Here's my report on my trip to Barnes & Nobel yesterday.
I picked up a number of discs which were on my wish list. I was armed with my B&N membership card (giving me another 10% off and two coupons which had been e-mailed to me (one for 20% off one item and the other for 15% off one item).
There were a number of Olive titles there...along with their usual fine collection of Criterion titles. I struck up a conversation with their media sales guy after he questioned me about the Criterion disc in my hand. It turned out he was quite a film buff (as well as an independent film maker). In a matter of just a few minutes we had sequed from Robert Altman to Plasma displays and back again. I took one of my business cards and wrote the URL to the HTF on it so maybe we'll be getting ourselves a new member!
Anyway, when I answered his question about the Criterion I was holding, I remarked that I had a number of Olive titles in my hand that had really captured my attention. That got him even more curious and he rattled off a number of Olive titles that he had his eye on, too! He then told me it was a good thing I was picking up the Olive titles I wanted because he said his store, after the end of the 40% off sale was going to be sending back most (if not all) of the Olive titles on their shelf! I asked him if he knew why and he responded that there is a list, every week, of titles which need to be returned from the store...but that he had noticed that this week's returns were exceptionally Olive heavy. He speculated that maybe Olive had lost their rights to some of the titles which had been licensed to them. I told him I didn't think that was the case but then regaled him with the news about some Best Buy stores giving up their floor space for CDs and films to their in-house stores. He didn't think that was in the future for B&N.
He did, however, provide some affirmation about how he, too, often stops into Best Buy because of their loss-leader prices on new releases only to be totally disappointed with their DVD/Blu section (disorganization, lousy inventory, etc.)
So, I hope it doesn't mean that B&N brick and mortars aren't going to stop stocking Olive titles altogether. I guess time will tell.
Broadcast News (CC) $21.59
Long Day's Journey Into Night (Olive) $12.95
Indiscreet (Olive) $13.76
The Sun Shines Bright (Olive) $16.19
Neil Young: Americana (Blu-ray) $11.87