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#1 of 37 Mike Frezon

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Posted January 17 2009 - 04:05 PM

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The Features

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– El Norte – 1983

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– Magnificent Obsession – 1954

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– Luke Wilson & Radha Mitchell (Henry Poole is Here – 2008)

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– Rob Brown (The Express – 2008)

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– Mark Wahlberg (Max Payne – 2008)

The Prices

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SD-DVD TITLEAmazonBestBuyTargetCostco
American East$24.49$19.99 -  - 
Amusement$18.99$24.99 -  - 
Back at the Barnyard: Cowman$11.99$14.99$12.99 - 
Boogeyman 3$22.49$19.99 -  - 
CenterStage: Turn It Up$18.99$19.99$19.99 - 
The Children of Huang Shi$25.99$19.99 -  - 
Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger$17.99$14.99 -  - 
Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger SE (3-disc)$26.99$22.99 -  - 
City of Ember$19.99$19.99$16.99 - 
The Deal$26.99$24.99 -  - 
El Norte (CC)$27.49$34.99 -  - 
Emergency: Season 5$27.99$29.99 -  - 
**The Express$19.99$19.99$19.99 - 
George Wallace$18.49$19.99 -  - 
Henry Poole is Here$19.99$14.99 -  - 
Igor$19.49$19.99$16.99 - 
Magnificent Obsession (CC)$29.99$34.99 -  - 
Max Payne (1-disc)$22.49$16.99$16.99 - 
Max Payne SE (2-disc)$22.99$24.99$22.99 - 
MGM: When the Lion Roars$19.99$24.99 -  - 
Moonlight: Complete Series$25.99$29.99 -  - 
My Three Sons: Season 1 Volume 2$26.99$29.99 -  - 
**National Lampoon’s Stoned Age (R & NR)$23.99$19.99 -  - 
The Notebook LE Gift Set$20.99$26.99$22.99 - 
Poison Ivy 4: The Secret Society$19.49$19.99 -  - 
Powerpuff Girls: Complete Series$42.99$49.99 -  - 
Repo! Genetic Opera$13.99$14.99 -  - 
Rockford Files: Season 6$29.99$29.99 -  - 
**Saw V$21.99$16.99$16.99 - 
Saw V CE - $27.99$22.99 - 
Vacancy 2: The First Cut$22.49$19.99 -  - 
Waking the Dead: Season 3$23.99$29.99 -  - 


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BLU-RAY TITLEAmazonBestBuyTargetCostco
13 Going on 30$19.99$24.99 -  - 
Amusement$26.99$34.99 -  - 
Antwone Fisher$19.99$24.99 -  - 
The Deal$22.99$29.99 -  - 
Domino$19.95$19.99 -  - 
El Norte (CC)$27.95$34.99 -  - 
Election$19.99$24.99 -  - 
The Express$27.99$29.99 -  - 
Henry Poole is Here$13.99!$27.99 -  - 
Igor$27.99$29.99$29.99 - 
King Kong (2005)$19.99$19.99 -  - 
Max Payne$27.95$26.99$29.99 - 
The Notebook: LE Gift Set$27.95$34.99 -  - 
The Pink Panther (2006)$19.99$24.99 -  - 
Poison Ivy 4: The Secret Society$26.99$34.99 -  - 
Repo! Genetic Opera$20.99$24.99 -  - 
Saw V$25.99$26.99$26.99 - 
Unfaithful$19.99$24.99 -  - 


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

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.

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, PLEASE 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 Careful! The Express AND Saw V are BOTH being released this week in OAR & MAR versions! Get the right one. Also, National Lampoon’s Stoned Age is being released, this week, in RATED and UNRATED versions! Get the one that’s right for you! [img]http://static.hometheaterforum.com/imgrepo/a/a8/htf_images_smilies_smiley_wink.gif[/img]

--I don’t know what’s up with Saw V @ amazon.com…but they don’t have the CE version listed. Nor do they have the WS version listed…and the FS version is priced out-of-whack.

--At Best Buy, purchase BOTH City of Ember AND Igor and save $5, instantly. Must be purchased on same receipt.

--Best Buy has a long list of SD & HD titles (many recent releases) which are priced at $14.99 apiece (SD-DVD) and $22.99 apiece (Blu-ray):

Appaloosa, Dr. Seuss Horton Hears a Who!, The Dark Knight, Eagle Eye, Fred Claus, Get Smart, Hellboy II, Hulk, Mamma Mia!, The Mummy, Righteous Kill, Sex and the City, Step Brothers, Traitor, Tropic Thunder, Wanted.

--Best Buy ALSO has a bunch of TV Shows on DVD on sale for $19.99 apiece this week: 24: Seasons 1 thru 5, 24: Redemption, Burn Notice: Season 1, Buffy: Season 1 thru 6, Firefly: Complete Series, Prison Break: Season 1, The Unit: Seasons 1 thru 2. You can also get a FREE SNEAK PREVIEW DISC of upcoming FOX TV shows. lie to Me premiers Wednesday, January 21.

--The following Blu-ray discs are on sale for $16.99 at Best Buy this week: 21, Indiana Jones IV, Ironman, Talladega Nights, Transformers, Vantage Point.

--A 2/$30 deal @ BB this week on the following three titles: Bangkok Dangerous, Disaster Movie, My Best Friend’s Girl.

--Season 4 of LOST is advertised @ $29.99 (Along with seasons 1 thru 3). Season 4 regularly priced @ $49.99.

--Best Buy Odds and Ends: Best Buy has a list of DVDs for sale @ $5.99.

--Obviously, the big news in this week’s RoundUp is the closing of Circuit City. The doors to all their U.S. stores have been closed as liquidation sales get ready to begin. Also, their website has shut down with news of the closing. Goodbye, Circuit City…we hardly knew ye.

--Target, this week, is advertising a number of TV Shows on DVD at a price of $18.99. Titles shown are: Family Guy: Volumes 1 thru 6, Nip/Yuck: Seasons 1 thru 4, One Tree Hill: Seasons 1 thru 5.

--Also, Target shows The Office: Season 1 @ $12.99.

--Target Odds and Ends: Target has lists of DVDs for $6.50 and $10.00.

#2 of 37 Patrick Sun

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Posted January 17 2009 - 04:18 PM

Best Buy on sale DVD items:

$14.99 each:
Mirrors: Unrated
Batman: The Dark Knight
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Tropic Thunder
Fred Claus
Mamma Mia! The Movie
The Incredible Hulk
Get Smart
The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor
Eagle Eye
Traitor
Righteous Kill
Appaloosa
Sex & The City: The Movie
Wanted
Step Brothers: Unrated
Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who!

$14.99 each
The Police: Certifiable (2 DVD / 2 CDs)
Elton John: The Red Piano (2 DVD / 2 CD)
All Together Now: A Documentary Film

$5.99 each: Regular Price = $9.99 each. More titles available in store & online.
Sling Blade: Miramax Collector’s Series
Equilibrium
Kill Bill: Volume I
Gangs Of New York
Ella Enchanted
The Yards
Good Will Hunting: Miramax Collector’s Series
Clerks: Miramax Collector’s Series

2 For $30: Regular Price = $19.99 each
My Best Friend’s Girl: Unrated
Disaster Movie: Unrated
Bangkok Dangerous (2008)


Blu-Ray Discs:
Mirrors: Unrated $24.99
SAW V: 2-Disc Unrated Director’s Cut w/Digital Copy $26.99
Batman: The Dark Knight $22.99
Hellboy II: The Golden Army $22.99
Tropic Thunder $22.99
Fred Claus $22.99
Mamma Mia! The Movie $22.99
The Incredible Hulk $22.99
Get Smart $22.99
The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor $22.99
Eagle Eye >>>> $22.99
Traitor $22.99
Righteous Kill $22.99
Appaloosa $22.99
Sex & The City: The Movie $22.99
Wanted $22.99
Step Brothers: Unrated $22.99
Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who! $22.99
Vantage Point $16.99
Iron Man $16.99
Indiana Jones IV: Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull $16.99
21 $16.99
Transformers: 2-Disc Special Edition $16.99
King Kong (Peter Jackson) $19.99


Underworld / Underworld: Evolution 2-Pack $12.99
Includes online redemption code for up to $10 E-Movie Money for one admission to see Underworld 3 in theaters 1/23/09. Online code valid 1/23/09 – 2/28/09. No rain checks.

My Three Sons: Season 1 – Volume II $29.99
Moonlight: The Complete Series $29.99
LOST: Season 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 $29.99 each

Free "Lie to Me" Preview DVD with purchase:
The Unit: Season 1 / 2 $19.99 each
24: Season 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 $19.99
Buffy, The Vampire Slayer: Season 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 $19.99 each
Firefly: The Complete Series $19.99
Prison Break: Season 1 $19.99 each
24: Redemption $19.99
Burn Notice: Season 1 $19.99


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Target on sale DVD items:

$6.50 each: Titles listed and selected others
Pretty In Pink: Everything’s Duckie Edition
Airplane: Don’t Call Me Shirley Edition
What Women Want
Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events
Underworld: Special Edition

$10.00 each: Titles listed and selected others
Open Season
Penelope
Home On The Range
Never Back Down
The Three Musketeers

$13 Fitness DVDs: Titles listed and selected others. Titles found in Sporting Goods Department.
The Firm: Ultimate Fat Burning WorkoutDancing With The Stars: Latin Cardio Dance
The Biggest Loser Workout: Cardio Max
10 Minute Solution: Hot Body Boot Camp
Quick Start Yoga For Weight Loss
Taebo
Gaiam Yoga For Beginners

DVD Sets:
Family Guy: Volume I / II / III / IV / V / VI $18.99 each
One Tree Hill: Season 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 $18.99 each
Nip/Tuck: Season 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 $18.99 each
The Office: Season 1 $12.99
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#3 of 37 Chris S

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Posted January 17 2009 - 04:27 PM

Thanks guys!

So are you looking for suggestions for replacing CC on the Roundup or are the remaining four already enough work?
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#4 of 37 Bill Thomann

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Posted January 17 2009 - 04:53 PM

Thanks for the roundup. Maybe when the recession ends a new electronics chain will rise from the ashes. Mike, you can take your Circuit City Hawaiian disclaimer away too. Aloha.

Just the Express for me (from Target). This was imo a very underrated movie.

#5 of 37 Joseph J.D

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Posted January 17 2009 - 05:04 PM

Definitely picking up King Kong on Blu-Ray......already have the production diaries and the previous DVD releases so I don't really need any more extras for this one. I might buy Max Payne and Saw V too if the price is right.

I will also get The Rockford Files: Season 6.....if not this week, sometime soon. Thanks....
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#6 of 37 Jesse Skeen

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Posted January 17 2009 - 07:24 PM

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I knew ye, and that's why I'm glad ye's dead! Posted Image
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#7 of 37 Regulus

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Posted January 17 2009 - 11:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Mike Frezon
Goodbye, Circuit City…we hardly knew ye.


Some of my most memorable "Black Friday" purchases came from my local Circuit City, including a 51-Inch HDTV for $600.00 in 2005, along with Dozens of DVD Box Sets. Thanks for the Memories!

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Posted January 18 2009 - 01:03 AM

Here's a Suggestion to CC's Replacement:

DEEP DISCOUNT!Posted Image

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#9 of 37 Malcolm R

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Posted January 18 2009 - 01:40 AM

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Originally Posted by Regulus
Here's a Suggestion to CC's Replacement:

DEEP DISCOUNT!Posted Image
After the supersale HTF code fiasco, I'd vote Posted Image on DD.

Perhaps FYE? Though I don't know how easy it would be to determine their true prices with their rebate system. But it would be another B&M.

Of course, the final decision is up to Mr. Frezon. Posted Image
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#10 of 37 pitchman

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Posted January 18 2009 - 01:44 AM

Thanks, guys! King Kong Blu for me this week...
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#11 of 37 PatWahlquist

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Posted January 18 2009 - 01:48 AM

I'm not going to miss CC at all. Anytime I went in there it was impossible to find sales help, and if you did, they knew next to nothing. New releases were a pain to find as they never had enough and would often sell out. The way the Internet has changed pricing on everything, CC did not adapt like Best Buy did.

Thanks for the Round-Up, Mike. I'd vote for Deep Discount as a replacement for CC too if it's not too much trouble.

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#12 of 37 TravisR

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Posted January 18 2009 - 02:08 AM

I'll be picking up Chris Rock: Kill The Messenger, King Kong Blu-ray and eventually Saw V on Blu-ray.

Thanks for the prices! Posted Image

#13 of 37 Shawn.F

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Posted January 18 2009 - 02:21 AM

King Kong BD at some point.

#14 of 37 Michael Cucka

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Posted January 18 2009 - 07:15 AM

Curious about Saw V and Amazon...

I preordered the unrated CE and received notice that it has shipped. However, the item is now listed as "discontinued by manufacturer" on their website. So, maybe they are sold out of their allocation and no longer offering it for sale.
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#15 of 37 Mike Frezon

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Posted January 18 2009 - 09:05 AM

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Originally Posted by Bill Thomann
Thanks for the roundup. Maybe when the recession ends a new electronics chain will rise from the ashes. Mike, you can take your Circuit City Hawaiian disclaimer away too. Aloha.

Just the Express for me (from Target). This was imo a very underrated movie.

I might let the CC/Hawaii disclaimer stand pat for awhile, Bill. I actually had the text highlighted and my finger heading to the delete button when I stopped myself because, for some reason, it always makes me laugh.

I'm glad to hear your impression on The Express. I'm a 'Cuse alum and am looking forward to seeing this film. It was in and out of theaters before I got a chance to see it.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Chris S
So are you looking for suggestions for replacing CC on the Roundup or are the remaining four already enough work?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Regulus
Here's a Suggestion to CC's Replacement:

DEEP DISCOUNT!Posted Image

Gosh. And the body's still warm! Posted Image

I tried DeepDiscount for a few weeks in the RoundUp (probably a few years ago now) and the problem I kept having was that they would change their pricing all the time. I would post up the RoundUp and it seemed like I would be flooded with posts that DD's price on such-and-such was NOW $xx.xx. Too fluid. But maybe that's changed.

I tried Sears a while back and the apathy was compelling.

We used to try and include Sam's Club on a weekly basis...but we ran into regional inconsistencies there...just like with Wal-Mart. K-Mart never panned out, either.

It really DOES seem like this niche is turning into a two-horse race with companies like Target, Fry's, Wal-Mart trying to keep up.

We'll see what happens.

On a side note, everyone should be aware that amazon has again price-matched Best Buy on its good prices this week on catalog and recent Blu-ray discs (the $16.99 and $22.99 titles listed in the OP). This type of competition is good...very good, in fact.

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Originally Posted by Michael Cucka
Curious about Saw V and Amazon...

I preordered the unrated CE and received notice that it has shipped. However, the item is now listed as "discontinued by manufacturer" on their website. So, maybe they are sold out of their allocation and no longer offering it for sale.

Michael: Can I ask at what price did you pre-order the Saw V CE from amazon? You may be right, but I would find it hard to believe that the studios wouldn't be supplying the biggest on-line retailer enough stock of a new title. Wouldn't make sense. Maybe it's just a temporary glitch/stock problem.

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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#16 of 37 Jason_V

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Posted January 18 2009 - 12:25 PM

Mike, instead of including DD's prices in the grid every week, why not simply provide a link to DVD Price Search for each title (or just the site in general) so all someone has to do is click on it to see what the e-tailers are listing stuff for. Or would that be a conflict of interest or something?

Anyway, I'll prolly grab Saw V at some point...not right now. Maybe The Notebook or Election in the future, too. The biggie for me this week is Save Me, featuring Judith Light, Robert Gant and my boy Chad Allen. Here's to hoping it's in store come Tuesday...

#17 of 37 Elena S

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Posted January 18 2009 - 12:43 PM

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Mike, instead of including DD's prices in the grid every week, why not simply provide a link to DVD Price Search for each title (or just the site in general) so all someone has to do is click on it to see what the e-tailers are listing stuff for. Or would that be a conflict of interest or something?
I really like the grid and having all the price comparisons on this site.

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Posted January 18 2009 - 12:47 PM

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I really like the grid and having all the price comparisons on this site.

Me too, but, as Mike said, online prices change by the minute and what's right when he puts it together may not be right on Sunday morning. One click and having two windows open may be a compromise we have to make. Posted Image

#19 of 37 Will_B

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Posted January 18 2009 - 12:56 PM

King Kong for me, preordered from Amazon.

I'd suggest WalMart for the grid. I have a gift card from them but their website is so anti-readable that I've never found a sale to take advantage of.
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Posted January 18 2009 - 01:19 PM

Does anyone know where I can get Saw V on bluray cheaper? I have seen $25.99





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