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Weekly RoundUp 6-28-2011


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#1 of 48 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted June 25 2011 - 03:56 PM


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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Posted June 25 2011 - 04:22 PM

I wonder if Target has started to leave prices of some thin gs out so that Amazon can't price match before the release date
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#3 of 48 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted June 25 2011 - 04:36 PM



Thanks Mike! A very quiet week for me.  I will eventually take the plunge on the LotR, but considering I haven't watched the theatrical cuts on BD yet, I'll wait until the price goes down.

[quote]Originally Posted by TonyD [url=/forum/thread/312572/weekly-roundup-6-28-2011#post_3826000]




#4 of 48 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted June 25 2011 - 04:45 PM

OK I spoke too soon.  I didn't realize it had dropped to $69.  I'll have some thinking to do on this....

#5 of 48 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted June 25 2011 - 04:54 PM



[quote]Originally Posted by Adam Gregorich [url=/forum/thread/312572/weekly-roundup-6-28-2011#post_3826009]


BTW, I bit at that $69.99 price.  I am very much looking forward to revisiting these films in HD (video AND especially audio!)


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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Posted June 25 2011 - 05:13 PM

I believe the price dropped briefly to $65. I had to change my review to adjust for the $5 differential. :)

#7 of 48 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted June 25 2011 - 05:34 PM



Originally Posted by Cameron Yee 

I believe the price dropped briefly to $65. I had to change my review to adjust for the $5 differential. :)


Hmmmmm.  If that's true, Cameron...shouldn't all of us pre-orderers get the $64.99 price?

Isn't that how Amazon's pre-order pricing guarantee works?



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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Posted June 25 2011 - 05:47 PM

Ah, it's actually that some are hoping a $5 BB coupon for any DVD or BD $14.99 and up can be used with the purchase. But fine print on the coupon has the usual "not valid with other offers."

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Posted June 25 2011 - 06:10 PM

I've got a couple catalogue things I'm interested in, but we'll see how I feel when I head out tomorrow.  Serenity, Revenge of the Fallen, Sex and the City and Scream 2, to be specific.  Do I need any of them?  Not really. So maybe that answers my dilemma...

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Posted June 25 2011 - 11:43 PM

I'm still holding out for a better price on the LOTR set. I got the Alien Anthology for $35 and the BTTF trilogy for $15 within six months of their respective releases, so I'm betting we'll see the LOTR box for under $50 by Christmas.



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Posted June 26 2011 - 12:10 AM

I hope to have the reviews of this week's two remaining Criterion discs up today and tomorrow.

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Posted June 26 2011 - 12:41 AM

Thanks for the Round-up! Looks like I will be making a trip to Best but on Tuesday for the LotR. I didn't pre-order from Amazon (my usual source for blu-rays lately) and now I don't want to wait for the shipping! Besides, I may have to check out how cheesy that 6 figure set is.

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Posted June 26 2011 - 07:17 AM



Originally Posted by Ric Easton 

Thanks for the Round-up! Looks like I will be making a trip to Best but on Tuesday for the LotR. I didn't pre-order from Amazon (my usual source for blu-rays lately) and now I don't want to wait for the shipping!


What? Anything over $25 on Amazon ships free.




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Posted June 26 2011 - 07:35 AM

Yeah, but that shipping takes a little longer (if I order now, anyway) and since they have to charge us New York Staters sales tax, there wouldn't be any savings.  Besides, I haven't bought a disc in Best Buy for so long, I think they must miss me...and I need my precious on Tuesday!

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Posted June 26 2011 - 07:36 AM

Oh, and I guess those pewter things are just pieces from a missing LotR Chess set.  I'll pass!

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Posted June 26 2011 - 08:11 AM

Thanks for the prices Mike.  Pretty quiet week for me.  Season of the Witch and Sucker Punch with be netflixed, just to see how bad they really are.  I am not getting my hopes up for Snyder's Superman, that is certain.  I think I will be taking Brisby's tactic regarding the LOTR trilogy:

Originally Posted by Brisby [url=/forum/thread/312572/weekly-roundup-6-28-2011#post_3826041]


Is it just me being naive, or did anyone else expect the movies to be fit onto a single disc?  I don't claim to know much, but I figured that a dual layer BD would be able to handle the 4+ hours of these movies.  I don't think that switching discs in the middle of a movie is THAT big of a deal, but I just expected more from the upgrade in technology.

I feel like I am about to get lectured...




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Posted June 26 2011 - 09:23 AM

Thanks for the prices Mike.  Pretty quiet week for me.  Season of the Witch and Sucker Punch with be netflixed, just to see how bad they really are.  I am not getting my hopes up for Snyder's Superman, that is certain.  I think I will be taking Brisby's tactic regarding the LOTR trilogy:
 
Is it just me being naive, or did anyone else expect the movies to be fit onto a single disc?  I don't claim to know much, but I figured that a dual layer BD would be able to handle the 4+ hours of these movies.  I don't think that switching discs in the middle of a movie is THAT big of a deal, but I just expected more from the upgrade in technology.   I feel like I am about to get lectured... 

By splitting the movie over two discs, they're able to keep the video and audio bitrates higher than they would if it was on one disc. Also, I didn't like Sucker Punch but I have seen people that love it. Nothing for me this week but thanks for the prices, Mike! :)

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Posted June 26 2011 - 12:59 PM

[quote]Originally Posted by TravisR [url=/forum/thread/312572/weekly-roundup-6-28-2011#post_3826153]

I guess it's debatable enough how much space is really needed for 3.5-to-4-plus hours of top quality video w/ all details, grain, any fine color gradients, etc. left fully intact.


But consider that a BD50 is actually ~5.5x the storage of a DVD9 disc while needing to store ~6x the pixels as SD DVD.  Yes, the better codecs used (ie. VC1 and AVC vs MPEG2) should reduce the bandwidth/storage requirement, but is it really good enough to guarantee best possible quality for 3.5-to-4-plus hours of 1080p video on one disc though?  It may be enough in many cases, particularly w/ relatively grain-free HD video that compress well, but maybe not in some other cases like the LotR trilogy.  I really don't know, but I suspect if they tried to squeeze all of each film into a BD50, they'd risk lots of additional complaining from some of the more avid enthusiasts.


For myself, I'm glad to see them split over 2 discs each as long as the 2nd disc doesn't take long to load (like often the case w/ BDJ-heavy discs) or have some other playback issues.  I'll probably want (or need) to take a momentary break, even if it's just to get up and stretch a little, somewhere after the midpoint anyway, especially since it won't be the first (or second) time I'm seeing these films...



RE: Sucker Punch, I'm curious about that one (and maybe a couple others this week) and may give that a rent.  But I think I'm pretty well tapped out on purchases for now w/ the recent sales between DD/DVDPlanet and B&N (and a little bit of Amazon) and look forward to B&N's upcoming Criterion sale ~2 weeks from now instead -- that plus some other interesting catalog releases to come in July and August...  Will probably wait for some serious discounting on the LotR set, maybe until the BF/holiday shopping season, if need be...



And thanks again for another WRU as usual, Mike...


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Posted June 26 2011 - 03:45 PM



Originally Posted by Brisby [url=/forum/thread/312572/weekly-roundup-6-28-2011#post_3826041]


I'm waiting as well. I still haven't watched the theatrical versions I got on Blu-Ray last Christmas, so I can definitely wait for a better deal on these in the future.


I was also surprised to see these again spread across two discs given the HUGE STORAGE CAPACITY claim I've always heard about Blu-Ray. I would think the films would easily fit on a single BR.


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Posted June 26 2011 - 04:05 PM

I don't mind the 2 discs...everyone needs a bathroom break every now and then!




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