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Weekly RoundUp 4-18-2006


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#1 of 42 Mike Frezon

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Posted April 15 2006 - 04:03 PM

The Weekly RoundUp

The Features

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– Million Dollar Baby - In HD-DVD! (2005)

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– Orson Welles (Mr. Arkadin - 1955)

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– Bob Hoskins & Judi Dench (Mrs. Henderson Presents - 2005)

The Prices

TITLEAmazonBestBuyCrcCityTargetCostco
The American President$8.99$9.99$9.99--
Bad Dreams$8.97$11.99$12.99--
Breakfast on Pluto$16.99$19.99$24.97--
The Buccaneers$9.69$12.99$12.99--
Complete Mr. Arkadin$34.99$35.99$39.99--
Doogie Howser, MD: Season 4$27.49$29.99$24.99--
Event Horizon SE$13.99$12.99$17.99--
Herbie Hancock: Possibilities$19.99$22.99$19.99--
Hostel$16.98$14.99$14.99--
Last Samurai (HD-DVD)$19.98$24.99$28.99--
Meeting Daddy$10.99$12.99$12.99--
Mercenary for Justice$18.99$24.99$17.99--
Michael Palin: Sahara$24.49$29.99$24.99--
Million Dollar Baby (HD-DVD)$19.99$24.99$28.99--
Moonstruck: Deluxe Edition$13.99$14.99$15.99--
**Mrs. Henderson Presents$19.99$17.99$17.99--
One Bright Shining Moment: Geo. McGovern$20.99$24.99$24.99--
Phantom of the Opera (2004): (HD-DVD)$19.99$24.99$28.99--
Remington Steele: Season 3$27.99$27.99$27.99--
Return of Living Dead 4: Necropolis$20.19$19.99$19.99--
The Sentinel: Season 1$27.99$31.99$34.99--
Serenity (2005): (HD-DVD)$24.49$27.99$33.99--
TCM Archives: Laurel & Hardy Collection$27.99$29.99$34.99--
Thundercats: Season 2 Volume 1$42.96$42.99$59.99--
Unveiled (2005)$18.69$19.99---
Yes: 9012 Live$13.99$16.99$17.99--


(CC) after a title = New release in the Criterion Collection.

(HD-DVD) after a title = New High-Definition release.

Individual titles included in box sets listed above:

TCM Archives: Laurel & Hardy Collection: The Devil’s Brother, Bonnie Scotland.

The Disclaimer
Standard disclaimer: All prices are taken from the websites of each chain, or from their printed Sunday advertisements. All prices are subject to change by each chain. Prices and inventory in-store may or may not match the website price.

"LP" in the RoundUp table means a store’s Sunday flyer says "Low Price". That means 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, obviously, cannot include EVERY title released in a given week in the RoundUp. The titles included are those that I am interested in...as well as those which I consider will be of interest to a majority of consumers (and sometimes I’ll miss one!). I don't get paid for this, and I don't have the time to list 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!

Note that I cannot include Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club prices in the RoundUp. They set prices at individual stores based on nearby competition, so there is no way I can say here what price you'll find at YOUR local Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club location. And, as always, Circuit City does not guarantee their sale prices in Hawaii.


The Specials

**BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL! Mrs. Henderson Presents is available in both OAR and MAR versions...get the correct one!

--Well, it was inevitable. This is the first week HD titles are being released. For now, I’ll just include them as I found them in the grid with the appropriate notation. Obviously (and I feel stupid saying it here—but since all the e-tailer sites are including it…), an HD-compatible player is required to play any HD release.

--A majorly quiet week otherwise…after several weeks of blockbuster high-profile releases.

--To start things off this week, BB is advertising its HD titles on a separate flyer page than its SD-DVD titles. On the same page as the Toshiba HD-A1 ($499.99) is an offer to buy the HD-A1 and the three HD titles released this week (Million $ Baby, Last Samurai & Phantom of the Opera @ $24.99 apiece) and receive a FREE $25 Gift card, instantly. Look for more HD-DVD titles—coming soon to a Best Buy near you. Must be purchased on same receipt. Gift card good toward future purchase. Online offer may vary.

--Best Buy is advertising FREE BB EXCLUSIVE Tattoos(!) on-pack with it’s copies of Hostel ($14.99). Minimum 40 per store. No rainchecks.

--Best Buy is also advertising that you can save $10, instantly, when you buy any TWO of the following three Disney titles: The Greatest Game Ever Played, Chicken Little, Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin. Must be purchased on same receipt.

--Best Buy, this week, is advertising EXCLUSIVE BONUS MOVIE CASH to see the new theatrical release Silent Hill. This is a $10.50 value and comes with the purchase of Amityville Horror (2005), Resident Evil, The Fog (NR) and other select titles in store. See a customer specialist(?) for details. Minimum 8 per store. No rainchecks.

--Best Buy is also having a 2/$20 deal on King Kong (2005/1-disc) with select movie titles. Shown in the ad are The Chronicles of Riddick, Shaun of the Dead and Van Helsing (@ $9.99 apiece). Must be purchased on same receipt. See store for details.

--Best Buy has also pulled out a Mother’s Day promotion this week. Get a FREE MOTHER’S DAY GREETING CARD included on-pack with each of these titles: The Phantom of the Opera, Mut Love Dogs, You’ve Got Mail ($6.99 apiece). Minimum 5 per store. No rainchecks.

--No specials listed in this week’s Circuit City flyer. Not that I could get one early. But all other sources…including circuitcity.com…indicate no special deals this week.

--Target has issued NO flyer this week!

The Markdowns

The latest markdowns according to DavisDVD:

EFFECTIVE: April 18, 2006 (Studio/Titles/New SRP)

None to report.

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 42 Don

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Posted April 15 2006 - 04:11 PM

Laurel and Hardy Collection for me this week.

#3 of 42 Steve Tannehill

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Posted April 15 2006 - 04:24 PM

Well, BB did not have the HD-DVD offer going today when I picked up the player and Last Samurai and Phantom of the Opera. I'll have to see if they will rectify that.

Meanwhile, it's Serenity from Amazon via Prime for me. Thanks as usual for the roundup.

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#4 of 42 Mike Frezon

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Posted April 15 2006 - 04:27 PM

Hey Steve: I guess you gotta figure that's an offer that is probably scheduled to kick in on Tuesday...because that's the release date for the HD titles.

Why release the hardware on Sunday if the software ain't around till Tuesday?! Posted Image I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.

I've been enjoying the various threads in High Def Software and Audio/Video Sources as so many HTFers are bringing these babies home! Posted Image

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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#5 of 42 EricSchulz

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Posted April 15 2006 - 04:29 PM

Just ordered L&H from Amazon...

I know Patrick usually reserves the second post for the catalog titles, but he hasn't posted them at 12:30am ET, so I think the holiday weekend kept him from doing so. Although Target has no ad this week (the only week of the year they don't usually publish one...) I do have some info on titles that they are carrying...I just won't have prices til Monday or Tuesday to post:
Hostel
Mrs. Henderson Presents
Breakfast on Pluto $19.99
Mercenary for Justice $19.99
Remington Steele S3 $27.99
Thundercats S2V1
I'll post prices ASAP...

(EDIT: I posted prices for some stuff I was able to confirm early. The rest are coming!)

#6 of 42 Bill Thomann

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Posted April 15 2006 - 04:38 PM

My only 2 purchases are American President & Moonstruck DE which'll be coming next week with Patriot UE from Amazon w/SSS. Thanks for the roundup "Wimpy" & Patrick.

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Posted April 15 2006 - 04:42 PM

I thought Cross of Iron is coming out this week?

#8 of 42 Steve Tannehill

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Posted April 15 2006 - 04:47 PM

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Hey Steve: I guess you gotta figure that's an offer that is probably scheduled to kick in on Tuesday...because that's the release date for the HD titles.


I guess the guy saw the sale of a player, a service plan, and decided the discs were okay to go. This was Saturday mid-afternoon, BTW. The players were shipped Fedex Saturday to most stores; each one got around 3, at least in this area. They won't be giving out too many gift cards, at this rate.

I'll talk to customer service on Tuesday, bringing up Million Dollar Baby to purchase, and see what they say.

- Steve

#9 of 42 PatWahlquist

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Posted April 15 2006 - 04:58 PM

Same with the HD players in Vegas. Two of the local BB's got three each. I was about to plunk down the cash for one, but I couldn't even...monetarily convince... the BB kid to sell me any of the discs. They said the fines are a killer, $500 per disc sold before street date. Good for those of you who got them.

Thanks for the Round Up, boys. Mr. Arkadin and maybe Hostel for me.

BTW, for those wondering about the Event Horizon SE: I'm trying to get the review done, and I should have it up by Monday night. It is well worth every penny, this is a great SE. More later...

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#10 of 42 Julio Diaz

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Posted April 15 2006 - 05:11 PM

Must... remember... that I... amwaiting... to see who wins... HD... format war! Must... resist... buying...first player... to market!

They don't make that easy by making Serenity one of the first titles out... Posted Image

Nothing on my to-buy list.

#11 of 42 ChrisBEA

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Posted April 15 2006 - 05:11 PM

Event Horizon for me! and probably Hostel.

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Posted April 15 2006 - 05:16 PM

I agree, Mike, a majorly quiet week, release-wise! Possibly Mr. Arkadin, but otherwise, nothing else for me this week. Thanks, as always, for the RoundUp!
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#13 of 42 Patrick Sun

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Posted April 15 2006 - 05:17 PM

Circuit City on sale DVD items:

SAW II $14.99
Get Rich or Die Tryin' $19.99
Mercenary For Justice (S. Seagal) $17.99
Fun With Dick & Jane 2005 $19.99
Chronicles of Narnia 1-disc Edition $17.99
King Kong 1-disc Edition 2005 $19.99
Chicken Little $17.99
Domino $17.99
Derailed: Unrated $17.99
RENT $12.99
Jarhead 1-disc Edition $12.99
Transporter 2 $12.99
Flightplan $12.99
DOOM (The Rock) $12.99
Trina: Live & Uncut $9.99

Rick James: Superfreak 1982
(Circuit City Exclusive: Free 20 Track DVD Sampler with purchase of Rick James Superfreak music DVD or 19 others to chose from in store. While Supplies last. Minimum 10 per store)

3 For $15: (Must Be On Same Receipt. In-store only)
Like Water for Chocolate
Pretty in Pink
While You Were Sleeping
Sliding Doors
For Love Of The Game
Dance With Me
Boat Trip
Lionheart
Monster
Indecent Proposal
The Last Castle
Shaft (Samuel L. Jackson)
What About Bob?
Midnight In The Garden of Good & Evil
Charelies Angels: Unrated
G.I. Jane
Wild Bill
Sex & The City Essentials: Romance
Sex & The City Essentials: Breakups
Stir of Echoes: Special Edition
Doc Hollywood
Dying Young
Mercury Rising: Collector's Edition
Harlem Nights
Claudine
Waterworld
Great Expectations (DeNiro/G. Paltrow)
Ji Li's: The Enforcer
Ji Li's: Fist of Legend
Ji Li's: The Legend of the Swordsman

DVD Sets
Remington Steele: Season 3 $27.99
Doogie Howser, M.D.: Season 4 $24.99

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Best Buy on sale DVD items:

King Kong 2005 1-disc Edition $19.99
Buy King Kong 2005 and one of the 3 select movie titles below and get both DVDs for $20. Must be purchased on same receipt - See store for details:
Shaun of the Dead
Van Helsing
The Chronicles of Riddick

$6.99 each: (Get a Mother's Day Greeting card included on pack with purchase of any one of the 3 titles listed below. No Rainchecks - Minimum 5 per store):
You've Got Mail
Must Love Dogs
The Phantom of the Opera 2005

Get Exclusive Silent Hill Movie Cash, a $10.50 value, with purchase of:
Amityville Horror 2005
Resident Evil
The Fog: Unrated
and other select titles in store.
(No Rainchecks. Minimum 8 per store)

2 For $20 (Regularly $14.99 each):
Stealth: Special Edition
Unrleashed: Unrated
Bourne Supremacy
The Warriors: Ultimate Director's Edition
The Transporter
Fight Club
Scarface (Pacino)
Resident Evil: Apocalypse
Aliev vs. Predator
Remember The Titans
Blade: Trinity - Unrated
Full Metal Jacket
Lords Of Dogtown: Unrated
Blow
Into The Blue
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Constantine 1-disc Edition

DVD Sets:
Remington Steele: Season 3 $27.99
Thundercats: Season 2 $42.99
Thundercats: Season 1 - Volume I $27.99
Thundercats: Season 1 - Volume II $27.99

Target on sale DVD items:

No ad this week from Target.
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#14 of 42 Dillon*G

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Posted April 15 2006 - 06:05 PM

I'm getting:
-Event Horizon:SE
-Hostel:UR
-Moonstruck: CE
-Titus:SE

If no one has posted prices for Titus by the time I get here in the morning I will look them up and post them myself. Too sleepy to do it tonight.

Thank you Mike and Patrick for the prices.

#15 of 42 Mike<> C

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Posted April 15 2006 - 07:06 PM

Aside from the enhanced widescreen is there anything new for The American President?


Event Horizon for me and now maybe American Pres.

#16 of 42 Kenneth Cummings

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Posted April 16 2006 - 01:40 AM

Happy Easter and thanks for the round up Whimpy and Patrick. Sadly nothing this week, as I am in a retro mood for some games.
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Posted April 16 2006 - 02:08 AM

Thanks Mike and happy Easter to all. I've tried in vain to located some HD-DVD titles around here but no luck. I'll be at BB first thing Tuesday.
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#18 of 42 Ernesto.Morin

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Posted April 16 2006 - 02:49 AM

After reading DVDTalk's review on Event Horizon SE that is what I am picking up this week.

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Posted April 16 2006 - 03:23 AM

Laurel and Hardy for me...YAY! I've been waiting for this one.
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#20 of 42 george kaplan

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Posted April 16 2006 - 03:31 AM

Weak week.

Thanks as usual. Maybe American President if the PQ is significantly improved, otherwise nothing.
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