I totally get where you're coming from Devin. I still collect a ton of physical media, mainly due to the fact that the option of streaming while awesome, does not come close to covering all of the films out there, especially if you've seen thousands of films and your tastes run strange. Not to mention, the streaming option is often subpar visually or even features VHS rips and heavily edited versions for many older films. Streaming is great for TV shows or modern and well known movies, but for anyone who is interested in more obscure stuff there is so, so much not available. I ain't finding much of anything in the Something Weird or Mondo Macabro catalog on Netflix, and streaming services haven't come close to approaching the quality of releases or the interesting titles of Arrow Video and Criterion.
I also remember a time when if I wanted to see a weird obscure film I had to mail money away to some greasy fat weirdo in his basement making VHS dubs just so I could see obscure gialli or Bad Boy Bubby or other hard to find movies, a transaction that would often take weeks or even months. A process that also once scarred my teenage self for life when I requested a copy of Shinya Tsukamoto's Tokyo Fist and unknowingly received a copy of Tokyo Fisting, a very, very different movie. So, I definitely have patience and am fine with purchasing a film if that's the only way to see the film. I lament the quick fix nature of streaming that everyone has adopted because it has led to a bit of homogeneity in what people watch and seek out, and some truly great films being mostly ignored.
That being said, Amy is completely right. You guys give us about a week or so to watch a film. If you had it more together, and could lay down a list of what to watch about a month ahead, then putting it on your listeners to pick up a copy of a flick would be no big deal. But as of now, I pretty much have to purchase the item immediately, have Amazon prime if I want to receive it quickly, and then watch it within a couple of days of getting it, so hopefully I'm not busy with work. That is, if I want to listen to the episode and contribute to the debate.
So either, A. tell us what movie to watch further in advance on a forum or post or whatever, giving us plenty of time to grab a copy, or B. stick with Amy's logical idea of doing movies that are easily accessible unless you're gonna give us a bit of extra time.
Also, i have seen the Lost Weekend and it is amazing. Great choice. Now do some Seijun Suzuki, my boy don't get enough love.
Right now what I'm doing is a binge through the archive, listening to shows for films I've already seen. That's giving me the time to work in a viewing of interesting ones I want to be 'current' with before listening to the podcast. Full time job, Son age 8 - and volunteer at his school - I have to ration out my time carefully.
I had ended up ordering the bluray of The Lost Weekend before the announcement (I ended up watching it the same day as Fail-Safe), as was only 7 pounds in the UK, and by Masters of Cinema, who seem to be a UK Criterion equivalent. I was planning to watch it anyway, as I'm trying to watch to watch all the Best Picture and Palme d'Or winners. Glad I get to look forward to a canon episode of it anyway.
I don't mind working at all to find some of these films to see, but I think having either more time to find it before the episode, or having longer to vote after the episode, would be a good idea. Maybe a month total to find and watch the film.
Sometimes it just doesn't work out I can watch the film in time to vote, even if i hear the episode at the earliest point (monday morning, through to whenever at the weekend the votes are counted), but even then sometimes life just get's in the way of being of to see the film.
I am spoiled with access to three library systems, so I don't mind the hunt. However I'm also in NYC, so maybe it's this sort of ease that colors Devin's perspective. If I were still in Nowhere, Florida I might feel differently.
For the record, I would have paid the $9 and bought a physical copy of Lost Weekend, and then dropped it off at a thrift store after viewing. I don't like owning DVDs just due to clutter issues, so I welcomed the era of streaming with open arms.
That being said, I do like Devin's idea of making us work a little from time to time. It makes being in the Canon fandom a little more clubhouse-like. Which means I'll definitely be making s'mores while watching Lost Weekend when it's time...