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Amazon.com pulls Warner Bros movies

Published on: 12th June 2014

The online retailer has pulled pre-orders for forthcoming Warner Home Video features, including The Lego Movie, 300: Rise of an Empire, Winter’s Tale and Transcendence.

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The move comes as Amazon continues to delay shipments and refuse pre-orders for some titles from Hachette, publisher of Harry Potter author JK Rowling, and home to David Baldacci, Stephen Colbert, David Foster Wallace and others. The retailer is also in another standoff in Germany with the Bonnier Media Group.

The details of the dispute are not public. Amazon is fighting with Hachette over the price of e-books, and analysts speculated a similar dispute could be at play with Warner over pay for digital copies of its movies. None of the parties involved are talking, but it is clear that Hachette and Warner are hoping the popularity of their products will give them the edge in the dispute.

The Lego Movie has so far made more than $462m worldwide, according to Boxoffice.com. The DVD is released on 17th June but doesn’t even show up in a search for “The Lego Movie” on Amazon in the US, although as it stands the UK site does not seem to be affected. It is the top placed item for the same search on Walmart.com.

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