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New Battlestar Galactica series..Any news of a dvd release?


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#41 of 415 OFFLINE   Dave Scarpa

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Posted June 25 2005 - 07:43 AM

Hey Best Buy enjoy your 2 mont exclusivity and your Full retail pricing I can wait until Sept 20th to escape extorsion, bad move Warner.
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#42 of 415 OFFLINE   Gord Lacey

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Posted June 25 2005 - 09:02 AM

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Hey Best Buy enjoy your 2 mont exclusivity and your Full retail pricing I can wait until Sept 20th to escape extorsion, bad move Warner.


No, no...this is Universal, Warner is doing it on other things Posted Image

Like I said, we're going to see more of these in the future. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out, since we haven't gone through a cycle of a Best Buy exclusive that then appears in stores. Studios will need to examine the sales, and backlash from other retailers, and see if this is viable for other things. Best Buy must be making them a sweet deal if they're willing to risk pissing off other retailers.

I guess this is similar to the online exclusives that we've seen in the past; Xena, Hercules, Highlander, My So-Called Life, Kids in the Hall, and probably some others, except they appear in Best Buy instead of just online.

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#43 of 415 OFFLINE   Steve Berger

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Posted June 25 2005 - 09:48 AM

Hmmm, lets see. I have the season recorded in High Definition from Universal HD (2 episodes left plus a marathon if I need to rerecord any episodes). The podcast commentaries and deleted scenes (admitedly lower resolution) from SciFi. That would have to be some special DVD set to get me to shell out full price for 13 episodes. ($16.99 maybe)

#44 of 415 OFFLINE   Todd Stout

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Posted June 25 2005 - 12:42 PM

I can certainly wait until September to pick it up cheaper than the SRP. I'm starting to get a bit tired of these Best Buy exclusive windows... expecially when they feel the need to charge the full SRP.

#45 of 415 OFFLINE   Joseph DeMartino

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Posted June 25 2005 - 01:36 PM

Basically we're looking at a normal September DVD release. In addition we have the option of paying a premium to get the discs early, either at our local Best Buy or through Best Buy.com. Put that way, does this really seem like such a rip-off? Why is giving fans more options - none of which anybody is forced to choose - a bad thing? The studios get a deal, Best Buy makes a killing, the folks who are compelled to buy the things as early as possible can, those who'd rather save money can do that. If there were no Best Buy exclusive and Universal simply released the set in September, how would I be better off? If I now have the option of getting a more expensive release in July or waiting until September anyway and paying less, how am I harmed? And why in the world should I care if someone else chooses to pay more in July, as long as I don't have also have to?

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Posted June 26 2005 - 12:59 AM

I totally agree with Joseph. We have all the info we need to make an informed buying decision. So where's the harm? Waiting two months isn't going to kill me--- I've got plenty of other DVDs to keep me occupied; and if I really want to spend extra, I'll go to Future Shop (assumedly they'll be getting this too, since they're owned by Best Buy and have carried other Best Buy exclusives, like the Star Trek bonus discs).

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Posted June 26 2005 - 01:18 AM

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I totally agree with Joseph. We have all the info we need to make an informed buying decision.


I hope. I'm cool with all of this as long as what all other retail stores get in September is exactly the same as what BB is selling in July.

Has it been confirmed by Best Buy that the price on their website is the price they'll be selling it for on the week of release? Not that I would be surprised given that their exclusive Welcome Back Kotter disc is $5 more expensive than all of the other WB "Television Favorites" discs.

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Posted June 26 2005 - 10:37 AM

Interesting that Best Buy is listing the "UK Version"..

this could be one of two (or both) things..

1 - it has the UK version of the theme (this wasn't present even on the UniversalHD broadcasts).

2 - it has the SLIGHTLY EDITED version of some episodes.. to whit..

in the UK broadcast of "Bastille Day" there is a scene where Boxey is seen lighting Starbuck's cigar has been removed. Also there is significant edit in one of the pre-flight briefings..

Kara: Just can't wait to get back to the big G and the lovin' embrace of your fellow pilots? Or maybe you have a hot date with your right hand.

Flat Top: Hey, it never gets a headache.

Kara: Tell you what Flat Top, you come in too hot today, you may have to start using your left.

Is missing from the UK broadcast (I don't know if these were replaced in the UK DVD Release).

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Posted June 29 2005 - 06:41 AM

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Anybody else feeling like not buying it at all because of this Best Buy crap?


Well I definitely won't be buying it from Best Buy. It's things like this that keep me out of that store every week.

Can someone explain how this is not short term price fixing since all BB stores are required to sell the item for the exact same price?

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#50 of 415 OFFLINE   Jason Walstrom

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Posted June 29 2005 - 06:51 AM

$69.99??? are they crazy? for less we 22 episodes of other shows like Alias.


$35 tops but $70 bucks?
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#51 of 415 OFFLINE   Joseph DeMartino

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Posted June 29 2005 - 08:44 AM

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Can someone explain how this is not short term price fixing since all BB stores are required to sell the item for the exact same price?


Chris, I don't know what reference you got that definition of "price fixing" from, but it certainly has nothing to do with the law as it stands in this country. Price fixing, by definition, involves competing entities conspriring to set an artificially high price for an item and refraining from competition. If Best Buy and Circuit City both decided to sell the upcoming BG set for $70 it would be price fixing. For Best Buy to sell the set at the same price in all of its own stores isn't - whether or not anybody else happens to be selling the same set at that same time. What makes price fixing illegal is the collusion between two or more normally competing entities to screw the consumer. You can't conspire with yourself. Posted Image

Best Buy made a deal to get an exclusive sales window, after which normal market forces will take over. Nothing illegal about this. There is no law that says Universal has to sell its product to anybody, or that bars it from only selling to certain retailers under whatever conditions it thinks are in its own best interest.

BTW, all this $70 stuff is pure speculation at this point. Given the lack of any official announcements and the odd "UK edition" notation, I strongly suspect that Best Buy's web listing is a placeholder until the actual data is entered, and that all of it is subject to change. (Maybe it shows "UK Edition" because they had to put in a SKU and the only existing SKU in their database is the one for the UK version.)

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$69.99??? are they crazy? for less we 22 episodes of other shows like Alias.

Ever see the original MSRP for The Sopranos or Sex and the City for their short seasons? This is hardly shocking. The X-Files sets had a list price of $100, and that's about what my local Best Buy has marked the Babylon 5 sets up to again, now that the initial sales rush has passed.


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Posted June 29 2005 - 08:51 AM

I'll wait for a regular $35 price from other retailers.
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#53 of 415 OFFLINE   Joseph DeMartino

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Posted June 29 2005 - 09:22 AM

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Given the lack of any official announcements and the odd "UK edition" notation, I strongly suspect that Best Buy's web listing is a placeholder until the actual data is entered


The other major clue being its classification under "General Horror" on the Best Buy site. Posted Image

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#54 of 415 OFFLINE   David_Blackwell

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Posted June 29 2005 - 10:22 AM

I hate this Best Buy Exclusive stuff (and I don't even have a Best Buy in my area).
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Posted June 29 2005 - 01:56 PM

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What makes price fixing illegal is the collusion between two or more normally competing entities...


Thats the detail I was missing. I knew it didn't sound right because companies have "exclusives" all the time. They're just not usually an entire DVD release. Posted Image
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#56 of 415 OFFLINE   Gord Lacey

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Posted June 30 2005 - 04:38 AM

Best Buy just lowered the price on their site:

http://www.tvshowson...cfm?NewsID=3621

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#57 of 415 OFFLINE   Paul McElligott

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Posted June 30 2005 - 04:42 AM

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I'm sure fans will be much happier with the corrected price.
I'd be even happier with $39.99 Posted Image
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Posted June 30 2005 - 08:34 AM

I reviewed the other threads - they didn't have to do with this release, the press around it, the price drop, or anything - so that's why we have a new post.

According to Tvshowsondvd.com BestBuy will have the set, now priced at 49.99 on July 26th - two months before US retail.

The BestBuy site now lists it as Battlestar Galactica (UK Version) - any one know what that's all about? I know there is talk of music differences and what not - but is this the set that will make retail in the US, or is this something else?

I'm confused - anyone else?

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Posted June 30 2005 - 08:37 AM

I also know about this:

"Universal Studios Home Entertainment has joined Fox and Warner Bros in offering Best Buy a title before other retailers. Battlestar Galactica: Season 1 will appear in Best Buy stores on July 26, and sell for $69.99. Best Buy has listed it as "Battlestar Galactica (Uk Version)," which doesn't make sense; it's the entire first season of the series. It also appears that they're charging full SRP, and they'll get away with it since they don't have any competition for 2 months.

We've been told by other retailers that the regular retail release will be on September 20.

We'll try to post more information when it's available, but Best Buy exclusive titles are kept fairly quiet.

Update - Some people have suggested that Best Buy has imported the UK release. That's not the case; these are region 1 DVDs which Best Buy has for an exclusive period of time. It's possible that the "Uk Version" is in reference to the UK opening theme (which was reworked for the US), or it could simply be something Best Buy added to the listing. We'll have to wait and see when it's released, or whenever Best Buy updates their site with more information."

Just hoping for more insight - will there be a future US release that is different? Should I be cautious about buying this set right away for this reason?

#60 of 415 OFFLINE   Gord Lacey

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Posted June 30 2005 - 09:21 AM

Guido,

No one has information on this title. It's impossible to get the studio to talk about it, since they don't want to upset other retailers, and they haven't announced the release at all. I think we're going to have to wait, possibly until July 26, for news on the set.

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