Also iron man & iron man 2 (single disc versions) $4.99 each with trade in.
Edited by dcowboy7 - 4/23/13 at 12:01pm
I haven't compared em, but the combo was just released about a year ago, so my guess is they're probably the same. The combo pack does not include the "Smilebox" edition of HTWWW btw (which was also a little disappointing to me). But you do get the "flat" restored widescreen Cinerama version, which looks pretty good (though the 2.89 AR picture is quite small on my 34" TV). The Searchers also has some amazing landscape imagery, but there were issues with the transfer on that and Wild Bunch which make it hard for me to give the set an enthusiastic thumbs up.
I haven't compared em, but the combo was just released a few months ago, so my guess is they're probably the same. The combo pack does not include the "Smilebox" edition of HTWWW btw (which was also a little disappointing to me). But you do get the "flat" restored widescreen Cinerama version, which looks pretty good (though the 2.89 AR picture is quite small on my 34" TV). The Searchers also has some amazing landscape imagery, but there were issues with the transfer on that and Wild Bunch which make it hard for me to give the set an enthusiastic thumbs up... YMMV though.
Thanks for the color ADU; I think your assesment is probably correct that these are the recently released, restored versions. At $6.99 for these three (after the $5 DVD trade coupon), it's a steal, IMHO.
FWIW, Best Buy has the following Triple Features on sale for $11.99, $6.99 after the $5 DVD trade, bringing the per disc cost to $2.33. These titles were available in my store, there may be others elsewhere.
Swordfish/Point Break/Executive Decision
Losers/RocknRolla/Shoot 'Em Up
Body Heat/L.A. Confidential/The Player
Wedding Singer/Going the Distance/Music and Lyrics
Body of Lies/Edge of Darkness/Pride & Glory
Cowboys/The Green Berets/The Searchers
Deep Blue Sea/Long Kiss Goodnight/Snakes on a Place
Training Day/John Q./The Pelican Brief
Time Traveler's Wife/P.S. I Love You/The Lake House
The Searchers/The Wild Bunch/How the West was Won
I purchased four of them, and each title is on it's own disc. I had a couple titles on BD prior to purchasing the Triple Feature, and they appear to be the exact same discs as contained in the single disc versions! Quite a deal, actually!
This isn't my experience, but I don't own them all. If you check Best Buy's disc specs online for the titles I listed, they all state "3 Discs."
The westerns are all on separate discs, as are Ferngully and The Secret of NIMH. Here are my PQ reviews on the westerns fwiw...
PQ is also rather poor at times on NIMH. But the problems on that film are more intermittent, and PQ is generally very good on Ferngully... so I stand by that combo suggestion. These animated films get pretty intense btw (esp. NIMH), and may not be suitable for younger kids, or other sensitive persons.
In addition to NIMH, there are several other animated Bluth films currently on sale at BB for $5 (with no tradein), including All Dogs Go to Heaven (1 & 2), Anastasia, The Pebble & the Pengiun, and Thumbelina.
The only other one I've seen so far on BD is Anastasia, which has some pretty nice rotoscoped animation and voicework by Cusack, Ryan, Grammer, Lloyd, Azaria, etc... Anastasia is a musical btw in 2.35 AR. There is some EE visible on the transfer, and detail is a bit soft for a scoped film, and the color tends to favor reds and browns (which is undoubtedly largely by design). But otherwise it's pretty ok. Very enjoyable little flick.
I wish Titan AE was available on BD (with a good HD transfer).
The original 1951 The Day the Earth Stood Still is $5 at BB till Sat (5/11) with a DVD tradein. Same goes for the first two American Pie films.
Haven't seen the BD of TDTESS yet, but both Ralph and Bluray.com gave it pretty good reviews, and the screen shots look decent. The Film is B&W ~1.33 AR pillarboxed btw.
The American Pie transfer is definitely on the darker side, and doesn't have great detail, but the color is ok. I'd call it average, but watchable. PQ is also kind of average on AP2, and tends to favor warmer hues.
I see what you mean Baenwort. FWIW, I purchased mine in store.
If your local BB is out-of-stock on an item, you can ask a salesperson to check availability at other nearby locations using their in-store computer inventory system (since you can't do it yourself on BB's regular website). Or you could purchase the item in-store using Express Lane, and have it shipped to your home (if it's not sold-out online). You'll need someone in customer service to help with that btw. You could also try calling BB's 800 number to see if they can locate a store near you with the item. I think those are pretty much your only options.
There are a lot of BBs in my area, and last time I checked (a couple days ago) several of them still had the TDTESS BD listed in their inventories, according to the computer system at the store nearest me.
I haven't had a chance to actually watch the film yet, but I took a quick peek last night, and I can see why it's gotten some pretty positive reviews. The PQ is somewhat variable though, as one might expect for an older SF film. Sometimes it's good, and sometimes there's too much smoothing/EE on the image. Most of the closeups looked very sharp and detailed though. And the scenes with poorer PQ tend to be more brief in duration.... That's based on a cursory look mind you. Definitely seemed to be a step up from the DVD though, which had pretty terrible clipping and EE throughout, as I recall.
Just a heads up that the DVD tradein offer at BB ends today (Sat 5/11).
My review of the $5 (w/trade) edition of Blade Runner fwiw...