Originally Posted by Kannisto
There isn't much availability of used HD DVDs in Tokyo B&M stores, I know only Tsutaya in Shibuya and some "Liberty" shops in Akihabara that have small selection of them. I don't know used disc stores in Shinjuku but there might be some there as well, I don't usually spend so much time looking around there. Shibuya's Tsutaya has some unbeatable prices on some used Toshiba Ent. releases, e.g. Finding Neverland has been 980 yen there. Last time I also saw Resident Evil (Biohazard) there but it was 3600 yen (about the same I paid for it new from Amazon Japan).
Bic Camera in Halc building in Shinjuku has a reasonable HD DVD selection at 10% off MRSP (+ 10 % in store points if you have their bonus card). Yodobashi Camera shops in Shinjuku also have fairly good selection of them but at MRSP prices (+10 % points if you have their bonus card).
Try also Bic Camera in Yurakucho if you have time and in Akihabara there are a few shops: Sofmap in "main shopping street" (10% off), Ishimaru Media shops (MRSP), the biggest Yodobashi Camera shop (MRSP). Bandai HD DVDs are not available in many shops and most often at MRSP.
I've got Freedom vol.1-3 as well, hopefully can get the rest as well
Well I ended up finding a used flawless Jersey Girl at Tsutaya Shibuya for 20 bucks. I checked a few of the other Tsutaya stores and didn't find any other used discs that cheap, one of the tsutaya stores was charging 38-40 dollars for used discs like finding neverland, and they wanted 30 each for the used Band of Brothers discs. They did have Oldboy used for 20 bucks, but I didn't get it because I know it's without subtitles.
I picked up Biohazard from Ishimaru for 38, and I only found one store that had Equilibrium in stock (Yodobashi Shinjuku) so I bought it on the spot for full retail (50 bucks). I've been here for over 2 weeks now and have not seen Equilibrium again in any store. Infact I've only seen Jersey Girl in one other store and it was full retail new. I have a feeling some of these Toshiba releases will be very hard to find soon.
Also while rummaging through the Book-Off store in Ogikubo I found the FREEDOM 'Previsited' SDDVD that I've been looking for, flawless for 9.50$ used. It comes in the same size case/slipcase the HDDVDs come in, and it had the original nissin freedom tv commercials, a making of documentary and the freedom 6 minute prequel anime that is downloadable on the HDDVD. Any fan of the show should pick it up, even though there is no english subs of course.
Overall I am impressed with HDDVDs presence in Japan, even though the bluray selection in most stores was like 5-10x bigger. One of the Yodobashi stores I went into had a pretty big HDDVD toshiba setup with all the gen 3 players running on 3 different flatscreens showing movies, was cool to see.
Thanks for the advice again Kannisto