Originally Posted by TimV
Is anyone else a little put off by the price of this release?
Even if you get it from Amazon with the 5% discount, it's still $82.60. That works out to around $27.50 per movie, or $41.30 if you only count the good ones (I & II).
Don't get me wrong, these are great movies but I'm really not sure I'll actually watch them very often. This one feels like it should cost about $15 less IMHO. Maybe it will go down in price like Kill Bill.
I'm put off by it, even though I can see the justification for a premium price in this case. But, the dvd set lists for $73 which already is a premium price. Then why does the BD set list for $120? The answer is of course the Fox strategy, gouge the early adopter. This set is yet another I'd like to have, but I don't mind waiting until Amazon has a blowout like the one they had last year.
The studios are making a mistake with BD pricing. First, for those of us who have been around through tape, laser disc and dvd, we've seen this cycle many times. This set will be under $50, street price, either late this year or next year. Having been burned as an early adopter in the past has caused me to become far more patient. If you can't wait, rent it. You'll more than recoup the rental cost.
The other, and far more serious point, is excessive pricing is keeping BD from becoming mainsteam. $80 or so for this set is a hard sell when you can pick up the orginal dvd set on Ebay for $15. People like us appreciate the difference, but we don't have enough scale to push this format past dvd. Until the software pricing is roughly comparable, BD will never get past niche status. People are used to paying about $15 for a blockbuster title on dvd at Walmart. Sure, BD is much better, but the difference really comes into play with larger screens. On a 42" set the difference isn't really significant unless you sit pretty close. So, will the typical shopper with a 42" lcd pay $25 for a BD or $15 for the dvd?
DVD's are so cheap right now the vast majority of consumers are simply not being tempted to move to BD. There is no legitimate reason why this set should not be the same price on DVD and BD, absolutely none. An arguement can be made that people paying the BD premium are simply encouraging the studios to keep a two tiered approach. One for the masses and one for videophiles. I don't want to give them an incentive to charge me more and neither should you.