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Mike Flanagan Loses Battle Against Netflix Over Physical Media Releases

He argues that Netflix’s decision is damaging to film preservation.

Filmmaker Mike Flanagan says Netflix refuses to release his shows on physical media.

Flanagan, who created and worked closely on several Netflix series, revealed that the streaming giant rejected all his efforts to make his shows available outside of their platform. In comments that went viral on social media, he explained that Netflix was ‘actively hostile’ to the idea of physical media:

“In the years I worked at Netflix, I tried very hard to get them to release my work on Blu-ray & DVD. They refused at every turn. It became clear very fast that their only priority was subs, and that they were actively hostile to the idea of physical media.”

He believes this decision harms film preservation:

“This is a very dangerous point of view. While companies like Netflix pride themselves on being disruptors and have proven that they can affect great change in the industry, they sometimes fail to see the difference between disruption and damage. So much that they can find themselves, intentionally or not, doing enormous harm to the very concept of film preservation.”

Netflix released some of its exclusive shows like ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘Orange Is the New Black’ on physical media, but Flanagan’s shows will not be getting the same treatment.

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You Can Still Watch His Work On Netflix

Flanagan’s shows on Netflix include ‘The Haunting of Hill House,’ ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor,’ ‘Midnight Mass,’ ‘The Midnight Club,’ and ‘The Fall of the House of Usher.’ He is also known for his adaptations of Stephen King’s books, such as ‘Gerald’s Game’ and ‘Doctor Sleep.’

He is currently working on another Stephen King adaptation called ‘The Life of Chuck’ and planning a reboot of ‘The Dark Tower.’ Flanagan has been chosen to direct the next ‘Exorcist’ movie after the 2023 film ‘The Exorcist: Believer’ did not do well in theaters.

Flanagan’s horror shows remain available for streaming on Netflix.

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