Rex Reed eviscerated Inception as a feverish, unwatchable jumble. But you know what else Christopher Nolan did? Refused to let the studio send out tapes for captioning and description. Until the movie opened, that is.

As WGBH described thrice in its newsletter:

It doesn’t happen often – and in fact we can’t recall the last time it did – but the director of the film Inception did not provide advance work materials so that we could create captions and descriptions in time for its debut today. We’ll work as fast as we can once we get the film. To be safe, and because once we caption and describe the film the data still needs to go to another company for creation of access discs for theat[re]s, we’re estimating the availability of captions and descriptions for the week of July 26. Hopefully it will be sooner.

Because obviously Nolan’s masterpiece is such a game-changer nobody outside his trusted ecosystem could possibly get an early glimpse. (Because what would happen then? Somebody might issue a Twit documenting how bad it is?)

Anybody feel like filing a human-rights complaint? I say that only half in jest.

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