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post #31 of 49
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I'll admit to doing the 99-Cent store thing a few times (partly because there's one located a block from the BB where I often shop).

But I still have a small collection of DVDs which have not been released on Blu-ray yet. And I still buy new DVDs now and then (mostly at 2nd-hand or discount shops) when I run across something interesting that's not out on Blu-ray. And invariably some of those turn out to be "duds". If the 2nd-hand stores don't want the duds (which is often the case now, unless they're recent, rare, or out-of-print DVD titles), then they'll usually go towards Upgrade & Save.

If you're desperate for cheap tradeins, the garage sale/flea market suggestion doesn't sound like a bad idea. Some stores are gettin a little pickier about what they'll accept in trade though.


Edited by ADU - 7/27/13 at 11:16pm
post #32 of 49
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Originally Posted by Omni009 View Post

Today I called them up and asked if I could price match from Amazon AND use the coupon.

I've tried doin PM+U&S a couple places as well, but no luck so far. So you're doin better than me.
 

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I now own...

Batman Begins (5 bucks)
Final Fantasy : Advent Children (5 bucks, replaces my DVD)
Shawn of the Dead/Hot Fuzz combo Blu Ray (5 bucks, replaces 2 DVDs!)
Jurassic Park (8 bucks)
Gladiator (5 bucks, replaces DVD)

and trip 2 I got...

Dark Knight Rises (6.50 after PM and coupon!)
Inception (Steelbook) (5 bucks after PM and coupon!)
Serenity (5 bucks)
(I also grabbed Terminator 2 : Skynet edition off Amazon a couple days ago for 5 bucks, so I'm set for watching material!)

^ Sounds good.
 

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BTW, for those wondering about Gladiator, yes it is the remaster that they are selling. They changed all new ones they put out to the remaster, so all these that say 2010 on the back, even though they do say "2 disk set" like the old bad ones did, they are still the new ones. Also the number code on the inside of the disk itself will end in an R2. I watched it, looks stunning!

Thx for re-confirming this. I was confused by the 2-DISC SET thing as well, at first.
 

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And Jurassic Park...great audio, but is this really supposed to be this grainy? I know film grain is authentic, so maybe I'm over reacting, but it seems a bit excessive on this blu ray.

Haven't seen the actual BD, but there are several things potentially goin against a release like this PQ-wise (which is why I suggested checking out reviews/screencaps before getting any of these). 1) It's an older CG FX film, and the tech wasn't as good at that time. 2) It's encoded with the VC-1 codec, which doesn't produce as good results as some of the newer codecs. 3) Universal is known for using DNR and EE on its transfers.

The DVD of JP1 was among the worst-looking SD transfers of a major film that I've seen. I looked at the screencaps of the Blu-ray (which aren't always reliable), and it definitely looks like a step up from the SD-DVD. But the detail still looks a little weak and edge-enhanced on the BD, which could possibly be contributing to the film's grainy appearance.

Still tryin to decide whether to bite on any of these.


Edited by ADU - 7/27/13 at 7:04pm
post #33 of 49
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Originally Posted by Partyslammer View Post

...However, this go-round just in the past week it seems like most Best Buys have drastically reorganized and even further downsized their Blu-ray inventory AND have drastically cut down the number of titles that are discounted in the $10 - $15 range. The mostly older catalog titles I'd consider previously, I already have so there's nothing for me personally to choose from. Add to that, this month there's very little worthy new releases I'm after... that BB would stock. That last one during late Spring was pretty good as BB had a lot of 3D BR titles knocked down to $15 with a $5 credit so I bulked up on a lot of those. Not so this time around.

I agree with you on some of this, PS. It'd be nice if BB carried more of the Shout/Scream Factory stuff, for example. But that would also take some business away from the 2nd hand shops.

The selection of older content in the $9.99 range was a little better at BB in the first week of this U&S, before they pulled some of the 3/$14.99 stuff, steelbooks, and a few other things last weekend. There's been enough older (and some newer) stuff to keep me interested though. And sometimes I'll use U&S as an excuse to do a few blind buys as well. Any BD that's not a "keeper" will get recycled at my local 2nd hand shop, where the selection is much better (and prices tend to be higher)... So it's all good from my POV.

There's also the "Express Lane" option, if you want to try purchasing something off BB's website in-store with a U&S discount (which is not somethin I've done yet).

Fwiw, here's what I've picked up so far during the U&S and 3/$14.99 deals. Prices are after discounts, and a few of these (e.g. Cop Land) may have gone back up in price...

American Gangster $5 - My Sony S390 needs a firmware update before it will play this.
Blood Diamond $5 - Transfer is sort of variable (sometimes good, and sometimes rather soft and muddy). J. Connelly provides some nice eye-candy in this though.
Charade (2013 Universal edition) $8 - Transfer is not as good as Breakfast at Tiffany's, and somewhat variable in quality, but still pretty decent for an older film.
Cop Land (2011 edition) $5
Gladiator (2010 remastered edition) $5 - The RS classic. Very nice transfer, esp. if you don't mind the "blue & orange look".
Grease $5 - The original Travolta/ONJ musical. Transfer looks a bit soft, and on the brighter side. But color/contrast seem ok otherwise. Fun film.
House of Cards Trilogy (1990-95) $15 - The original BBC series with Ian Richardson. I enjoyed IR in this when it aired on PBS in the 90's. If you like watchin "ugly people" with bad teeth acting their socks off, then you might also dig this. Audio is only monophonic on the first part, and video is a bit on the ugly side. It looks like this was shot mostly on film, and some on video. Detail on the film sequences is pretty decent (no EE or DNR to speak of). But the video segments look a bit soft and spongy. The color palette is rather dreary overall, and heavy on browns. And the aspect ratio is hard-matted to 4:3... This is probably the best this series will ever look though. Contains some adult content btw.
Robin Hood (2010) $7 - The Ridley version. Found this in the $7.99 bin, and got BB to subtract another buck using Fry's PM (no U&S needed). This was better than I expected. And detail is pretty good on the transfer, for the most part. The film is on the darker side though (which may look a bit murky on displays with weak black levels), with a pretty limited color palette of greens and browns. Looks fine on my CRT though.
Tekken $5 - Blind buy.
Terminator 3 $5 - Transfer is pretty soft.
The Thing (1982) $5 - Knew the transfer wasn't too good on this (DNR & EE). But it'll help fill out my HD horror flicks for Oct., and should look pretty ok on my 34" CRT.
X-Men First Class $5 - Blind buy. Includes Wolverine movie money.

There are probably a few duds in there (e.g. T3), but I'm pretty happy with my choices so far. Some other stuff I'm still considering, or waiting for prices to drop on (feel free to give a thumbs up or down, if you have opinions on any of these)...

Alfred Hitchcock Essentials Collection $50 - Will probably wait for the individual releases on a couple of these, rather than getting the box.
Baraka $8
Ben Hur/Ten Commandments 2-pack $10
Braveheart $5
Cleopatra $15 - Waiting for price drop.
Creature from the Black Lagoon 2D/3D $15 - Waiting for price drop.
Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures $28 - Probably gonna pass on this, because I really only want Raiders.
Jurassic Park III $8 - Because T. Leoni & W.H. Macy bein chased by dinos is just fun!
Lawrence of Arabia $5 - Lean's classic WWI desert saga featuring Peter O'Toole, with a fabulous transfer from 65mm elements. Already own this, but might get another "backup" copy at this low price.
The Raven (2012) $10
Samsara $8
Shrek $10
Skyfall $10
Star Trek: Wrath of Khan $5
The Thieves (2012) $10
Ultimate Comic Book 5-Movie Collection $10 - Includes Conan the Barbarian, The Crow, Kick-Ass, The Punisher, The Spirit (none of which I currently own, or have seen).
X-Men Trilogy $20 - Includes Wolverine movie money. (Was $15 last week.)
Woochi: The Demon Slayer $10

Tried to get PM+U&S on a few things above, but no luck so far. CFTBL and Cleopatra are probably highest on my "oldies to-get" list, so I may bite the bullet on one of those if prices don't drop (or just pick em up at the 2nd hand shop instead). The Thieves, and Woochi: The Demon Slayer are popular Korean films, and look like they might be interesting blind buys.


Edited by ADU - 8/27/13 at 12:47pm
post #34 of 49
Has anyone tried to trade in a HD DVD?
post #35 of 49
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Editing a few posts to try to fix some IE scripting errors. Apologies for any duplicate posts that may result.

 

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1483497/cross-site-scripting-error/


Edited by ADU - 7/29/13 at 7:32pm
post #36 of 49
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A few interesting price moves, both up and down, since I last checked on Friday. Most of the X-men films (w/ Wolverine movie money) were $4.99 after U&S discount, but those have gone up to between $7.99 and $9.99 after U&S.

 

Some films that have dropped in price...

 

Disney's Cinderella $14.99

Skyfall $9.99

The Sorcerer and the White Snake (w/Jet Li) $9.99

Woochi: The Demon Slayer $9.99

 

^ All prices are after U&S discount. Cleopatra and CFTBL are still $14.99 after U&S though. frown.gif

 

The direct-to-video animated feature Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox also bows tomorrow on BD. Looks like the introductory price after U&S will be $12.99 (or $14.99 with BB's exclusive "Reverse Flash" figurine).

 

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1483571/justice-league-the-flashpoint-paradox-blu-ray-official-avsforum-review/


Edited by ADU - 7/29/13 at 8:20pm
post #37 of 49
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Originally Posted by Tracy RainH2o View Post

Has anyone tried to trade in a HD DVD?

 

I haven't, Tracy. Worth a try though.

post #38 of 49
I have traded in several hd-DVDs with no problem.
post #39 of 49
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I have traded in several hd-DVDs with no problem.

Lucky you..no luck at my store
post #40 of 49
I've been eying this offer in the weekly newspaper ads for some time now, but haven't tried it out yet and had simple question.

Do I have to purchase a Blu-ray the same day as I take my DVD in and the coupon is issued or can I use the coupon at a later date on another trip to the store?

Thanks.
post #41 of 49
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Originally Posted by Brent A View Post

I've been eying this offer in the weekly newspaper ads for some time now, but haven't tried it out yet and had simple question.

Do I have to purchase a Blu-ray the same day as I take my DVD in and the coupon is issued or can I use the coupon at a later date on another trip to the store?

Thanks.

 

You can exchange your DVD for for the $5 coupon and use it later at any BB. The coupon cannot be used after the expiration of the Upgrade and Save offer.
post #42 of 49
Got it.

Thanks.
post #43 of 49
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Originally Posted by mjmbond View Post

You can exchange your DVD for for the $5 coupon and use it later at any BB. The coupon cannot be used after the expiration of the Upgrade and Save offer.

To add to this, you can also use the $5 off coupon(s) at *any* Best Buy store, not just the one you did the trade-in at. This has come in very handy for me in the past as I literally drive by 3 different BB stores every day in my travels and their Blu-ray stock widely varies at any given time.
post #44 of 49
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Originally Posted by mjmbond View Post

You can exchange your DVD for for the $5 coupon and use it later at any BB. The coupon cannot be used after the expiration of the Upgrade and Save offer.

To add to this, you can also use the $5 off coupon(s) at *any* Best Buy store, not just the one you did the trade-in at. This has come in very handy for me in the past as I literally drive by 3 different BB stores every day in my travels and their Blu-ray stock widely varies at any given time.

 

Yes, I did mention that... And as your post implies, stocked selection does vary greatly from store to store, and I too have found making the rounds quite productive!
post #45 of 49
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Originally Posted by mjmbond View Post

stocked selection does vary greatly from store to store, and I too have found making the rounds quite productive!

Same here. Two stores in my town and as an example one only has Braveheart in the steel case for $20 and the other only has it in the regular clam shell for $10.
post #46 of 49
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Originally Posted by mjmbond View Post

Yes, I did mention that... And as your post implies, stocked selection does vary greatly from store to store, and I too have found making the rounds quite productive!
Yeah, I completely missed that in your original reply. Sorry 'bout that.
post #47 of 49
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IMO, it's easier if you have the DVD tradeins on hand when you make your Blu-ray purchases, for the following reasons...

 

1. Most stores will not honor the $5 coupons unless you ALSO have the receipt documenting your tradein. So make sure you keep the coupons and receipt together.

 

2. Some stores only issue one coupon per tradein transaction, no matter how many DVDs you trade in. If you only have one coupon with your receipt, then other stores may only give you a single $5 credit, and not honor the other tradeins on the receipt. So if you want the tradeins to carry over to other stores, make sure you get a coupon for EACH DVD traded in.

 

3. Some stores have probably already run out of the original $5 coupons, and may try to issue photocopies instead, which other stores will not honor.


Edited by ADU - 7/31/13 at 11:07am
post #48 of 49
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A couple more oldies currently on sale...

 

Das Boot $4.99

E.T. $9.99

Gone with the Wind $4.99

Jaws $9.99

Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome $4.99

The Road Warrior $4.99

Taxi Driver $5

 

Prices are after U&S discount.


Edited by ADU - 8/2/13 at 11:38pm
post #49 of 49
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Picked up a few more things with U&S this week, including the new Mad Max releases, Wrath of Khan (before the price went up), The Sorcerer & the White Snake, and Black Swan.

 

The new 2013 AVC encode of The Road Warrior with lossless audio looks pretty good. (Though it's probably worth mentioning that the color is a bit faded and degraded in appearance on this title, compared to typical Blu-ray transfers these days.) Overall it has a pretty filmic appearance, and looks quite good on my CRT. The new Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome BD is largely spoiled though by some rather heavy-handed contrast and detail enhancement, and pretty muddy-lookin color. This is also encoded with AVC, and the typical bitrates on both titles are about 30 Mbps.

 

Wrath of Khan looks a little better than the other Trek movie transfers I've seen so far. But there are times when DNR rears its ugly head on this as well. And the gamma is pretty dark for a 2.4 display (so it might benefit from a lower display gamma more in the 2.2-2.0 range). There are some very nice model and FX shots in this film though, which look pretty good despite the occasional detail-related issues.

 

The Sorcerer & the White Snake transfer is also a tad soft in places, but otherwise pretty decent... I love these little Jet Li fantasy flicks btw. They're always a bit unique and different, and usually have some very nice set pieces and visuals. And the Asian actresses in them always seem to be breath-taking beauties. (Forbidden Kingdom is another good one, with a pretty decent BD transfer.) The CGFX could probably have been a little stronger in some spots, but for the most part, the visuals, and the gals (esp. S. Huang who plays "White Snake") are pretty stunning in this.

 

Black Swan was a last minute blind-buy, so haven't looked at that yet. But I watched the new Universal edition of Charade, and the color tweaking (which tends to favor reds and blue-greens) is fairly noticeable on that, though I wouldn't describe it as especially objectionable, for the most part. Contrast is on the higher side as well, and blacks sometimes looked a bit crushed. But it was a fairly nice watch on my CRT, and probably a keeper for me cuz I don't have the buck for the Criterion ed.


Edited by ADU - 8/4/13 at 9:59pm
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