As you know, Amazon has an ongoing dispute with Hachette, where the online bookseller is not making preorders available on their titles. Now, Amazon has used the tactic on another company, one of particular interest to geeks: Warner Home Video. That means that, for example, The Lego Movie, out next Tuesday, can’t be ordered in advance. The same goes for Batman: Assault on Arkham, due out in August. According to the NY Times:
A Warner Bros. spokesman said it was the company’s “general policy not to comment on contract terms or any other proprietary information having to do with our partners.” …
Amazon’s tactics with Warner Home Video are unlikely to provoke as much of an uproar, since DVDs do not carry the cultural weight of books. And the films are readily available from other vendors, including Target and Barnes & Noble.
ICv2 points out that Warner also distributes Viz Media (anime) and BBC America (Doctor Who) titles, which are also affected.