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I just recently grabbed a PS3 to make sure I'd get in under the 31st deadline. I was just looking at the list for the 5 free rebate and am stumped on what to get for some of the categories. Any insight would be helpful. I guess my preferences are (in this order): good movie, good pq, good aq, features.


Category 1: The Prestiege: Wild Hogs (ugh): Pirates: Curse (already got)

Cat 2: Swordfish (got on HDDVD already) Superman (I assume this is the very 1st one? Is it any good since it's really my only choice?) Full Metal Jacket (already got it on HDDVD)

Cat3: Stir of Echoes: American Psycho: Devil's Rejects (No clue for this category although my inclination would be towards Psycho or Rejects)

Cat4: Patriot: SWAT: Ultraviolet (I assume the Patriot is the best option here for both movie and picture quality, but correct me if I'm wrong)

Cat5: Chain Reaction: Omen 666 (same as The Omen I think?) Flight of the Phoenix: Hart's War: The Last Waltz (Another category I have no clue for as none of these really interest me, suggestions?)


While I'm at it, the B2G1 rebate as well. I got Superbad and Casino Royale. The only other decent seeming movies on there are Lives of Others and Reign Over Me.... is either one of those the superior choice to the other (I don't mind foreign languages)?
 

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I guess my quick answer to your question is: Why would they give away the movies they are most likely to sell? Most people see free stuff and think "cool, free stuff" without judging the quality of it. I think that's what they are banking on with it. Granted, I'd say categories 1, 2, and possibly 4 have decent choices. I think categories 3 and 5 are terrible though with the B2G1 rebate being not much better (since almost everyone will purchase the 2 movies I purchased from that list).
 

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When picking from a category where they all suck (like 3 and 5), I'd recommend buying whichever one has the highest selling price on eBay... and then listing it for sale on eBay (or on the AVS forum selling area). If you aren't going to watch the movie anyway, might as well pick up a few bucks for it.
 

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Alright, thanks for the input guys. Seems as though Stir is the choice for 3 and I guess Chain Reaction (since I've seen the othe suggestion, Hart's War, and really didn't like it).

I'd rather keep the movies than sell them because A) It's not worth the trouble for the $10-$20 I'd get and B) It's always nice to have a few more in your collection.

As for the question of why give away the good stuff, I stand by what I said. Perhaps if the rebates were faster, giving away the good stuff would work in the way you suggest JS, but considering the long lead time I would argue that it would be counterintuitive. It tends to be the big, new blockbuster movies that people want and that have the better PQ (obviously there are exceptions to this). These are movies people are buying into the format for. They are going to get them whether you give them to them or not. Might as well let them pay for them and still appreciate the high quality. In addition, since most people are buying in for these movies, they don't really want to wait 2-3 months to get them, they want them now. And as a producer of the product with the intent of encouraging them to buy more of said product because they are impressed with it, you want that consumer to have those things now. Thus, with the situation as it is now, the producer (in this case the BDA) is in a win-win situation. People are buying the top looking movies (so they get profit), being impressed by them now, and going and buying new movies now (as opposed to 2-3 months down the road when their rebate comes in). At the same time, you are triggering that "Oooo, free stuff" mentality when people see the "5 Free Movies Rebate" sticker on the shelf. My bet is that most people see that and it is simply a way of convincing themselves that it is now a little more worth it without taking huge stock in the selection available. Since it is simply the sticker on the box (or the ad, whatever) to trigger that mindset, it really doesn't matter what the movies are to the producer of the product. Therefore, they might as well throw the junk their way (but let the 1st category appear decent when people do the quick scan!
). Win-win for the supplier.
 

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Devil's Rejects and Flight of the Phoenix. All the movies in category 3 are on the violent side but Rejects has an ok soundtrack and hey even Ebert liked it. I just watched Flight of the Phoenix on DVD recently and I enjoyed the movie more than when I first bought it when it was released, just waiting for the Blu-ray release to be included in a sale again and I'll gladly upgrade.




For the B2G1F I would take Reign Over Me, Lives of Others was boring.
 

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Originally Posted by Averhoeven /forum/post/12952295


Cat 2: Swordfish (got on HDDVD already) Superman (I assume this is the very 1st one? Is it any good since it's really my only choice?) Full Metal Jacket (already got it on HDDVD)

yes superman is good... the movie itself and the transfer (though some scenes are soft but that's just the source material)
 

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Good luck getting the free movies. I have twice sent in the proper paperwork and Sony has sent it back twice claiming I did not enclose the proper forms.


I am about to contact my states attorney general and I would urge others to do the same.
 

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I just noticed that there were additional posts in here. Thanks for the tips, but the forms were sent off a while ago. I guess it may still help to add stuff for other people though, even if the whole thing is over.
 
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