Blockbuster goes widescreen! (Digital Bits)

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  1. Tony-B

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    Check the temperature in hell when Blockbuster carries NC-17 rated movies and porn videos.
     
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    Like most everyone else, all I can say is that this is great news.

    Maybe now I'll rent from them everyone once in a while.
     
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    Awesome news. And great job by Ron to point out that kinds DON'T GIVE A DAMN! They watch the movie and enjoy it! They don't care about black bars. It's the parents that are scared to death and trying to protect their children from black bars almost like it's some kind of awful drug! I'm sick to my stomach of Disney releasing some of my favorite films that happen to be kids movies such as Heavyweights, Blank Check, Operation Dumbo Drop, Honey I Shrunk The Kids, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. just because they think kids don't like black bars! It's just ridiculuos.
     
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    I have literally not stepped into a Blockbuster for many years. This isn't going to make them my first choice, but I may now check them out for some titles that I simply haven't been able to find at any of the other stores I rent or on TCM.
     
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    Oh my goodness. I report to a "DVD guru." [​IMG]

    Great news, though.
     
  8. Tony Whalen

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    And in other news today...

    HELL (AP) - Forecasters are predicting a chilly day indeed today, as temperatures on the 9th plane plummet to unforeseen levels.

    TheEvilOne(TM) himself was seen purchasing ice-skates at a local shop, and commented "I have to get to work somehow."

    More news as it occurs...
     
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    Well, with Blockbuster renting OAR discs, anyone think this means that they'll start selling their PVed discs in original packaging with original artwork and inserts? To me, that's all they are good for anyway. Plus, the one here charges outrageous rental prices.

    But, on the upside, it's great that some company out there is actually listening to their customer base. Maybe some other places out there will follow suit and there won't be as many disgruntled consumers.
     
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    The article stated that this move started in the beginning of this year. This is so un-true. At least in my area (about 3 Blockbusters), they are actually phasing OUT widescreen. Everytime a title is available in PS/WS separately, they will ONLY carry the PS.

    They used to almost always carry both versions until February 2003, though.

    is it a coincidence that "PS" is "PoS"? [​IMG]
     
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    Here in my neck of the woods, Blockbuster has always been pretty good in stocking widescreen. Typically, if a title was only available for rent in PoS format, all the video stores, and not just Blockbuster, rented it that way. Also, my local Blockbuster, always has a good selection of indie, and/or obscure titles available for rental. Usually they have widescreen as well as PoS available for rental. Maybe I'm just lucky, and my local Blockbuster didn't follow the corporate edict.
     
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    If today were April 1, I'd post "Blockbuster goes porno!!" [​IMG]
     
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    Been doing it all year huh? Fat chance of that. How come it took five months for this to be news?

    Maybe the word didn't get out as well as it should have?
    Maybe it's a big pile of crap too.

    Methinkss BB is trying to reclaim some of their lost revenues from last year. Why can't they realize that renting out DVD's just isn't going to cut it because the price on DVD's almost makes it cheaper to buy them than to rent from BB and incur their late fees. How long before they fold up?

    Glenn
     
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    So pigs really were spotted flying in the midwest last week?

    I think the real breakthrough will be when the premium channels on cable get widescreen religion. You know the ones: Starz/Encore, HBO/Cinemax, SHO/TMC.
     
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    Well I don't really rent, and when I do it ain't from Blockbuster, but this does not change the fact that

    This is very good news!

    Blockbuster (and places like Walmart) represent the "average" consumer rather than us filmgeeks, so this is definitely a positive sign that the public is moving over, however slowly, to OAR. We have to take our "moral victories" where we can get them, and this is definitely a victory!
     
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    I guess they just cant win. Come on guys. You get something that you've bitched about for years done your way and now you find another reason not to like them. I'd tell the elitest film buffs to piss off if I was blockbuster and saw this thread.
     
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    hey, if they claim that they are going to have Widescreen, I'm all for it, but the claim is FALSE.

    the claim:

    "We've decided to have more WS version since the beginning of the year"

    reality:

    less WS version available since February 2003 (to the point I can't rent anymore new release from BB because EVERY SINGLE NEW RELEASE is in PS ONLY)

    of course BB can't win, because not only they JUST carry PS (for the new releases since Feb '03), they LIE about it.

    When and if they are actually carrying WS, I'll start renting from them again. I still visit them once a week just in case they have any new WS title for me to rent.

    (yes, I've rented ALL of their available WS titles that I don't already own; I have about 700 titles at home)
     
  20. Carlo Medina

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    David, I think the spread of WS titles varies widely with each and every Blockbuster. At the local one, where I've stepped foot to buy videogames (Mechassault for $19.99 baby!) I've seen quite a few WS versions. Of course this is also a college town in Los Angeles, so there is that. I bet it's still up to the store manager (or regional manager) to decide what hits the shelves based on judgments they make from their client base.
     

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