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Greg_M

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Many of the new films (current 2007-2008) seemed to be arriving on DVD at $30.00 a pop. Is this the new standard price for recent movie releases?
 

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They're a couple bucks more than used to be (since DVDs aren't lose leaders for stores any more) but they're nowhere near $30. Even the two disc special editions when there's a one disc version seem to be $22 to $25.

Example: Zack And Miri Make A Porno was at Best Buy and Target for $16.99 today.
 

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I started a thread like this and was shot down by people telling me I don't have to buy the DVD if I thought it was too expensive. Some suggested I rent from outfits like Netflix yet others recommended I download/burn movies from the internet. DVD prices have indeed shot up, way up. Studios are charging up to $30 for the "special edition" versions of their movies. Luckily for me the stuff Hollywood is cranking out these days is mostly junk so I don't have to worry about buying overpriced DVDs anymore
 

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I can't think of any movie that has charged that much for the special edition (without having some goofy statue or mask in it). If there is an example, it's certainly a rarity.

NOTE: I'm talking about the price that you pay at Amazon, Best Buy, Target, etc. and not the MSRP because no one pays the MSRP.
 

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They actually are. THE MIRACLE AT ST ANNA for an example is being released next week, as a single disc, with no extras, for a $29.99 MSRP. It is $19.99 at Amazon, but other stores don't discount as much.

Prices have gone up. But if you wait just a couple months, they will drop in price.

DVD has sort of become what VHS used to be. Release at full price and then as a sell through a couple months later.

I've gotten to the point that I usually wait for the price to drop.
 

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$20 isn't anywhere near the $30 price tag that the original poster quoted.

Miracle At St. Anna was also a box office failure so most places probably aren't going to discount something that isn't going to sell that well anyway. Like I said, prices have gone up a couple bucks because DVDs aren't lose leaders for stores any more but that movie would have never been that heavily discounted because of its box office performance.
 

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I paid $32.99 plus tax for the Two-Disc Special Edition of The Dark Knight at a place that sells DVDs before street date. Maybe they feel it necessary to charge people more for the priviledge of getting it early?
 

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This reminds me of what happened and still happens with Laserdisc.
85% of all laserdisc releases had a list price of $29.95, $34.95, $39.95 and you could always find several retailers and mail order vendors that commonly offered 15-20% off these prices so as someone who bought several thousand laserdiscs over 15 years I know the prices well. I normally paid $ 25.50, $29.75 and $34.95. Rarely did I ever pay more than that. This was at a time when all VHS new releases of the same films were $79.95 or $89.95. They did make special box sets that included books and CD, etc. similar to what DVD does now that were $89.95 or $99.95 and Fox charged an overpriced $59.95 for their widescreen classic films but these were about 15% max of LD's total output. And yet now whenever you see someone post in a thread on why Laserdiscs didn't suceed on a mainstream level people always ridicously report that it was because they all cost $90 or $100 which is simply not true. Laserdisc that high were rarities not the norm. So it looks like now people will say they only rent or dowload movies because all DVD's cost $30.00.
 

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That just depends on if he meant MSRP or sale. I was thinking MSRP as some stores (FYE, Barnes and Noble) keep things at the MSRP.

As for MIRACLE, I don't think box office has much of an impact of the price. You open up the Best Buy brochure each week and they frequently have as sales titles that were not successful, or even never made it beyond an art house release. With MIRACLE, it is a big Disney / Touchstone release, so it might have some discounts.
 

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In England a DVD is released for £16-20, but if you wait for between 4-8 months you can buy it for £5. I always wait, you just need patience.
 

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I just checked the pricing on several dvds released 2001 that were films made in 2000, and many of them had a $29.95 MSRP back then.
 

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