story: After eagerly awaiting the DVD release of Fahrenheit 9/11,
I take a bus to The Hamburg, NY Blockbuster and ask the first friendly
clerk I see to point me toward the new releases. He walks me over
to the Fahrenheit 9/11 display and being a very helpful chap, takes
a DVD, hands it to me and says "Is this what you were looking
I said, and went to the check out, plunked down my four bucks and
change on the counter. This was followed by thank yous all around.
I headed to the bus stop for the ride home.
home, after starting the DVD, I started to feel like I just chugged
a quart of sour milk. My partner said "Are you sure you got
the right movie, bonehead?" Instead of Michael Moore's flick
I had been given something called Fahrenhype 9/11, named and packaged
to look exactly like Fahrenheit 9/11 right down to the graphics
on the DVD itself.
movie is a typical right wing asshole media vendetta, a "fair
and balanced" smear against Michael Moore. Rather than refuting
Moore's claims, it just basically calls him a fat traitor. Dick
Morris wasn't the propagandist I had in mind.
checked out the Blockbuster website. On the "New Releases"
page, Fahrenheit 9/11 was listed as #2. In the 11 pages of new releases
on 5 October, Fahrenhype 9/11 was not to be found. I did a site
search for Fahrenhype 9/11, and guess what? The reply to the search
was, "There were no matches for your search on Fahrenhype 9/11."
More than slightly pissed off, I went back to Blockbuster. There
was no sign of the clerk I wanted to disembowel, so I called over
a bored-looking kid behind the counter.
me" I said, "I rented this about an hour ago and it's
not the right movie."
movie did you want?" replied the skateborder.
9/11" I said.
this is Fahrenheit 9/11."
it's not" said I.
disrespect dude, but it is; says so right here."
I replied. Not wanting Beavis to have a seizure, I pointed out the
that's weird. Show me where you got it from," said the intuitive
imp and I walked him over to the display.
"So this bogus DVD was behind one of the real boxes?"
scan the one you brought back," which he did. It SCANNED as
to me that some counterfeit product made it to your store's shelves.
Is your manger around?" I asked.
Gen X pages him. Then out of the office comes the manager, who also
happened to be the same helpful cocksucker who steered me wrong
to begin with. He took one look at me, turned heel back into the
office, locked the door and ignored a few more pages.
"That's ok," I told the kid as he gave me what I had originally
come for, "just tell the weasel that word of this bullshit
is going to get out."
there it is, people. Either Blockbuster is trying to fill your head
with crap and deprive you of your right to see this movie, or this
asshole at the Blockbuster in Hamburg is. I don't know which possibility
pisses me off more.
By the way, the address of the Blockbuster in question
is 266 Buffalo St., Hamburg, NY 14075. When I called and asked for
the name of the manager on duty the night of October 5th the response
I got was "We're not sure."