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post #301 of 480 Old 03-18-2013, 05:23 PM
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Mainly older music/concert/documentaries that haven't made their way to blu-ray or most likely never will.
Ah ha! So I'm not the only one!
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I don't think Blu-rays are too expensive. There's a lot of price variation though. Popular new releases like Skyfall are street priced very reasonable and in line with what DVD was back in 2004. The main difference is that it's a much better value because you get not only the Blu-ray but the DVD and UV/DC. I can't see why anyone would complain it's too high. Also catalog movies from major studios are on the whole very reasonably priced and there are lots of bargains too. Again, no reason to complain about that either

Less popular new releases, both new movies and theatrical catalog can be pricey though, and may in fact be a little too high.
Hard to figure out pricing strategy for different retailers. I just checked Amazon and the following movies are priced at , The Hobbit $25.99 (under $20 at Wal-Mart), Rise of the Guardians $29.99 (under $20 at Wal-Mart), Life of Pi $22.99, Zero Dark 30 $22.99, Lincoln $26.99.
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One of the reasons I was upset with Circuit City closing was they used to balance the pricing with Best Buy. I would always shop at the lowest price.
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One of the reasons I was upset with Circuit City closing was they used to balance the pricing with Best Buy. I would always shop at the lowest price.
There's always price matching.
I've never had an issue having BB PM Target, Walmart, Frys or Amazon.
I do my PMing at the customer service desk.

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There's always price matching.
I've never had an issue having BB PM Target, Walmart, Frys or Amazon.
I do my PMing at the customer service desk.

Youre talking about right now. im talking about the circuit city era (pre 2009). Target didnt have a price matching policy back then, and Best Buy only price matched "printed ads". At one point frys was the exception and excluded to the printed ad price match. Back then BB and circuit city really just sniped each other.

Best buy recently just started to price match frys and newegg as well. I just helped my relative price match a $150 printer for $78. Everyone is getting cutthroat now. biggrin.gif
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Youre talking about right now. im talking about the circuit city era (pre 2009). Target didnt have a price matching policy back then, and Best Buy only price matched "printed ads". At one point frys was the exception and excluded to the printed ad price match. Back then BB and circuit city really just sniped each other.

Best buy recently just started to price match frys and newegg as well. I just helped my relative price match a $150 printer for $78. Everyone is getting cutthroat now. biggrin.gif
They price match pretty much every legit online vendor now.
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Does anyone here buy a normal DVD anymore?

Rom-coms for my wife and movies for the kids - plus some older documentaries and concert DVDs.

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Does anyone here buy a normal DVD anymore?

Absolutely. BD tends to focus on blockbusters and a small percentage of catalog titles. There is still so much on DVD that is not and probably never will be on BD.
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Absolutely. BD tends to focus on blockbusters and a small percentage of catalog titles. There is still so much on DVD that is not and probably never will be on BD.
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Because the studios know that the lesser known titles will not sell on blu-ray. Its all about $$$$
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Because the studios know that the lesser known titles will not sell on blu-ray. Its all about $$$$
Well that stinks because most movies I love aren't the new ones. It's the older ones. I'm huge on HD. But some movies I just got to have!
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I'm surprised this thread is still going... I thought it was decided that Blu Ray discs are pretty cheap.

I mean we'll never see $10 or $20 MSRPs until Blu Ray has been superseded.

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Because the studios know that the lesser known titles will not sell on blu-ray. Its all about $$$$

One reason cataloge titles don't sell as well is that most people don't even know they're available. Unless you follow weekly-release lists, you'd never know. Almost no advertising, not carried at Best Buy, Blockbuster/Netflix (for the most part), Redbox, etc. etc. For example, on the WILLOW thread, one person mentioned that he had no idea a BD edition of the film was even out. It was only due to seeing Ralph Potts' review that he found out. For those who don't regularly read Internet BD review sites, the titles may as well not even exist.

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Because the studios know that the lesser known titles will not sell on blu-ray. Its all about $$$$

Of couse it's all about money... I assume you have a 401K... Isn't it, too, all about money?

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Does anyone here buy a normal DVD anymore?

No, I only buy Blu-rays. But I do rent DVDs.
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No, I only buy Blu-rays. But I do rent DVDs.
Where the heck can you even rent em?
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Where the heck can you even rent em?

Redbox, Netflix, and Blockbuster

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BDs are relatively newer at redbox, and cost more to rent than DVDs.
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BDs are relatively newer at redbox, and cost more to rent than DVDs.
.50 cents though. That isn't bad IMO.
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Where the heck can you even rent em?

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Redbox, Netflix, and Blockbuster

And my local video store, which is about 1.5 mn away from my home smile.gif They still have much less Blu-rays than dvds for rent, so I often end up renting dvds... I rent quite a few french films as well, and these are often not even available on Blu-ray so... But when I buy, it's always Blu-ray now.
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Besides redbox. I haven't seen a single store that you can rent DVDs from in a very long time.
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^^ There's plenty of rental stores in my city, including small mom and pop shops. I've even seen a few Blockbuster stores that have survived as well, though they are fading fast. You must live in the boonies. tongue.gif
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^^ There's plenty of rental stores in my city, including small mom and pop shops. I've even seen a few Blockbuster stores that have survived as well, though they are fading fast. You must live in the boonies. tongue.gif

Indeed I do.
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I do wish they had kept the LD disc size and packaging for DVD eek.gif
Why would you want all that bulk and weight if it's not needed? What's so fascinating about a 12 inch diameter?
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That's what she said!
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Why would you want all that bulk and weight if it's not needed? What's so fascinating about a 12 inch diameter?

They were classy...and sometimes even autographed by the director (i.e PHANTASM, THE SHOOT HORSES DON'T THEY, etc.) and often came with cool stiff like posters, lobby cards, barf bags, and other stuff.

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They were classy...and sometimes even autographed by the director (i.e PHANTASM, THE SHOOT HORSES DON'T THEY, etc.) and often came with cool stiff like posters, lobby cards, barf bags, and other stuff.

That's what the Big Box o' Swag editions are for. You can get your Casablanca coasters, and the rest of us can just get the movie...
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Here's an interesting question. What's the most anyone's spent on a blu ray and why? This includes box sets and special edition versions.
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Here's an interesting question. What's the most anyone's spent on a blu ray and why? This includes box sets and special edition versions.

WATCHMEN Ultimate Cut (original release). It was a limited run and had the best packaging since the laserdisc days. (And even that was only $35.00!)

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Star Trek Season #1. $39.99
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Here's an interesting question. What's the most anyone's spent on a blu ray and why? This includes box sets and special edition versions.

Probably the $80 w/shipping a title for the dozen or so Japanese imports of various Toho Godzilla films when they came out on BR a few years ago. Although the 3 Pink Floyd Immersion box sets included Blu-rays and I paid well over $100 an album for those when they first streeted.
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