AND THAT FILM.....
....about Pope John Paul. Made in America, it stars John Voight and has had v. good reviews, and we are blocked from seeing it in Britain. I tried to order a copy from Ignatius Press in America and they couldn't let me have one....the only version they have is available in the USA and can't be viewed on a British DVD machine.
When I mentioned this, I was given information by various kind correspondents about getting my DVD machine sorted out so that it can become "multi-region" and useful for DVDs from around the globe. I might manage to do this (though actually it is NOT AS SIMPLE AS IT SOUNDS) but that is not the point. Rather than alter all our DVD machines one by one, and tell people to try to order this particular film from contacts in the USA, couldn't we simply arrange for some one here to get the selling rights and sell it in the ordinary way? Er...isn't that the usual way that commerce operates? I mean, when I want Belgian chocolates I don't have to post an international money order in Euros to a friend in Brussels. I go to a shop here and buy a box from a large supply that Mr Tesco or Mr Sainsbury has thoughtfully ordered in bulk from Belgium.
Is there any special reason - and here I am not being sarcastic, I genuinely want to know - why no Catholic sales outlet here in Britain has tried to import this new film? Do they really think a film about JP11 wouldn't sell among Catholics?