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Discussion in 'DVD' started by Haggai, Aug 9, 2005.
From DVD Times:
Sheesh, I like how the only way you can get the second disc of extras is to buy the way-too-expensive gift set.
I don't quite remember, but didn't they do a similar thing with Ray earlier this year?
I didn't know Universal was in the habit of using flipper DVDs.
So much for a fall theatrical re-release (which was rumored at one point, since the film is deemed to have been "lost" and underperformed in the summer movie melee).
Guess the 2nd disc of extras in a $40+ gift set is their way of maximizing profits off of this bomb by taking advantage of DVDphiles like us. According to boxofficemojo.com, its budget was $88 mil. and it only made $60 mil in theaters, so it's still in the red. I decided to wait for the DVD instead of seeing in theaters, but I really hate the idea of getting screwed out of the 2nd disc unless I buy a gift set I have no interest in.
This sucks... I really don't want to buy the expensive gift set.... Hopefully, they are crappy extras, but nonetheless, I really loved the movie.
A Dec. DVD release would still let them re-release in theaters for October and November, wouldn't it?
I'm assuming they wanted a Dec. DVD release to make sure they maximize DVD sales, by having it available for Christmas. (I bet the studios are REAL nervous about DVD sales, too, given the underperformance of several big hits like The Incredibles - DVD sales aren't the automatic goldmine anymore, like they used to be - and for Cinderella Man, that's their last hope to get in the black.)
More details from The Digital Bits:
Oh great... the bonus disc actually has some worthwhile extras. Now I'm really pissed about having to buy a $40+ gift set for it.
I am assuming that this is a means to have the DVD fully available in time for Academy Awards season. Given the reviews it got (generally high praise), there will be a huge push. That gift set will probably appear in every Academy member's mailbox. That it is available to us for purchase is a bonus.
It's the best movie of the year so far guys, it's worth the MSRP. It will be about $27 retail, maybe a little more.
I can wait until the price drops sometime next year.
To pay that much for even the single disk is not something I will do. Too many other things I want to watch which are more reasonably priced.
This is pretty much the only film I've seen in the theater this year that wasn't one of the year's highly-anticipated blockbuster-type films (like SW Episode III, Batman Begins, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, War of the Worlds, etc.)
It's also excellent work from many members of the team behind "A Beautiful Mind". Personally, I hated ABM, but Cinderella Man was a hell of a picture. Definitely worthy or some Oscar noms/wins. And I'll definitely be getting the LE and displaying this on my DVD shelf proudly.
IMHO, this is one of the greatest major studio films of the past five years, and also Ron Howard's best work ever.
I agree, although I have such a soft spot for Apollo 13 that I may change my mind.
It's really a shame this film got lost at the box office. With 20-20 hindsight, they should have held it until the fall to get some more distance from both Million Dollar Baby ("what? another boxing picture?") and Seabiscuit ("what? another inspirational story from The Great Depression?"). Russell Crowe is great, and Paul Giamatti gives his best performance to date. Craig Bierko is so good as Max Baer that I didn't recognize him until halfway through the film.
Considering I thought the trailers made it look fairly routine, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this, even after all the positive reviews.
This was miles above 'A Beautiful Mind' and clearly stands
out as Ron Howard's best film! Crowe really disappeared
into the fabric of the film, a truly revolutionary
performance! Paul Giamatti has already won my Best
Supporting Actor award (unless Plummer blows me away in The
New World), Bruce McGill was his usual fine self, and even
Renee provided solid support! The cinematography was the
best since Road to Perdition! I'll be picking the limited
collector's set in a heart beat even with the $40 price!
Mine, too. That guy never ceases to amaze me.