Weekly RoundUp 10-24-2006

Mike Frezon

Oct 9, 2001
Rensselaer, NY
The Weekly RoundUp

The Features

– Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire (Carefree – 1938)

– Cast (Monster House – 2006)

– Why We Fight – 1943-1945

– William Hurt & Kathleen Turner (Body Heat – 1981)

– The Last Voyage (1960)

– The Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films (2006) (50-discs)

The Prices

SD-DVD TITLEAmazonBestBuyCrcCityTargetCostcoAddams Family: Volume 1$19.87$19.99$16.99 - - **An American Haunting (N & NR)$19.87$19.99$19.99$16.99 - Astaire & Rogers: Partial Ult. Coll. Ed.$46.09 - - - - Astaire & Rogers: Ult. Coll. Vol. 2$41.78$59.99$49.99 - - Astaire & Rogers: Ult. Coll. Edition$69.99$119.9999.99 - - Batman Beyond: Season 2$31.49$29.99$29.99 - - Beavis & Butt-head Coll. Vol. 1-3 (PLUS)$83.29$99.99$79.99 - - Bewitched: Season 4$27.99$34.9929.99 - - Body Heat SE$13.99$14.9915.99 - - Carefree$13.99$14.9915.99 - - Creature Comforts: Season 2$18.69$22.99$24.97 - - Creature Comforts: Merry Christmas$9.95$8.99$9.99 - - DeGrassi-Next Gen.: Season 4$34.99$39.99$39.99 - - Essential Art House: 50 Years/Janus$594.99 - - - - Facts of Life: Season 3$20.99$19.99$24.99 - - Father Christmas$9.95$8.99$9.99 - - Flying Down to Rio$13.99$14.9915.99 - - The Gay Divorcee$13.99$14.9915.99 - - Greg the Bunny: Best of…$18.69$19.99$19.99 - - Groovie Ghoulies: Sat. Mourning Coll.$22.49$24.99$24.99 - - Hands Over the City (CC)$27.99$34.99$34.99 - - Hannah Montana: Livin’ Rock Star Life$13.87$14.99$17.99$14.99 - Invitation to a Suicide$13.99$14.99$15.99 - - Jailbait$17.99$17.9915.99 - - Jonathan Creek: Season 1$26.19$34.99$24.99 - - Journey Back to Oz SE$13.49$12.9910.99 - - Justice League Unlimited: Season 1$31.49$29.99$29.99 - - The Kid and I$24.29$24.99$17.99 - - Krypto, the Superdog: Vol. 2$9.99$12.9912.99 - - The Last Voyage$9.09$9.99$9.99 - - Little House Prairie: The Movies$26.99$26.99$34.99 - - Looking for Kitty$26.99$24.99$24.99 - - The L Word: Season 3$37.87$39.99$69.99$39.99 - MacGuyver: Final Season$26.88$31.99$27.99 - $25.99Mini’s First Time$17.49$22.9919.99 - - **Monster House$16.87$16.99$16.99$16.99 - **Nacho Libre CE$17.87$16.99$14.99$16.99 - Nightmares & Dreamscapes: Stephen King$27.85$32.99$24.99 - - The O.C.: Season 3$44.87$45.99$69.99$45.99 - Pizza$22.49$19.99$19.99 - - Porky’s SE$11.19$12.99$12.99 - - The Red Shoes (2005)$14.97$19.99$19.99 - - Reservoir Dogs: 15th Anniv. Edition$14.99$14.99$12.99 - - The Road to Guantanamo$17.49$22.99$24.97 - - Roberta$13.99$14.9915.99 - - SNL: Best of Sat. Morning Funhouse$13.99$16.9915.99 - - Saw II (Uncut 2-disc)$15.99$19.99$19.99 - - SCTV: Best of Early Years$29.99$34.99$34.99 - - **Slither$19.76$19.99$19.99$19.99 - The Snowman$9.95$8.99$9.99 - - Story of Vernon & Irene Castle$13.99$14.9915.99 - - Sweetie (CC)$27.99$34.99$34.99 - - That’s My Bush!: Definitive Coll.$18.89$19.99$19.99 - - Total Recall$14.99$19.9915.99 - - Voyage to Bottom of Sea: Season 2 Vol. 1$19.87$19.99$24.99 - - Waking Dead: Season 1 + Pilot$44.99$57.99$49.99 - - Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior$14.99$14.99$17.99 - - Why We Fight (Capra)$7.98$7.99$6.99 - - Wings: Season 3$26.88$31.99$27.99 - -

HD-DVD TITLEAmazonBestBuyCrcCityTargetCostco12 Monkeys$19.95$24.99$29.98 - - The Interpreter$19.95$24.99$29.99 - - Out of Sight$19.95$24.99$29.98 - - Slither (Combo)$24.95$34.99$39.98 - - Spartacus$19.95$24.99$29.98 - - The Thing$19.95$24.99$29.98 - -

BLU-RAY TITLEAmazonBestBuyCrcCityTargetCostcoThe Italian Job$19.95$24.99$29.99 - - Monster House$27.25$29.99$26.99 - - Sahara$19.95$24.99$29.99 - -

(CC) after a title = New release in the Criterion Collection.

Individual titles included in box sets listed above:

Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films: Here is this description from amazon.com:


Originally Posted by amazon.com
A truly definitive collection of the iconic film importer's best, with a 200+ page hardcover book. The 50 DVDs in this box set contain the films only. No special features such as documentaries or commentary tracks are included. For us, the box set provided an opportunity to celebrate the richness of the Janus library and to provide the films in an affordable manner for those wanting to start or expand their film libraries. When the discount is included, each disc costs approximately $13. It's a beautiful package. Please see janusfilms.com for images of the finished product.

The films included are:
• ALEXANDER NEVSKY (1938), Sergei Eisenstein
• ASHES AND DIAMONDS (1958), Andrzej Wajda
• L'AVVENTURA (1960), Michelangelo Antonioni
• BALLAD OF A SOLDIER (1959), Grigori Chukhrai
• BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1946), Jean Cocteau
• BLACK ORPHEUS (1959), Marcel Camus
• BRIEF ENCOUNTER (1945), David Lean
• THE FALLEN IDOL (1948), Carol Reed
• FIRES ON THE PLAIN (1959), Kon Ichikawa
• FISTS IN THE POCKET (1965), Marco Bellocchio
• FLOATING WEEDS (1959), Yasujiro Ozu
• FORBIDDEN GAMES (1952), René Clement
• 400 (1959), François Truffaut
• GRAND ILLUSION (1937), Jean Renoir
• HÄXAN (1922), Benjamin Christensen
• IKIRU (1952), Akira Kurosawa
• IVAN THE TERRIBLE, PART II (1958), Sergei Eisenstein
• LE JOUR SE LÈVE (1939), Marcel Carné
• JULES AND JIM (1962), François Truffaut
• KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS (1949), Robert Hamer
• KNIFE IN THE WATER (1962), Roman Polanski
• THE LADY VANISHES (1938), Alfred Hitch
• THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP (1943), Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
• LOVES OF A BLONDE (1965), Milos Forman
• M (1931), Fritz Lang
• M. HULOT'S HOLIDAY (1953), Jacques Tati
• MISS JULIE (1951), Alf Sjöberg
• PANDORA'S BOX (1929), G.W. Pabst
• PÉPÉ LE MOKO (1937), Jean Duvivier
• IL POSTO (1961), Ermanno Olmi
• PYGMALION (1938), Anthony Asquith
• RASHOMON (1950), Akira Kurosawa
• RICHARD III (1955), Laurence Olivier
• THE RULES OF THE GAME (1939), Jean Renoir
• SEVEN SAMURAI (1954), Akira Kurosawa
• THE SEVENTH SEAL (1957), Ingmar Bergman
• THE SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE (1973), Víctor Erice
• LA STRADA (1954), Federico Fellini
• SUMMERTIME (1955), David Lean
• THE THIRD MAN (1949), Carol Reed
• THE 39 STEPS (1935), Alfred Hitch
• UGETSU (1953), Kenji Mizoguchi
• UMBERTO D. (1952), Vittorio De Sica
• THE VIRGIN SPRING (1960), Ingmar Bergman
• VIRIDIANA (1961), Luis Buñuel
• THE WAGES OF FEAR (1953), Henri-Georges Clouzot
• THE WHITE SHEIK (1952), Federico Fellini
• WILD STRAWBERRIES (1957), Ingmar Bergman

Astaire & Rogers - Ultimate Collection Volume 2: Flying Down to Rio, The Gay Divorcee, Roberta, Carefree, The Story of Vernon & Irene Castle.

Astaire & Rogers – Ultimate Collection/Partial (Amazon.com EXCLUSIVE): Flying Down to Rio, The Gay Divorcee, Roberta, Carefree, The Story of Vernon & Irene Castle. This also includes ThinPak cases for the Astaire/Rogers films from Volume 1. So, if you already own Volume 1 and want to house all you’re A&R films from volumes 1 AND 2 in one big cardboard sleeve in matching ThinPak cases…THIS is the set for you:

Astaire & Rogers – Ultimate Collector’s Edition: Flying Down to Rio, The Gay Divorcee, Roberta, Carefree, The Story of Vernon & Irene Castle, Top Hat, Follow the Fleet, Swing Time, Shall We Dance, The Barkleys of Broadway.

Little House on the Prairie – The Movies: Look Back to Yesterday, Bless All the Dear Children, The Last Farewell.

Beavis and Butt-head – The Ultimate Mike Judge Collection: Beavis & Butt-head – The Mike Judge Collection Volumes 1-3 PLUS Beavis & Butt-head Do America.

The Disclaimer Standard disclaimer: All prices are taken from the websites of each chain, or from their printed Sunday advertisements. All prices are subject to change by each chain. Prices and inventory in-store may or may not match the website price.

"LP" in the RoundUp table means a store’s Sunday flyer says "Low Price". That means I could not locate a definite price for the item, and the ad is all I have to go on. Retailers use these phrases in advertisements so that they do not violate MAP (Minimum Advertised Price) agreements with the studios. Doing so can cost them thousands or even millions of dollars in co-op advertising funds.

I, obviously, cannot include EVERY title released in a given week in the RoundUp. The titles included are those that I am interested in...as well as those which I consider will be of interest to a majority of consumers (and sometimes I’ll miss one!). I don't get paid for this, and I don't have the time to list every DVD. So, please don't complain! If there is a title not included in the RoundUp that you want to see, just look it up yourself, and be nice enough to post and share the results with everyone!

Note that I cannot include Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club prices in the RoundUp. They set prices at individual stores based on nearby competition, so there is no way I can say here what price you'll find at YOUR local Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club location. And, as always, Circuit City does not guarantee their sale prices in Hawaii.

The Specials

**BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL! Monster House AND Nacho Libre AND Slither are available in both OAR and MAR versions...get the correct one(s)! An American Haunting is being released in both rated and unrated versions….get the one that’s right for you!

--Be forewarned. I am still unsure of my efficiencies in finding and pricing the various HD & Blu-Ray releases each week. No confusion about release dates this week (fingers crossed).

--Amazon.com is still having a special offer on Blu-Ray & HD-DVD discs: Save an additional 10% on all of your Blu-ray & HD-DVD Disc purchases for the next year. Purchase three Blu-ray or HD-DVD Discs right now, and you'll automatically qualify to receive an additional 10% off all of your high-definition DVD purchases for one year. To receive a 10% discount on your three high-def Discs upon checkout, use this claim code: HDDISC10. Go HERE for details.

--Some confusion about SNL: Best of Saturday Night Funhouse at Best Buy this week. Flyers list the B&M price at $16.99, but bestbuy.com is listing $14.99.

--Best Buy has an EXCLUSIVE FREE MASK on-pack with its copies of Nacho Libre. Minimum 30 per store. No rain checks.

--Best Buy also has an EXCLUSIVE FREE TRICK OR TREAT BAG with the purchase of Monster House on DVD.

--Best Buy is offering a 2/$20 deal involving Monster House ($16.99). Buy Monster House and any of the following DVDs: Ghostbusters, Hook, Jumanji ($9.99 apiece). Must be purchased on same receipt.

--Best Buy is offering another 2/$20 deal this week with the purchase of BOTH Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior AND Hannah Montana: Livin’ the Rock Star Life. Must be purchased on same receipt.

--Okay…one more 2/$20 deal from Best Buy this week. This one involves An American Haunting. Buy An American Haunting ($19.99) and any of the following DVDs: Stir of Echoes, The Blair Witch Project, The Ninth Gate ($6.99 apiece). Must be purchased on same receipt.

--Discriminating shoppers have a choice. If you are jonesing for a FREE HALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREAT BAG and Monster House is not your cup of tea, Circuit City is offering one with the purchase of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! on DVD ($12.99). Quantity limited. No rainchecks..

--Circuit City is offering FREE POP-SECRET POPCORN with the purchase of Monster House on DVD.

--Circuit City also has a FREE BONUS DISC with the purchase of Nacho Libre on DVD. …go behind the scenes with Jack Black for an inside look at the making of Nacho Libre. Over 15 minutes of footage!

--Circuit City also has a FREE $10 CIRCUIT CITY GIFT CARD with the purchase of Beavis & Butt-head: The Mike Judge Collection: Volumes 1-3 PLUS Beavis & Butt-head Do America.

--Target has an EXCLUSIVE BONUS DVD with its copies of The O.C.: Season 3. Includes 33-minutes of deleted scenes plus commentary on two episodes from the creators. Quantities limited. No rainchecks.

--And, finally, Target has EXCLUSIVE PACKAGING on Nacho Libre. The packaging resembles the main characters wrestling tights and is located on the bottom-half of the DVD case and seems to extend from the sides. It is labeled “A comedy about stretchy pants.”

The Markdowns

The latest markdowns according to DavisDVD:

EFFECTIVE: October 24, 2006 (Studio/Titles/New SRP)


$9.99 - Always, Blues Brothers 2000, Born in East LA, Born on the Fourth of July, Clockers, Coogan's Bluff, Crooklyn, The Electric Horseman, Franklin and the Green Knight: The Movie, Gorillas in the Mist, Gray Lady Down, Halloween III, The Jackal, K-9, The Paleface

Patrick Sun

Senior HTF Member
Jun 30, 1999
Circuit City on sale DVD items:

The Omen (2006) $19.99
Click: Special Edition $19.99
X-Men 3: The Last Stand $19.99
Over THe Hedge $19.99
The Break-Up $19.99
Kid & I $17.99
Benchwarmers $14.99
Robert Plant & The Strange Sensation $12.99

It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown $12.99
Free "It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" Halloween trick or treat bag with purchase

$4.99 each:
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) 2-disc Edition
High Tension
The Others: Collector's Series
Halloween: 25 Years Of Terror
Queen Of The Damned
Interview With A Vampire
Blade II - 2 DVD Set
The Simpsons: Treehouse Of Terror
A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge
A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
Friday The 13th
Freddy Vs. Jason
Jason X
An American Werewolf In London: Collector's Edition
Child's Play
Young Frankenstein: Special Edition
Silver Bullet (Latest Release)
The Relic
The Wicker Man
Joy Ride: Special Edition
Rosemary's Baby
Carrie: Special Edition
Halloween III: Season Of The Witch
House Of 1000 Corpses
Pet Semetary (Latest Release)
Jeepers Creepers 2
The Fog: Special Edition (John Carpenter)
Stephen King's IT
Killer Klowns From Outer Space
See In Store for More Titles

DVD Sets
Bewitched: Season 1 / 2 / 3 $29.99 each
Jack Black 3 Pack: Nacho Libre / School Of Rock / Orange County $29.99

Blu-Ray Titles:
The Brothers Grimm $26.99
AeonFlux $24.99
Gone In 60 Seconds (Cage) $26.99
Sleepy Hollow $24.99
Dark Water (2005) $26.99


Best Buy on sale DVD items:

Mulan $12.99
Mulan II $12.99
Valiant $12.99
Brother Bear $12.99
Robert Plant & The Strange Sensation $14.99
Curious George $16.99

$4.99 each:
Fright Night
A Nightmare On Elm Street 4
Exorcist II: The Heretic
Stephen King’s IT
The Wicker Man
Scary Godmother: The Revenge Of Jimmy
Hellbound: Hellraiser II
A Nightmare On Elm Street 3
Dawn of The Dead
A Nightmare On Elm Street 2
A Nightmare On Elm Street 5
Demon Hunter
Dracula (Bram Stoker's, Francis Ford Coppola version)
Darkness Falls
I Know What You Did Last Summer
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

$6.99 each:
The Hills Have Eyes
Night Of The Living Dead: 30th Anniversary Edition
Masters Of Horror: Don Coscarelli
Halloween 5
The Evil Dead II
Day Of The Dead
Halloween 4
House Of The Dead II
Masters Of Horror: John Carpenter
Room 6
Halloween: 25 Years Of Terror
The Exorcism Of Emily Rose
When A Stranger Calls (2005)
The Evil Dead
The Devil’s Rejects
SAW: Uncut Edition

DVD Sets:
Justice League: Season 1 / 2 $22.99 each
The Exorcist: The Complete Anthology $24.99


Target on sale DVD items:

$10.00 each:
Fantastic 4
Cheaper By The Dozen 2


Supporting Actor
Jul 15, 2002
Real Name
I've got Monster House on pre-order from CH w/ a B1G1F deal; I may keep an eye out for Spartacus HD-DVD and/or 12 Monkeys HD-DVD (which apparently looks/sounds stunning).




Stunt Coordinator
Jan 2, 2004
It's funny, yesterday i'm in best buy and say to myself, hey i'll get mulan when before it goes in the vault or goes down in price, sure enough it happened. I'll be picking that one up this week.

Bill Thomann

Supporting Actor
Nov 2, 2003
Monster House & Reservoir Dogs 15AE at CC for me. I'm alo considering Total Recal THX if I knew anything about this release. I have the edition with the disc in the round "Mars" tin (still sealed). Is this edition supposed to be vastly improved & are there decent extras? Anyone with any info on it I'd appreciate it.

Carl Walker

Stunt Coordinator
Jul 31, 1999
Only cheap horror titles for me, thank you... I'll probably snag Halloween 5 (Divimax), Saw Uncut, and a title or two from the $4.99 list at either Best Buy or Circuit City.


Senior HTF Member
Jan 6, 2004
Just rentals this week for me:
Monster House
possibly Addams Family S1 and Stephen King

Chris S

Senior HTF Member
Apr 9, 2000
Real Name
Chris S
Thanks Mike and Patrick!

Picking up Justice League Unlimited, Batman Beyond, and Justice League S2.

Greg Layton

Second Unit
Oct 12, 2004
Real Name
Greg Layton
Thanks Mike & Patrick. Nothing for me this week... but gosh, that Janus Films box looks amazing. Maybe after I win the lottery...


Aug 11, 1998
Columbia, MO
Real Name
Thanks guys! This will be a bigger week for me than I originally thought. Looks like Addams Family, SNL: TV Funhouse, Justice League Unlimited, plus Justice League: Season 1 and 2 (since I missed out on the Sam's Club price.) And, it's not even November yet. Ouch!


Senior HTF Member
May 7, 2001
Bothell, WA
Real Name
Preordered Saw II, gonna snag Justice League and Batman Beyond...and I might be tempted by Texas Chainsaw 2 Disc at CC...


Who do we think I am?
Dec 1, 1999
Gulf Coast
Real Name
Tony D.
nacho libre
if i buy one from taget and one from BB i can nearly have the entire costume

too bad no one offered a cape.


Supporting Actor
Oct 16, 2005
The Thing, Out of Sight and maybe 12 Monkeys on HD for me.

Definitely renting Monster House and Slither.

Ric Easton

Senior HTF Member
Feb 6, 2001
Thanks guys! Great price on "Young Frankenstein: Special Edition" at CC. Is there any way to tell on the box if its the new Animorphic version? I got rid of my old one several months ago in anticipation of the new release, but have been unable to find it.


Senior HTF Member
Dec 31, 2003
Real Name
Thanks for the Round-up!

The Astaire/Rogers partial collection for me. Seseme Street collection maybe if Costco has a good price.


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