th Anniversary Edition and Outsiders, all of which disappeared around May 16th with the rest of the Warner titles and were still unavailable a few hours ago. The same thing happened with the latest season of Nikita before it was released. Films that are being release over the next couple of remain unavailable.
I just don't understand what they're doing - it seems bad for business all around. I've ordered this title elsewhere because of my paranoia over being unable to get the version I want (the "Everything is Awesome" edition because YES I am a sucker for free "exclusive" Lego guys). I ordered it from Best Buy; we'll see how that works.
According to this company that is distributed by Time Warner, Warner and Amazon are currently in contract negotiations, which is why nothing is available for preorder. https://www.facebook.com/OfficialVIZMedia/posts/10152481362293552
I saw that too - weird that it's not getting more exposure with the Hachette idiocy that has gotten publicity (and has also personally bitten me, or more specifically my 10 year old son, thanks Amazon). It seems to follow the same pattern but no media splash. This has got to be the most eagerly awaited 2014 movie being released so far - kids movie, adults like it too, the first good 2014 film... oh well, Amazon may be digging their own grave if they keep this up. I don't really care whose "fault" it is, other sites don't seem to have this problem. It is eerily reminiscent of the pressure Wal-Mart puts on suppliers... not a good pattern.
Here's the issue on the New York Times website. They quote John A.'s comment above. http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/10/amazon-stops-taking-advance-orders-for-lego-other-warner-videos/?partner=rss&emc=rss
According to the Amazon rep I just spoke to, anyone who had successfully pre-ordered the movie before Amazon and Warner started wagging dicks at each other will still receive their orders - http://d.pr/i/fUNq
Hello, Here's a copy of the chat transcript you requested:
Initial Question: Amazon is no longer accepting pre-orders for this product because of a fight with Warner over pricing. Will I still be getting the product I ordered back in April? Or will this corporate bickering negatively impact me as a consumer?
10:56 AM PDT Jenny H(Amazon): Hi I'm Jenny, please give me just a moment to bring up that order and see what I can find. 10:59 AM PDT Jenny H(Amazon): Just to confirm this is an order for The Lego movie, correct? 10:59 AM PDT Robert I Lubow: Correct. The "Everything is Awesome" Edition. 11:00 AM PDT Jenny H(Amazon): thank you, let me look I am seeing that at this time there is a sign up to be notified when this item becomes available for all new orders. 11:01 AM PDT Jenny H(Amazon): However, your order was entered before that time so it is just waiting for the release date and then will ship out! 11:01 AM PDT Robert I Lubow: Ok and you can confirm 100% that existing pre-orders will in fact be shipped out? 11:03 AM PDT Jenny H(Amazon): Yes, it is in a "not yet released" pending state as all pre-orders are and is showing Qualified for Release Date Delivery 11:04 AM PDT Robert I Lubow: Ok. Great. Thank you for your help. 11:04 AM PDT Jenny H(Amazon): you are very welcome. Anything else I can help with? 11:04 AM PDT Robert I Lubow: nope that's it 11:04 AM PDT Jenny H(Amazon): Have a great rest of your day! We look forward to seeing you again soon.(When you're ready to close this window, please click the "end chat" link.)
Amazon is in danger of losing my business. First the Hachette issue with books and now Warner's with movies. They are not the only seller on the internet. I am off to Alibris and then iTunes and WalMart. This is even worse when you read the news story about Amazon warehouse controls that substituted fakes when the real item was not available. Now some vendors won't sell on Amazon. Bully beware!