Carlotta: Reading a book??
Kitty: Yes. It's all about civilization or something. A nutty kind of a book. Do you know that the guy says that machinery is going to take the place of every profession?
Carlotta: Oh, my dear. That's something you need never worry about.
–Marie Dressler as Carlotta Vance and Jean Harlow as Kitty Packard (Dinner at Eight – 1933)
Bambi: What happened mother? Why did we all run?
Bambi’s Mother: Man was in the forest.
–Donnie Dunagan as Bambi and Paula Winslowe as Bambi’s Mother (Bambi – 1942)
The Weekly RoundUp
|Brady Bunch: Season 1||$27.29||$27.99||$24.99||$29.99||-||$27.19|
|Bringing Up Baby SE||$18.89||$16.99||$19.99||$15.99||-||-|
|Classic Comedies Collection||$48.29||$69.99||$68.98||-||-||$48.55|
|Dinner at Eight||$13.98||$14.99||$15.99||-||-||-|
|**Exorcist: The Beginning||$19.57||$17.99||$17.99||$17.99||-||-|
|**Flight of the Phoenix||$20.99||$16.99||$19.99||-||-||$21.96|
|In the Weeds||$20.99||$24.99||$24.99||-||-||-|
|Incident at Loch Ness||$25.18||-||$19.99||-||-||-|
|Lost in Space: S3 V1||$27.99||$29.99||$34.99||-||-||-|
|Max & Ruby: Springtime||$15.29||$14.99||$12.99||-||-||$11.76|
|My Own Private Idaho (CC)||$27.97||$28.99||$34.99||-||-||-|
|Philadelphia Story SE||$18.89||$19.99||$19.99||-||-||-|
|Rameses: Wrath of God or Man?||$14.95||$14.99||$15.99||-||-||$13.91|
|The River (1951) (CC)||$22.46||$24.99||$22.99||-||-||-|
|Rutles 2: Can’t Buy Me Lunch||$24.47||$22.99||$19.99||-||-||-|
|SCTV: Volume 3||$62.99||$59.99||$99.99||-||-||-|
|**Spongebob Squarepants Movie||$19.47||$19.99||$14.99||$15.99||$18.49||$21.14|
|Super Bowl XXXIX||$17.49||$22.99||$16.99||-||$14.99||-|
|To Be or Not to Be (1942)||$13.98||$14.99||$15.99||-||-||-|
|Toulouse-Latrec and Montmartre||$17.95||$14.99||$15.99||-||-||-|
|Wonder Woman: Season 2||$27.99||$29.99||$27.99||$29.99||$26.99||-|
DDD = deepdiscountdvd.com This is a one week experiment.
(CC) = new Criterion Collection release this week.
Classic Comedies Collection: Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, Dinner at Eight, Libeled Lady, Stage Door, To Be or Not To Be.
Standard disclaimer: All prices are taken from the websites of each chain, or from their printed advertisements, the Sunday of the week of release (so as to catch any week-of-release sale prices). All prices are subject to change by each chain. Prices and inventory in-store may or may not match the website price. If a price is marked "$_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! Flight of the Phoenix AND Exorcist: The Beginning AND The Spongebob Squarepants Movie are all available in both OAR and MAR versions...get the correct one.
--Amazon is still featuring free shipping on orders over $25. Restrictions apply.
--Best Buy is offering a FREE “Exclusive” plush Thumper with its copies of Bambi this week. Minimum 75 per store. No rainchecks.
--At Best Buy, if you buy The Exorcist: The Beginning ($17.99) and also purchase The Exorcist (2000 release-The Version You’ve Never Seen) ($14.99), you can get both DVDs for $25. $18+$15=$33 $33-$25=$8 savings.
--Best Buy is also advertising a FREE movie ticket to Robots (in theaters March 11) with its copies of a new single-disc release of Ice Age ($12.99) Up to a $6.50 value. Minimum 10 per store. No rainchecks.
--Circuit City is offering a FREE MousePad with the purchase of The Spongebob Squarepants Movie. In-store only. While supplies last. Minimum 25 per store.
--Also, Circuit City is offering 10% off any family or kids movie with the purchase of The Spongebob Squarepants Movie. In-store only. Purchases must be on same receipt.
--Circuit City is offering “your choice of movie candy” with the purchase of Bambi. The types of candy pictured in the flyer are Milk Duds, Mike & Ikes and Raisinets…but I cannot tell the size of the packages.
--Target is offering a FREE exclusive disc with its copies of The Spongebob Squarepants Movie Featuring “The Flaming Lips”. Items are packaged together. Quantity limited. No rain checks.
--Target also has on sale for $12.99 an exclusive DVD called ToddWorld: Todd’s Best Friends.
--Target also has pictured in its $7.50 section this week the SE of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (with the gold border around the cover). I would suspect that is a mistake.
Let me also announce that I would love to continue the discussion which started in last week’s RoundUp thread. To anyone who regularly reads the RoundUp, I ask the following question:
If YOU were putting together the Weekly RoundUp...what sources would you find most useful in determining your DVD-buying patterns?
In other words, would anyone like to recommend any changes/additions to those stores surveyed for prices in the RoundUp. Here is a quote of my own from last week’s thread as I discussed my thinking:
| I offered up the idea of replacing Amazon.com with deepdiscountdvd.com Anyone have any thoughts on that? Any thoughts on other vendors? Do you like things the way they are? This thread's (Week of 2/2/05) already got 3200+ hits (now up to 3600+) this week (which I suppose is about average for a week not featuring a huge blockbuster title). So, there must be people out there with ideas. |
I dropped Sam's Club from the RoundUp months (maybe a full year) ago. They were inconsistent in their pricing and the titles they carry. Maybe CostCo is going the same route. I frequent BJs Wholesale Club and find their selection to be spotty at best.
Personally, I like having the prices for the B&Ms that are most likely to carry the titles I want. And, BB, CC & Target seem to be the most popular retailers doing regular DVD business across the country. I would LOVE to be able to include Wal-Mart in the RoundUp but their regional pricing structure does not permit it. (I always think back on my little experiment of asking roundUp readers to post Wal-Mart prices the week the Star Wars Trilogy was released. I was amazed at the spread of different prices we saw that week!)
Please...anyone interested...add your thoughts.