Universal doubles(Flintstones/Dragonheart/Problem Child): Double features or 2 packs?

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  1. Johnny G

    Johnny G Supporting Actor

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    With some etailers selling these for $13.99, I wondered if these are in fact just 2 films on 1 DVD or as the titles say, 2 packs (Yabba-Dabba 2-pack & Tantrum 2-pack) and if so, are they the original special editions for the likes of Flintstones & Dragonheart?

    Same question goes for the Jan 20th releases of Conan, American Graffiti & Smokey and the bandit which is 3 movies.

    DVD Planet list these as 1 disc which sounds reasonable but DVD Empire list the features from the individual special editions!
     
  2. Scott Weinberg

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    I'd be willing to wager that these are all 2-packs.
     
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    I hate most 2-packs. They sound like such a bargain until you realize there is really only one decent movie, packaged with something the studio wants to get rid of quickly, and for good reason. I saw LITTLE BIG MAN in a two-pack at Sam's Club for something like $19, packaged with some dumb title, whereas had it been coupled with A MAN CALLED HORSE or NEVADA SMITH, I'd have bought it in a heartbeat. I know the argument: "Well, you can always sell the one you don't want on eBay." But selling one or two DVD's on eBay is a lot of effort for very little return, plus a chunk of profit gone to eBay itself. Every rare once in a while, there will be a two pack in which both movies are 1] quite desirable, 2] of the same genre and 3] ones I do not already own.
     
  4. Jesse Skeen

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    Warner's been packaging a lot of Fool-Screen discs with other movies that only got one release- example Heat (WS) and Oceans 11 (FS)- guess they couldn't get rid of enough of the Foolscreens (though why did they make them at all?)
    I heard Universal is putting at least 2 movies on one disc, which I'm all for if they do it right- given their recent track record I'm not sure though.
     
  5. Johnny G

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    Jesse,

    where have you heard Universal are putting 2 movies on 1 disc & if this is the case, what about 3 movies in the case of Smokey & the Bandit?
     
  6. Arnie G

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    They usually put 1 decent movie with one lousy one. I think the Dragonheart comes with Dragonheart part 2[​IMG]
     
  7. GeoffBr

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    There're some decent finds out there though. Universal's High School Reunion double-packs come to mind -- like Breakfast Club/Sixteen Candles and Fast Times at Ridgemont High/Dazed and Confused. Admittedly, the last two discs are a bit lacking but there's no better version out there for either yet. Most packs are pretty poor but every so often some gems pop up.
     
  8. Stephen_J_H

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    These are all 2-packs. Saw them @ Best Buy on Tuesday. Also saw something that annoyed the hell out of me from Fox: a 2-pack of Solaris and The Abyss that I would have gladly bought, but Solaris is widescreen while The Abyss is pan-and-scan. Who was the bonehead who put this package together?
     
  9. Johnny G

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    Stephen,

    There is absolutely NO WAY these could be in Best Buy as they are not due until March!

    If, when you say "all", you are referring to the Conan, Graffiti & Smokeys, which are due Jan 20th, I'm surprised they have them so early but I just read the artwork for American Graffiti & it says Drive-In Double Feature which leads me to believe "all" these new Universal pairings come on single discs, as Jesse said.

    Can you clear up which you mean that are "all" 2 packs?
     
  10. GeoffBr

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    That's really odd... according to Amazon there are three different versions, a widescreen 2-pack, a P&S 2-pack, and one that combines the two. The combo pack seems the best way to avoid making anyone happy...
     
  11. Jeremy Allin

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    I saw some of these today at Wal-Mart. They are packaged back-to-back so you can't confirm any information about them (like whether they are anamorphic).

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