updated 11:27 am EDT, Sat August 9, 2014
Refusal of popular title pre-orders now seems to be standard Amazon tactic
Amazon's latest target for hard-line contract negotiation tactics appears to be Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Amazon has pulled nearly every disc-based pre-order option from the studio's upcoming titles, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Maleficient, and Muppets Most Wanted.
Similar to the dispute with Warner Home Video in May and June, and the ongoing battle with book publisher Hachette, users are being informed to "sign up to be notified when this item becomes available." DVD titles from other vendors expected in the same August through October timetable can still be preordered.
Amazon Instant Video versions of the Disney titles can still be preordered, at a similar price to the disc version. This mirrors the battle with Warner Home Video, which also limited disc-based pre-orders, but still allowed digital pre-orders.
Neither Amazon nor Disney have any comment on the issue.