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Imagination Connoisseur, Dani Lane, bemoans the difficulty of finding “hard-to-get” movies on streaming services. What does this mean as physical media becomes more and more limited in availability?

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Greetings Rob!

A situation arose recently that helped solidify my feelings on physical media.

While talking with my mom a couple of weeks ago, she mentioned that she’d been listening to the music stations on her tv and that she really liked Jerry Lee Lewis. I asked her if she’d ever seen the movie with Dennis Quaid. She had not, but would really love to.

Now, my mom is going to be 88 next week. When she says she’d like to watch a certain movie, I will make sure that she gets to do that. So we set a date and I started looking on my streaming services to make sure I could get it.

I have Netflix, CBS All Access, Amazon Prime and right now we have all the premium movie channels and HBO Max. And not one of them had “Great Balls of Fire.”

I do have a pretty good selection of DVDs, but since I’m a member of the Post Geek Singularity, I don’t have a lot of non-genre material. So I went out and ordered the movie from Amazon. It was delivered in two days and we had our movie date. Mom loved the movie and the music, but was pretty dismayed to learn about the marriage with his 13 year old cousin.

That is not the first time that I have thought about a movie that I’d like to see again and have come up empty handed when I try to find it online.

So I thought to myself that this is why I still buy dvds. Along with the recent chatter about Amazon’s terms of service, that conditions could cause us to lose rights to even movies that we purchase from them, I am more determined than ever to obtain movies and tv that I love on disk so that I can enjoy them whenever I like.

I have a question for you: If I lived down the street and I had asked to borrow “Great Balls of Fire”, would you have had it?

– Dani

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