Weekly RoundUp 8-1-2006

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The Features


– Lawrence Olivier (Henry V – 1944)


– The Cast (Hazel – 1961)


– Hugo Weaving (V for Vendetta - 2005)


– Elvis (The Comeback Special - 1968


The Prices

TITLEAmazonBestBuyCrcCityTargetCostco10.5: Apocalypse$17.99 - $19.99 - - Alice in Wonderland (1985)$11.69$11.69$14.94 - - Beavis & Butt-head: Volume 3$26.99$24.99$24.99$24.99 - Best of Elmo’s World$20.99$24.99$24.99 - - -The Black Hole (2006)$17.99 - $17.99 - - Blue Collar TV: Season 2$18.69$19.99$19.99 - - Broken Saints: Complete Series$35.43$34.99$34.99 - - The Comeback: Complete Season$27.99$27.99$27.99$27.99 - Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 5$25.98$25.99$27.99$29.99 - Four Brothers (HD-DVD) - $24.99$29.99 - - Dallas: Season 5$27.99$27.99$27.99$29.99 - Elvis: ’68 Comeback Special$13.99$14.99$9.99 - - Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii$13.99$14.99$9.99 - - The Girls Next Door: Season 1$19.11$24.99$19.99$19.99 - Good Night & Good Luck (Blu-Ray)$19.95$24.99$28.99 - - Good Times: Season 6$21.34$24.99$19.99 - - Hazel: Season 1$19.49$29.99$24.99 - - How Art Made the World$22.49$24.99$24.99 - - Jimmy Buffett: Live at Wrigley$19.58$24.99$15.99$14.98 - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Blu-Ray)$23.95$29.99$34.00 - - Manchurian Candidate (HD-DVD) - $24.99$29.99 - - Max & Ruby: Afternoons/Max & Ruby$11.99$12.99$12.99 - - Mr. Moto Collection: Volume 1$41.99$44.99$49.99 - - Mrs. Harris$19.87$19.99$19.99 - - My Summer Story$17.89$14.99$15.99 - - Olivier’s Shakespeare (CC)$55.99$99.99$69.99 - - Richard Pryor: Live in Concert$13.99$14.99$15.99 - - Rumor Has It (Blu-Ray)$23.95$29.99$34.00 - - Severed: Forest of the Dead$14.99$14.99$15.99 - - The Shaggy Dog (2006)$29.99$16.99$16.99$16.99$19.49Star Trek Fan Collective: Klingon$26.99$27.99$27.99 - - Training Day (Blu-Ray)$19.95$24.99$28.99 - - Veggie Tales: Larry-Boy & Bad Apple$9.69$10.99$12.99 - - **V for Vendetta$15.98$14.99$13.99$16.99 - V for Vendetta SE (2-disc)$19.99$22.99$29.99 - $22.99V for Vendetta Deluxe Edition (Target) - - - $22.99 - V for Vendetta (Best Buy) - $34.99 - - - We Were Soldiers (HD-DVD) - $24.99$29.99 - - What the Bleep Do We Know? SE$17.49$20.99$19.99$16.99 - Winnie Pooh: Shapes & Sizes$19.99$14.99$17.99 - - Winnie Pooh: Word Adventure$19.99$14.99$17.99 - -

(Blu-Ray) after a title = New Blu-Ray release.

(HD-DVD) after a title = New High-Definition release.

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

Individual titles included in box sets listed above:

Mr. Moto Collection-Volume 1: Mr. Moto Takes a Chance, Mysterious Mr. Moto, Thank You Mr. Moto, Think Fast Mr. Moto.

Olivier’s Shakespeare: Henry V, Hamlet, Richard III.

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! V for Vendetta (1-disc) is available in both OAR and MAR versions...get the correct one(s) !

--I am still unsure of my efficiencies in finding and pricing the various HD & Blu-Ray release each week. Be forewarned. It seems like in-store prices at Best Buy and Circuit City are coming in cheaper than the prices as reported on-line.

--Some ultra-low DVD prices this week from BOTH Best Buy and Circuit City! How about $3.99 (at both stores), $4.99 (BB), $5.99 (CC), $6.99 (BB) and $8.99 (both stores)! Some decent and newer titles, too! Make sure you check them out!

--Amazon.com is 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.

--Best Buy also has its own EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL EDITION OF V FOR VENDETTA. Includes 2-Disc Special Edition, 4 posters & collectible Guy Fawkes mask.

--Best Buy also has FREE $5 GAS CARD (that’ll getcha far!) with the purchase of either Hitch, Men In Black SE ($9.99 apiece) or Saving Silverman ($5.99) on DVD. Obtain gas card by mail with purchase; offer available with in-store purchases only. Offer (Gas Card) expires 12/31/06.

--Best Buy is advertising a price of $22.99 apiece on Seasons 1 thru 4 of Dallas AND $22.99 apiece on Seasons 1 thru 4 of Curb Your Enthusiasm. They also have a price of $19.99 apiece on Seasons 1 thru 4 of Futurama.

--Best Buy also has a BONUS ON-PACK DVD with Beavis & Butt-head: Volume 3.

--Best Buy will also give you $5 off ANY Disney DVD ($14.99 and up) if you pre-order The Little Mermaid with them. Little Mermaid available 10-3-2006.

--Circuit City, this week, has an EXCLUSIVE FREE “V for Vendetta” LITHOGRAPH with the purchase of V for Vendetta on DVD. While supplies last. Minimum 20 per store.

--At Circuit City, save $3 with the combined purchase of The Shaggy Dog ($16.99) and Lady & the Tramp 2 ($16.99). In-store only. Purchases must be on same receipt.

--At Circuit City, buy Good Times: Season 6 AND ANY OTHER season of Good Times and SAVE $5! In-store only. Purchases must be on same receipt.

--Circuit City is advertising a price of $21.99 apiece on Seasons 1 thru 4 of Dallas AND $21.99 apiece on Seasons 1 thru 4 of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

--Circuit City is offering an EXCLUSIVE FREE $5 Circuit City Gift Card with the purchase of Beavis & Butt-head: Volume 3. With purchase in-store only.

--Circuit City is also offering a FREE TALLADEGA NIGHTS DIGITAL DOWNLOAD CARD with ANY DVD, CD or videogame purchase. Download Talladega Nights desktops, screensavers, icons & more. Create your own Ricky Bobby poster, play the “autograph game” and download your own Ricky Bobby bobblehead.

--Target is offering another in its series of FREE LENTICULAR COVERS with its own EXCLUSIVE DELUXE EDITION DVD SET OF V FOR VENDETTA. Deluxe Edition includes original comic book, 3-D lenticular cover. Quantity limited, no rainchecks.

--And Target’s also got their own EXCLUSIVE EDITION OF BEAVIS & BUTT-HEAD: VOLUME 3 ON DVD. Includes 2 new to DVD cartoons and more. Quantity limited, no rainchecks.

The Markdowns

The latest markdowns according to DavisDVD:

EFFECTIVE: August 1, 2006 (Studio/Titles/New SRP)

Columbia/SONY

Anne Frank Remembered, Baby The Rain Must Fall, Bobby Jones Stroke Of Genius, Chasing Ghosts, The Craft: Special Edition, Cutter, Deal, December, Dirty, Fun With Dick And Jane (2005), G, London (2005), Mac, The Medallion, Nine Lives, Rock School, Rodgers And Hammerstein's Cinderella (1965), Silver City, Surrender Dorothy, Tenants, Vampires: The Turning, Watermelon Man, Wolf -- New Prices Not Available

20th Century Fox

Futurama vol. 2, Futurama vol. 3, Futurama vol. 4, Millennium: Season 1, Millennium: Season 2, Millennium: Season 3, Roswell: Season 1, Roswell: Season 2, Roswell: Season 3, The Simpsons: The Complete Second Season, The Simpsons: The Complete Third Season, The Simpsons: The Complete Fourth Season, The Simpsons: The Complete Fifth Season, The Simpsons: The Complete Sixth Season -- New Prices Not Available

Universal

1941, About a Boy, The Beguiled, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Bird on a Wire, Black Dog, Bowfinger, Dragonfly, For Richer or Poorer, Jaws 3, MacArthur, Mr. Baseball, Rumble Fish, Trippin', Where the Buffalo Roam -- $9.99
 

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Circuit City on sale DVD items:

$3.99 each:
8 Mile
Dazed & Confused: Flash Back Edition
Fast Times At Ridgemont High
Along Came Polly
Blue Crush
Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind
Intolerable Cruelty
The Bone Collector
The Hurricane
Van Helsing
American Pie: Unrated
American Wedding: Unrated
Red Dragon
Spy Game
Honey
The Life Of David Gale
The Emperor's Club
Scent of a Woman
Two Brothers
The Hulk: 2-disc edition
The Cat In The Hat (Mike Myers)
Seabiscuit
K-Pax
Wimbledon
Waterworld
Child's Play 2
Bride of Chucky
Undercover Brother
Sneakers
Peter Pan

$5.99 each:
THe Constant Gardener
The Bourne Supremacy
Schindler's List
The Interpreter
Unleashed: Unrated
Meet The Fockers
More Titles available in store

$8.99 each:
Jarhead
Prime
The Producers (2005)

DVD Sets:
Dallas: Season 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 $21.99 each
Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 $21.99 each

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Best Buy on sale DVD items:

Eight Below $16.99

$3.99 each:
Spider-Man
Spider-Man II
Van Helsing
Along Came Polly
South Park: Bigger , Longer & Uncut
8 Mile
Dazed & Confused: Flashback Edition
Men In Black
Bad Boys
Seabiscuit
Something’s Gotta Give
Fast Times At Ridgemont High: Special Edition
S.W.A.T.

$4.99 each:
The Matrix
The Matrix: Reloaded
The Matrix : Revolutions
Animatrix

$6.99 each:
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: Bueller, Bueller Edition
The Bourne Supremacy
House Of Flying Daggers
War of the Worlds (Tom Cruise)
Unleashed: Unrated
Zathura: Special Edition
Land Of The Dead
Schindler’s List
Sixteen Candles
Th Breakfast Club
The Blues Brothers: 25th Anniversary Edition
The Constant Gardener
Mission Impossible: Special Collector’s Edition
The Amityville Horror

$8.99 each:
Jarhead
Munich
Failure To Launch: The Story of Viagra
Fantastic 4
Date Movie: Unrated
Elizabethtown
Fun With Dick & Jane (2005)
Hostel
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
The Pink Panther (2005)
Get Rich or Die Tryin

DVD Sets:
Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 $22.99 each
Dallas: Season 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 $22.99 each
Futurama: Season 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 $19.99 each

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Target on sale DVD items:

Bratz: Livin' It Up! $12.99

$6.50 each:
Meet The Fockers
Schindler's List

$10.00 each:
Nanny McPhee
Munich
The Producers (2005)
Jarhead
 
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Can someone please explain to me the difference between some of the V for Vendetta listings in the Roundup? What is with the V for Vendetta Deluxe Edition that is priced for $8.99 - $9.99? Is the Best Buy exclusive edition (with the mask and four pictures) going to cost more than the 2-disc Special Edition? I've been looking forward to this release since I saw it in theaters and I just want to be sure to get the right one. Thanks.
 

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Forgot to post last week for some reason, but I haven't been in the dvd buying mood for a while, so nothing for me. Just too many re-releases have made me not want to buy stuff at times I guess.
 

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Anyone else confused by the multiple editions of V for Vendetta? I get the 1-disc, 2-disc and Best Buy versions, but what is the "Deluxe Edition" at around $10?

I preordered the 2-disc from Amazon, and I think that was the right way to go.

Great catalog sales this week!

Thanks for the scoop, fellas!

OK, Kyle, I see now that it's not just me...
 

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Sorry Kyle...Julio (and everyone else)! That was all a typo.

I've got the V for Vendetta listings sorted out now!

Here's what the Best Buy set looks like:



There are brief descriptions of the Best Buy & Target exclusives in the "Specials" section of the RoundUp. Hope that clears everything up.
 

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Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin van-guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition.

The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous.

Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it is my very good honor to meet you and I will be buying V (for Vendetta).
 

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Thanks as always for the roundup. My first purchase in at least a month will be V For Vendetta 2 disc from Amazon w/ free 2 day shipping (as I just began a 3 month trial of Amazon Prime). I wanted Hudson Hawk 15AE last week, A Fish Called Wanda SE this week & Mission:Impossible season one Sep. 12th but it seems everything I want gets yanked from the schedule. Grab those V For Vendettas fast Tuesday as they may not know yet that I want it & it might be recalled.
 

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Been waiting all week to do that, Don?
 

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Thanks, Mike, for the extra info.

The BB set looks nice, but I can't justify an extra $15 when Guy Fawkes masks were available at Comic-Con for around $3. I'm sticking with my pre-order. I can get a full-size movie poster for around $10, rather than one of those postcard-size ones...

Interesting to note the Fox price drop on various TV on DVD sets. I notice the Futurama sets - which BB has "on sale" this week - are among the items scheduled to drop in price. Wonder if they're dropping to around $19.99...
 

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Bill, according to Amazon, the "A Fish Called Wanda" SE is still on the schedule for Tuesday. They have it at $16.99. I would be very interested in round-up prices on this title!
 

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Originally Posted by Julio Diaz
Bill, according to Amazon, the "A Fish Called Wanda" SE is still on the schedule for Tuesday. They have it at $16.99. I would be very interested in round-up prices on this title!





This did not appear on a single "new release" list for me this week. But Best Buy lists it, too. In the case it makes it to the shelf...

TITLEAmazonBestBuyCrcCityTargetCostcoA Fish Called Wanda SE
$16.99$24.99 - - -
 

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Months, actually
 

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Just V for Vendetta this week as far as new releases go. Perhaps a couple of Best Buy's sale DVDs.
 

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the hudson hawk from last week was on amazon until just a few days too.

now it isn't listed as an available title so i wouldnt count on it.

i ordered one anyway just in case
 

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Amazon kept Hudson Hawk up for sale until its sale date & then for several days it said 1 to 3 week shipping & then ditched it. How much you want to bet Wanda follows the same pattern? I'm ordering it from them just in case but I'm not holding my breath. At least these seem to be cases where they will eventually be released but just date unknown.
 

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Odd about A Fish Called Wanda. I went ahead & ordered it from Amazon; we'll see what happens.
 

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Oh, BTW, Fry's in Houston is advertising "Curb Your Enthusiasm" S5 for $24.99. YMMV, as Fry's does regional pricing, but CYE fans in Fry's cities should definitely look into this.
 

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