Weekly Roundup 7/16

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  1. David Lambert

    David Lambert Executive Producer

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    [rant]Go that way, really fast. If something gets in your way, turn![/rant]
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    Standard disclaimer: All prices are taken from the websites of each chain, the week of the release (so as to catch any week-of-release sale prices). All prices are subject to change by each chain. Prices and inventory in-store may or may not match the website price. If a price is marked "$_N/A_" in the grid, it means that this title is not shown as available on that chain's website...but it COULD still be in-stores!
    I only include the titles I feel like including. In fact, the titles are pretty much the ones I'm personally interested in, or members of my family, with few exceptions. I don't get paid for this, and I don't have time to devote to doing every DVD. I have a lovely wife and a four-year-old son I'd rather spend time with. 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...like I do!
    Note that Circuit City does not guarantee their sale prices in Hawaii.

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    __________TITLE___________Amazon_BestBuy_CrcCity_CostCo_SamsClub_Borders
    Amelie___________________$19.99__$19.99__$19.99__$17.79__$_N/A___$22.09
    Arthur's Scary Stories___$ 9.74__$ 9.99__$ 9.99__$_N/A___$_N/A___$ 8.49
    Better Off Dead__________$18.74__$17.99__$19.99__$_N/A___$_N/A___$16.99
    Black Sheep______________$18.74__$17.99__$19.99__$_N/A___$_N/A___$16.99
    Fathom___________________$11.24__$14.99__$12.99__$_N/A___$_N/A___$11.04
    Gung Ho__________________$18.74__$17.99__$19.99__$_N/A___$_N/A___$16.99
    In Like Flint____________$11.24__$14.99__$12.99__$_N/A___$_N/A___$11.04
    JRR Tolkein-Master/Rings_$14.99__$14.99__$15.99__$_N/A___$_N/A___$14.44
    John Q - SE______________$20.24__$14.99__$15.99__$17.99__$17.48__$16.99
    Kids IT Hall-Brain Candy_$18.74__$17.99__$19.99__$_N/A___$_N/A___$16.99
    The Mean Machine_________$22.49__$22.99__$24.99__$_N/A___$_N/A___$22.09
    Modesty Blaise___________$11.24__$14.99__$12.99__$_N/A___$_N/A___$11.04
    Our Man Flint____________$11.24__$14.99__$12.99__$_N/A___$_N/A___$11.04
    Robin and Marion_________$18.71__$19.99__$19.99__$_N/A___$_N/A___$20.39
    Top Secret!______________$18.74__$17.99__$19.99__$_N/A___$_N/A___$16.99
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    * For those of you unaware of it, per Paramount V.P. Martin Blythe himself, the title It Came From Hollywood (which had been due this week) was cancelled because they could not clear all licenses needed for the release. There is no E.T.A. on a release. Forget about it for now; sorry.
    * [rant]The prices at Borders listed above are showing the regular price minus 15% off. If you are reading this, and you want to purchase something at Borders, then there is no excuse to not do this: click here and use the bottom coupon that is displayed (the top one expires on Monday). Print it, present it at Borders ("I got it from you by e-mail"), and claim 15% off all regular prices of DVDs. Everything else will be 20% off. The discounts are processed in the register system automatically, so there's no chance of getting a wrong discount. So in the Roundup above you see Better Off Dead at $16.99; the pricetag will be marked at $19.99 in the stores.[/rant]
    * There are multiple reports that Best Buy is planning to stock low quantities of the catalog titles due out this week, especially the Paramount ones (Top Secret!, Better Off Dead, Gung Ho, etc.). 1-3 copies each. Get 'em quick or don't get 'em at all. This looks like a similar situation to The Great Race, 1776, My Favorite Year, etc.). Perhaps Borders is a better choice this week anyway due to the coupon price, as well as the lower "visibility" of DVDs there amongst the general public.
    * On the other hand, according to their national ad circular, those three Paramount titles (Top Secret!, Better Off Dead, Gung Ho) will be just $14.99 at CompUSA this week! [​IMG] Hey, due to that ad, they may stock up better than the usual BB/CC-type places. Even if it's the same 10 copies that Harry Potter got, that quantity will beat the 1-3 copies of each that the other chains seem to be getting! [​IMG]
    * Those $5.99 "Special Buy" titles at Best Buy? The one's I listed in this post? Buy any three of them and pay only $15.00.
    * Denzel Washington fans should definately visit Best Buy for sale prices on most of his films on DVD this week.
    * K-Mart has John Q for $19.95
    * Target has an error when I try to see their on-line ad circular, so I can't report what's going on with them right now. I'll about to head out for most of the morning, so I'll check back this afternoon, unless someone beats me to it.
    The latest markdowns according to VideoTropics web site (DVD Title/Old SRP/New SRP):
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    • Battlefield Earth $19.98 $14.98
    • Cell, The $24.98 $19.98
    • Exorcist, The: The Version You've Never Seen $24.98 $19.98
    • Human Face, The $34.98 $29.98
    • Murder at 1600 $19.98 $14.98
    • Proof of Life $24.98 $19.98
    • Romeo Must Die $24.98 $19.98
    • Sphere $19.98 $14.98
    • Superman, The Movie (Special Edition) $24.98 $19.98
    I recommend that anyone interested pick up the last item there. The inheritors of the Salkind estate are suing WB over some of the extra content on the DVD for Superman: The Movie, saying it was unauthorized...and it sounds like they *might* have a good case. Get this DVD while you can, or else pay eBay prices later.
     
  2. JohnS

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    Big Bus is also $17.99 at BB
    Run Lola Run is on sale for $11.99 at Best Buy
     
  3. Joe Fisher

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    $14.99 for John-Q at Best Buy!!. Isn't this an Infinfilm title also. If it is, it looks like a buyer to me.


     
  4. Matt Birchall

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  5. george kaplan

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    Their circular was missing from my morning paper. Maybe it's a bigger snafu.
     
  6. Stephen Fagan

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    I got Target's circular in my news paper, but there are no DVDs advertised in it. [​IMG]
     
  7. Patrick Sun

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    Well, it looks like a lunch visit to CompUSA on Tuesday for BOD and Top Secret!, and then to Costco for Amelie.
     
  8. Matt Birchall

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    John Q's in there, on the last page (not the back) for $15.99, I believe. But that's the only DVD.

    -mwb-
     
  9. RobertCharlotte

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    Nothing on tap for me this week. Good news for my August piggy bank!
     
  10. David Lawson

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    In addition to the $14.99 deals listed above, CompUSA is also offering The Royal Tennenbaums for $16.99 this week, in case anyone missed the sale prices on it last week at the other B&M's.
     
  11. TonyD

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    target had the flint movies for $9.44 when i got them.
     
  12. Chuck Esola

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    Best Buy is selling Modesty Blaise and the two Flint films for full MSRP? What's up with that? I hope it's not a trend.
     
  13. David Lambert

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    Chuck, it's not the first time BB sold something for SRP! In fact, I've seen them sell stuff for OVER SRP before! [​IMG] Circuity City is more apt to do it, but its not unknown at BB.
    TonyD, thanks for the Target info. I'll check there first for those titles. CompUSA, then Target, then Borders, then Best Buy for a mop-up. Sounds like a plan. [​IMG]
    Target's on-line circular is still not there, by-the-way.
    Matt, thanks for the info about stocking levels. I agree that BoD is the big one this week for most people. Myself, it's Gung Ho. I *adore* that flick! [​IMG]
    But BoD and TS! are mine as well. Plus the four Fox spy comedies, Arthur for my son, Tolkien for the missus, and maybe Robin & Marion and John Q as well.
    The other titles I included in the Roundup for you guys. We have no interest in them ourselves. In fact, we have 400+ unwatched DVDs, from a library of 1353 total, so we don't NEED to be convinced to buy any more titles! [​IMG]
     
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    David:
     
  16. Neil White

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    Glenn, I do pretty much what you do. I have such a backlog of unwatched DVD's that not getting something bang on release date is simply a non-issue. I do, however, watch out for those new, big titles in the B&M's and I am grateful to David for saving me research time.

    I use DDD a lot as well as some of the new Canadian outfits (although their practice of billing at time of order instead of shipping bothers me). buy.com and DVD Empire are always good places to go as well. And it's interesting that more and more places are offering free shipping - makes the deal that much sweeter.

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  17. David Lambert

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  18. John Berggren

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    I'd hit CompUSA during lunch on Tuesday, but have yet to find an in stock advertised DVD there.
     
  19. Neil White

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    David, I'm not trying to belittle the value of your thread. I already said I am thankful for the effort you go to. Nor am I justifying my buying habits - just discussing approachs with fellow HTFers [​IMG]
    FWIW, CompUSA, Circuit City, Best Buy, Target, Walmart are all within 2 miles of my house too - I wish they weren't [​IMG]
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    I had no idea Brain Candy was due out this week. Guess I should pick that one up at Borders.
     

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