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Weekly RoundUp 3/8/05


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#1 of 64 Mike Frezon

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Posted March 05 2005 - 04:00 PM

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The Weekly RoundUp

TITLEAmazonBestBuyCrcCityTargetCostcoLasers
21 Jump Street: Season 2$31.49$29.99$34.99$27.99-$29.99
Andromeda Vol. 4.5$27.99$30.99$34.99---
Arrowsmith$13.45$12.99$10.99--$10.49
Ball of Wax$13.99$14.99$15.99--$14.94
Barbary Coast$10.47$10.99$10.99--$10.49
Barbie Fairytopia$13.99$14.99$12.99$13.99-$14.99
Best of Mister Ed: Volume 2$20.99$22.99$22.99--$20.99
Bright Future$22.49$19.99$19.99--$18.94
Candyland: Lollipop Adv.$15.29$14.99$12.99$12.99-$12.74
Charly$10.47$10.99$10.99--$10.49
Columbo: Season 2$27.99$29.99$34.99--$27.99
Come and Get It$13.45$12.99$10.99--$10.49
Dead End$13.45$12.99$10.99--$10.49
Dolls$22.49$19.99$19.99--$18.94
Earthsea$13.99$15.99$17.99--$13.99
Enchantment$13.45$12.99$10.99--$10.49
Fat Albert and Cosby Kids: Vol. 1$17.49$15.99$19.99---
Fear X$25.18$24.99$22.99--$19.59
Felicity: Season 4$41.99$44.99$59.99$44.99-$41.99
Free Radicals$26.95-$24.99--$18.94
Friends: Season 9$29.24$27.99$27.99$29.99$28.99$31.94
Green Acres: Season 2$20.99$22.99$22.99--$20.99
The I Inside$26.99$24.99$24.99--$20.99
**Ladder 49$20.99$15.99$14.99$15.99$18.29$20.99
Lightning In A Bottle$18.72$22.99$24.97-$17.99$18.94
Midsummer Night’s Dream (1968)$26.95$24.99$24.99--$20.99
The Mole: Season 1$13.99$14.99$15.99--$14.94
Popular: Season 2$41.99$50.99$59.99--$41.99
The Ring: Collector’s Set$18.89$16.99$14.99$17.99-$19.94
Saved By Bell/New Class: S2$29.99$29.99$34.99---
Stage Beauty$19.59$24.99$22.99$15.99-$19.59
Stella Dallas$11.21$12.99$10.99--$10.49
Sweet Valley High: Season 1$37.49$39.99$39.99$29.99-$34.94
The Thief and The Cobbler$26.99$22.99$24.99--$22.44
Vanishing Point (1997)$13.48$12.99---$10.49
We Live Again$13.45$12.99$10.99--$10.49
Woman Thou Art Loosed$20.99$19.99$24.99$19.99-$22.44
Xena Warrior Princess: Season 6$55.99$54.99$59.99--$55.99


Lasers = LasersEdge.com This is another one week experiment. Please leave feedback on your thoughts about the inclusion of LE in the grid.

For some reason, various on-line sources and e-tailers are listing the title “The Thief and The Cobbler” as “Arabian Knight”…even though the cover art prominently displays the Thief/Cobbler title.

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! Ladder 49 AND The Ring: Collector’s Set are 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 “Best Buy Exclusive” of a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Gift Set. The set includes: —making of the SI 2005 Swimsuit Issue DVD; --Best of the SI Swimsuit Model Search DVD; --SI 2005 Swimsuit Issue; and, the SI 2005 Swimsuit Calendar.

--Best Buy is offering another deal on season sets of Friends. Buy 2, save $10. Buy all 9, save $120! Seasons 1-6 are $29.99 each. Seasons 7 & 8 are $36.99 each. Season 9 is $27.99. If you buy all 9 seasons, $30 x 6 = $180. $37 x 2 = $74. $180+$74+$28=$282 $282-$120=$162. $162/9=$18.00 per season!!! Posted Image That is one awesome deal if you haven’t been buying them on release date and want to take the plunge! Posted Image

--Best Buy is also running an incredible deal this week on the 40th anniversary edition of Mary Poppins. Just $14.99!

--Best Buy and Circuit City are BOTH advertising a ”Bonus On-Pack Movie Ticket” to see The Ring 2 on its copies of The Ring Collector’s Set ($16.99). Up to $10.50 value. The Ring 2 in theaters Friday, March 18. At Best Buy, Minimum 14 per store. No rainchecks.

--For anyone who is in the market for a WWE Wrestling DVD called $1,000,000 Tough Enough…Best Buy is advertising a bonus disc with their copies ($15.99) which contains “Wrestlemania Recall—20 years of top moments and matches.” Minimum 10 per store. No rainchecks.

--And, Best Buy is advertising a bonus disc with its copies of Xena Warrior Princess: Season 6 ($54.99) Minimum 6 per store. No rainchecks.

--Circuit City is selling a PC game called “Barbie Mermaid Adventure” for just $4.99 with the purchase of Barbie: Fairytopia ($12.99) at its stores. In-store only. Reg. $19.99. Purchases must be on same receipt. Minimum 3 per store.

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I’m sure many of you have noticed the inclusion of LasersEdge.com in this week’s grid. Let’s continue the discussion which started in last week’s RoundUp thread. I have been asking, to anyone who reads the RoundUp, the following question:

If YOU were putting together the Weekly RoundUp...what sources would you find most useful in determining your DVD-buying patterns?

There’s been a fair amount of discussion in the last couple weeks’ RoundUps if you’d like to go back and see what’s already been discussed.

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Apocalypse, Deceived, Judgment, Left Behind, Left Behind II, Miracle of the Cards, Revelation, Tribulation, Waterproof ... $9.95

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#2 of 64 Yohan Pamudji

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Posted March 05 2005 - 04:06 PM

Thanks for all the hard work you do! Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your POV), nothing for me this week.

As far as sources, I'm personally content with what you already have, as we don't have a great variety of stores around here. Best Buy, Circuit City, and Target are about it. Walmart, maybe?
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#3 of 64 Randy B A

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Posted March 05 2005 - 04:11 PM

Friends season 9 for sure and maybe Ladder 49 for me.

May also have to get this one:

Best Buy is also running an incredible deal this week on the 40th anniversary edition of Mary Poppins. Just $14.99!

I have the origional and I believe this edition has a differant aspect ratio. So I am not sure what is correct.

#4 of 64 MattGentry

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Posted March 05 2005 - 04:15 PM

(Once again, an invaluable resource...)

Friends: Season Nine
Ladder 49 (blind buy)
The Ring: Collectors Set (I'm unsure on this one - I already own the original release. Any reviews on this one yet?)

(And I've changed my bookmarks as well. I was unaware of that as well.)

#5 of 64 Kenneth Cummings

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Posted March 05 2005 - 04:19 PM

I thought the Incrediables was purpose to come out this week? Well since that isn't this week...there is nothing for me to purchase (other then Bambi that was delayed due to a good deal on Star Fox Assault). Thanks anyway Mike.
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#6 of 64 Dillon*G

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Posted March 05 2005 - 04:23 PM

Getting the following:
-Fat Albert:Vol 1 & Easter Special
-Friends:Season 9
-Green Acres:Season 2
-Ladder 49 (Reserved at Gamestop)

I might get Mary Poppins since I didn't pick it up when it was released.

Thanks for the hard work,Mike.

#7 of 64 Scott_J

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Posted March 05 2005 - 04:54 PM

Thanks, Mike. That Friends deal is tempting but too much to throw down at once for the series. When season 10 comes out, I'm sure they'll have a similar (if not slightly better) deal at BB. I'll wait until then and see.

So, nothing for me this week. I'll probably pick up SBTB: New Class S2 later on since the prices won't go up on that after this week.

#8 of 64 EricSchulz

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Posted March 05 2005 - 05:22 PM

Columbo S2!!!! WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!

oh, and "just one more thing..."

If you are in a market where a new Target store is opening this week, the weekend papers will probably be running an insert that includes a coupon for $5 off any purchase of $25 or more...the coupon runs thru 3/20.

#9 of 64 alan halvorson

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Posted March 05 2005 - 06:22 PM

A rare nothing week for me, except an opinion. Continue to include Lasers Edge - they seem quite competitive, overall better than Amazon.
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#10 of 64 Patrick Sun

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Posted March 05 2005 - 07:37 PM

Circuit City on sale DVD items:

$17.99:
Exocist: The Beginning

$15.99:
The Passion of Christ

$14.99:
Shrek 2

$9.99 each:
The Day After Tomorrow
Man on Fire
Kill Bill vol. 1
Kill Bill vol. 2
Pirates of the Caribbean
Chronicles of Riddick
Van Helsing
LotR: RotK
Walking Tall
Bourne Identity
Soul Plane
The Punisher

$5.99 each:
Trading Places
Private Parts
Indecent Proposal
Frailty
The Edge
Lake Placid
Point Break
The Life of David Gale
The Last Castle
The Wood
Get on the Bus
Bulworth
Basic Instinct
What Dreams May Come
Urban Cowboy
Flash Dance
Universal Soldier
Ghost of Mars
Vanilla Sky
The General's Daughter

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Best Buy on sale DVD items:

$19.99:
Flight of the Phoenix (2004)

$15.99:
WWE: Tough Enough (Not the season 1 set)

$14.99:
Mary Poppins 40th Anniversary

2 for $20:
LotR: FotR
LotR: TTT
LotR: RotK
The Last Samurai
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Pulp Fiction
Kill Bill vol. 1
Kill Bill vol. 2
Along Came Polly
Starsky & Hutch
Ali G In Da House: The Movie
Dawn of the Dead
9 1/2 Weeks
Van Helsing
Clerks
Cheaper by the Dozen
Johnson Family Vacation
A Cinderella Story
The Goonies
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Scooby-Doo 2
The Iron Giant
The Bourne Identity
Good Will Hunting
The Pearl Harbor
Signs
The Sixth Sense
Taking Lives
Pitch Black
Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie

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Target on sale DVD items:

$15.99:
Stage Beauty

$14.99:
Baby Einstein: Baby Monet

$10 each:
Starsky & Hutch
Pirates of the Caribbean
Spider-Man
Resident Evil
Mystic River
The Last Samurai
Old School
Blue Comedy Tour: The Movie

$7.50 each:
Never Been Kissed
Bad Boys
Austin Powers 1
Die Hard 1
Bill Cosby: Himself
Young Frankenstein
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#11 of 64 Don

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Posted March 05 2005 - 09:12 PM

the Wal-Mart up here has Mary Poppins Cheaper then Best Buy. anyone know why these are getting so Cheaper.

#12 of 64 george kaplan

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Posted March 06 2005 - 01:26 AM

Thanks Mike.

A light week sandwiched between two very heavy weeks.

Just Columbo for me this week.

A heads up about Laser's Edge. Those are pre-order prices. Most of them will go up starting on Tuesday, so if you want the prices listed in the grid, you should order them by Monday.
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#13 of 64 Wade K

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Posted March 06 2005 - 02:06 AM

For those contemplating the Friends bundle at BB, remember the Warner Bros. promo going on now where you get a $50 rebate for buying 6 various TV series. That would drop the price down to the $112 range for all nine seasons (+tax). That's about $13-ish for each season.

edit: I found a link to the rebate form here . The forms are also in newer series coming out like Night Court...not sure if there'll be one in Friends S9.

#14 of 64 Chris Duran

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Posted March 06 2005 - 02:15 AM

the Wal-Mart up here has Mary Poppins Cheaper then Best Buy. anyone know why these are getting so Cheaper.


All Wal-Marts should have Mary Poppins cheaper then Best Buy, I believe the price is $13.88. Not only Mary Poppins, but the 2-Disc versions of Bug's Life, Monster Inc. and Finding Nemo, great deal for people who haven't picked them up yet. Oh and they are all on Rollback, my guess is they might be clearing out all the two disc sets and just make them one disc sets so Disney can make more money.

#15 of 64 ScottJH

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Posted March 06 2005 - 02:49 AM

Mary Poppins is $12.99 on the Best Buy website.

#16 of 64 TravisR

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Posted March 06 2005 - 02:50 AM

My wallet is happy since there is nothing for me this week.Posted Image

And to answer the question, the stores you have listed now are more than enough for me. Outside of Borders, Barnes And Noble (which are usually more expensive anyway), and Wal Mart (which has that wacky regional pricing), you cover all the stores in my area. Awesome job as always!

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#17 of 64 Ernesto.Morin

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Posted March 06 2005 - 03:34 AM

Nothing for me this week.

Just waiting till next week for The Incredibles!

#18 of 64 TheBat

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Posted March 06 2005 - 03:41 AM

thanks for the info about 21 jump street second season. looking forward to that set.

I saw ladder 49 on the plane.. it was pretty good movie, not sure if it has a repeat factor to it.. buying it on dvd.

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#19 of 64 ChrisBEA

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Posted March 06 2005 - 04:51 AM

Possibly Ladder 49, Dolls, Mary Poppins.

#20 of 64 JustinCleveland

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Posted March 06 2005 - 06:18 AM

Thanks for the tip on Mary Poppins, scott! I ordered it for in-store pickup. Nice.