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Weekly RoundUp 8/16/2005


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#1 of 44 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted August 13 2005 - 04:00 PM

The Weekly RoundUp

The Features

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–Lucille Ball & Theresa Tirelli in “Lucy’s Italian Movie”(I Love Lucy: Season 5 – 1956)

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–Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers as Josh & Dinah Barkley (The Barkleys of Broadway – 1949)

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–Jessica Alba & Nick Stahl (Sin City – 2005)

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–Homer Simpson as Homer the Clown (The Simpsons: Season 6 – 1995)

The Prices

TITLEAmazonBestBuyCrcCityTargetCostco
Alien Planet$10.46$12.99$15.99--
The Andy Griffith Show: S3$27.29$29.99$32.99$29.99-
Astaire & Rogers Signature Coll. V1$41.94$69.99$49.99--
The Ballad of Jack and Rose$18.87$24.99$19.99$16.99-
The Barkleys of Broadway$14.98$14.99$15.99--
Breakin’ Collection$24.46$29.99$24.99--
The Brown Bunny: SuperBit$17.47$22.99---
Dave Chappelle: For What Its Worth$13.96$14.99$12.99$12.99-
The Deal$18.72$22.99$24.97--
Follow the Fleet$14.98$14.99$15.99--
The Glass Shield SE$17.99$14.99$17.99--
I Love Lucy: Season 5$38.49$39.99$55.98$39.99$37.99
Jamboree$14.98$14.99$15.99--
Krzysztof Kieslowski Collection$69.97$99.99$99.99--
Little Britain: Complete 1st Series$20.99$23.99$24.99--
Mambo Kings$13.98$14.99$15.99--
The Man Who Copied$18.74$19.99$19.99--
My Left Foot SE$13.99$14.99$17.99--
My Neighbors the Yamadas$20.99$19.99$19.99--
The Office: Season 1$20.99$19.99$24.99$19.99-
Phil of the Future: Vol. 1$13.99$14.99$15.99$14.99-
Pom Poko$20.99$19.99$19.99--
Saved/Bell-New Class: Season 4$27.99$34.99$34.99--
Shall We Dance$14.98$14.99$15.99--
The Simpsons: Season 6$32.49$29.99$32.99$29.99-
Sin City$15.98$16.99$14.99$16.99$18.99
Swing Time$13.98$14.99$15.99--
That’s So Raven: Volume 2$13.99$14.99$15.99$14.99-
Top Hat$13.98$14.99$15.99--
Undeclared: Complete Series$34.99$33.99---
Walt Disney’s Timeless Tales Vol. 1$13.99$14.99$17.99--
Walt Disney’s Timeless Tales Vol. 2$13.99$14.99$17.99--
**The Wedding Date$17.98$19.99$19.99$16.99$18.99
Will & Grace: Season 4$31.49$33.99$32.99$34.99-


Individual Titles included in Collections listed above:

The Astaire/Rogers Signature Collection – Vol. 1: The Barkleys of Broadway, Follow the Fleet, Shall We Dance, Swing Time, and Top Hat.

Breakin’ Collection: Breakin’, Breakin’ 2, Beat Street & bonus disc.

The Krzysztof Kieslowski Collection: The Scar, Camera Buff, No End, Blind Chance, A Short Film About Killing, A Short Film About Love.

Walt Disney Timeless Tales Vol. 1: The Prince and the Pauper, The Three Little Pigs, The Tortoise and the Hare.

Walt Disney Timeless Tales Vol. 2: The Ugly Duckling, The Wind and the Willows, The Country Cousin.

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! The Wedding Date is available in both OAR and MAR versions...get the correct one!

--Best Buy is promoting a FREE Comic Book with its copies of Frank Miller’s Sin City (either DVD or UMD for PSP gaming system). Minimum 100 per store. No rainchecks.

--Circuit City says you can save $10 when you buy The Simpsons: Season 6 AND any other season. In-Store only. Purchases must be on same receipt.

--Circuit City’s got a FREE lithograph set with its copies of Frank Miller’s Sin City. In-store only. While supplies last. Minimum 45 per store.

--Target is offering a FREE $5 gift card with the purchase of Will & Grace: Season 4 at their store. Gift card automatically given at register; no rain checks.

The Appeal

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First: Parker & Ron have re-formatted the Portal Page to include exclusive HT industry news you won’t find in any place on the HTF! Second: You will help support the Home Theater Forum and keep it up and running.

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

If you simply link to the Portal Page when you start your visits to the HTF, that act alone wILL bring revenue to the forum. While it would also be nice if you wanted to click on some of the advertisers’ links and check out their deals and sales (that form of “window shopping” would bring even more revenue to the forum), the simple act of landing on the Portal Page registers a “hit” or “impression” that creates revenue for the HTF.

So, if you’ve been “sneaking in” to the HTF through links to your favorite thread or forum, please take an extra second of your time and land first on the HTF Portal Page. You’ll see the new Industry News sections AND help out financially. THANKS!


The Markdowns

The latest markdowns according to DavisDVD:

EFFECTIVE: August 16, 2005 (Studio/Titles/New SRP)

SONY/Columbia-TriStar

Fear of a Black Hat ... $14.94

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 44 OFFLINE   Patrick Sun

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Posted August 13 2005 - 04:04 PM

Circuit City on sale DVD items:

$17.99 each
Alexander: Director's Cut
XXX: State of the Union
Constantine
Million Dollar Baby
Diary of a Mad Black Woman
Guess Who

$7.49 each:
Forrest Gump
Die Hard
Die Hard 2
Die Hard 3
The Untouchables
Minority Report
The Last of the Mohicans
The Exorcist
The 13th Warrior
Radio
Donnie Brasco
Contract Killer
Fargo
Raging Bull
Cool Hand Luke
The Big Lebowski
The Sandlot
Jurassic Park
The Waterboy
The Princess Bride

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Best Buy on sale DVD items:

$37.99 each:
Family Guy, Vol. 1
Family Guy, Vol. 2

$34.99:
Simpsons, Season 5

$24.99:
Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Vol. 1

$19.99 each:
Guess Who
Ocean's Twelve
Hotel Rwanda
The Phantom of the Opera
Kung Fu Hustle
Be Cool
Man of the House
The Notebook

$16.99:
Hostage


$14.99:
Tears of the Sun

$12.99 each:
Kill Bill Volume 1
Kill Bill Volume 2
Pulp Fiction

$9.99 each:
Joe Dirt
Selena
Fire in the Sky
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
SNL: Will Ferrell
Over the Top
Charlotte's Web
Boondock Saints
Gotti
Kids
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Cool Hand Luke
The Doors
The Sandlot
Fraggle Rock: Live by the Rule of the Rock
The Neverending Story
The Ice Pirates
Welcome Back Kotter, 6 episodes

$8.99 each:
Reservoir Dogs
Once upon a Time in Mexico

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Target on sale DVD items:

$29.99:
Simpsons, Season 5

$24.99:
Simpsons, Season 1

$21.99:
Chappelle's Show, Season 2

$17.99 each:
Chappelle's Show, Season 1
2-pack: Kill Bill Vol's 1 &2
2-pack: Jackie Brown & Pulp Fiction

$10 each (plus other DVDs not shown)
Raise Your Voice
Annie
The Bourne Supremacy
Troy
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#3 of 44 OFFLINE   Dillon*G

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Posted August 13 2005 - 04:12 PM

I'm getting:
-The Office:Season 1
-The Simpsons:Season 6
-Sin City
-Undeclared:Complete Series
-Will & Grace:Season 4

Thanks a lot Mike and Patrick.

#4 of 44 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted August 13 2005 - 05:41 PM

Thanks for the roundup.

Not as big a week for me as I had originally thought, since I will be passing on Andy Griffith season 3, which has a syndicated, cut episode, even though the full episode is floating around on a number of public domain releases. I am flabbergasted as to why they wouldn't have included the entire episode, but any talk of unavailability is clearly bogus.

Still, I'll be getting:

I Love Lucy
The Simpsons
Top Hat
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#5 of 44 OFFLINE   Mike<> C

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Posted August 13 2005 - 06:01 PM

nothing for me

#6 of 44 OFFLINE   David*P

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Posted August 13 2005 - 06:20 PM

I'll be getting Will & Grace and my brother is getting The Office.

Thanks for posting the roundup each week! It's so helpful!


#7 of 44 OFFLINE   Kenneth Cummings

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Posted August 13 2005 - 06:28 PM

Thanks for the roundup Mike, but nothing for me.
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#8 of 44 OFFLINE   Vlad D

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Posted August 14 2005 - 01:52 AM

Only Sin City for me.

#9 of 44 OFFLINE   Craig S

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Posted August 14 2005 - 02:11 AM

Fry's is advertising both Sin City & The Wedding Date as their Tuesday-only $13.99 specials.

Sin City, Astaire & Rogers Collection, "Simpsons", & "Undeclared" for me. Maybe the two Studio Ghibli releases as well, although I was hoping someone would have better prices.

Thanks as always for the Round Up, Mike & Pat.

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#10 of 44 OFFLINE   Michael Moulton

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Posted August 14 2005 - 02:43 AM

Undeclared for me definitely, but I'm still trying to decide on Sin City. I wish the studio would stop jerking us around and announce the SE already.

#11 of 44 OFFLINE   TravisR

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Posted August 14 2005 - 03:04 AM

Big TV week for me:

I Love Lucy: Season Five
The Simpsons: Season Six
Undeclared: Season One
and
Sin City

#12 of 44 OFFLINE   Ernesto.Morin

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Posted August 14 2005 - 05:18 AM

Sin City for me.

#13 of 44 OFFLINE   Ed Faver

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Posted August 14 2005 - 05:23 AM

Thanks Mike-

Undeclared, Simpsons 6, and My Left Foot SE for me. I had reserved Sin City at Suncoast, but I'm going to pass until a special edition hits the stores. Even Ebert and Roeper warned against the bare bones Sin City in this week's show!

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Posted August 14 2005 - 05:51 AM

Undeclared and maybe The Simpsons (if I can get that regular-style box that Fox is offering by mail-order).

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Posted August 14 2005 - 06:15 AM

Thanks for the Roundup as always.

The Simpsons: The Complete 6th season for me this week.

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Posted August 14 2005 - 07:12 AM

I've been keeping money saved for "Undeclared" for some time. I keep trying to figure whether or not I'll be picking up Sin City first day, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't watch it between now and when it hits video stores' Previously Viewed sections and considering I'll eventually plop down $30 for a special edition, I think I'll pass this week.
I wasn't expecting the Ghibli releases this week! I may have to postpone those as well... I'm sure I can get them for $19.99 somewhere at some point.

Thanks for the roundup!
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Posted August 14 2005 - 07:16 AM

Sin City
and maybe: Simpsons, Undeclared, The Office

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Posted August 14 2005 - 07:33 AM

Definitely I Love Lucy S5 for me. POSSIBLY a blind buy for Undeclared. Any recommendations on it? I got hooked on Freaks and Geeks once it hit DVD. Is this as good?

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Posted August 14 2005 - 08:23 AM

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Not as big a week for me as I had originally thought, since I will be passing on Andy Griffith season 3, which has a syndicated, cut episode, even though the full episode is floating around on a number of public domain releases.

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I've got a $5 Best Buy coupon, so Simpsons season 6, my only purchase this week will set me back just $1 an episode.

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Posted August 14 2005 - 09:57 AM

Only Simpsons for me. Thanks Pat and Mike.