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The prices will come down, give it some time. DVD was not adopted overnight.

VHS tapes at one time cost as much as $80, lest we forget (that isn't even factoring in inflation).

A lot of them were $129-$139 (movies that weren't generally available to purchase in stores... made for rental).

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I have almost all of those paramount titles on HD-DVD and see no reason to replace them right now, however, what concerns me more is the still very high price and lack of other studio titles.

I enjoy B2G1's as much as every other HD media owner out there, but can't justify $27.95 for movies like Die Hard and Crank. Blu _ray prices really need to come down or the format is just going to die. Most consumers seem happy with SD-DVD and who can blame them when BR discs cost $30.00

But you're not paying $27.95 for those titles... you're paying $18.63.
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With Warner cutting blu-ray prices, it might cause other studios to cut down their prices as well.

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A lot of them were $129-$139 (movies that weren't generally available to purchase in stores... made for rental).

Right, and how much did early VCRs cost too? 700? 800? 900? Considering the current value of the dollar (compared to the 80's), blu-ray is a steal, especially considering it is immensely superior technology.

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With Warner cutting blu-ray prices, it might cause other studios to cut down their prices as well.

That's exactly what they did with sd dvd too, and yes, it did help bring prices down somewhat. Actually what it did, was in fuse the creations of the Collector's Edition's and such. Get the sigle disc barebones version for cheap, or pay more for the CE version.

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I know this $$ thing is getting off topic BUT those above posts had me thinking. It's true, I paid $1300 for my first Sony Betamax (circa 1976) and 1 hour blank tapes were $25 IF you could get them. Was I upset? No way, I was thrilled to be able to record an off-the-air movie and I would pause to cut out the commercials. I still remember my first one, Play It Again Sam with Woody Allen broadcast over ABC.

HBO hadn't been heard of in my little home town and there was just some talk of a cable company coming in. My friends were thrilled and amazed to be able to come over and watch a movie like this in the home (21" round tube color RCA TV.) It's hard to believe I get the same response even today when they come over and see the Mits HC4900 picture.

My Pioneer laserdisc player was $500 ON SALE and laserdiscs were also in the $90 price range. My first JVC Super VHs deck was $999 and amazingly enough, even though you could buy regular VHS tapes for around $4, somehow they managed to get those blank Super VHS tapes back up in the $25 bracket (I later learned to drill a hole in the case of the regular VHS tapes and be able to use them as SuperVHS; and it worked pretty well).

Just-out VHS movies were only for the rental stores, no buying Star Wars within a few months.

But...the problem is; we've grown accustomed to instant gratification and seeing first-run movies on SD DVD for relatively cheap prices. As Bluray is adopted by the masses (we hope), things will change. I think (and hope) that studios realize they can't go back to 'good-ole-days'.
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You guys are almost comparing apples to oranges. Back then, we didn't have free trade and munufacturers couldn't have players and media all made overseas for pennies on the dollar. This "home theater" thing back then was also a very niche market, where as today it's mainstream. The more product they make, the less per unit it costs. The technology back then was also new, where as now we are always building off of old technology.

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Case in point: in the Best Buy circular this week, Batman Begins was priced at $24.99, and right next to it, the SD was priced at $4.99.

actually $5.99.

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You guys are almost comparing apples to oranges. Back then, we didn't have free trade and munufacturers couldn't have players and media all made overseas for pennies on the dollar. This "home theater" thing back then was also a very niche market, where as today it's mainstream. The more product they make, the less per unit it costs. The technology back then was also new, where as now we are always building off of old technology.

I was born in '85, so I can pretty much only go off what I read. To me, it is not apples to oranges.

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The prices will come down, give it some time. DVD was not adopted overnight.

VHS tapes at one time cost as much as $80, lest we forget (that isn't even factoring in inflation).

I remember when Dances With Wolves came out and it was $89.99 for the VHS...man was that ridiculous.

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I've never used this place before but I saw this deal on another site. Godfather Restoration Blu-Ray for $64.35 (about 49% off) and get free shipping with GAMEPRO7. They charged sales tax in my state.

https://www.familyvideo.com/catalog/...ucts_id=292659
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I've never used this place before but I saw this deal on another site. Godfather Restoration Blu-Ray for $64.35 (about 49% off) and get free shipping with GAMEPRO7. They charged sales tax in my state.

https://www.familyvideo.com/catalog/...ucts_id=292659

WHOA...

More than $20 less than amazon
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They also have the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre for $8.34

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I've never used this place before but I saw this deal on another site. Godfather Restoration Blu-Ray for $64.35 (about 49% off) and get free shipping with GAMEPRO7. They charged sales tax in my state.

https://www.familyvideo.com/catalog/...ucts_id=292659

That's a pretty hot price. Best so far. Too bad I'm charged tax.

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That's a pretty hot price. Best so far. Too bad I'm charged tax.

I'm still in for 1, that's $20 less than Amazon.

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That's exactly what they did with sd dvd too, and yes, it did help bring prices down somewhat. Actually what it did, was in fuse the creations of the Collector's Edition's and such. Get the sigle disc barebones version for cheap, or pay more for the CE version.

Don't forget DVD was competing against VHS (laserdisc was a blip). BD has to compete against a higher quality product. The difference is not that obvious to most people. Price is going to be the only way to sell it.

Alot of BD's and HDDVD's that I've seen aren't worth the upgrade over regular DVD's and I drink the hi-def Kool-Aid!
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The prices will come down, give it some time. DVD was not adopted overnight.

VHS tapes at one time cost as much as $80, lest we forget (that isn't even factoring in inflation).

This is wandering off-topic... but worth noting if you are making price comparisons... There was no competition for VHS/Beta other than itself. Once VHS beat out Beta for consumer adoption, there was no other choice. Consumers either bought a VCR or they didn't.

DVD was a harder sell at first because it didn't let you record and folks who already had VCRs were happy with them... but DVD won out eventually because of other features like no rewinding and ability to jump immediately to anywhere, longer lasting media, and better picture quality.

Blu ray really only offers better picture quality over DVD... and while that is important, in order to get the better picture quality (and yes audio too) you have to upgrade your TV, audio receiver, and speaker setups to really take advantage. DVD only required a DVD player to replace the VCR. Blu ray requires you to pretty much replace everything.

So the early adopters buy into Blu ray quickly.. but mass adoption takes longer... and since Blu ray requires more other upgrades, don't expect it to happen overnight.

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Yes, this thread is wandering way off target.
I suppose this is a great indicator as to the amount of sales we are seeing.

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does that 5.99 BB batman begins SD comes with free movie ticket too
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With Warner cutting blu-ray prices, it might cause other studios to cut down their prices as well.

they cut them? they all went up at the WB store.

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Just placed my pre order for LA Confidential and Speed Racer through Warner Home Video. Looks like the code is still active so, not to shabby. Now if they could just fix their shipping....

I've been getting all my titles from them a day early or more.

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Yes, this thread is wandering way off target.
I suppose this is a great indicator as to the amount of sales we are seeing.

Did you not see the post above for the Godfather Trilogy for only $64?
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I've never used this place before but I saw this deal on another site. Godfather Restoration Blu-Ray for $64.35 (about 49% off) and get free shipping with GAMEPRO7. They charged sales tax in my state.

https://www.familyvideo.com/catalog/...ucts_id=292659

I looked up a lot of the upcoming blu-rays and all the ones I checked so far are at least $2.00 cheaper on this website compared to Amazon.
From their FAQ :
I received my order and it's missing some items. Why?
To expedite multiple-item orders, shipments may originate from different warehouses and arrive at different times. Also, bac
kordered or pre-book items (see below) usually ship separately from items currently in stock.
What is a "Pre-book" item?
A pre-book status is assigned to items available in the future. You can order these products ahead of general release, and our shipping department will coordinate delivery to try to get the item to you on its release date.

They use media mail to ship but only $1.99 per order no matter how large the order. This place may beat Amazon.

Oddly enough I just noticed their are in the same town I grew up in, Glenview, IL. Small world.
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Yeah, a lot of the prices are really good if you're just looking for single disks. I don't know anything about them, but I got my Godfather order in.
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Family Video is running all the budget titles like "Beer League" on Blu-ray for $6.84. That is the cheapest I've seen them go for.
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I have ordered from Family Video before. It was slow shipping but I did get my order and it was fine. Took about 2 weeks each time, if I recall correctly.
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Right, and how much did early VCRs cost too? 700? 800? 900? Considering the current value of the dollar (compared to the 80's), blu-ray is a steal, especially considering it is immensely superior technology.

VHS was an immensely superior technology back then too. For non AV afficionados and non-wealthy, the prices of a BR is way too high as it is. I for one cannot understand why FOX consistently charges more MSRP for titles when other studios can release for less. It sounds more like greed than anything else. And how can anyone argue against lower prices and defend the high prices charged to current titles? Just a thought.
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Did you not see the post above for the Godfather Trilogy for only $64?

I totally missed that one too.

When you guys find stuff that is a 'Hot Deal' you gotta put that stuff in Bold.
I am so watching all 3 in one day now. I'm so hardcore.

The action pack is $37
http://www.familyvideo.com/catalog/p...ucts_id=291405
I don't want the Arnie, but the rest are mine.

ST Trilogy $53
http://www.familyvideo.com/catalog/p...ucts_id=290683

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I've never used this place before but I saw this deal on another site. Godfather Restoration Blu-Ray for $64.35 (about 49% off) and get free shipping with GAMEPRO7. They charged sales tax in my state.

https://www.familyvideo.com/catalog/...ucts_id=292659

I don't know guys, I don't get why a trilogy costs so much. This just isn't a deal to me. With tax it still ends up almost $23 per movie. Usually the more of something you buy, the better a discount you should get. I try to get movies around $15 each. So to buy 3 of them at $23 in a package I just don't see how it's a great deal. And $20 more at Amazon, that's rediculous! $29 each?? Comparing it to that means nothing to me...
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I totally missed that one too.

When you guys find stuff that is a 'Hot Deal' you gotta put that stuff in Bold.
I am so watching all 3 in one day now. I'm so hardcore.

The action pack is $37
http://www.familyvideo.com/catalog/p...ucts_id=291405
I don't want the Arnie, but the rest are mine.

ST Trilogy $53
http://www.familyvideo.com/catalog/p...ucts_id=290683

I never knew their was 3 starship troopers movies until somebody here mention it a few days ago. Are the other 2 any good?

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