Late Spring due 5/9 and still no discount from Amazon?

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  1. Rod

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    Late Spring is coming out in less than a week and Amazon still has it listed at full price. Usually we are able to pre-order at a discount this close to release. Even Deep Discount DVD has only a marginal discount. Is this the start of some new pricing policy for Criterion titles? Are they trying to pressure their distributors toward a higher price point?

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  2. PaulP

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    Late Spring appears to be some special case. All other Criterion preorders are available with a 29% discount (down 1% from the usual 30%). Lots of other titles (Buena Vista) are also on Amazon for the full MSRP.

    Weird.
     
  3. Gary Tooze

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    It was discounted very early - we noted it on Beaver.

    Best,
     
  4. Jon Martin

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    I've noticed a few recent Criterion titles not getting a discount on Amazon. METROPOLITAN was full price up to the week of it's release, so I ordered it for $10 less from Barnes and Noble.
     
  5. PaulP

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    I ordered my Late Spring from DVD Pacific.
     
  6. Jon Martin

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    Late Spring is now $27.99 at Amazon.

    And is it just me, or has Criterion done a very poor job at advertising this one. Why is it only today that I hear that one of the extras is Wim Wenders excellent Ozu documentary TOKYO GA? That film alone is worthy of a Criterion release, but to have it along with LATE SPRING??? A great set.

    I've never seen SPRING (not that I haven't wanted to, but I've never been able to find it) but will be buying it, just for TOKYO.
     
  7. PaulP

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    Jon, it's been part of the original announcement, and always part of the Special Features page of Late Spring on criterionco.com.
     
  8. Jon Martin

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    I saw that, finally.

    But there has been a lot of talk, among Wenders fans, wanting TOKYO GA on DVD. At one time, Anchor Bay was going to be releasing it. But, even Wenders doesn't know what happened (he recorded commentary tracks and supplied remastered versions of all his films to them but they haven't released them).

    It is a big enough film that I'm surprised they just had it as an extra, and not released it on its own. Sort of like if they released the doc about Herzog BURDEN OF DREAMS (which they released on its own) as an extra on another Herzog film. (And actually, now that I remember, Herzog even makes a cameo in TOKYO GA)
     

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