DVDs at Dollar Tree store

DouglasRobert

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My review of the Flash Gordon DVD from the Treasure Box Collection.

Disc contains three episodes.

Episode 1:

Deadline at Noon

While on a routine mission through space Flash Gordon and company see several planets explode. Dr. Zharkov suspects an atomic force. After investigating they return to Earth. On Earth weird weather occurs and people panic. At the Galaxy Bureau of Investigation they interrogate a person who may be responsible. He states that Earth will explode at Noon. He went back in time and planted a bomb that takes hundreds of years to reach the point of explosion. Flash Gordon and company time travels to 1953 Earth to try to deactivate it.

Episode 2:

The Race Against Time

In 3063, some member planets want to end the central control of weapons by the Galaxy Bureau of Investigation. A delegate leaves to report Earth's vote to the council on Mars. They come under attack by a ray gun used by a group who wants to prevent Earth's vote from reaching the council. They avoid crash landing, but are forced to land on a planetoid. They come under attack by the same people who tried to shoot them down with the ray gun. They defeat the attackers and take off for Mars.

Episode 3:

The Forbidden Experiment

On a distant plant, a friend makes an urgent call to Dr. Zharkov. Dr. Zharkov leaves to his aide with special medicine he requested. Upon landing, he discovers that his friend was killed by a creature that forced him to make the call because he needed the medicine. Flash and Dale leave Earth to the doctors aide. After landing, Flash and Dale are also captured by the creature. The creature is half man, half lion. The Lion-Man wants the doctor to fully transform him into a human, as well as all other animals. They escape from the Lion-Man, leaving him stranded.

Audio quality is clear, but I had to turn up the volume louder than usual to be able to hear it. In Mono.

Video quality is overall good. There is film specks/ dirt visible throughout, but is acceptable. There was a digital problem on episode 3, at around 15:30 a slight digital breakup occurs around the edges. It's on and off for about 2 minutes. Video is reasonably clear.

Each episode contains 4 chapters. 1 for the beginning credits, 2nd for the first half, 3rd for the second hald and the fourth for the end credits.

There are no extras at all.
 

Marc Fedderman

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I've noticed that there are two discrete brands/imprints of these dollar DVDs: The Treasure Box Collection and Movie/Television Classics. The Classics seem to be of a slightly better quality. I recently picked up (and watched) a Classics' collection of The Dick Van Dyke Show . The disc contains three episodes: Never Name a Duck (originally aired on 9/26/62), Bank Book 6565696 (10/17/62), and Hustling the Hustler (10/24/62). The audio/video quality is rather good, considering the price and the selection offers a good example of the type and tenor of the show, so I would recommend the disc.
Also brought home, but haven't watched yet: Hitchcock's The 39 Steps (I'm really looking forward to seeing this classic MacGuffin movie--I hope the quality is passable), The Jerome Kern biopic Till The Clouds Roll By (have heard good things about this musical and it does have an impressive ensemble cast), Pot O Gold (another musical, this one starring Jimmy Stewart
), Mark of the Hawk (with Sidney Poitier), and the following television compilations: You Bet Your Life (the original, Groucho Marx incarnation of the show), the aforementioned Flash Gordon (thanks for the reviews/synopses Douglas),a Milton Berle collection (no idea what's on this), and a Jack Benny collection (same here). I'll check back in after I've watched some of these.
 

DouglasRobert

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Just went to the Bolingbrook, Illinois Dollar Tree store.

Went in and found that the display of DVD's were gone.

Looked throughout the entire store, couldn't find them.

Got some other stuff, and there by the checkout was a small cardboard box of them, then behind the cashier was another box of them. Too much of a bother looking through them right next to a busy register or asking to look at the other box.

From the original amount they had about a week ago, now to the very small selection I would estimate that they sold about 75 to 80 percent of the original amount they had.

These things must be flying out of the store.

Hopefully they'll get more in and put the display back out on the floor.
 

Mark Philp

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I picked up about a dozen different titles at my local store and considering the price and the fact that they're all PD titles I can't complain much about quality. The only ones I thought really sucked was "Nothing Sacred" which was made from a very grainy print and "The 39 Steps" which wouldn't play at all. I returned them and ended up getting another three "Steps" and none of those played either.
 

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Just to give an update, you can now get $1 blurays here.
All of them are the Mill Creek blurays.
Worth checking out.
 

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Aaron Silverman said:
Thanks, John! Hopefully I'll get a chance to check 'em out.
It's worth going there to buy blurays of
Ernest Goes to Jail
Ernest Goes to Camp
Another Stakeout
Consenting Adults
All for $1 each.
I might even go there to buy some titles I haven't seen.
 

JohnS

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Aaron Silverman said:
Oh, I've seen those for around $5 at Target before. Not anything I need to own, really. :)
They are also $3.99 at Fry's.
A bunch of us from the HTF Hollywood meet saw them from one of our many trips there.
 

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Visited another Dollar Tree in a different state and found a whole stack of blu-rays. Picked up a few. Not really any "must have" titles, but for $1, they could be used as spare cases if nothing else. :)
 

JohnS

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checked today.
My dollar tree set out Shout Factory dvd's of
G.I. Joe M.A.S.S. Device
Electric Company The Best of

other stuff...
Richard Scary Busytown Mysteries (Halloween cartoons)
 

Malcolm R

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My Dollar Tree has a new selection of DVD and a few Blu-Ray discs. Many horror films if you're looking for some cheap views for Halloween. This is what I picked up:

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