BlockBuster and Universal

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  1. Todd McF

    Todd McF Second Unit

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    Maybe this is old news, but I heard from a BB manager that all upcoming Universal Titles will be Pan and Scam only for rental.

    Fuckers.
     
  2. Nate Anderson

    Nate Anderson Screenwriter

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    You know...I knew there was a reason I didn't work for them anymore...and now I remember.

    They're bastards!
     
  3. bill lopez

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    So Tuesday everybody head to HOLLYWOOD VIDEO to rent JURRASCK PARK 3 in widescreen![​IMG]
     
  4. Ricky Hustle

    Ricky Hustle Supporting Actor

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    Dear Blockbuster,

    YOU SUCK.

    Regards,

    Rick Gregorio
     
  5. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

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    Bill, unfortunatly Hollywood also is P&S only for the most part.
    We're screwed
    I'm headed down there to see if I can con my old HS buddy who works there for extra $$ into giving me the $10 Hedwig coupon for Guitar Center [​IMG]
     
  6. Luis A

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    I suggest everyone who is pro OAR cancel your Blockbuster membership, and support your local mom&pop video rental store. No matter how many letters we write to Blockbuster they will not change thier ways unless we hit them where it hurts, thier pockets. Once they start to realize business and profits are down maybe they'll listen. [​IMG]
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  7. Brad_W

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  8. Chris S

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    I have been hearing from a lot of people about BB not supporting widescreen. I guess the store located near me must actually have some intellectual people working there because all they seem to carry is widescreen. Is this just a flook? Chris S.
     
  9. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    I hope my local Hollywood Video has JPIII in widescreen. I'm not really interested in buying the disc but I do want to see the movie. However, I won't rent the pan & scan version. Sure, they're only charging .99 for their rentals, but you gotta have principles! [​IMG]
     
  10. Rick Deschaine

    Rick Deschaine Stunt Coordinator

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    Well, I took Luis' advice and wrote an e-mail to Blockbuster telling them that if they go ahead with a pan and scan only policy, I would cancel my membership. They should offer both options, widescreen and pan & scan, but of course we'll have to wait and see what transpires.

    Later,

    Rick
     
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    ~ You know, I really hate Dictators in The Free World,
    resistance, resistance !
    bodymov'n
     
  12. Robyn Young

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    Our HW video has JPIII in widescreen, so others might be in luck. I did see the vhs print, and have to say that it sucked pretty bad--very fuzzy and grainy. I don't know how anyone could watch it.

    robyn
     
  13. bill lopez

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    Dec. 11 and just got back from HOLLYWOOD VIDEO and nothing but WIDESCREEN JURRASICK PARK 3 dvds!!!
    So long BLOCKBUSTER![​IMG]
     
  14. Alex Shk

    Alex Shk Stunt Coordinator

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    There is an additional problem with BB (and other rental outfits) only offering P&S versions of films; after the attention that a mega-release generates dies down, there will be sooooooo many extra P&S copies on the used market that you will never be able to score a deal on a film that you may have only had a passing interest in. I know I can't score a used widescreen "Hanibal" at my local BB....
     
  15. Dave Barth

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    Y'all seem to be overlooking that if all upcoming Universal titles will be P&S, that's made possible only because Universal is releasing them all in P&S. I wouldn't rule out they're in cahoots with BB on this, either.

    It may prove to be a very effective way of disconnecting the resale/after-rental market from the new purchase market.

    (Oops, don't know how I missed the previous post, sorry!)
     
  16. Jesse Skeen

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    They sell used copies for the same price you can get them the first week new at Best Buy or Fry's anyway.
     
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    It makes me crazy!

    I still haven't seen the Mummy Returns because there's NO WAY I want to watch a big effects film like that in Pan&Scan.

    Rick, above, said, "Well, I took Luis' advice and wrote an e-mail to Blockbuster telling them that if they go ahead with a pan and scan only policy, I would cancel my membership."

    What is the email address for BB? Or especially Universal, that one I couldn't find. But I'm going to write a real letter through snail mail to see if that will make more of a difference.
     
  19. SteveK

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    I guess I'm lucky. Once again, my local Blockbuster has ONLY widescreen copies of JPIII. They had 50+ copies, and every one of them was in widescreen. The same thing was true for How The Grinch Stole Christmas. So far, the only title for which they have fullframe only is Cats and Dogs, possibly due to the Warner fiasco on that title. I don't think I've ever seen a single copy of Cats and Dogs checked out.

    On the other hand, the local Movie Gallery has only fullframe copies of JPIII. I was thinking about buying one of their discount movie rental cards, but decided not to for that reason. I may buy a card yet just so I have a right to complain.

    Steve K.
     
  20. JasonKrol

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    i went..and there were 2 huge walls..wall A covered top to bottom with P&S versions of the Grinch, and wall B covered top to bottom with P&S versions of JPIII.

    my eyes started to well up...

    so I went to Target and bought a WS version for only 18.00

    gee when I come to think about it...why do I want to spend 5.00 renting it when I can buy it for only 13.00 more..worst case scenario..if I hated it i can sell it to someone for 10.00 and only lose 3.00 and help out a friend too.

    fyi: i totally loved the movie having seen it for the first time after I bought it.

    F Blockbuster!!
     

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