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Okay, I have a tale to share that may only be intersting to me, but i think it's fucking bizarre and awesome, Awesome to the Max. So I thought I'd share.
To start, let me tell you a bit about my collecting habits. So I, as many others, are completely "Obsessive" about their DVD collection. Order, condition, cases, inserts, booklets, EVerything has to be there and in perfect-to-good condition. I buy what I want, and what I consider worthy for the prices they're offered. I don't go to Walmart and buy a shitty movie because it's 5 dollars, the film has to meet my critera, then I'll pay 5 dollars.
My story beings many months ago when I first viewed a Hungarian film entitled "Werckmeister Harmonies" by Bela Tarr. It's absolutely amazing, those of you who have seen it know what I'm taking about and those that haven't need to netflix that shit immediately!! I adore it, and what I usually do upon falling in love with a film is purchase the DVD. Same as most people.
Well, apparently Hungarian films don't get a lot of attention and the DVD isn't as easy to get a hold of as I'd anticipated. Northeast Ohio is not an ideal location to spot random indie and foreign films. Months upon months of searching the internet for an available copy (That wasn't selling for less than $100, USED!!) was impossible. Not even the company that produced the DVD - "Facets" - had any available copies. The searched continued.
Last week, after a miserable work week, I was bumming around with a friend of mine I've known since Kindergarden (and now we're both 24, Now that's a lasting friendship). He's not a film buff in the least. We usually have an understanding that I don't talk nerdy about movies, and he won't bore me with his random fascinations. It works good. Anyway, we stumble into Barnes & Noble per usual, meander a bit, chat with the work in the DVD department about random films. As I talked the film "Werckmeister Hamonies" pops into my head and, as a shot in the dark, I decide to ask if there's a copy anywhere in a 500 mile vicinity. Andwould believe her answer?!!?
"Not at all, and they have no ideas when more copies will come. You're still a failure at life and go fuck yourself." She might not have said that word for word, but that's what is translated to in my head. Now after that, she mentions that it's produced by the company "Facets" (Which I knew, but she was just being helpful), while my good friend is within hearing distance. He repeats, "Did she just say 'Facets'?" to which we both respond "yes". My film illiterate friend then proclaims "Huh, my cousin works for Facets in Chicago, she's a film professor out there." I then go on to get a slight tingling session in my pants and question him as to why I'm only learning this now. I then beg for him to she if there's anything she can do and he says that he will "see what he can do".
Now to trim this down, She informed me that they've not discontinued it, but they're not producing it right now (and probably not for awhile), Which i pretty much figured. Alas, She not only works for the company Facets, and she not only met Bela Tarr (who cried on her shoulder once), but she presonally edited and was on the production team for the film! And when you have connections like that, you also have access to screeners copies (unused discs) which she was kind enough to send me for no cost!! (That's a lot less than $100)
This may not be fascinating to anyone but me, but it really is bizarre that my seemingly endless search for a random Hungarian film ended by me recieving a copy from my friend of nearly 20 years' cousin, who randomly helped produce the DVD, and all because the B&N cashier said "Facets" loud enough for him to hear it. Bizarre.....