Skip to comments."Atlas Shrugged" dvd recall
Posted on 11/11/2011 12:43:07 PM PST by OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings
(Santa Monica), November 11, 2011 - Atlas Productions LLC announced today its plan to replace more than 100,000 title sheets appearing on the Atlas Shrugged Part 1 DVD and Blu-ray versions sold through major retail outlets. These retail versions were packaged with an inaccurate synopsis of Atlas Shrugged. Not affected were the Special Edition versions sold online at AtlasShruggedMovie.com.
The 1957 novel, Atlas Shrugged, is known in philosophical and political circles for presenting a cogent argument advocating a society driven by rational self-interest. On the back of the film's retail DVD and Blu-ray however, the movies synopsis contradictorily states AYN RANDs timeless novel of courage and self-sacrifice comes to life...
Its embarrassing for sure and of course, regardless of how or why it happened, were all feeling responsible right now. says Scott DeSapio, Atlas Productions COO and Communications Director You can imagine how mortified we all were when we saw the DVD but, it was simply too late - the product was already on shelves all over the Country. It was certainly no surprise when the incredulous emails ensued. The irony is inescapable.
DeSapio continued Ultimately, the responsibility falls on us, Atlas Productions. We are putting policies in place now to ensure we avoid these types of unforced errors in the future.
Harmon Kaslow, CEO of Atlas Productions and Producer of the film stated As we all well know, the ideas brought to life in Atlas Shrugged are entirely antithetical to the idea of self-sacrifice as a virtue. Atlas is quite literally a story about the dangers of self-sacrifice.
So did anybody get one of these new "collector's items?"
And how did this even happen anyway? Maybe some lib at the DVD plant changed the text?
(Excerpt) Read more at blog.atlasshruggedmovie.com ...
Goochesness! I put it my Netflix cue for next week.
“the dangers of self-sacrifice”?
That’s not what the book is about AT ALL. Putting it that way put it at odds with Christianity.
Rational self-interest is not antithetical to self-sacrifice. Otherwise no one would ever willingly go to war.
That’s gonna hurt.
Looks like they hired a Mouch to write the back page synopsis.
that would be my guess...
My blu-ray arrived Tuesday, but I haven’t opened it yet. I’m going to watch it this weekend.
Hmm... going to look...
The responsibility does fall on the production company for this.
Here in Hollywood, DVD production companies are EVERYWHERE,and I know for a fact it is normal for each studio to send their reps and be a dictator to have the DVD prodn’ co. do exactly as they are told.
Gut feeling tells me an idiot lib screwed it up intentionally. This is what happens when you a minority conservative in the mental asylum called Hollywood and you place trust on these traitors. That’s why we made sure no Obama ass-kisser gets to be on our payroll.
"For centuries, the battle of morality was fought between those who claimed that your life belongs to God and those who claimed that it belongs to your neighbors - between those who preached that the good is self-sacrifice for the sake of ghosts in heaven and those who preached that the good is self-sacrifice for the sake of incompetents on earth. And no one came to say that your life belongs to you and that the good is to live it."
"AYN RAND'S timeless novel of courage and self-sacrifice comes to life for a new millenium. The year is 2016 and America is on the verge of economic disaster. The greatest citizens are being targeted and dark forces are working to bring about America's final days. Our only hope for salvation lies with Dagny Taggart and Henry Rearden, rugged individualists whose bold ideas may have the power to spark a revolution and reclaim the American Dream."
Yeesh... aside from the wrongness of "self-sacrifice" it really isn't even a very good description of what the story is about. Not close.
Wow. Somewhere there's a copy editor having a really, really bad day.
Yes, the words are wrong on the back of my Blu-ray. Now, I want every other purchaser to trade theirs in, so that I may have a true collector’s item. HaHa.
“Gut feeling tells me an idiot lib screwed it up intentionally.”
I don’t know, back covers are usually pretty slap-dash, with the worst grammar, syntax, and style this side of rap lyrics. I’ve read more than one that got basic facts about the movie—main character’s name, object of plot, setting, etc.—wrong.
I. Can't. Stop. Laughing!!!!!
This foul up is hilarious!
I was going to put off picking up my copy but now I'll have to rush out and buy one before they are pulled.
Thanks for the heads up OTHLW!
“Thats not what the book is about AT ALL. Putting it that way put it at odds with Christianity.”
It being written by Rand put it at odds withy Christianity. She was as clear as can be on her opposition to religious ethics. It’s one of the major reasons people refer to her as a faded facsimile of Nietzsche.
Isn’t there a scene in which a desperate girl leaps into a river to avoid comfort from a nun and/or priest? She shouts something like, “Not your way!” before jumping to her doom. That’s right, Rand would rather kill herself (or at least thinks its plausible for one of her charactersn to) than listen to religion for a few seconds.
If I remember right, it was not to avoid “religion” that the young woman killed herself, it was when she realized that she was being used and lied to by a man she thought loved her.
Nothing to do with religion at all.
“If I remember right, it was not to avoid ‘religion’ that the young woman killed herself, it was when she realized that she was being used and lied to by a man she thought loved her.
Nothing to do with religion at all.”
Well, I didn’t say that religion was the cause, even proximately. Just that she couldn’t stand to listen to it even for a few seconds, and shouted an anti-religious message on her way to suicide. Let’s leave it up in the air as to whether it pushed her over the top. At best it was just one more thing not to like about life. Maybe she would have killed herself anyway. Nevertheless, you don’t get many more blatant messages in fiction.
Rand doesn’t like religion. Not only is it no way to live your life, nor any comfort: it is something to run away from, even into death.
The rational man does not sacrifice his values to of for others and does not sacrifice the values of others to or for himself.He pursues his own rational self interest and true interests.
Not likely. Usually the simplest answer is correct. Some hack writer who really doesn't know anything about the book wrote some typical boilerplate about it. Normally nobody would give a damn, but it's freakin' Ayn Rand.
“it was when she realized that she was being used and lied to by a man she thought loved her”
Not that, exactly. It’s that the man she thought she loved for being a Titan of Industry represented in reality the opposite ideal, and that she didn’t want to live in a world where everyone was a weasely, grubbing Peter Taggart.
An atheist cannot define those things. Ultimately, if they believe that they come from nothing but chemical chance, they believe that those things are meaningless chemical reactions, ‘evolved’ to facilitate procreation by a menaingless selfish gene. And they are back to throwing themselves in the river again.
Thankfully, that view is provably wrong. And actually completely ridiculous.
“The rational man [...] does not sacrifice the values of others to or for himself.”
That’s an irrational statement. What could be more rational than shooting someone without fear of capture and stealing their property?
Got my copy in the mail yesterday ;-) I would never have looked at that line anyway, but now feel like I own something like the naked version of the Beatles White album...uh, let me clarify....
“R. Perry, Proofreader” ;-)
Who is John Galt?
Hmm. Also see post #24
Netflix recently moved “Atlas Shrugged, Part 1” from my saved queue into my regular queue. Looking forward to seeing it.
“is Atlas Shrugged at odds with Christianity?”
Clearly not. Because as I say, rational self-interest is not antithetical to self-sacrifice. Otherwise no one would ever willingly go to war. And Ayn Rand was not against war for self protection. Clearly self protection and self sacrifice are often coexistent.
The people who put out this press release are at odds with Christianity. Because they have interpreted the book as against all self-sacrifice, which is a shallow, shortsighted interpretation.
Clearly self-sacrifice is part of Christianity. But also rational self-interest and self-protection is a valid part of life which is not excluded by Christianity.
I can understand Rand’s frustration with the established churches of her day. Certainly they largely interpreted the Bible with a sledgehammer when a scalpel was required. Everything was oversimplified. And unfortunately a lot of that is still in many churches today.
Rand was a useful stepping stone on the road to a rational intellectual conservatism. But she was not the end of that road. The modern movement recognizes that Christianity is fully compatible with being rational and intellectual.
Ayn Rand is a good beginning but it is a purely secular approach written by a woman that was an anti-Communist atheist and in favor of abortion. A moral code is completely missing from her work. See the “Molon Labe” book “interview” (in the Appendix) for an excellent Ayn Rand discussion that emphasizes the need for a Christian libertarian approach and how it would work in real-life situations. Best societal framework I have ever found.
Back when I read it the story was about taking unjustly extorted taxes from the tax collector and returning them to the tax payer.
Having been some hack writer doing video box copy at various points in my career, I'd go so far as to guess that it wasn't even a writer--it was a graphic designer who was saving money on their lowball bid by not hiring a real copywriter. But the main fault lies with the company for not proofreading the sleeve before sending the digital file to the printer, and for not catching it when the first proof copies came off the press, and for not noticing it when the printed inserts were delivered. The tinfoil hat people can grumble about conspiracies all day, but the producers were asleep at the switch.
I remembered that the man was not “upstanding”, but who he had been escaped me.
It is clear that Ayn Rand was not sympathetic to religious devotion, nor a believer, but this small point of the story was not related to religion.
Just my point of view.
Amen to that FRiend!!! In ‘08 me and my employees were talking about how screwed the country was gonna be because we elected 0bama...turns out we were right. One of the girls in the office sheepishly said she had voted for the Kenyan. Didn’t say anything else and that was the first time she had said anything political but that was more than enough. fired her on the spot. Let the socialists take care of ya! Would have spanked her butt if I were her mama too.
“Didnt say anything else and that was the first time she had said anything political but that was more than enough. fired her on the spot.”
Recently had a forum yelling match with 2 Freepers who went self-righteous that I should not do such things for karma’s sake. I told them to never respond to my posts EVER.
I vividly remember AT LEAST 20 Freepers who owned companies and on the night Obama won in 2008 promised to fire employees who voted for Obama, the next day most of them I caught had fired those Obama-voting employees. Those same obama idiots ruined the country and WE are the ones that should play by the effing’ rules??!
No wonder we lose elections. We stay by the rules while libs cheat and then Freepers will sermon me into praying..well, God was not listening to my prayers on election night 3 years ago.
The quotes I posted support that interpretation (and the first of those quotes has nothing to do with religion).
Oops, I broke that link - here's the correct one: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2806164/posts?page=13#13.
So do you contend that Rand was against serving in war?
"You have chosen to risk your lives for the defense of this country. I will not insult you by saying that you are dedicated to selfless service it is not a virtue in my morality. In my morality, the defense of one's country means that a man is personally unwilling to live as the conquered slave of any enemy, foreign or domestic. This is an enormous virtue." - Address To The Graduating Class Of The United States Military Academy at West Point - New York, March 6, 1974
A book is not capable of being for or against something. A few quotes in isolation can prove anything about anything. Rand did not have as her core belief this objection to self sacrifice, which is what this press release implies.
This press release is against every foundation of conservative thought as far back as you care to go.
Can you supply any evidence for your claim, as I have for the contrary position?
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