I don't know if you heard, but Apple
In 1999, Time Warner
So this little number is hot right now. Only problem is, it's not easy to get your hands on a copy.
The usual suspects
How about Amazon.com
Hulu? Nope. Broadcast TV? Nobody plans to air it in the foreseeable future, so put your TiVo
See what I mean here? There's a bankable event happening, and Hollywood is letting the money slip through its fingers. By the time you get your disc from Amazon or Netflix, Jobs' passing will be old news. And nobody at Time Warner thought it'd be a good idea to sell streaming licenses to Hulu, Amazon, or Netflix on a one-off basis.
Eyes wide shut
So apart from already having the movie in your DVD (or VHS) library, the only reliable way to catch Pirates while it's still hot is, ironically, piracy. Whether by copyright-trampling direct downloads or unauthorized uploads to video-streaming sites, you have to step way outside legal bounds and funnel no money whatsoever to the film's stars, producers, or official distributors.
Keep your eyes open and you'll see this happening again, and again, and again. Whatever's happening in the world today, there's probably a movie or 12 that would tap right into the zeitgeist -- if only we could get our hands on them. And it's almost always ridiculously hard.
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