PARAMOUNT DUMPING SCORES OF CATALOG TITLES AT WAL MART

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  1. Dick

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    During the past month or so I've bought/seen about half of all catalog titles in Paramount's inventory going for $4.88-5.50. A buyer's market, but what does it mean (if anything) regarding the future of Paramount's catalog?

    NAKED JUNGLE
    NUTTY PROFESSOR (1963, SE)
    SPY WHO CAME FROM THE COLD
    THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR
    NAKED GUN 33 1/3
    CHARLOTTE'S WEB
    ELEPHANT MAN
    PARALLAX VIEW
    WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE
    ROMEO AND JULIET (1968)
    ROSEMARY'S BABY
    CHANGING LANES
    SONS OF KATIE ELDER
    SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL

    and dozens more...
     
  2. Matt Hough

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    I think this must be an ongoing policy of Paramount's. At least a year ago, I noticed a similar dumping where I picked up SHANE among others for less than $5.
     
  3. Glenn Overholt

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    No, Paramount is just clearing out their warehouses so it can fill them back up again with HD/BD. Simple.

    Glenn
     
  4. Karl R

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    If this was just a "dump-job" of old stock, I don't think Paramount would have gone to the expense of having new covers made.

    No doubt, these titles weren't "hot" sellers, so Paramount simply decided to repackage and re-price them...and if you've seen the displays at Wal-Mart, they are definitely selling.
     
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    The price is great and sometimes you pick up titles that you wouldn't have purchased in the first place. Warner's has been featured at Walmart's $4.88
    pile also and MGM.
     
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    With the market for catalog DVD matured and declining, the only way to spur the sale of catalog titles is either:

    A) Drop the price to the "impulse purchase/end-cap/dump-bin" level, or
    B) release a "remastered/unrated/extended" etc. SE version as a "new release" with a raised SRP.

    Otherwise, these titles just sit and collect dust on retailers' shelves and in studio warehouses. The "repackaging" is simply a marketing tool to make them appear "new" again.
     
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    Most of these titles had their initial DVD release on the $10 rack... so it's not surprising that after a year on the shelves they hit the discount bin.

    -Scott
     
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    Sigh ! These were titles that originally came out with a $29.99 MSRP. I paid over $20 for most of them (at least the ones I have from this list).

    I recently saw even Once Upon a Time in the West 2-disk SE in a bargain bin selling for $7.50. Imagine that. A beautifully restored classic with a second disk full of wonderful extras selling for a bargain bin price. Can't beat that.

    -D
     
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    It just goes to show how overpriced many catalog titles really are when they first come out. I imagine that Paramount is selling them to Wal-Mart for about half of the $4.88 price and from what I understand about the cost of manufacturing a DVD, the studio is still making money. Of course, I'm talking about something a studio already owns and not a major restoration like many of the Warner titles which have huge costs involved.
     
  11. Dave Scarpa

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    I've been finding it's good to wait on Catalog titles I picked up about 9 last week, 3 of which, When Worlds Collide, The Shootist, and Donavan's Reef, I almost pulled the trigger on for Slightly under $20 I'm glad I waited.
     
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    Walmart has sold Warner titles in the past for cheap as well. I picked up the Tarzan boxset for $20 at Walmart which was less than half what it was going for at the time. Walmart is a way for studios to clear their stock of titles that are played out sales wise and encourages impulse buying.
     
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    Since there is no WalMART in NYC, does anybody know if K-Mart has been selling those same titles , or others at a similar price ?
     
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    It would take Criterion selling their out of print titles for $3.99 to get me to go to a Wal*Mart store. Never been in one and never plan to.
     
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    I picked up:
    THE SONS OF KATIE ELDER
    EL DORADO
    MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN
    THE ELEPHANT MAN
    DONOVAN'S REEF
    GOING SOUTH
    THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR

    DONOVAN is the only one I've viewed. Must say, the image was beautiful.
     
  16. TonyD

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    thanks for that.

    anyway.
    my local walmarts still dont have these 4.88 bins. [​IMG]
     
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    In my store it's not even near the A/V section...it's in the middle of a walkway near the front of the store.
     
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    Does anyone have a complete list of the discounted Paramount titles?
     
  19. Mike Frezon

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    It might not be "complete"...but it's billed as near-complete! [​IMG]

    Paramount DVDs at Wal-Mart

    You know, you guys are so enthusiastic about THIS sale, you should know there's an entire forum within the HTF entitled "Coupons & Bargains". You should see all the good deals we got goin' on over there! [​IMG]
     

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