Disney pulls dvds on 1-31?

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  1. Robert_eb

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    I just bought the two disc edition of Snow White yesterday. I thought that Disney was going to pull them off the shelves as of 1-31. Does anyone know why Disney decided not to pull the stock off the shelves as promised in their tv ads? It seems to be a bit deceptive.
     
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    First of all, I don't know how much power Disney has
    to "pull stock" off the shelves of retailers.
    (Even if they wanted to do that, which I doubt.)
    It is not like a retailer with a defective product,
    but merely a marketing tactic by the studio.
    How does Disney know what I sold,
    and what I have left in stock
    unless I report it to them?
    "Our records indicate you have 47 copies of
    Tarzan in stock. Please send those back
    to us."

    If I was a retailer, who had to
    pay some employee to box these up, my only
    response would be, "Bite me."
    ("Hmmm. I've got a product sure to eventually
    sell, possibly at jacked up prices, since it is
    now out-of-print. Yep. I'll send that back
    and to make room those copies of MonkeyBone."
    )
    There is ZERO motivation for a retailer to send
    these back, unless Disney is going to pay them
    more than the selling price for the product, plus
    postage, and employee labor to do so.
    Secondly, I don't recall Disney SPECIFICALLY
    stating they were
    "pulling them off the shelves,"
    but merely that they were going out of print,
    or on moratorium.
    Stopping production and/or
    not filling any more retailers'
    orders
    AND
    asking retailers to send back copies already
    in stock are completely different things.
    -Mark
     
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    Like he said, they were never supposed to be pulled off the shelf. They never said they were gonna be taken off the shelf. They're out of print now though, supposedly for 10 years.
     
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    Hence the term "Out of Print", instead of "Not for Sale". [​IMG]
    -Chad
     
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    The Wiz (an electronics store) by me had about 90 copies of it on the shelf for $18.99.
     
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    I don't think they're gonna pull any off shelves. However, at Wal-Mart tonight, I saw a little sign by Snow White DVD's that Disney had printed that said "they're going fast"... or something like that. It was basically a "when they're gone, they're gone" kind of sign. Knowing Disney, it probably won't be re-released for a while. Whether it's 10 years or not, I don't know, but probably not for a while. It's not my favorite flick, but it's a good DVD and I'll probably pick it up soon.
     
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    Most retailers received their last shipment of Mulan, Tarzan, Pinnochio and Snow White at the end of last week. As others here have already stated these titles are now out of print so when your local store is sold out of them, they wwill not be restocked on the shelf. Try and find The Little Mermaid, Jungle Book, Lady and the Tramp and 101 Dalmations DVDs at your local store...you won't, those titles have been placed on moratorium for over a year now.
     
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    I don't know how to guage this...
    They said the same thing about Little Mermaid and 3 years later they were still on shelves. They stop production but there is SO much inventory in warehouses, stores don't run out.
    Then, the flip side, is The Lion King. I have never seen it and the VHS is impossible to find.
     
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    I'm hoping Mulan is going OOP to release a better DVD - hopefully with a 2 disc option.

    I thought Mulan, Tarzan, and Pinnochio were Gold Collection - Perrenial DVDs? Why pull them if they aren't Platinum?
     
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  11. Mark Walker

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    Just as an update, I was trying
    to track down a copy of Adam's Rib
    in many "brick & mortar" stores yesturday, and
    I saw many signs in retailers pre-printed by
    Disney. The signs had the following printed
    on them:
    "Disney will no longer be selling these
    titles as of January 31, 2002."
    .
    So, that sounds pretty clear to me: No more
    orders for these products will be filled to
    retailers. The only retailer that might be compelled
    to pull them is The Disney Store, since
    they are part of Disney.
    As to why Disney is sending these titles
    "back into the vaults," I would imagine they
    do want to create a sense of urgency about
    purchasing their animated classics in general, plus,
    by having some titles go out-of-print, they might
    be hoping for Criterion-like "secondary market"
    prices, in order to raise the precieved value
    of their products. Criterion has stated that
    it is good for their public image when their
    DVDs of Salo, The 400 Blows, or
    The Killer sells for rediculous
    prices on eBay.
    Again, just speculation on my part.
    Mark
     
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    The reason these titles are pulled are so that they can do special theatrical or video re-releases for them.

    For those that have the Snow White DVD, the documentary reveals something very unique. About every ten years, Snow White is re-released to theaters. Why? So a new generation can enjoy the film. In this case though, Snow White went to DVD first and chances are that all the Platinum chosen titles will be re-issued to theaters. The 70th anniversary of this gal is 2007. The title is on home video moratorium untill 2012. Seems like a good enough timeframe to do some marketing.

    Pinocchio should have an anniversary coming up as well.

    But why Tarzan and Mulan? Mulan will probably be given a makeoever on DVD while Tarzan may just be re-marketed at a later time.
     
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