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MichaelPe

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After browsing around on some sites, it seems that we may finally be getting decent prices for Criterion DVDs. In the past, I can remember seeing them selling for $65 or $80, but I believe that the upcoming "Traffic" DVD will be priced at around $30-40 (Future Shop will have it for $32.99).
I remember having to import all of my Criterion DVDs online from the US, but I think that in the future, Americans will be importing them from Canada. :)
 

Jeff Ulmer

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I wouldn't bank on all Criterions falling into this price range unless they got a domestic distributor. Chasing Amy was pretty cheap up here, but that didn't translate across the board. FS has often had new releases relatively cheap (either $35.99 or $42.99 for doubles), but these go back to the high prices after a short while. The trick is finding them at retail since they never seem to be available around street date.
 

MichaelPe

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FS has often had new releases relatively cheap (either $35.99 or $42.99 for doubles), but these go back to the high prices after a short while.
You're right, but Future Shop isn't the only store selling this title at such a low price. Furthermore, the regular price for "Traffic" is $42.99, which is much lower than the regular price for "The Rock" ($69.99).

So, maybe this pricing applies only to "Traffic", but I'm hoping that the trend will continue for all Criterion releases.
 

Marc Colella

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Not sure if Traffic: CC is getting distributed by Universal - but if it were the case, then that would explain the price.
Chasing Amy: CC was distributed by Buena Vista and I've seen it go for $29 CAD.
If the July 9th release of The Royal Tenenbaums is a Criterion release, I'm seeing it at $30 CAD - no doubt due to BV distribution.
Otherwise, for the most part Criterion DVDs have dropped in price in Canada over the last 6 months - but at double the price of a studio SE, they're still priced much too high.
 

Ken Situ

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I don't think we will have price drop until we have a distributor up here.

I've never seen a FutureShop has a Criterion on street date.
 

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