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post #3601 of 4010
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Originally Posted by NetworkTV View Post

They probably didn't have anything else available to send you...and someone else already had the only copy of "Ishtar".






Now that's funny!


Ian biggrin.gif
post #3602 of 4010
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Originally Posted by mailiang View Post

Just receive my copies of Dredd and The Bourne Legacy form Netflix. No complaints from me!



Ian biggrin.gif

Speaking of The Bourne Legacy disc, I just picked up a rental from a physical store. It's a distinct "rental" disc with generic printing (and "rental" clearly printed at the bottom). Fortunately, it has the lossless soundtrack intact. The funny part is that the extras content is unavailable even though the menu structure still lists the extras content (as if it the original menu from the retail disc). You just get a nasty message to buy the retail disc to see it, when you click on it. I guess this way is good from the standpoint that it still allows you to preview the presence of the extras content that you could see if you buy it (as a teaser) w/o actually showing you the content.
post #3603 of 4010
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Originally Posted by Mr. Hanky View Post

Speaking of The Bourne Legacy disc, I just picked up a rental from a physical store. It's a distinct "rental" disc with generic printing (and "rental" clearly printed at the bottom). Fortunately, it has the lossless soundtrack intact. The funny part is that the extras content is unavailable even though the menu structure still lists the extras content (as if it the original menu from the retail disc). You just get a nasty message to buy the retail disc to see it, when you click on it. I guess this way is good from the standpoint that it still allows you to preview the presence of the extras content that you could see if you buy it (as a teaser) w/o actually showing you the content. Otoh, you still end up with that thought in your head, "You douches!"
That's something Uiversal likes to do.


I've only bought a disc because of the extras once - and that was because I watched them on a rtental and liked them enough to buy the movie. The movie itself was one I normally wouldn't buy, but the special features were good enough to put me over the top.

I'm not going to buy a disc because of special features I haven't seen.
post #3604 of 4010
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Originally Posted by NetworkTV View Post

That's something Uiversal likes to do.



I've only bought a disc because of the extras once - and that was because I watched them on a rtental and liked them enough to buy the movie. The movie itself was one I normally wouldn't buy, but the special features were good enough to put me over the top.

I'm not going to buy a disc because of special features I haven't seen.

I would rather they leave out the special features and leave the HD audio intact than some of the other rental discs that use legacy audio instead of the advanced audio codecs. Although ideally I wish all discs were like the Dredd disc. There was only one version of this and it had the 3D and 2D version on it.
post #3605 of 4010
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Originally Posted by mailiang View Post

I use to be a stage actor and TV production assistant, and although it's been many years since those days, I still read the trades now and then. Fox TV and producers of the show have convinced AMC to revive The Killing by giving Netflix the exclusive rights to show the third season after AMC airs it late this spring. In return, Netflix will contribute to production costs. Having Emmy Award nominee Mireille Enos reprise her role as detective Sarah Linden didn't hurt. The series is currently in post production and hopefully once everything is ironed out, shooting will begin sometime in February.


Ian wink.gif
Do you know if there is an air date set yet? I tried to find if there was a set date the season premiere would air, but could not find anything.
post #3606 of 4010
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Originally Posted by DJ Matt View Post

Do you know if there is an air date set yet? I tried to find if there was a set date the season premiere would air, but could not find anything.

It's really too early to commit to an air date, but they are currently aiming for some time in May.


Ian
post #3607 of 4010
I know this will come as a big shock to some, but Taken 2 and Being Human went to the great "unknown" list. I have 13 more days before renewal comes up. Will probably just cancel and be done with them. They are sending me naff stuff that's not even on my saved list. confused.gif
post #3608 of 4010
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Originally Posted by badboi View Post

I know this will come as a big shock to some, but Taken 2 and Being Human went to the great "unknown" list. I have 13 more days before renewal comes up. Will probably just cancel and be done with them. They are sending me naff stuff that's not even on my saved list. confused.gif




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Ian biggrin.gif
post #3609 of 4010
After nearly 9 years of being a happy Blockbuster Online customer I have decided to cancel. Amongst reading a constant barrage of complaints here over the years I've managed to have good service from them, up until recently. The past two months have been quite problematic. All of a sudden I am not getting anything at all shipped to me. It may have been due to the holiday mail rush or something related but I got a grand total of 4 discs in the mail (I have 1 out at a time unlimited plan) since Thanksgiving, and nothing in the way of new releases or anything from the top of my queue. I used to get at least two a week. I started my Netflix free trial over the weekend and right away got Looper and Dark Knight Rises which were at the top of my Blockbuster queue for weeks. Also, I added my current BB queue full of medium and high demand titles to my Netflix, and none have any availability issues. Hate to jump ship after all these years but we'll see how it goes with Netflix now.

Also, I was paying $11.99 for one out at a time with BB, 2 out at a time with Netflix is same price.rolleyes.gif
post #3610 of 4010
Taken 2 and Possession are listed as unknown. So far this year they don't have any of the new releases available to rent through the mail. I am going to see what is going on because this is terrible. I am not sure how they expect to keep subscribers if they are not getting any new releases.
post #3611 of 4010
I was ready to quit this month ....then I go to my local store and get awesome service (Chris at the Westport location in Kansas City) ....hard to jump ship. I need to find him another job, then I can leave. biggrin.gif
post #3612 of 4010
Just receive this email today:

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Hello Ian,

Thanks for returning Red Tails [Blu-ray].

Write a Review
Share your opinion with millions of movie lovers! Your review will help other people decide whether they should rent this movie.
» Write a Review

Keep your Queue Full
Try to keep at least 30 titles in your Queue at all times to ensure a steady supply of DVD's to watch.
» View your Queue

Thanks,
Your friends at BLOCKBUSTER Online



I can't tell you how long ago I rented this movie!









Ian biggrin.gif
post #3613 of 4010
I have been getting e-mails from movies I returned a long time ago too. They seem to be a couple weeks behind in every category! I asked why there was several major releases from 2013 listed as unknown for availability and I was told that if a title comes up as unknown then it means all copies of that movie are shipped out already, but I find that hard to believe.
post #3614 of 4010
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Originally Posted by DJ Matt View Post

I have been getting e-mails from movies I returned a long time ago too. They seem to be a couple weeks behind in every category! I asked why there was several major releases from 2013 listed as unknown for availability and I was told that if a title comes up as unknown then it means all copies of that movie are shipped out already, but I find that hard to believe.

Any movie that becomes unavailable after it's shipped comes up on a wait status, not unknown. It's obvious that the CSR you spoke to was either a moron, or was covering for the lack of available titles that BB has been able to purchase.


Ian
post #3615 of 4010
^ ^ ^ ^

I've had that happen to me for the last couple of months. I'll have a blu ray title in my que, way before it's released. Then release day comes along and
I'll check my que the day of it's release or the day after and as expected, I see an "unknown" by the title under the availability section. I've had it say "unknown" for as long as 4 weeks before I just finally say to hell with it and just get it from NF once NF finally has it available. Which of course NF promptly ships it out within 24 hours.

Seems to me that there's just a lot of disorganization going on within BB's DVD by mail service. I agree that it shouldn't say "unknown" and should instead say "long wait" for example, but it does happen for whatever reason. Probably due to disorganization. wink.gif
post #3616 of 4010
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Originally Posted by yadfgp View Post

^ ^ ^ ^

I've had that happen to me for the last couple of months. I'll have a blu ray title in my que, way before it's released. Then release day comes along and
I'll check my que the day of it's release or the day after and as expected, I see an "unknown" by the title under the availability section. I've had it say "unknown" for as long as 4 weeks before I just finally say to hell with it and just get it from NF once NF finally has it available. Which of course NF promptly ships it out within 24 hours.

Seems to me that there's just a lot of disorganization going on within BB's DVD by mail service. I agree that it shouldn't say "unknown" and should instead say "long wait" for example, but it does happen for whatever reason. Probably due to disorganization. wink.gif


It becomes unknown because once it's released, for whatever reason, they can't get it.



Ian
post #3617 of 4010
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Originally Posted by mailiang View Post

It becomes unknown because once it's released, for whatever reason, they can't get it.



Ian

That makes sense I guess. So could that be said for popular major releases like The Dark Knight Rises? Or Taken 2 or Prometheus?

Those are just 3 of the titles I've had come up as being unknown for me when I had them in my que.

Sounds to me like when it says unknown for big releases like those, they really have no idea when they'll have copies of those available due to high demand so they'll just use the unknown moniker to cover all their bases.
post #3618 of 4010
I finally got The Dark Knight Rises this weekend. (It was worth the wait.) We'll see what next week brings.

There's a thread on the Sat Guys forum started by a guy who got a survey from the Dish site hinting that they may be closing the few remaining stores and ending the disc-by-mail service. That wouldn't be surprising, but it would be sad to see it all end, and just leaving Netflix for mail-based service.

Scott
post #3619 of 4010
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Originally Posted by srw1000 View Post

I finally got The Dark Knight Rises this weekend. (It was worth the wait.) We'll see what next week brings.

There's a thread on the Sat Guys forum started by a guy who got a survey from the Dish site hinting that they may be closing the few remaining stores and ending the disc-by-mail service. That wouldn't be surprising, but it would be sad to see it all end, and just leaving Netflix for mail-based service.

Scott

Sadly, this looks like it might be the case.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/01/blockbuster-close-300-stores/
post #3620 of 4010

I'm surprised they're still open.

post #3621 of 4010
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Dish has been struggling with the video retail chain since April 2011 when it paid $238M to take it out of bankruptcy. In Q3 — the first quarter that offered a clean comparison with the previous year — Blockbuster generated an $11.9M operating loss, down from a $3.6M profit in 2011, on revenues of $230.9M, -33.5%.

Well, it certainly looks like the strategy they've been employing is working quite well for them. rolleyes.gif
post #3622 of 4010
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Originally Posted by srw1000 View Post

I finally got The Dark Knight Rises this weekend. (It was worth the wait.) We'll see what next week brings.

There's a thread on the Sat Guys forum started by a guy who got a survey from the Dish site hinting that they may be closing the few remaining stores and ending the disc-by-mail service. That wouldn't be surprising, but it would be sad to see it all end, and just leaving Netflix for mail-based service.

Scott

The history of BB is a lesson in bad management .. take the leading rental chain in the World and in a few short years, thru shortsightedness and mismanagement, run it completely into the ground ..
post #3623 of 4010
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Originally Posted by mgkdragn View Post

The history of BB is a lesson in bad management .. take the leading rental chain in the World and in a few short years, thru shortsightedness and mismanagement, run it completely into the ground ..



Saying Yes Nodding emoticon - saying-yes-nodding-smiley-emoticon.gif
Yup.




Ian
Edited by mailiang - 1/22/13 at 9:25pm
post #3624 of 4010
Good riddance.

Just switched over to Netflix. The speed of the website is a nice upgrade in itself.
post #3625 of 4010
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Originally Posted by drewTT View Post

Good riddance.







Ian wink.gif
post #3626 of 4010
well operating the b & m stores was a loser from the getgo. nice convenience for dish subs but no way it could pencil out.
no one runs b & m dvd rental stores anymore, not even independents.

the mail service could work and be a big plus for dish subs if they only could make it operational.

with the worst website i've ever seen and never knowing what if any movie they'll send you, they've pretty much killed off any chance of being viable.
post #3627 of 4010
Won't they still have 550 stores open after they close down the 300?
post #3628 of 4010
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Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

Won't they still have 550 stores open after they close down the 300?
Which averages roughly 11 stores for evey state, with a few extra left over for NYC.

BB isn't a victim of changing times: they're a victim of not being first to innovate and too slow to react when other threats cropped up. They got cocky and killed themselves by failing to be relevent.
post #3629 of 4010
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Originally Posted by NetworkTV View Post

Which averages roughly 11 stores for evey state, with a few extra left over for NYC.

BB isn't a victim of changing times: they're a victim of not being first to innovate and too slow to react when other threats cropped up. They got cocky and killed themselves by failing to be relevent.

Exactly .. and it's sad, really .. one of the stories of the millenium on how not to run a business ..
post #3630 of 4010
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Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

Won't they still have 550 stores open after they close down the 300?


yes for a short while. the writing is on the wall
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