Sunday, August 03, 2008

Netflix mixups are fun!

"The Prisoner" is the title of a Jackie Chan movie that was released in the US in 1990.

"The Prisoner" is also the title of a 1955 movie about the inquisition of a Hungarian cardinal played by Alec Guinness.

If you put the Jackie Chan movie on your Netflix queue, what arrives in the mail is the Alec Guinness movie enclosed in a sleeve that describes the Jackie Chan movie. If you mark this as "mislabeled, please send again", they will send you another copy of the Alec Guinness movie in a sleeve describing the Jackie Chan movie. Repeat as many times as you like; I gave up after three.

The real question is: what happens if I instead put the Alec Guinness movie on my queue? Do I get Jackie Chan?

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