Many consider Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged to be an epic tome that perfectly lays out the author’s philosophical ideal: a society in which the importance is placed on the self as opposed to the needs of a collective society. I think of it as The Fountainhead, only longer and about trains instead of architecture. Rand is popular among college students and Libertarians, and is much derided by English majors who read novels in which the themes are not explained so explicitly by the authors. But people who make movies seemed to like it enough, which is why the first part of a planned trilogy was released on DVD this month. The only issue? The blurb on the back of the book includes some misleading information about Rand’s philosophy.
According to the official Atlas Shrugged Movie blog, the copy on the back of the film’s DVD and Blu-Ray packaging reads, "AYN RAND’s timeless novel of courage and self-sacrifice comes to life…," which is obviously the complete opposite of what the book is about. It’s quite a fiasco for Atlas Productions LLC, the film’s production company. Atlas Productions CEO Harmon Kaslow joked, "To those that purchased the flawed cover, congratulations are in order. You’ve inadvertently got yourself a real collector’s item there." Those who bought the DVD should also be reminded that they have terrible taste, as the film was nearly universally panned when it was released in April of this year.
Tea Party enthusiasts who bought the DVD (despite the fact that Ayn Rand was a staunch atheist who pushed that agenda in her books, a concept that sort of goes against many of those Tea Partiers’ ideals) will have a chance to get a new cover for their movie by visiting this website. And they’ll be happy to know that the second part of the adaptation is headed to theaters next year. This train wreck cannot be stopped! (Get it? It’s about trains.)