Just bought "Poseidon Adventure", Should I return it?

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  1. Nathan*W

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    Picked up The Poseidon Adventure at Wal-Mart today for $5.88. While I like the film a lot and couldn't beat the price with a stick, I came home and did a search for it on the HTF.

    Now I almost feel like I should return it:

    *Non-anamorphic
    *lackluster transfer (according to the results I found here)
    *no real extras outside of a trailer
    *rumored SE possibly on the horizon

    Should I keep it? For $5.88, it's almost like a rental that I don't have to return.
     
  2. Jeff_HR

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    If you are SO poor that your can't afford $5.88, then most definately return the film.
     
  3. Travis Olson

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    Well if you like the movie a lot keep it. Like Jeff said, $5.88 is peanuts these days. If it's just too much, maybe return it and see you can get it cheaper online. Who knows, you might get it for $5.87. [​IMG]
     
  4. Nathan*W

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    The dilemna isn't the $5.88 pricetag, it's the question of whether or not I should add to my collection with substandard (debatable) product at any price?

    Does anyone own a crappy transfer of a movie just because they like the film and/or it is the only way it's available?
     
  5. Edward Brand

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    Hi Nathan,

    Besides being non-anamorphic, I think the transfer is quite good. I used to have the laser disc of this movie. The dvd is a substantial improvement over it. I would keep it if I were you. --Edward
     
  6. David Lambert

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    I recommend you keep it.

    Don't forget that in the last Fox chat it was stated that there are no current plans for a re-do of this title on DVD.

    Beyond that, I paid $24.99 for my copy long before the markdown, and my wife the ultra-fan doesn't regret it, and I the ultra-picky collector don't really regret it.
     
  7. Paul Linfesty

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    I agree. it's a good transfer (in mono, the original was released in 70mm 6-track stereo (actually 4-track "spread"/faked up to 6 Todd-AO format tracks). But still! Remember, MOST theatres showed the film in optic mono anyway (the way I saw it. Studios were stingy when making mag stereo prints in this era). I've seen FAR worse transfers than this. I also picked up TOWERING INFERNO in the same Walmart bin (OK, the Adam West BATMAN, too!) At those prices, go for it.
     
  8. Adam_WM

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    Keep it, $5.88 for that movie?!?!? YOU CAN'T GO WRONG!!!

    "MY LINDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!"
     
  9. Colin Jacobson

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    I think it's a pretty bland disc. The transfer's decent but not great - I gave it a "B" when I watched it recently - but the audio's quite poor. Still, for $5.88, it's worth it, especially since it's such a hassle to have to return anything at Wal-Mart - the return lines are always enormous there!
     
  10. Bill>Moore

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    I picked Poseidon up this week for the 5.88 price, too. I loved the movie as a kid and still enjoy watching it. Even barebones and not OAR, I figured....for 5.88, how can I really go wrong? Surely I'll get that much use out of it. Also grabbed Freeway for the same amazing price.
     
  11. jonathan_little

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    I enjoy the film and I was happy to finally see it in its OAR after buying it for $5.88 last month. I'll probably have a 4:3 set that's unable to do the "anamorphic squeeze" for many more years, so non-anamorphic transfers currently don't worry me too much.

    If you want to save $5.88, keep away from the title Millennium that's in the bins at Wal-Mart... [​IMG]
     
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  13. Joseph Bolus

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    I picked up Rocky II at Wal-Mart this week for 8 bucks ... and was *shocked* to discover that the transfer was non-anamorphic and fairly grainy in places. But since I had purchased the original Rocky SE a year ago, and didn't want to go with the whole five movie box set, I was still happy to add this to my collection.

    Look at this way: most DVD's, even non-anamorphic DVD's, are at least as good as their LD counterparts. So, at these prices, how can you possibly go wrong?
     
  14. David Lambert

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  16. Ric Easton

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    I don't know of many stores that will let you return an opened DVD for your money back. Usually they will just trade for the same title if it's a defective disc.

    Ric
     
  17. Bob Graham

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    Since it's the only version available and it's one of your favorite films, I'd say keep it and enjoy it for now. You can always dump it for a few bucks (via eBay or some other method) if a special edition comes out.

    Yesterday, I sold my Front Row Entertainment public domain edition of ZULU for $3 at a local store that specializes in used movies. I received the new MGM anamorphic version from bestbuy.com (where it was on sale for $6), so the upgrade cost me $3.
     
  18. Holadem

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    I bought ZULU as well for the same price, sight unseen.

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