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May. 14th, 2004

Hey, does anyone else have problems with Netflix sending things out of order?

They sent two DVD's out to me today, and their positions on my list were nos. 4 and 6.

I can't watch Wrath of Khan before I see the last six episodes of The Original Series (they sent Star Trek: The Motion Picture WAYY out of order over a week ago, so I said screw it and watched it) (and P.S. I totally loved it, it is my new favorite movie ever, and I ordered it on Amazon yesterday), and I sure as HELL can't watch the first few episodes of I, Claudius until I get the Star Trek out of the way.

It's just frustrating, you know? The availability for all of these disks is listed as "Now," of course.

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ranai
May. 14th, 2004 08:56 am (UTC)
Hm.

I DID have a problem with Netflix declaring they did not recieve a DVD I sent them and then charging me $22 for the damn thing.
littlewashu
May. 14th, 2004 09:00 am (UTC)
Whoa, that sucks! You never signed up, right, you just did the free trial? Because if you're signed up and a DVD gets lost, they're like "don't worry about it" until it starts happening often enough to be suspicious.

Man, some free trial that turned out to be! Sorry, kiddo.
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calamityjon
May. 14th, 2004 09:03 am (UTC)
Boy, the hell they gave me with trying to get I,Claudius in order (they never did, it's a long story and there's much weeping involved) ended up with me becoming so disenchanted with Netflix that it and I are having a trial separation. I'll come back when Van Helsing comes to DVD, I guess. I hope it won't mind the purely visceral nature of our relationship, but seriously, I think Netflix was only ever with me for the money ...
littlewashu
May. 14th, 2004 09:09 am (UTC)
Grr.

I think what frustrates me the most is that I can't see why this should ever happen. Isn't all this stuff automated? I'm pretty forgiving of human error, but why should a human be involved in this at ALL? If the first movie in my queue is in stock, they should go get it and put it in an envelope. They shouldn't need to make executive decisions at all.

If it were just movies alone, of course, I wouldn't give a shit.

I think I'll hang on to the I, Claudius disk, then. Wouldn't want to risk not getting back in a couple weeks. Thank goodness I'm on the 5-disk plan.
maoscorpio
May. 14th, 2004 09:06 am (UTC)
they lost the copy of Annie Hall they were supposed to send me, but they didn't charge me for it. and they have yet to send me anything out of order. BUT i do know that often the availability status of a DVD changes from "Long Wait" to "Now" within the course of just a few hours.
littlewashu
May. 14th, 2004 09:37 am (UTC)
Ha, I almost never have a movie on "Long Wait", the demand for original Star Trek series disks is apparently not too great.
neverbefound
May. 14th, 2004 09:20 am (UTC)
the first star trek movie was gorgeous in the theater, but kind of a mess. this new director's cut version redeems it greatly.

wrath of khan is less philosophical, and more like the "best star trek episode ever"... but, if you've seen the series' Khan episode, then the rest of the series won't affect your viewing of the movie at all, I suspect.

*goes to check his tricorder*
littlewashu
May. 14th, 2004 09:35 am (UTC)
then the rest of the series won't affect your viewing of the movie at all, I suspect.

Yeah, I know. Which is why I watched TMP, because I knew continuity wasn't an issue. But I've only got SIX episodes left, man, it's just frustrating. I'm on the 5-disc Netflix plan, so now I have three to work with, I'll just hold on to these disks and wait it out.

I'd never seen the original version of TMP, but they show the comparisons between the old version and the director's cut, and the difference is phenomenal. Also apparently the editing was changed enough that the pacing is much better in the new version, but that's the kind of thing that I couldn't tell from here.

But yeah, I was expecting to be underwhelmed, but I loved it. Reverend Camden notwithstanding.
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counterfeitfake
May. 14th, 2004 09:40 am (UTC)
Since you're getting screwed around so bad on this, I suggest you stick it to the man and start ripping the out-of-order DVDs to your hard drive. Does your computer have a tv out?
littlewashu
May. 14th, 2004 09:47 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was wondering if I could do anything with these things! I won't bother with the TOS, since there are almost none left, and I'll just get the box set when it comes out in one million years. [Thank you for the heads up on that, by the way. I don't check Trek news sites, just the official startrek.com (you know, since I'm not a REAL Trek nerd, how awesome is it that I can be this enthusiastic about something and still be in a lower tier of fanaticism), so they hadn't mentioned it. They're being released in the UK this summer in awesome plastic boxes: No word yet on US release dates, and apparently the US versions are always less cool-looking, so I'm thinking of getting a region-free DVDer for cheap.] But I, Claudius I might want. So if I have a TV out I can just rip them to my hard drive, and play them from there? I think I bought the card with the TV-out, but I can't remember. I can't burn them to anything, though, right? Oh wait I don't have a DVD burner. But if I DID, I couldn't burn them to a DVD (that I could put in a DVD player) without a lot of illegal software, right?
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nested parentheses! SWOON - counterfeitfake - May. 14th, 2004 10:47 am (UTC) - Expand
littlewashu
May. 14th, 2004 09:49 am (UTC)
Oh but wait, I don't want to talk smack on Netflix. I'm not getting "screwed around so bad," it's just inconvenient. Netflix has brought me much happiness over the last five months, for a moderate monthly fee. And the man who is in charge of sending me DVD's is not the same man who produces BBC miniserieses.
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petit_chou
May. 14th, 2004 09:47 am (UTC)
LAME.
A friend was telling me that one ought to quit Netflix after about seven months because after that point they start "optimizing" for new members and your own service slows down considerably. I can't verify the truth of this, but maybe it's related to the weirdness that you're experiencing?

So basically I'm saying that I know nothing about why this happened and all I have is loosley constructed theories from a crazy man. As you were.
littlewashu
May. 14th, 2004 09:52 am (UTC)
Re: LAME.
Nope, the first time this happened was in the almost beginning, and I've only been with them since the beginning of the year.

That sucks, if that is true. I actually am really, really happy with NetFlix so far, and this issue is only an inconvenience, and it only bothers me so much because I can't see WHY it would be happening. I am disheartened by all this talk of poor service I seem to have generated, I hope I remain happy with them -- it's going to take me a while longer to complete my (five-year?) mission. Shit, it's taken me over five months to get through TOS, and that's only three seasons long. There are seven seasons each of TNG, DS9, and VOY.
Re: LAME. - petit_chou - May. 14th, 2004 10:54 am (UTC) - Expand
king_kai
May. 17th, 2004 09:40 am (UTC)
man, they (sci-fi, i think) showed search for spock like a bazillion times this weekend. i forgot how much that movie rules. khan, spock & the voyage home are top shelf, all the other movies can suck it, in my opinion. what's the one where spock, bones & kirk go mountain climbing & spock has the anti-gravity boots? final frontier? God that thing sucks. this comment is only barely related to your post.
littlewashu
May. 17th, 2004 06:19 pm (UTC)
Man, I know, I saw Search for Spock when I was at my parents and I was like "ahhhhh" because I'm not allowed to watch it yet! It took great strength to change the channel. I can't remember what I watched instead. It was crappy, I bet.

I now own the Motion Picture, and I think you might like it. Or at least not HATE it. So one day soon you will watch it with me, okay? Okay, cool.
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