lack of HD DVD in B&M stores

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  1. James L White

    James L White Supporting Actor

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    more like no HD DVD's available localy [​IMG]
    Anyone know why stores like Wal-mart sale HDTVs yet haven't really jumped onto HD DVD ?
     
  2. Archangel

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    No idea. There is one Blu-ray title (like 5 copies) at my local walmart and like 5 selections at a semi-local larger city near me.

    Best Buy, Target and Circuit City near me all have decent selections though.
     
  3. Michael TLV

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    Lots of both at my local Wally world. All the big Electronic centers have plenty of both ...

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    Not a single BD or HD disc to be found at my local Wal-mart.
     
  5. Archangel

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    Hit Walmart today and they had 4 copies of 300 on HD DVD and 4 copies each of 300, Ghost Rider and Bridge to Terabithia on Blu-ray.

    I asked in electronics how they decide what to bring in and he said they don't have any say. They just display what is sent to them.
     
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    Plenty of HD DVD and BR to be found where I am. The Wal Mart near me has had BR and HD DVD ever since I jumped on the HD formats. The Best Buy I go to currently has 2 sections full of HD DVDs and BRs on sale for $19.99 CAD. Too bad I already bought all the ones I wanted. [​IMG]
     
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    Same here. My local BB, Walmart and Fry's have a substantial selection of both formats.
     
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    My BB has an OK selection of HD and BD, but i wouldnt buy them. Way over priced! They do seem to carry mostly newer titles, not so much the older catalog titles.
     
  9. Jeff Gatie

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    I've decided that Amazon is my best bet for HD-DVD. Almost every title is at least $5 less than the sale price at Best Buy and I get 2 day shipping free with my Prime membership, so it's even cheaper.
     
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    I have been considering jumping into the HD-DVD fray here lately and a lack of local retail to buy product from does make me slightly hesitant. I am one of those people that still actually loves to go out and pick things up in a store (old-fashioned I know!). I hate wanting a movie and then having to wait a week for it to show up in my mailbox.

    I live in a very suburban area and Best Buy is about the only option for me. Circuit City to a lesser extent, but I checked them and they seemed to have a lot less selection in my local store.

    It all came to a head the other day because I decided to buy the HD-DVD/DVD combo disc for "Hot Fuzz." I was thinking that eventually I would have an HD player to watch it on and I refuse to support Wal-Mart to buy their exclusive standard dvd bonus disc (which is the only way to get all the bonus features from the R2 disc on standard dvd). The HD-DVD has all the bonus features and the DVD side would make it so I could enjoy the movie in the meantime.

    On the night of release, my Best Buy was sold out of HD-DVD copies of the movie. They even looked pretty wiped out of the regular dvd's. Then I drove to Circuit City and they didn't have any copies either. That was it. No other places to go check.

    When I went back to BB last night, they had restocked and I was able to buy it there, but I guess that even the stores carrying HD-DVDs aren't bringing in very many copies so that can make release week shopping frustrating.
     
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    Are you tracking release dates much? If you place Amazon pre-orders for new releases, I understand from both a friend and anecdotal comments here on the Forum that those often ship on Monday and, depending upon where you are, guys often get them on street date.
     
  12. Clinton McClure

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    Only 1 of 3 Wal-Mart stores in my immediate area carries HD or BR titles, and only two or three titles at that. For the B&M option, I have to shop at Best Buy or Hastings. There's a better selection of HD-DVDs at Best Buy and they're $5-7 cheaper than Hastings, but Hastings does carry the occasional used HD-DVD for $14. With Hastings basically pledging their future sole support of BR a few weeks back their HD-DVD titles have began to dwindle while the BR section grows by leaps and bounds. It is funny they do this though, because they are selling HD-DVDs at a rate of 2:1 over BR.

    The lack of HD-DVD titles doesn't necessarily worry me but I have cut back on HD-DVD purchases. My last purchase was DVE-HD and before that the Matrix set. My cutting back on buying is more of a condition of financial constraints than worrying about investing into a format which may or may not become obsolete next year.
     
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    I missed this news--might you have a link por favor?
     
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    From what I got out of this a few weeks ago, Hastings is still going to carry both formats but is leaning towards BR which is already becoming evident in my local store.
     

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