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Weekly RoundUp 8/23/2005

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#1 of 64 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted August 20 2005 - 04:01 PM

The Weekly RoundUp

The Features

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At my signal, unleash hell.
–Russell Crowe as Maximus Meridius (Gladiator – 2000)

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Swordsmanship untested in battle is like swimming on land.
– Tatsuya Nakadai as Hanshiro Tsugumo (Harakiri – 1962)

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–Harrison Ford (Witness – 1985)

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–Robert Fuller, Kevin Tighe & Randolph Mantooth (Emergency!: Season 1 – 1972)

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– Kent McCord & Martin Milner (Adam 12: Season 1 – 1968)

The Prices

Adam-12: Season 1$27.99$33.99$34.99--
The Adventures of Ociee Nash$14.98$16.99$15.99--
Alf: Season 2$27.99$27.99$34.99$29.99-
Audition SE (Uncut)$14.98$14.99$15.99--
Battlefield Britain$34.99$44.99$39.99--
Beauty Shop$16.98$16.99$14.99$16.99$19.59
**Billy Madison SE$11.23$9.99$12.99--
Bliss: Season 1$17.47$19.99$19.99--
Boudu Saved From Drowning (CC)$20.96$24.99$19.99--
Boy Meets World: Season 3$27.99$34.99$34.99--
Cape Fear$10.49$12.99$12.99--
Clear The Skies$10.48$12.99$12.99--
Dust to Glory$17.47$22.99$24.97--
Emergency!: Season 1$27.99$33.99$34.99--
Essential Alfred Hitchcock Collection$14.98-$15.99--
Flaming Lips: Void$11.24$12.99$12.99--
Flowers of St. Francis (CC)$20.96$24.99$19.99--
Four Friends$11.21-$14.94--
Futurama: Monster Robot Maniac Fun$10.49$9.99$9.99--
Gladiator: Extended Edition$27.99$27.99$24.99$29.99-
Good Times: Season 5$20.96$24.99$19.99--
** Happy Gilmore SE$11.23$9.99$12.99--
Harakiri (CC)$27.96$34.99$34.99--
Homeland Security$10.49$12.99$12.99--
I Love You, Don’t Touch Me$13.45$12.99$14.94--
John Wayne Coll. (Amazon Exclusive)$94.42----
Killing of Sister George$11.20$12.99$14.94--
Kung Fu: Season 3$27.99$27.99$32.99--
Lackawanna Blues$18.89$19.99$19.99$16.99-
**Layer Cake SE$18.87$19.99$17.99--
Life As We Know It: Comp. Series$27.99$34.99$34.99--
**A Lot Like Love$20.99$16.99$17.99$19.99$18.99
New Jack City 2-disc SE$18.89$16.99$14.99--
The O.C.: Season 2$48.99$47.99$47.99$45.99$47.99
Once & Again: Season 1$41.99$50.99$59.99$44.99-
Once & Again: Season 2$41.99$42.99$59.99$44.99-
One Last Dance$25.18$16.99$19.99--
The Red Tent$10.49$9.99$12.99--
**The Ring Two (NR)$15.98$16.99$14.99--
The Ring Two ®$20.99$19.99$24.99$16.99-
Ringu 2$20.99$22.99$24.99--
Ringu Anthology of Terror$41.99$42.99$55.98--
Six Feet Under: Season 4$69.99$79.99$64.99-$69.99
That’s My Mama: Season 1$20.96$24.99$24.99--
That’s My Mama: Season 2$20.96$24.99$24.99--
The Transporter SE$13.99$14.99$12.99--
The Truman Show SE$13.99$14.99$17.99--
Vincent and Theo$11.20$12.99$14.94--
What’s Happening!!: Season 3$20.96$24.99$19.99--
Without You, I’m Nothing$11.20$12.99$14.94--
Witness SE$13.99$14.99$17.99--
A World Apart$11.20$12.99$14.94--

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

Individual Titles included in Collections listed above:

The Essential Alfred Hitchcock Collection: Champagne, Murder!, Number Seventeen, 39 Steps, The Skin Game, Jamaica Inn, Easy Virtue, The Manxman, The Farmer’s Wife.

The John Wayne DVD Collection (Amazon.com exclusive): El Dorado, Hatari!, In Harm’s Way, Rio Lobo, The Sons of Katie Elder, The Shootist, Donovan’s Reef, Big Jake, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, True Grit.

The Ringu Anthology of Terror: Ringu, Rasen, Ringu 2, Ringu 0.

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! Quite a few titles are being released in MAR versions! Billy Madison SE AND Happy Gilmore SE AND Layer Cake SE AND A Lot Like Love AND The Ring Two (NR) are available in both OAR and MAR versions...get the correct one!

--Biggest week we’ve had in awhile. Lots of TV-on-DVD this week! And, Criterions and some SEs of prior releases. Even some post 9/11 programs. A little bit of everything!

--Best Buy and Circuit City are both advertising that their copies of The Transporter: Special Delivery Edition contain on-pack movie tickets to see The Transporter 2. In theaters Friday, 9/2/2005. Up to $7.50 value. Minimum 6 per store. No rainchecks.

--Best Buy says you can save $10, instantly, when you buy The O.C.: Seasons 1 ($51.99) AND 2 ($47.99). Purchases must be on same receipt. No rainchecks.

--Target is offering a FREE and EXCLUSIVE pocket calendar with the purchase of The O.C.: Season 2 at their store. Packaged together. Quantity limited; no rain checks.

The Appeal

Any visitor to the Weekly RoundUp should be sure to check out the new Main Portal Page of the Home Theater Forum….FOR TWO VERY GOOD REASONS!

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 23, 2005 (Studio/Titles/New SRP)


The Howling: Special Edition ... $14.94


Sasquatch Hunters ... $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 64 OFFLINE   Patrick Sun

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Posted August 20 2005 - 04:05 PM

Circuit City on sale DVD items:

Band of Brothers 6-disc

Deadwood season 1

Sopranos season 5

Oz season 5

Sex & the City season 6 part 1

Curb Your Enthusiasm season 3

Transporter w/ Transporter 2 movie ticket

$6.99 each:
Barbershop 2
American Me
Over the Top
Donnie Darko
Raising Arizona
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Natural Born Killers
American Beauty
The Pianist


Best Buy on sale DVD items:

Six Feet Under season 4

OC season 1 (save $10 if bought with OC s2)

Queer as Folk season 1

Sin City

Are We There Yet?

$16.99 each:
WWE TombStone

$14.99 each:
Transporter w/ Transporter 2 movie ticket

$9.99 each:
Futurama Monster Robot Maniac Fun
In Good Company
Without a Paddle
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
I Love Huckabees
Blue Collar Comedy Tour
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
Meet the Fockers
Lemony Snickets...Unfortunate Events
Assault on Precint 13
Motorcycle Diaries
Apollo 13 2-disc
Friday Night Lights
White Noise
Seed of Chucky
School House Rock!
Shark Tale
Fat Albert
Shrek 2
The Goonies
Scarface 2-disc


Target on sale DVD items:

$14.99 each:
Little Einsteins: Our Big Huge Adventure

$10 each:
The Ring
Calendar Girls
Shrek 2
Shark Tale

$7.50 each:
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Never Been Kissed
Raising Arizona
SNL: Ferrell
Mission Impossible 2
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
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Posted August 20 2005 - 04:15 PM

Big week.I'm getting: -ALF:Season 2 -A Lot Like Love -Gladiator:EE -Layer Cake -New Jack City:SE -O.C.:Season 2 -Transporter:SE -Truman Show:SE -Witness:SE Thanks for the prices Mike and Patrick.

#4 of 64 OFFLINE   Daryl Stovall

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Posted August 20 2005 - 04:21 PM

A very expensive week for me: - Beauty Shop - Gladiator: EE - Good Times Season Five - Kung Fu Season Three - The O.C. Season Two - Old Boy - The Ring Two (NR) - Six Feet Under Season Four - That's My Mama Seasons One & Two - What's Happening Season Three Thanks Mike and Patrick, much appreciated.

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Posted August 20 2005 - 04:24 PM

Gee, everything's so high this week. I was hoping Adam-12 and Emergency would be at least as low as $28. I was also hoping for some RZ deals. Well, if I can afford it all: Adam-12 Emergency Kung Fu What's Happening If I can't, I will at least get Adam-12 and Emergency and get the others later.

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Posted August 20 2005 - 04:45 PM

I'll be getting:

New Jack City
The Ring Two
Six Feet Under: Season Four

And possibly getting:
Futurama (since I'm a completist idiot) Posted Image

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Posted August 20 2005 - 04:59 PM

witnes and truman show, at least.

#8 of 64 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted August 20 2005 - 05:04 PM

Thanks for the roundup. Well this is looking to be a very minor week for me. I was interested in Witness, but the screenshots on DVDBeaver have convinced me not to upgrade that. I've seen no reviews of the new Gladiator, so I don't know if that's worth an upgrade or not. Also, Amazon is listing new releases on Tuesday for both E.T. and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, but again, I haven't heard any details about these, so I don't know if they'll be worth upgrading. Aside from those, nothing of interest this week whatsoever. Are they still doing crop&drop widescreen butchering of Kung Fu?
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Posted August 20 2005 - 05:12 PM

Thanks Mike. The only remotely interesting item to me this week is Adam 12. Love that show. Reminder to all Costco members that certain HBO sets are $20 with coupon starting Monday. That'll put many of them in the $30s price wise. Steve
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Posted August 20 2005 - 05:15 PM

Truman Show for me.

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Posted August 20 2005 - 07:16 PM

No, and season 2 was full-screen as well.

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Posted August 20 2005 - 08:00 PM

Tons of releases this week! But only two I need: Gladiator EE and Truman Show SE. Whoo hoo! Been looking forward to these!

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Posted August 20 2005 - 08:01 PM

Does anyone know if the Apollo 13 two disc set has the complete sountrack the way the original set does(if you let the menu screen just play)? I might upgrade if it has the soundtrack. It has all the other bonus features of the original release right?

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Posted August 21 2005 - 01:36 AM

Fry's comes through with a $22.99 Tuesday-only price on the Gladiator EE. They will also have The Ring Two for $13.99.

There's a mini-review and discussion in this thread:


Looks worth it to me; YMMV.
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Posted August 21 2005 - 03:19 AM

TRUMAN SHOW and the UNDERTAKER 3 Disc Set from Best Buy.


#16 of 64 OFFLINE   Joe Fisher

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Posted August 21 2005 - 03:43 AM

The 2 disc set doesn't have the isolated score. All the features are the same as the original release.

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Posted August 21 2005 - 03:53 AM

Anyone know the price for the hulk game from sunday ads? besides target? thanks. JACOB

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Posted August 21 2005 - 04:25 AM

It is likely MSRP at Best Buy and Circuit City (not advertised in either flyer; expect to pay full price). Your best bet is Target (with the $10 Gift Card offer) or CompUSA (wrong Hulk package is pictured in their flyer, but it should be $39.99 in-store or online).

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Posted August 21 2005 - 05:10 AM

Where do you get Fry's prices from? I'd love to know if they're lower on Adam-12 and Emergency. My Fry's is getting bad about not having a lot of titles on Tuesday, though.

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Posted August 21 2005 - 05:37 AM

Finally a week with dvd releases that I acually want to get. I will get Truman Show later on, but I will get Gladator SE for sure. Thanks for the round up Mike.
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