The Weinsteins at Home

Via Ezra Klein, the news that Blockbuster and the Weinstein Company have signed a deal allowing Blockbuster exclusive United States rental rights to movies produced by the new studio, thereby preventing Netflix from renting copies of the new studio’s films, including Bobby, The Nanny Diaries and The Protector. The move likely makes financial sense for both sides, especially with Blockbuster striving to compete with Netflix and video-on-demand services, but it may also have the effect of limiting audiences for the Weinstein Company’s films. While I’ve rented from Blockbuster occasionally over the last decade, I only do so as a last resort, which likely means I’ll simply skip most Weinstein films that don’t make it to theaters in Fayetteville.

Ezra’s blog also has an interesting discussion of the legal issues involved in this agreement.


  1. zp Said,

    November 16, 2006 @ 7:24 pm

    Bah, Weinsteins. I wish I had the presence of mind to make a photo series of all the boarded up Blockbusters I encounter. Just saw one last weekend in LA . . . very nice. No camera on hand.

  2. Chuck Said,

    November 16, 2006 @ 9:07 pm

    I don’t know that I’ve seen any Blockbusters close here in the Ville, but that may have more to do with the lack of other viable options. Still, a “closed Blockbuster” montage might be kind of fun, especially given their cultural dominance in the 1990s.

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