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#1 of 33 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted July 23 2005 - 03:58 PM

The Weekly RoundUp

The Features

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It was never easy for me. I was born a poor black child. I remember the days, sittin' on the porch with my family, singin' and dancin' down in Mississippi.
–Steve Martin as Navin R. Johnson (The Jerk – 1979)

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Swing and a ground ball…stabbed by Foulke. He has it. He underhands to first, and the Boston Red Sox are the world champions! For the first time in 86 years, the Red Sox have won baseball’s world championship! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!?
–Joe Castiglione (WEEI Radio – 2004)

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Who can turn the world on with her smile?
Who can take a nothing day and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?

–Sonny Curtis – Opening Theme (The Mary Tyler Moore Show – 1971)

The Prices

TITLEAmazonBestBuyCrcCityTargetCostco
3rd Rock from the Sun: Season 1$27.99$27.99$34.99$29.99$24.99
The Amateur (1981)$11.23$11.99$12.99--
America’s Funniest Home Videos: Vol.1$35.98$28.99$34.98--
Benny Hill/Naughty Years: Set 3$34.97$32.99$39.99--
Beulah Land$18.72$24.99$24.97--
The Blue and Gray: Recut$14.95$16.99$15.99--
Bolero$11.21$10.99---
Boston Red Sox 2004 W.S. Coll. Ed.$90.97$89.99$129.99--
Brady Bunch: Season 2$27.29$29.99$27.99$29.99-
Brothers in Arms (2005)$18.72$23.99$24.97--
Chooch$13.97$14.99$15.99--
Cold Feet: Complete Series 3$29.99$34.99$34.99--
Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman: S6$62.97$58.99$89.95--
Errol Morris’ 1st Person: Comp. Series$27.99$34.99$34.99--
Errol Morris DVD Collection$34.97$43.99$49.96--
Fighting Tommy Riley$25.18$24.99$22.99--
Gates of Flesh (CC)$20.97$24.99---
Gates of Heaven$13.71$14.99$15.99--
Gilligan’s Island: Season 3$27.99$29.99$34.99--
Ghost in the Shell: Volume 7$17.49$17.99$19.99--
Ghost in the Shell: Vol. 7 LE$34.99$39.99$39.99--
Hotel$19.48$21.99$19.99--
Jay Jay/Jet Plane: Imag. Station$9.95$6.99$9.99--
The Jerk: 26th Anniv. Edition$13.99$14.99$12.99--
King’s Ransom (2005)-$19.99$14.99$14.99-
Lady Chatterly’s Lover$11.21$12.99$10.99--
Mary Tyler Moore Show: Season 2$20.99$24.99$24.99$29.99-
Mata Hari$11.21$12.99$10.99--
Mike Hammer, P.I.: Comp. Series$34.99$44.99$39.99--
Not Another Teen Movie: NR Dir. Cut$17.95$14.99$15.99--
Remington Steele: Season 1$27.99$29.99$27.99$29.99-
Remington Steele: S1 Vol. 1$20.68$19.99$19.99--
Remington Steele: S1 Vol. 2$20.68$19.99$19.99--
Silk Stalkings: Season 3$27.99$29.99$34.99--
Slaves of New York$18.72$19.99$24.97--
Star Trek: Enterprise: Season 2$90.30$99.99$129.98--
Steamboy: Director’s Cut$18.87$17.99$19.99--
Steamboy: Gift Set$34.96$39.99$39.99--
Story of a Prostitute (CC)$20.97$24.99---
The Thin Blue Line (1988)$13.99$16.99$15.99--
The Upside of Anger$17.98$19.99$17.99$16.99$18.29
Vernon, Florida$13.99$14.99$15.99--
Warm Summer Rain$13.45$12.99$10.99--
The Whole Shebang$13.98$14.99$15.99--
Wilder Days (2003)$10.49$9.99$12.99--
Wild Orchid 2: Blue Movie Blue$11.21$10.99$10.99--
Xena: 10th Anniversary Edition$41.99$43.99$49.99--
**xXx – State of the Union SE$15.98$16.99$19.99$16.99-


(CC) listed after a title = new Criterion Collection release.

Individual Titles included in Collections listed above:

Errol Morris DVD Collection: Gates of Heaven; The Thin Blue Line; Vernon, Florida.

The Disclaimer
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".


The Specials

**BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL! xXx – State of the Union SE is available in both OAR and MAR versions...get the correct one!

--Gang: some of my sources are showing the release (or re-release) this week of many of the Pink Panther titles. Amazon is showing them all (list of titles to follow) at $10.46. Best Buy & Circuit City are not showing them. List includes: Curse of the Pink Panther, The Pink Panther, Pink Panther Strikes Again, Revenge of the Pink Panther, A Shot in the Dark, Son of the Pink Panther, and The Trail of the Pink Panther.

--Also, many sources showed the release this week of a Wim Wenders Box Set #2. But that seems to be on indefinite hold. Amazon now has a release date of December 31, 2025! Posted Image

--Best Buy is offering, this week, yet another in its series of EXCLUSIVE DVDs. This week it is Battlestar Galactica: Season 1 for $49.99. Includes in-pack bonus disc. Best Buy Exclusive: U.K. version. Get it here first! Features 13 episodes plus deleted scenes. Bonus Disc features a sneak peek of the upcoming Joss Whedon film Serenity. Best Buy is also offering a $15 savings with the purchase of Battlestar Galactica: Season 1 with any one of the following DVDs: Cleopatra 2525: Complete Series, Earth 2: Complete Series, or Sliders: Season 3.

--Attention Best Buy Reward Zone Members! Best Buy is offering up some great prices on some of this week’s TV on DVD offerings...but ya gotta have a Reward Zone membership. How about just $19.99 for any of the following sets:

[c]3rd Rock from the Sun ($27.99)
Gilligan’s Island: Season 3 ($29.99)
Brady Bunch: Season 2 ($29.99)
Remington Steele: Season 1 ($29.99)
Mary Tyler Moore: Season 2 ($24.99)[/c]

--And, Best Buy is also advertising an EXCLUSIVE bonus DD with its copies of 3rd Rock from the Sun. Bonus on-pack content, featuring extended bloopers and Dick’s best outtakes.

--Target is offering $5 gift cards with each purchase of the DVD sets Remington Steele: Season 1 ($29.99) or 3rd Rock From the Sun: Season 1 ($29.99).

The Appeal

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Operating the HTF is not free for Parker and Ron. That is why there is advertising throughout the forum and there has been the occasional membership fund drive. THIS IS AN EASY WAY FOR YOU TO HELP…AND IT’S FREE OF CHARGE…AND INFORMATIVE, TOO! Posted Image

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The Markdowns

The latest markdowns according to DavisDVD:

EFFECTIVE: July 26, 2005 (Studio/Titles/New SRP)

Buena Vista

City on Fire, The Heroic Trio, Jet Li's Fist of Legend, Jet Li's The Defender, Jet Li's The Enforcer, Jet Li's The Legend, Jet Li's The Legend 2, Jet Li's The Legend of the Swordsman, Jet Li's The Master, Twin Warriors ... $9.99

Born to Defense, Infernal Affairs, Invincible, Jack, Snow Dogs, Squanto: A Warrior's Tale ... $14.99

Bad Santa, Badder Santa, The Haunted Mansion, Hero, Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman/Sonatine (Double Feature) ... $19.99

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 33 OFFLINE   Patrick Sun

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Posted July 23 2005 - 03:59 PM

Circuit City on sale DVD items:

$17.99 each:
Million Dollar Baby
Constantine
Hitch
Coach Carter

$6.99 each:
Harlem Nights
48 HRs
Boomerang
Trading Places
Deliverance
Five Heartbeats
Hunt for Red October
Menace II Society
10 Things I Hate About You
Enter the Dragon
Thin Red Line
Whole Nine Yards
Whole Ten Yards
My Cousin Vinny
Original Kings of Comedy
Reservoir Dogs
Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat 2
Long Kiss Goodnight
Money Talks
Above the Law
Training Day
Three Kings
First Wives Club

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Best Buy on sale DVD items:

$??.??
Constantine

$16.99:
Blast

2 for $20:
Sling Blade Director's Cut
Garden State
Mean Girls
The Bourne Supremacy
Pulp Fiction
Troy
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
Harry Potter III
Usual Suspects
Silence of the Lambs
Two Brothers
Punisher
Terminal
Anchorman
National Lampoon's Gold Diggers
Collateral
First Daughter
Shawn of the Dead
Grudge
Into the Sun
Big Daddy
Philadelphia Anniversary Edition
RE: Apocalypse
Cellular
Raise Your Voice
Anacondas
Rounders
Forgotten
Gangs of New York
Coyote Ugly: Unrated Extended Cut

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Target on sale DVD items:

$39.99
Gilmore Girls season 1

$24.99:
M*A*S*H season 8

$21.99 each:
Chappelle's Show season 2
Sex & the City season 1
Full House season 1

$19.99 each:
Ren & Stimpy season 3
Bob Newhart season 1

$17.99 each pack:
Dawn of the Dead & Shaun of the Dead 2-Pack
The Bourne Identity & The Bourne Supremacy 2-Pack

$16.99 each:
Newlyweds season 1

$10 each:
Barbie Fairytopia
Philadelphia
Stripes
LotR: Return of the King
American Psycho

$7.50 each:
Dune
The Last of the Mohicans
Young Guns
SNL Chris Farley
Boys Don't Cry
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#3 of 33 OFFLINE   Greg_S_H

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Posted July 23 2005 - 04:14 PM

Only Brady Bunch.

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How about just $19.99 for any of the following sets:

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#4 of 33 OFFLINE   EricSchulz

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Posted July 23 2005 - 04:14 PM

Mike:

Thanks for all the hard work, but there is only ONE release that matters this week...MARY TYLER MOORE SEASON TWO!!!!!!

It's about #@$&ing time!

#5 of 33 OFFLINE   Steve...O

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Posted July 23 2005 - 04:25 PM

Thanks Mike.

A couple of TV releases for me this week. Gilligan and MTM S2 (about time).

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#6 of 33 OFFLINE   Scott_J

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Posted July 23 2005 - 04:31 PM

Before we get to my buys of the week, it's time for:
Scott_J's (Not So) Interesting Fact #452
As credited by Mr. F, that Red Sox quote at the top of the Roundup was spoken by Joe Castiglione. Joe Castiglione is a native of my hometown, Hamden, CT, and is the brother-in-law of one of my 3rd grade teachers, back in the day.

Now it's time for my (Not So) Interesting To Buy List for this week. Posted Image The only definite this week is MTM S2 (already on its way). But I am tempted by that Red Sox release. It's $80 at Digital Eyes and I have a $40 credit there - $40 is tempting. Altough I'm not quite sure why it's called the 2004 World Series Collector's Edition when it was quite possibly the most anti-climactic World Series ever following that 7-game LCS.

On a side note, I would love for them to release the 2001 World Series in a similar package - that one was great right up until the final out.

And before I forget - thanks, as always, Mike and Patrick.

#7 of 33 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted July 23 2005 - 05:12 PM

After a couple of weeks of complete rest, my wallet is pushed to the limit this week. Huge.

Benny Hill
Brady Bunch
The Jerk
Mary Tyler Moore
Rumpole of the Bailey Seasons 5-7
Star Trek: Enterprise

There's also a release Tuesday of The Pink Panther and A Shot in the Dark. I've seen no reviews, so have no idea if this is better than the versions I currently have or not. I suspect these may be individual releases from last year's box set which I passed on since I only want the first two films. If so, these may be added to my list also.

In any case, a very busy week. Thanks for the roundup.
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#8 of 33 OFFLINE   DanielCo

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Posted July 23 2005 - 06:23 PM

DeepDiscountDVD.com shows the World Series set at $77.97 and Benny Hill at 29.97. God I love that site!

#9 of 33 OFFLINE   Carlos V III

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Posted July 23 2005 - 06:47 PM

OMG :b another Rumpole fan!
Just Rumpole and Enterprise for me this week.
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#10 of 33 OFFLINE   Dave Corder

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Posted July 23 2005 - 07:51 PM

All I want this week is Enterprise S2, which happens to come out on my birthday, so I'm hoping to get it as a gift. If not, I'm hoping Costco pulls through with a $84.99 price like S1.

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Posted July 24 2005 - 01:14 AM

Media Play is offering an in-pack bonus disc for Steamboy: Director’s Cut (advertised price: $19.99).

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Posted July 24 2005 - 02:27 AM

While I wouldn't mind getting the Jerk special edition, I going to hold off for now, as I have to save up my money for purchase a desktop computer. Thanks for the round up Mike, as this one is extra speccial, since it on my birthday. :b
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Posted July 24 2005 - 02:56 AM

Not a darn thing for me this week. Next week is a little bigger thoughPosted Image

#14 of 33 OFFLINE   Joseph Bolus

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Posted July 24 2005 - 03:51 AM

Oh, WOW!

This is a *big week* for me with:
Remington Steele Season One
Mary Tyler Moore Season Two (FINALLY!)
Battlestar Galactica Season One
Xena: 10th Anniversary Edition

(Hmmm ... Whatever happened to Movies on DVD? Remember when we used to purchase those? Posted Image)

It seems terribly ironic that now that many of us have native 16:9 HDTV Widescreen displays, we seem to be purchasing more and more 4:3 SDTV stuff!
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#15 of 33 OFFLINE   Carl Walker

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Posted July 24 2005 - 04:04 AM

Just a friendly reminder for folks who are thinking of purchasing the Best Buy "UK Version" of Battlestar Galactica Season 1: This version appears to be bare-bones with nothing but deleted scenes as extras.

If you want the REAL US version of Battlestar Galactica, you would be better off waiting until September. The US version will contain the miniseries, commentaries on almost every episode, deleted scenes, documentaries, and more. After the traditional retailers discounts, the price will be almost the same as Best Buy's exclusive version...

View page 4 of this thread for details!
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Posted July 24 2005 - 04:09 AM

MTM Show is a definite for me and possibly The Jerk. It has been a slow couple of weeks for me.
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#17 of 33 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted July 24 2005 - 05:20 AM

Kenneth: I was hoping you'd be by today so I could wish you a Happy Birthday! Posted Image
I noticed your name listed with the other birthday boys and girls on the index page! Posted Image

Just The Jerk for me this week. Haven't seen it since the theaters on its initial release. I'm hoping I still find it as funny now as I did then. Since I've been laughing at all the quotes in the thread about this new release, I'm confident I will.

George: In case you missed it in the RoundUp, there's quite a few releases besides The Pink Panther and A Shot in the Dark:

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--Gang: some of my sources are showing the release (or re-release) this week of many of the Pink Panther titles. Amazon is showing them all (list of titles to follow) at $10.46. Best Buy & Circuit City are not showing them. List includes: Curse of the Pink Panther, The Pink Panther, Pink Panther Strikes Again, Revenge of the Pink Panther, A Shot in the Dark, Son of the Pink Panther, and The Trail of the Pink Panther.


Wish I had more info on them.

I wonder if that Red Sox set is something that's going to come down in price as time goes on...or just get more expensive....

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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#18 of 33 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted July 24 2005 - 08:46 AM

Thanks Mike. I saw that, but I'm only interested in the first two. I see no chance that they're new releases, but I'm hoping that they are individual releases from the box set, since, from the reviews of the box set, they have improved PQ over my original dvds.
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Posted July 24 2005 - 10:01 AM

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Mary Tyler Moore Season Two (FINALLY!)


I agree! The first season was released, what, two and a half years ago?? I love MTM, and with TV Land no longer airing reruns, I need these DVDs. I'll be at Best Buy with my Reward Zone card first thing Tuesday Posted Image

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Posted July 24 2005 - 11:35 AM

"Altough I'm not quite sure why it's called the 2004 World Series Collector's Edition when it was quite possibly the most anti-climactic World Series ever following that 7-game LCS."

because if they lost the series it would have been the same thing as always, another loss and who cares.

pro'ly just match ren and stimpy from taget at best buy.
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