Weekly RoundUp 6-24-2008

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The Features


– Hope Davis & Anton Yelchin (Charlie Bartlett – 2007)


– Persepolis – 2007


– Steven Strait & friend (10,000 BC – 2008)


– Journey to the Far Side of the Sun – 1969


– Gene Kelly & Olivia Newton-John (Xanadu – 1980)


The Prices


SD-DVD TITLEAmazonBestBuyCrcCityTargetCostco10,000 BC$16.99$14.99$14.99$16.99$18.99Before the Rain (CC)$34.99$34.99$34.99 - - Bonneville$19.99$19.99$19.99 - - Careless$23.99$24.99$19.99 - - Charlie Bartlett$17.99$17.99$19.99$19.99 - **Definitely, Maybe$17.99$17.99$19.99$16.99$18.99Early Edition: Season 1$29.99 - $39.99 - - The Eye 3$23.99$19.99$19.99 - - The Furies (CC)$29.99$34.99$34.99 - - Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs$19.99$19.99$17.99 - - Goodbye Uncle Tom$12.99$12.99 - - - The Hammer$15.99$14.99$14.99 - - Heroes$14.99$14.99$14.99 - - Honeydripper$14.99$14.99$19.99 - - In Bruges$19.99$19.99$19.99$19.99 - Journey to the Far Side of the Sun$14.99$14.99$14.99 - - Man of a Thousand Faces$14.99$14.99$14.99 - - Mondo Cane (1962)$12.99$12.99$9.99 - - The New Adventures of Old Christine: S2$29.99 - - - - Persepolis$19.99$19.99$19.99$16.99 - The Real McCoys: Season 3$27.99$34.99$29.99 - - **The Spiderwick Chronicles$18.99$16.99$14.99$16.99 - The Spiderwick Chronicles SE (2-disc)$23.99$22.99$22.99$22.99$23.29The Tattooist$19.99$19.99$19.99 - - Xanadu SE$14.99$14.99$14.99 - - The Young Caruso$9.99$12.99$14.99 - - ZZ Top: Live from Texas$10.99 - $14.98 - -


HD-DVD TITLEAmazonBestBuyCrcCityTargetCostcoDisco Pigs$20.95$24.99$19.99 - -


BLU-RAY TITLEAmazonBestBuyCrcCityTargetCostco10,000 BC$24.95$29.99$29.99$29.99$26.99House of Fury$18.95$24.99$19.99 - - Persepolis$25.95$29.99$34.99 - - The Spiderwick Chronicles$27.95$29.99$29.99$29.99$27.49ZZ Top: Live from Texas$16.95 - $19.99 - -

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 Careful! Definitely, Maybe AND The Spiderwick Chronicles (1-disc) are being released in BOTH OAR and MAR versions!

--Best Buy is advertising an EXCLUSIVE 2-disc deluxe edition of 10,000 BC this week for $22.99.

--Best Buy also has an EXCLUSIVE FREE BOOK with its copies of The Spiderwick Chronicles. Excludes Blu-ray. Minimum 4 per store. No rainchecks.

--Save 20% at bestbuy.com on select Universal movies. 1300 to choose from. On-line only. Markdowns taken from regular prices.

--Best Buy is having a “Buy 2, Get One Free” or “Buy 3, Save $10” sale on 26 Blu-ray titles—both in-store and on-line. (The following titles are shown in the flyer):

$29.99:28 Days Later, The Day After Tomorrow

$34.99:Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, Ice Age, Ice Age: The Meltdown, 27 Dresses, I Robot, Juno, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Live Free or Die Hard, Hitman, Alvin & the Chipmunks.

Must be purchased on same receipt. Free DVD must be of equal or lesser value.

--And, further…Best Buy is having a “Buy 2, Save $5” sale on select Blu-ray discs this week: There Will Be Blood, First Sunday, Dirty Harry, The Other Boleyn Girl, Untraceable, Jumper (All $29.99, except Jumper @ $34.99) Must be purchased on same receipt.

--Also @ BB, it’s MEMBER APPRECIATION WEEK! Earn double Reward Zone points on nearly every purchase this week in-store or on-line. Limit one bonus offer per membership, per transaction. Not good in combination with any other offers or coupons…

--Best Buy Odds and Ends: Best Buy has lists of DVDs for sale @ $14.99.

--Free trading cards @ Circuit City with the purchase of The Spiderwick Chronicles. In store only.

--Also at CC, save $5, instantly, on a number of Blu-ray discs:

$29.99:Bee Movie, Cloverfield, There Will Be Blood

$19.99:Mission Impossible III, Shooter, Next, Babel, Flags of Our Fathers, Sleepy Hollow, We Were Soldiers, World Trade Center, Disturbia.

Titles may vary by store.

--CC has a “Buy One, Get One Free” sale on a number of $9.99 DVDs.

--Circuit City Odds and Ends: A long list of DVDs for $6.99.

--At Target, get a FREE Spiderwick Movie Storybook and bookmark when you purchase The Spiderwick Chronicles on SD-DVD. Items packaged together. Quantity limited. No rainchecks.

-Target is advertising EXCLUSIVE FREE MOVIE CASH to see “Kit Kittredge: An American Girl” in theaters with the purchase of The American Girl Movie Collection DVD set for $16.99. Value up to $7.50.

--Target has the following Blu-ray discs on sale for $19.99: Men in Black, Signs, The Recruit, V for Vendetta, Natural Born Killers.

--Target is also advertising a number of Pixar & Disney titles for $13.99: The Incredibles, National Trasure 2, Finding Nemo, PotC: At World’s End, Toy Story, Toy Story 2, The Suite Life of Zach & Cody-Lip Synchin’ in the Rain, High School Musical 2, The Game Plan.

--Target Odds and Ends: A collection of titles for both $6.50 and $10.
 

Michael Reuben

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Nice touch including the Xanadu trailer, Mike.


It's too bad In Bruges is a Focus release. Otherwise it might be getting a Blu-ray release, and it's a film that really needs the additional resolution.

M.
 

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For those who like really good animation and superb storytelling, I can't recommend Persepolis highly enough.
 

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You know HD-DVD is dead when--after a long drought in which there are no new releases--the only title to be released this week is...

"Disco Pigs."

There is nothing further I can possibly add at this point.

Regards,

- S.D.
 

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"Disco Pigs?" Really? And it's an HD-DVD exclusive? If only they'd released that title two years ago, the whole format war might have turned out very differently.
 

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Hear, hear. I think In Bruges is the best film of the year to date, and if it was on BD I'd be buying it Tuesday. As it is, I'll wait & hope...

And ditto on the Xanadu trailer. Even though that came out the year I graduated college, it seems like it's from an era much further back.
 

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Xanadu was one of my first-ever DVD purchases. I had to go to Laser's Edge and special order it. I'm looking forward to comparison reviews; may very well have to double-dip this one.
 

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I'll be rustling up a copy of Journey to the Far Side of the Sun. After purchasing it I will then CERIMONIOUSLY DESTROY the
Bootleg
Version I purchased on E-Bay last year! (I didn't know it was a 'legger until I opened the Package!
 

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What's "Disco Pigs"?

Early Edition: The First Season is the only release for me this week, and it was shipped on Friday. I'm still looking around to make sure CBS didn't edit this one as its one of my "holy grails."

Thanks Mike.
 

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Price match on Men in Black from BB last week. Maybe the MI movies I saw at WalMart for $19.99 last week. Maybe something more from the DD sale.

I dunno...I'm kinda feeling overwhelmed with discs right now and might cut back just a bit. (Anyone who knows me will undoubtedly say "yeah, right." I'm such a movie whore...)
 

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The Blu-ray Spiderwick Chronicles for me....

Nice work Mike. I've missed these threads!
 

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Ahh, no Futurama pick in the pictures of releases this week? Anyway, nothing this week for me, unless I find Metal Gear Solid 4 for a good price somewhere.
 

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If you have seen the live action Gerry Anderson shows UFO, or Space:1999 that should give you an idea of what to expect with Journey to the Far side of the Sun, aka Doppleganger in the UK.
 

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Are they being blacked-out in your area, Tim?!


Or, have you just been MIA?
 

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I'm in the same boat. Has anyone come a cross any comparison reviews yet?
 

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