"Snow White" - Limited Time Only?

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  1. Stephen R

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  2. GlennH

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    I think it's officially on sale until January 2002. But retailers will probably have it for longer. Then as their supply runs out you'll have to go to Ebay and such to buy it.
    If you don't believe Disney really puts titles on moratorium just try to go buy a copy of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, ALADDIN, or THE LION KING on VHS at a retail store.
     
  3. Seth Paxton

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    Their situation seems a little more tenuous with DVD since they have already readjusted their list and timeframe for "limited" titles.
    But as mentioned above, they have stood behind this plan very strictly in the past so I would have some concerns at this point. With LDs and VHS Disney has managed to make titles VERY scarce with the moratorium practice.
    The Snow White DVD was the first Disney LD that I replaced. Up to this point their was little motivation considering the LD packages they had done. This Snow White DVD is a close effort (though missing the cool lithigraphs and HARDBACK book the LD had).
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  4. Scott Weinberg

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    Even if your pocketbook's a bit light these days, I'd recommend just getting it now. Sale prices are the best when DVDs are first released, and this one's schduled to be "pulled" by the end of January. I picked it up at Tower Video for 20 bucks. Surely you can match (or beat) that price somewhere online.
    And yes, I'd agree that this is a truly special DVD package.
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  5. Mark Zimmer

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    But I'd quell those dreams of buying 10 and getting rich off eBay. They said that the VHS of Fantasia in 1990 or so would be the last issue of it on home video, ever. But it was still plentiful and easy to find for under $20 in 1999, long before anyone dreamed they'd release it again on DVD. Ditto the folks who bought up big quantities of the 'limited release' Jungle Book and Little Mermaid on DVD, only to find now that Disney pressed so many of them that they're forced to GIVE them away with Snow White! I'd imagine we're going to be seeing Snow for a good long time.
    I think the only cases where the moratorium produced high prices are the ones where people didn't know about the moratoriums, like the original release of Little Mermaid, or ones with legal trouble like Lady and the Tramp.
    Still burned about paying $175 for Lady and the Tramp, which I just gave to my nephew..... [​IMG]
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  6. Matt Perkins

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    I just LOVE the Snow White DVD. (I don't have any nostalgia for the film itself, so it really leaves me bored ... but the art direction is staggering.)
    I'm considering picking up a few copies at
     

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