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#1 of 65 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted August 26 2006 - 03:59 PM

The Weekly RoundUp

The Features

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– Judy Garland & Gene Kelly (For Me and My Gal – 1942)

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– The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001 – 2003)

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– Joan Bennett & Spencer Tracy (Father of the Bride – 1950)

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– from The Atomic Bomb Collection (1995)

The Prices

SD-DVD TITLEAmazonBestBuyCrcCityTargetCostco
**Akeelah and the Bee$16.98$17.99$16.99$16.99$18.99
American Gun$16.99$19.99$19.99 -  - 
Andy Griffith Show: Season 7$26.99$27.99$34.99 -  - 
Arrested Development: Season 3$20.99$19.99$19.99$22.99 - -
Atomic Bomb Collection$35.99$34.99$34.99 -  - 
Baghdad ER$16.99$25.99$19.99 -  - 
Brother Bear 2$19.87$19.99$17.99$16.99 - 
Castle of Cagliostro SE$16.99$16.99$14.99 -  - 
Charles Bukowski Tapes$18.69$19.99$19.99 -  - 
Chuck Norris Collection$23.52$29.99 -  -  - 
The Consequence$22.49 -  -  -  - 
Darkwing Duck: Volume 1$23.23$24.99$29.99 -  - 
Desperate Housewives: Season 2$39.87$36.99$37.99 - $38.99
Duck Season$20.99$19.99$19.99 -  - 
Epitafios: Season 1$41.99$54.99$49.99 -  - 
Father of the Bride (1950)$11.19$12.99$12.99 -  - 
Flavor of Love: Season 1$27.88$31.99$34.99 -  - 
For Me and My Gal$14.99$14.99$15.99 -  - 
Fourteen Hours (1951)$10.49$12.99$12.99 -  - 
Friends With Money$19.87$19.99$17.99$19.99 - 
Jewel of the Nile SE$14.99$14.99$9.99 -  - 
Leading Ladies of the Studio Era$37.49$42.99$34.99 -  - 
Let’s Scare Jessica to Death$10.99$9.99$12.99 -  - 
Lonesome Jim$16.99$19.99$19.99 -  - 
Looking for Comedy/Muslim World$19.59$19.99$19.99 -  - 
LotR: Trilogy$60.99$71.99$86.98 -  - 
LofR: Fellowship/Rings$16.98$17.99$17.99$16.99 - 
LotR: The Two Towers$16.98$17.99$17.99$16.99 - 
LotR: Return of the King$16.98$17.99$17.99$16.99 - 
Mountain Patrol: Kekexili$18.69$22.99$24.97 -  - 
MST3K: Volume 10$41.99$49.99$49.99 -  - 
Nip/Tuck: Season 3$41.99$39.99$39.99$39.99$39.99
Pretty in Pink SE$10.99$9.99$12.99 -  - 
Romancing the Stone SE$14.99$14.99$9.99 -  - 
Romancing/Stone-Jewel/Nile Coll.$19.87$22.99$24.99 -  - 
Roseanne: Halloween Edition$9.87$10.99$12.99 -  - 
**The Sentinel$16.98$16.99$14.99$16.99 - 
Shock (1946)$10.49$12.99$12.99 -  - 
Some Kind of Wonderful$10.99$9.99$12.99 -  - 
South Park: Season 8$34.85$29.99$29.99$32.99 - 
Stephen King’s Desperation$19.99$19.99$19.99 -  - 
Survivor: Palau$34.99$39.99$39.99 -  - 
Take the Lead$18.79$16.99$14.99$16.99 - 
Talespin: Volume 1$23.23$24.99$29.99 -  - 
Talking to Heaven$13.49$19.99$12.99 -  - 
Tap SE$13.99$14.99$15.99 -  - 
Teenage Mutant/Turtles: Season 5$11.19$9.99$12.99 -  - 
The Tick vs. Season 1$23.23$19.99$29.99 -  - 
Vicki (1953)$10.49$12.99$12.99 -  - 
Water$20.99$19.99$19.99 -  - 
Wayans: Thugaboo Sneaker Madness$17.99$12.99$12.99$12.99 - 
White Nights SE$13.99$14.99$15.99 -  - 
Will and Grace: Season 5$31.49$29.99$27.99$32.99 - 
The Zodiac$20.99$24.99$24.99 -  - 

HD-DVD TITLEAmazonBestBuyCrcCityTargetCostco
That’s the Way of the World $22.49$19.99$24.99 -  - 

I am including this title this week only because most of my new release sources have it for August 29. However, most retailers are listing it for September 12.

BLU-RAY TITLEAmazonBestBuyCrcCityTargetCostco
None this week.  -  -  -  -  - 

Individual titles included in box sets listed above:

The Atomic Bomb Collection: Trinity and Beyond, Nukes in Space, Atomic Journeys: Welcome to Ground Zero.

The Chuck Norris Collection: Delta Force, Delta Force 2, Missing in Action, Missing in Action 2: The Beginning, Braddock: Missing in Action 3.

Leading Ladies of the Studio Era: Now Voyager, Mildred Pierce, For Me and My Gal, Father of the Bride, Dial M for Murder.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Volume 10: The Giant Spider Invasion, Godzilla vs. Megalon, Swamp Women, Teenage Strangler.

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! Akeelah and the Bee AND The Sentinel are available in both OAR and MAR versions...get the correct one(s) !

--I am still unsure of my efficiencies in finding and pricing the various HD & Blu-Ray release each week. Be forewarned. It seems like in-store prices at Best Buy and Circuit City are coming in cheaper than the prices as reported on-line.

I think this is a good week to note that Time-Life has released The Odd Couple: Season 1. Many sources are announcing this as a new release this week, but Time-Life has an exclusive and will be releasing this only through their company. For details click HEREl!

Many HTFers are starting to receive their copies and seem to be pleased with the quality of their season 1 set. Click HERE for reviews and information.

This information is currently up at the Time-Life site:

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--Amazon.com is having a special offer on Blu-Ray & HD-DVD discs: Save an additional 10% on all of your Blu-ray & HD-DVD Disc purchases for the next year. Purchase three Blu-ray or HD-DVD Discs right now, and you'll automatically qualify to receive an additional 10% off all of your high-definition DVD purchases for one year. To receive a 10% discount on your three high-def Discs upon checkout, use this claim code: HDDISC10. Go HERE for details.

--Best Buy is offering a $5 savings on Brother Bear 2…with the purchase of ANY OTHER Disney DVD title. Must be purchased on same receipt.

--Best Buy is also holding a 2/$40 promotion when you buy BOTH Darkwing Duck: Volume 1 ($24.99) AND Talespin: Volume 1 ($24.99). Must be purchased on same receipt.

--Best Buy also has the following TV on DVD season sets available for $19.99 apiece:

Arrested Development: Season 3
Charmed: Season 1-5
Curb Your Enthusiasm: Seasons 1-2
Dawson’s Creek: Seasons 1-6
Entourage: Season 1
Gilmore Girls: Seasons 4-5
King of Queens: Seasons 1-4
MacGyver: Seasons 1-6
NewsRadio: Seasons 1 & 2-3
Nip/Tuck: Seasons 1-2
Rescue Me: Seasons 1-2
Seinfeld: Seasons 1 & 2-6
South Park: Seasons 1-3
The O.C.: Seasons 1-2
The Tick vs. Season 1: Season 1
Veronica Mars: Season 1

--Best Buy has the following TV on DVD season sets available for $15.99 apiece:

Will & Grace: Seasons 1-4

--Circuit City has a FREE WARNER BROTHERS 2006 TV PREVIEW DVD SAMPLER advertised with the purchase of the following DVDs:

Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 2
Entourage: Season 1
Gilmore Girls: Season 5
Nip/Tuck: Season 2
The O.C.: Season 2

I assume this will be similar to the bonus DVD announced last week at Best Buy which had the following description: Features trailers for TV Series: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, The Nine, and Smith. It also features trailers for upcoming TV-on-DVD releases: Nip/Tuck, Smallville & Supernatural.

--Circuit City has an EXCLUSIVE FREE MAGNETIC SPELLING GAME with the purchase of Akeelah and the Bee. Minimum 6 per store.

--Circuit City, this week, has an EXCLUSIVE STICKER BOOK with the purchase of Brother Bear 2 on DVD. While supplies last. Minimum 25 per store.

--Circuit City has FREE POP_SECRET POPCORN to hand out with the purchase on DVD of Take the Lead. While supplies last. Minimum 25 per store.

--Circuit City is offering $5 savings when you buy:

Arrested Development: Season 3 and any previous season. In store only. Must be purchased on same receipt.

Will and Grace: Season 5 and any previous season. In store only. Must be purchased on same receipt.

--Target has its own EXCLUSIVE BONUS DVD with copies of Akeelah and the Bee. Quantity limited, no rainchecks.

The Markdowns

The latest markdowns according to DavisDVD:

EFFECTIVE: August 29, 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 65 OFFLINE   Patrick Sun

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Posted August 26 2006 - 04:04 PM

Circuit City on sale DVD items:

Poseidon $17.99
The Hard Corps $17.99
Crunk Kings: The Movie $9.99 (DVD + CD)

$9.99 each:
16 Blocks
Dave Chappelle’s Block Party: Unrated
Harry Potter & The Golblet Of Fire
March Of The Penguins
Something New
Brokeback Mountain
40 Year Old Virgin: Unrated
The Producers (2005)
Nanny McPhee
Riddick Trilogy
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Batman Begins
The Wicker Man
Full Metal Jacket
Cinderella Man
Carlito’s Way
Gone With The Wind (2-disc)
Two For The Money
Blade: Trinity
The Notebook
House of Wax (2005)
Looney Tunes: Spotlight Collection

DVD Sets:
The O.C. : Season 2 $18.99 (Season 1 also available)
Nip/Tuck: Season 2 $18.99 (Season 1 also available)
Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 2 $18.99 (Season 1 also available)
Entourage: Season 1 $18.99
Gilmore Girls: Season 5 $18.99 (Season 4 also available)
(Free Warner 2006 TV preview DVD sampler featuring 9 upcoming shows with the purchase of any of these marked DVD sets. While supplies last. Minimum 25 per store)


Best Buy on sale DVD items:

Dream Theater: Score $14.99


Target on sale DVD items:

$7.50 each:
Mean Girls
Must Love Dogs
Spider-Man 2

$10.00 each:
Good Night & Good Luck
Just Friends
Office Space: Special Edition With Flair
Legally Blonde & Legally Blonde 2
Kingdom of Heaven (Non-Director's Cut)
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#3 of 65 OFFLINE   Jonathan


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Posted August 26 2006 - 04:04 PM

Nothing for me this week. I am saving up for Sept 12th. That day is going to be huge for HD DVD releases.
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#4 of 65 OFFLINE   Scott Shanks

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Posted August 26 2006 - 04:27 PM

Circuit City's pricing on the Romancing the Stone/Jewel of the Nile Collection is odd. Get the set for $25 or buy both of them separately for $19.98. Thanks, as usual, Mike and Patrick!
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#5 of 65 OFFLINE   Bill Thomann

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Posted August 26 2006 - 04:42 PM

Thanks for the Roundup. Correction on Amazon's price for the Romancing/Jewel Collection. I had ordered them from Amazon & I got an email today that their new price is $19.87 & I wouldn't be charged the old price of $22.49 . I've also got Pretty In Pink & Some Kind of Wonderful coming from DDD @ $9.44 each.

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Posted August 26 2006 - 04:46 PM

I got an email from Amazon.com that the Romancing The Stone/Jewel Of The Nile Collection was discounted to $19.87 and have adjusted my order as such.

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#7 of 65 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted August 26 2006 - 04:48 PM

All righty then...guess I got some fixin' to do! Posted Image

Mike scurries off to the table...

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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#8 of 65 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted August 26 2006 - 04:51 PM

Thanks as usual. Andy Griffith Romancing the Stone (assuming improved PQ) Jewel of the Nile (ditto) Father of the Bride slipped under my radar, but if there's a reason to upgrade I'll do that one to. I'm definitely not upgrading on LOTR just for some documentary.
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Posted August 26 2006 - 04:51 PM

Man, I wish I had the money to pick up the rest of the MacGyver seasons that I need...probably won't find a lower price ever again...

#10 of 65 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted August 26 2006 - 04:51 PM

Life is odd, ain't it! Posted Image

I only report the prices as they list 'em...what can I say?! 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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#11 of 65 OFFLINE   Michael Sliger

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Posted August 26 2006 - 05:03 PM

It is nice to see that Best Buy did decide to have a special price for Dream Theater: Score for its debut Tuesday (thanks Patrick). Of course, I assumed that they weren't going to do that, so I ordered in online for a few bucks more. Oh well, it was an amazing concert to see in person and one that I was going to own on DVD no matter what the cost ended up being.

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Posted August 26 2006 - 05:06 PM

I have heard a lot about Veronica Mars, almost all of it good. Anybody think it's worth a blind buy?
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Posted August 26 2006 - 05:12 PM

Let's Scare Jessica to Death (finally!) and Trilogy of Terror for me.

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Posted August 26 2006 - 06:43 PM

No "gotta have it right away" releases for me this week. I am tempted to upgrade on "Pretty in Pink" just for the original ending, but I think I can wait. And I will get Desperate Housewives S2 and MST3K v. 10 eventually, too, just not this week. And no, I'm not shelling out for the LOTR trilogy again, given that I have both previous releases of all three films - unless someone can convince me that the new documentaries are absolutely essential. And I think that would take a miracle. Thanks for the hard work, as always, guys.

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Posted August 27 2006 - 01:28 AM

Thanks for the RoundUp, Mike and Patrick! Looks like Arrested Development for me this week. Actually, it's for my wife who is a HUGE fan, but I enjoy the program, too.
For $19.99, I say absolutely! This was a blind buy for me and I ended plowing through the set in around four days. The show occasionally has the trappings of your typical WB "teen" drama, but in reality, it is a whole different breed of animal. (Give it a chance, especially at the beginning.) The main story arc, which is pretty dark, is told completely over the course of the season and it really builds up steam as the season progresses. In the end, it is quite effective and the season finale is one of the best I've seen for any program, ever. As always, YMMV, but for $20, you can do a lot worse than Veronica Mars, IMO. BTW, as someone well beyond the age of the show's target audience, I still found the program thoroughly enjoyable.

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Posted August 27 2006 - 02:09 AM

This review - http://www.andyfilm.com/8-22-06.html - says that the original ending isn't actually on the disc - they just discuss it and show some footage of the filming of it.

For anyone interested in Pretty in Pink and Some Kind of Wonderful, Paramount has already announced a box set with these two plus Ferris Beuller's Day Off to come out 10/10.

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Posted August 27 2006 - 02:12 AM

Thanks for the round-up. Deep Discount has the Atomic Bomb Collection for $23.96. The three discs are the same, including the 3-D portion. The cover is different (it was released in 2000). I show clips from Trinity & Beyond to my freshman -- they love it.
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Posted August 27 2006 - 02:28 AM

Thanks, Mike and Patrick. I'll be getting Arrested Development S3 this week and, maybe, Sentinel. Sentinel, BTW, as of now (10:30 Sunday morning) is $12.99 at Amazon, but that could go up at anytime.

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Posted August 27 2006 - 02:49 AM

Castle of Cagliostro for me, thanks.

#20 of 65 OFFLINE   Michael Napier

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Posted August 27 2006 - 02:55 AM

Why does the LOTR Trilogy box set cost so much more than if you bought all three movies separately? That just doesn't make sense.

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