Not awesome: Amazon pulls The LEGO Movie in dispute with Warner

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Everything isn’t awesome between Amazon and Warner Bros – the giant online retailer has suspended pre-orders in the US for the smash-hit The LEGO Movie on DVD and Blu-ray.

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It appears that Amazon and the studio are locked in a contract battle that has also seen pre-order delays for other upcoming Warner films, including 300: Rise of an Empire, A Winter’s Tale and Transcendence.

The LEGO Movie is set for release on DVD and Blu-ray on June 17 in the US and July 21 in the UK.

US shoppers who go to the order page for the film are given the option to “sign up to be notified when the item becomes available”. The movie can still be bought and streamed from Amazon Instant Video.

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Both Warner and Amazon have declined to comment on the dispute.

This is the second confrontation between Amazon and a supplier to become public in recent weeks.

In a standoff with the Hachette Book Group – the distributor of J.K. Rowling’s new novel The Silkworm, the sequel to The Cuckoo’s Calling – Amazon is refusing to take advance orders and delaying shipments. Amazon and Hachette are fighting over e-book terms.

It appears that Amazon chief Jeff Bezos now has a new title: Lord Business.

Stuart O’Connor