Jaws 30th, Casino SE and retailer. Sneaky?

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  1. Jeff D Han

    Jeff D Han Supporting Actor

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    I was in the local retailer yesterday looking for a
    discount DVD, and just for the hell of it I went through
    the new release shelves. I saw Jaws 30th and Casino SE
    out early and I thought "Great! I won't have to make a
    special trip elsewhere to pick them up". Then I saw that
    they stocked only the foolscreen versions, so I asked an
    employee if they had the widescreens available. I was told
    that it was a mistake made by a supervisor. I don't fully
    believe that- boxes of DVDs clearly say when they are
    supposed to be put out on the floor for sale. Was this
    a sneaky way by retailer to push foolscreen on to
    impatient customers who didn't want to wait for the
    proper release day? Thoughts? Opinions?

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  2. Arnie G

    Arnie G Supporting Actor

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    They had the same ones at my store last weekend.[​IMG]
     
  3. TravisR

    TravisR Studio Mogul

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    Somebody just put them out because they didn't bother to read the label on the box. They couldn't care less which aspect ratio you buy as long as you buy it from them.
     
  4. Rhoq

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    I feel your pain.

    I was at ***-**** Sunday evening and they happened to have the 30th Anniversary of Jaws out on the shelf. I picked it up and didn’t even bother to check to see if it Widescreen (yeah I know rookie mistake). I didn’t get home until late Sunday night and when I took Jaws out of the bag, the “Full Screen” hit me.

    First thing yesterday morning, I went back to ***-**** to exchange it for a Widesceen version. Customer Service told me to go the DVD section and get one. All I saw were Full Screen copies. One of the clerks was putting DVDs out on the shelves and I asked her if she could get a Widescreen copy for me from the back since there weren’t any out on the shelves and she told me that “Full Screen” was all that they had received. Whether that’s true or not I don’t know, I suspect she was just being lazy because she didn’t feel like checking for me.

    When I told Customer Service that they didn't have Widescreen copies, she asked me "So do you just want to keep this one then?"

    I told her "I don't buy Full Screen DVDs and I am not about to start now just because you don’t have the Widescreen version. I want my money back and I will get what I want somewhere else.”
     
  5. Marc Fedderman

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    What Travis said. There's no great MAR cabal out there, just corporations (like Sony) and retailers (like Walmart) who think these releases make good business sense. Unfortunately, for the sake of the films, there are also many, many customers who either prefer MAR or couldn't conceivably care less what the AR is, or know what it is for that matter.

    I wouldn't ascribe nefarious intentions to your local retailer, they simply don't know what the hell they're doing.
     
  6. Bill GrandPre

    Bill GrandPre Cinematographer

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    This wasn't the case of a few ignorant employees putting a DVD out early, it was a chain-wide occurance. This retailer's sister store did something similar a couple years ago where "Miller's Crossing" and "Barton Fink" were available to their members chain-wide over a month before their release date. I believe it is honestly a mistake but it is a mistake on a large scale.
     
  7. Jesse Skeen

    Jesse Skeen Producer

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    Honestly, who needs another pan & scan copy of Jaws anyways? Did they use the same master from the DiscoVision release?
     
  8. john mcfadden

    john mcfadden Stunt Coordinator

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    *** **** did a modular change , The entire catalog section was revamped the addition of Casino and Jaws was just a stocking error , I almost bought Casino early as well untill i saw nothing but full screen .

    BTW As of January 2006 *** **** will no longer carry Vhs movies [​IMG] Yay now more room for fullscreen garbage !!!
     
  9. Jeff D Han

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    I still don't truly believe that ***-**** was clueless
    about what versions went on the shelves early. It would
    serve them right that the same quantity of copies of
    MAR garbage sat there while the correct versions flew
    off of the shelves. I'll just buy the correct versions from
    a competitor now.[​IMG]
     
  10. Rhoq

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    Well, it was $3 ($17.99) more than ***-****, but I picked up the Widescreen Jaws 30th today @ Tower. I usually never buy DVDs at ***-****, but I was there to buy an air conditioner the other night and figured while I was there I would check out their DVD selection. NEVER AGAIN.
     
  11. Dwayne

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    I purchased both Jaws 30th and Casino Anniversary Monday evening. Both were widescreen.
     

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