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John Carter (2D) is $15 with trade-in this week.

 

Haven't seen it yet. Is it worth it?


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Heavy Metal is $5 with trade. That's a steal in my book.

 

The BD xfer is on the grainy side, but has better color, contrast and detail than the DVD edition.  


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Several 3D titles have been reduced to $15+tradein this week as well, including the following...

 

Clash of the Titans

Conan the Barbarian (2011)

Glee Live!

Green Lantern

How To Train Your Dragon

Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)

Kung Fu Panda 2

Legend of the Guardians

Meet the Robinsons

Megamind

Monsters v. Aliens

Polar Express

Puss in Boots

Rio

Shrek 1-4

The Three Musketeers


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I assume that this promotion has ended?

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No, I did some trading today and reconfirmed it ends 8-11.

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Heavy Metal is $5 with trade. That's a steal in my book.

The BD xfer is on the grainy side, but has better color, contrast and detail than the DVD edition.  

The digitally remastered collector series DVD?

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I assume that this promotion has ended?

 

There was a similar promotion involving mobile phones which ended on 7-21. But I believe (as GM mentioned above) the $5 DVD tradein offer runs until 8-11. I had no problems trading some DVDs on Saturday (7-28).

 

It looks like all the 3D titles above are still $15 with DVD tradein. John Carter (2D) went back up though. There are still some fairly decent titles available for $5 with tradein as well, including MI4 and Clash of the Titans (2010).


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The digitally remastered collector series DVD?
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I was actually comparing the Heavy Metal BD to my old 2003 Superbit edition.

 

I wasn't aware that there was a remastered DVD released after that, so I can't really comment on how the BD might compare with that. The BD was a fairly significant upgrade from my 2003 Superbit DVD though.


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Didn't know there was a Superbit version. Frankly, the one SB movie I have [Lawrence of Arabia] is so marginally better than the DVD on a calibrated 65" RPTV that I didn't waste any more $$$ on them.

From just reading some reviews, it appears that the BD may be the 2008 remastered one. Regardless, I'm satisfied enough with the DVD as it looks as good as I remember it at the movies: http://www.amazon.com/Heavy-Metal-Collectors-Richard-Romanus/dp/0767836316/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1343793467&sr=1-1&keywords=heavy+metal

Sure wish my store had more to choose from though, especially $9.99-14.99 ones. I've still got a big box full of < $5 BB rentals plus some gift and $1 yard sale DVDs I don't mind parting with.

BTW, how do you find out about these sales? I can't even find it on their website.

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BTW, how do you find out about these sales? I can't even find it on their website.
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It was in their Sunday newspaper ads, and was on the website for a while.
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Ah! I long ago quit wasting my meager disposable income on our local 'fish wrapper' and to date, I've subscribed to BB's email updates seven confirmed times since Thanksgiving 2010, but yet to receive a single one, so had I not stumbled upon this forum.........

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Didn't know there was a Superbit version. Frankly, the one SB movie I have [Lawrence of Arabia] is so marginally better than the DVD on a calibrated 65" RPTV that I didn't waste any more $$$ on them.
 

 

I have the Lawrence Superbit as well, and used to own a few others (Underworld, Starship Troopers...). I think alot of folks got the SBs for the DTS tracks, rather than the higher bitrates. There is a difference in the image quality though, and it's most noticeable in action scenes where there's alot of movement and you're more likely to see compression artifacts/macroblocking on the lower-bitrate recordings. I could definitely see a difference in some of the action scenes in Underworld, even on my comparitively smaller HD screens.

 

Most of the SBs are probably obsolete though since the arrival of Blu-ray.

 

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Regardless, I'm satisfied enough with the DVD as it looks as good as I remember it at the movies:

 

Fair enough. The 2008 CE DVD of Heavy Metal could well be from the same xfer as the BD edition. The BD looks pretty damn good to me though, and I would strongly recommend it to fans of the film, especially at the current $5 price (with tradein). The BD xfer is on the grainy side (which could be somewhat distracting for some folks), and detail could maybe be a tad sharper/better-defined, but they nailed the color and contrast on this edition IMO. And the upsides on the disc far outway the minor issues in it's PQ.

 

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Sure wish my store had more to choose from though, especially $9.99-14.99 ones.

 

Agreed. The selection is pretty abysmal at BB. They only stock new releases, and older titles which are still good movers/money-makers for them. Fortunately, I also have access to a really good second-hand store which has a much better selection to choose from, and they're usually happy to take any gently-used BDs (or DVDS) I don't want for credit at their store.

 

I think discs are on the way out though. Streaming seems to be the wave of the future.

 

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BTW, how do you find out about these sales? I can't even find it on their website.
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I found out right here. wink.gif


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It is possible to use the DVD tradein credits towards the purchase of Blu-rays which are available on BB's website, but not in the store btw. When I first inquired about this, I was told no. But I spoke to a customer service agent at my local blue&yellow, and they said it could be done with their in-store ordering system (called Express Lane), using an override. 


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Interesting, I was told there's no way to override the system, a real bummer since most of the BDs I want to upgrade to are only on-line. Heck, just swapping out the MI 4 2 disc BD for the BB 3 disc exclusive was a minor nightmare. Regardless, thanks, I'll mention this, but not going to get my hopes up as my store seems mostly interested in upgrading phone, big screens, pay TV, etc..

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Hmm, went back to the website to review the list I gave them to see if any prices had changed and in each case the BD isn't available for store pick-up, so guess this is the reason they said no.

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Just picked up the newly-released "Total Recall: Mind-Bending Edition" Blu-ray for $4.99 + tax after DVD trade-in.

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http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Total+Recall%3A+Mind-Bending+Edition+-+Subtitle+AC3+Dts+-+Blu-ray+Disc/5690973.p;jsessionid=BF6595EAF7FCCE7C72202BE13C5B1FC1.bbolsp-app06-37?id=2486193

FYI, there is also another repackaged issue of the old "Total Recall" Blu-ray (with not-so-good transfer) available, which has Movie Cash good for up to $7.50 towards the purchase of a ticket to see "The Expendables 2". This item is also $4.99 + tax after DVD trade-in.

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One more day on this. Anybody else get some good deals?

Hmmm, I wonder what they do with the dvd's????
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Yeah, they had the old one out with all the other 'on sale' BDs, but found a lone copy of the 'Mind Bending' edition misfiled in the regular BD racks, so snatched it up; but the 'prize' from this sale for me was the 'To Catch A Thief' BD. It's PQ/SQ of course is not as good as my memory of it when I first saw it in '56, but makes the remastered DVD look like a bad VHS copy.

Now if they will just do 'Rear Window'........

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I asked about that and the lady wisecracked that they probably sold them either to Amazon or on ebay. Mostly she was p****d off that she couldn't buy any of them since me and others had traded in several she'd been looking for at the 'right' price.

AFA good deals, other than those me nad others have already listed, I picked up Moon, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The Professional, Ben Hur, Das Boot, 2 disc Sin City, and the triple feature Twister/Poseidon/Perfect Storm.

Still got [25] DVDs and a 'wish list' to use them all up, but none available in store or for store pick-up, so guess I'm done.

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