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#1 of 56 ONLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted January 08 2005 - 04:00 PM

There are secrets in every corner of this village. Do you not feel it? Do you not see it?
–Joaquin Phoenix as Lucius Hunt (The Village – 2004)
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[c]The Weekly RoundUp[/c]
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_____________TITLE___________ _ _Amazon _ BestBuy _ CrcCity _ Target_ _ Costco_
Alice Thru the Looking Glass_ $17.98 __ $15.99 __ $15.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
Buried Secret of M. Night…_ _ $20.99 __ $21.99 __ $24.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
Cleopatra (2003)___________ _ $10.49 __ $12.99 __ $12.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
Confessions/American Girl__ _ $23.38 __ $24.99 __ $19.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
DisneyCartoons V.1-Mickey__ _ $10.49 __ $_9.99 __ $12.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
DisneyCartoons V.2-Donald__ _ $10.49 __ $_9.99 __ $12.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
DisneyCartoons V.3-Goofy___ _ $10.49 __ $_9.99 __ $12.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
DisneyCartoons V.4-Chip/Dale_ $10.49 __ $_9.99 __ $12.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
Dora Explorer/Catch...Stars _ $15.29 __ $12.99 __ $12.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
Everyday People____________ _ $22.12 __ $24.99 __ $19.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
Evil Remains_______________ _ $25.18 __ $20.99 __ $22.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
Fifth Element UE___________ _ $18.72 __ $15.99 __ $15.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
Fighting Elegy (CC)________ _ $20.96 __ $24.99 __ $22.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
Gas________________________ _ $16.38 __ $14.99 __ $15.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
Ghost in the Shell SE______ _ $24.49 __ $24.99 __ $29.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
Gilligan’s Island: Season 2 _ $27.99 __ $29.99 __ $34.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
Great White Hope___________ _ $12.28 __ $12.99 __ $12.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
Hercules Leg. Journeys: S5_ _ $48.99 __ $44.99 __ $69.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
Hunter: Season 1___________ _ $27.99 __ $34.99 __ $22.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
Ivanhoe____________________ _ $17.97 __ $14.99 __ $15.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
King (1978 Miniseries)_____ _ $17.38 __ $14.99 __ $15.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
King Solomon’s Mines (1950) _ $14.98 __ $14.99 __ $15.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
Land Before Time XI________ _ $13.99 __ $14.99 __ $14.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
Leon Professional/Deluxe Ed._ $18.72 __ $17.99 __ $16.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
The Letter_________________ _ $17.97 __ $14.99 __ $15.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
Lil’ Pimp__________________ _ $13.99 __ $14.99 __ $15.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
MI-5: Volume 2_____________ _ $55.99 __ $67.99 __ $59.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
Monk: Season 2_____________ _ $41.99 __ $43.99 __ $34.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $34.99 __
Oscar & Lucinda____________ _ $_9.98 __ $_8.99 __ $_9.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
Paparazzi (2004)___________ _ $19.59 __ $19.99 __ $17.99 __ $15.99 __ $_N/A_ __
Random Harvest_____________ _ $14.98 __ $14.99 __ $15.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
Shining Through____________ _ $_9.98 __ $_8.99 __ $_9.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
Silver City________________ _ $22.46 __ $19.99 __ $24.97 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
This Girl’s Life ®_______ _ $17.49 __ $15.99 __ $19.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
This Girl’s Life (NR)______ _ $22.49 __ $19.99 __ $19.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
Touch of Pink______________ _ $22.46 __ $19.99 __ $24.97 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
**The Village______________ _ $20.99 __ $15.99 __ $14.99 __ $15.99 __ $18.99 __
Wiseguy: Set 4_____________ _ $41.99 __ $26.99 __ $34.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
**Without A Paddle_________ _ $22.46 __ $17.99 __ $15.99 __ $15.99 __ $18.49 __
The Young Visiters_________ _ $17.38 __ $14.99 __ $15.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
Youth of the Beast (CC)____ _ $20.96 __ $24.99 __ $22.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
Zolar: Extreme Sports Movie _ $13.46 __ $12.99 __ $12.99 __ $_N/A_ __ $_N/A_ __
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(CC) listed after a title in the above grid = new Criterion Collection release.

Standard disclaimer: All prices are taken from the websites of each chain, or from their printed advertisements, the Sunday of the week of release (so as to catch any week-of-release sale prices). All prices are subject to change by each chain. Prices and inventory in-store may or may not match the website price. If a price is marked "$_N/A_" in the grid, it means that this title is not shown as available on that chain's website or perhaps in their ads...but it COULD still be in-stores!

$_"LP" means the advertisement says "Low Price", and $_"HP" means the advertisement says "Hot Price". Use of either of these in the Roundup grid indicates that I could not locate a definite price for the item, and the ad is all I have to go on. Retailers use these phrases in advertisements so that they do not violate MAP (Minimum Advertised Price) agreements with the studios. Doing so can cost them thousands or even millions of dollars in co-op advertising funds.

I only include the titles I feel like including (or the ones Dave tells me he's looking for ;o)). In fact, the titles are pretty much the ones I'm personally interested in, with few exceptions. I don't get paid for this, and I don't have time to devote to doing every DVD. So, please don't complain. If there is a title not included in the Roundup that you want to see, just look it up yourself, and be nice enough to post and share the results with everyone...like Dave & I do!

Note that Circuit City does not guarantee their sale prices in Hawaii. Also note that I cannot include Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club prices in the standard Roundup: they set prices at individual stores based on nearby competition, so there is not a way I can say here what price you'll find at YOUR local Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club location. When it comes to Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club prices mentioned at all, just remember that "Your Mileage May Vary".


**BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL! The Village AND Without A Paddle are available in both OAR and MAR versions...get the correct one. Also, This Girl’s Life is available in two differently-rated versions R and NR…get the one that’s right for you.

--Amazon is still featuring free shipping on orders over $25. Restrictions apply.

--Best Buy is offering a deal on the joint purchase of The Village ($15.99) and The Sixth Sense ($14.99). Get the 2 for $25. $16 + $15 = $31. $31 - $25 = $6 savings.

--Best Buy is also advertising a foam can cooler “on-pack” with purchases of Without A Paddle. Minimum 50 per store. No rainchecks.

--Best Buy is also promoting an “Exclusive Bonus” on its copies of Hercules: Season 5. “Interviews with cast and crew”.

--And, Best Buy is advertising a FREE exclusive DVD buyer’s guide at its stores. Pick up your complimentary copy in our movie department to help complete your movie collection. Includes something for every DVD fan in the family. In store only. Minimum 25 per store. No rainchecks. I’m not sure if this is a magazine, pamphlet, or promotional DVD.

--At Circuit City, if you buy The Village ($14.99), you are eligible to save 10% on these DVDs: Signs, The Sixth Sense, and Unbreakable.

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The latest markdowns according to DavisDVD:

EFFECTIVE: January 11, 2005 (Studio/Titles/New SRP)

None to report.

There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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#2 of 56 ONLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted January 08 2005 - 04:03 PM

Thanks to everyone for your support.

Special thanks to Patrick Sun. A dial-up modem, Patrick? 20-kajillion+ HTF posts.....all with a dial-up modem? You must be some kind of super-hero or something!

And how come Dave Lambert only pops his head in here while I'm away, anyway? A guy could get a complex! Posted Image

Seriously, though, thanks for understanding. You guys all seemed to pitch in quite nicely during my absence...and I've got some DVD buying to catch up on!

There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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Posted January 08 2005 - 04:13 PM

(The dial-up situation was from visiting my parents during the holidays, I have high speed at my house).

Circuit City on sale DVD items:

$14.99:
Invasion of the Tinysauruses

$6.99 each:
The Enforcer
Heist
Majestic
Deep Blue Sea
An Officer and a Gentleman
Wayne's World
Once Upon a Time in the West <== nice deal
Ghost
Showtime
Save the Last Dance
Orange County
Ace Ventura Pet Detective

$17.99 each:
Troy
Anchorman
Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
Resident Evil Apocalypse
Open Water
Dodgeball

$19.99 each:
King Arthur
Little Black Book
Collateral
I, Robot

30% off these box sets (sale price listed):
Family Guy Vol 1 - $27.99
Arrested Development Season 1 - $24.49
In Living Color Season 1 - $24.49
That 70's Show Season 1 - $27.99
Futurama Vol. 1 - $20.99
24 Season 1 - $32.19
Buffy Season 1 - $20.99

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Best Buy on sale DVD items

$15.99:
Spider-man 2

$17.99 each
The Lion King
The Lion King 1 1/2
The Lion King 2

$14.99:
Invasion of the Tinysauruses

$24.99 each:
Samurai Champloo (CD soundtrack on-pack)
Ghost in the Shell

$9.99 each:
Classic Cartoon Favorites: Donald
Classic Cartoon Favorites: Mickey
Classic Cartoon Favorites: Chip and Dale
Classic Cartoon Favorites: Goofy

$19.99 each:
Troy
Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle

$7.49 each:
A League of their Own
First Knight
Air Force One
U-Turn
As Good as It Gets
Gattaca
The Replacement Killers
The Quick and the Dead
Sniper
Stripes
Stepmom
Silverado
Cruel Intentions
A River Runs Through It
Easy Rider
Jumanji
Legends of the Fall
Donnie Brasco
The Natural
A Few Good Men
I Know What You Did Last Summer
The Muppets Take Manhattan
Booty Call
Panic Room
The New Guy
Joe Dirt
The Brothers
Girl, Interrupted
Saving Silverman
The Wedding Planner
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Posted January 08 2005 - 04:26 PM

Welcome back, Mike and Happy New Year. Thanks, as always, for the hard work (you too, Patrick).

Just Without a Paddle this week.

#5 of 56 OFFLINE   Jeff Meyers

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Posted January 08 2005 - 04:40 PM

Ditto Scott's sentiments to both Mike & Patrick.

Definitely: The Village and Fifth Element UE for me this week.
Considering: Without a Paddle as a blind buy.

#6 of 56 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted January 08 2005 - 04:52 PM

Welcome back Mike and thanks for the roundup.

Definite purchases:

Monk Season 2
Random Harvest
Ice Station Zebra
Disney Cartoons (Chip & Dale) - this would seem to include a number that may not come out in the Treasures for quite a while.

Possible:

The Fifth Element - I'm reading conflicting reports about whether this is the same transfer or an improved one, so I'll wait for more reviews. If the transfer is improved I'll rebuy this, otherwise I'll stick with what I have.

Would have:

Wiseguy - I haven't heard anything about musical replacements in this set, but considering they did so with the previous sets, I have no reason to risk buying this. Besides, since I can't have the first sets due to the music issues, I've pretty much lost interest in acquiring this on dvd at all, though if they ever do redo season 1 with the music intact (maybe on HD-dvd or Blu-Ray), then I'd definitely buy it.
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Posted January 08 2005 - 04:54 PM

I have yet to be sold on The Village. I missed it in the theaters, and I have yet to hear of anyone who liked it.

Maybes on Fifth Element, Leon and Ghost in the Shell, those'd all be double dips.

SMokin deal on Wiseguy from Best Buy. Beats an online special I got a month ago.

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Posted January 08 2005 - 05:16 PM

The Fifth Element,Leon,The Village,and Without A Paddle for me.

Thanks Mike.I hope you enjoyed your break. Posted Image

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Posted January 08 2005 - 05:41 PM

Welcome back Mike, for a minute there I thought you fall off the planet or something. Posted Image Anyway, I would had got Fifth Element and Village, but a commitment to a ebay auction (not releated to dvds) will drain me of my weekly money. So I have to get them down the road.

P.S. I bet my brother wlil laugh when he hears the price of Ghost in a Shell SE. He found it two weeks ago at a certain store near here for....22 dollars! He gets the movie sooner AND cheaper. Posted Image
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#10 of 56 OFFLINE   josh4040

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Posted January 08 2005 - 06:11 PM

Pat the village was probably my favorite movie of '04 I will definitely pick it up along with an old fav shining through.

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Posted January 08 2005 - 06:16 PM

Anyone seen King Solomon's Mines? Wondering if it would be a good blind buy. I like me them classic movies. Posted Image

Other than that, probably just "The Fifth Element" this week. Not too impressed by "The Village". The "Twilight Zone" did this kind of story 40 years ago, better, and in accomplished it in 27 minutes.

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Posted January 08 2005 - 06:28 PM

Pat -- I liked The Village - thought it was pretty well done.

My unofficial opinion why so many people didn't like it - they all got caught up in the idea of the great twist of an ending, and then it wasn't as good as they psyched themselves up to be, so they didn't like it. (If that makes any sense.)

Maybe if it was based on a 70's television show more people would have liked it.

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Posted January 08 2005 - 07:24 PM

I liked The Village as well... to a point. It was marketed as a horror film which it wasn't necessarily. Also, I think the last half hour could have been edited differently to better effect.

I'll be picking it up.

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Posted January 08 2005 - 07:47 PM

Quote:
Anyone seen King Solomon's Mines? Wondering if it would be a good blind buy. I like me them classic movies


Well, yeah it would be a good blind buy - it's one of the great adventure tales.

Any reason to get the Mickey, Donald and Goofy discs if you already own all the Disney Treasures?
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Posted January 08 2005 - 11:59 PM

Who's Mike Frezon?? Posted Image (We have weekly attention spans around here Posted Image)

Just the Fifth Element UE for me, thanks!

#16 of 56 OFFLINE   Brian Johnson

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Posted January 09 2005 - 02:08 AM

Definite buys. Fifth Element & Leon (as I really enjoyed this movie, but only rented it).
I was considering "Without a Paddle" but it look's like a rental first considering I'm poor and already buying 2. Posted Image

Looks like I'll save a $ if I go to CC over BB. (plus CC is a mile less driving, so I'll save gas $$ too Posted Image )
Gimme da cashhh!!

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Posted January 09 2005 - 03:04 AM

I'll be picking up Leon, and The Village. Don't know yet if I want to double dip on The Fifth Element.

Thanks Mike and Patrick.

#18 of 56 OFFLINE   Stephen L

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Posted January 09 2005 - 03:09 AM

Welcome back Mike....

Leon & The Village for me and The Land Before Time XI for the little ones

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Posted January 09 2005 - 04:19 AM

12:00 a.m. on the dot...very good Mr. Frezon.

Nothing for me this week, though. Thanks anyway. Posted Image

It was marketed as a horror film which it wasn't necessarily.
That's what turned me off when I started learning more about the plot. All the trailers were "mythical creatures in the woods...mythical creatures this...mythical creatures that...." Then in the film, well, you know. Posted Image
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Posted January 09 2005 - 04:40 AM

Yeah, The Village. I ended up really liking it. However, I knew what the twist was before going (a friend spilled the beans). I think it helped. The problem was that there were no clues to allow the audience to be "in" on the twist. Most people felt like the joke was on them and not in the movie. In fact, I remember a couple of actual misdirections that would make it impossible for the viewer to logically figure out what was going on. The other "clues" were never really even revealed until too late. The end is equivalent to someone waking up at the end of a movie and saying "it was all a dream". The letdown of not being allowed to go back through the film and say "oh yeah, THAT'S why that was that way" or "now it all makes sense" is why I recommend finding out the secret beforehand. I'll be picking it up.