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Weekly RoundUp 9-10-2019

Discussion in 'Bargains and Deals' started by Mike Frezon, Sep 6, 2019.

  1. Mike Frezon

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    I'm patiently waiting on my mailman to deliver my John Wayne Blu-rays to me today from Kino. He would be running a little late today of all days.:)
     
  3. Mike Frezon

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    I've got to figure this is a big release week for many members of the forum.

    There are new 4k releases of a number of Disney & Pixar animated features.

    There are some new John Wayne films coming to HD Blu-ray.

    And, of course, the latest chapter in the John Wick series. This has been high on my list since the pre-order went live.

    And, even some classic TV animation coming to HD Blu-ray.

    And a nice scattering of other interesting releases.

    Have fun finding your own treasures this week RoundUppers! And, as always, thanks for your "likes" and support each week.
     
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    Thanks, Mike!

    Yep, a big week for interesting titles, both classics and new releases from this year. TV and film! Hard to know what to get now and what to put off until later.
     
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    Big order coming from the Disney Movie club when they have their next 60% off promotion.
     
  6. TravisR

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    I'll pick up John Wick and eventually get the Pixar movies & Supernatural: Season Fourteen.

    Thanks for the prices, Mike! :)
     
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    Jake Lipson

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    As always, thank you for your hard work, Mike!

    Only one Blu-ray title for me this week, but it's a big one: I'm splurging on the steelbook for my favorite movie of all time.

    My family has no plans to go 4K in the foreseeable, so I can usually pass on 4K future-proofing; however, Aladdin is a special case because it is the movie that made me love movies in the first place.

    The way I see it, I would have double dipped on the new Blu-ray anyway for its new transfer and new extras, so I can either get another DVD (which I absolutely will never use) or a steelbook which has a 4K in it (which I probably won't use, but you never know.) Especially because the cover artwork on the current Diamond Edition is terrible, I'm looking forward to getting the steelbook and not having to look at the Diamond Edition as much (although I will keep it for its extras which are not being ported over.) I'm currently planning to keep both the new Blu-ray and the old Blu-ray in the steelbook case, and the 4K disc can hang out in the Diamond Edition case with the DVD from that set so that both versions I would actually use can be together in one case. (The 4K disc would earn its way back into the steelbook if ever I do end up with 4K equipment, although I'm not holding my breath.)

    This will be my sixth purchase of Aladdin over the years -- yeah, I'm obsessed. I had the VHS in 1993, of course; then, a couple years before the DVD release, I wore that VHS out (literally) and had to go to eBay to buy another one because it was out of print. I got the DVD in 2004 and a second copy of it when I went to college in 2008, so that I could leave one at home and take one to the dorm. Then of course I got the original Blu-ray back in 2015. But I'm going to do it again anyway.

    Back in February, Best Buy gave me problems because my local store was not eligible for in-store pickup on the steelbook for The Little Mermaid, and the people at the store refused to hold me a copy. This time, I wanted to ship it, but Best Buy's website says it's only eligible for store pickup. Tthankfully, my local store is cooperating with store pickup now -- I'm not sure why they weren't back in February -- and I pre-ordered to reserve one, so I should get it without hassle this time.

    However, I received an unexpected Best Buy gift card a couple days after placing my pre-order, so I went into my account and tried to update the payment method to include the gift card (which should be easy because it was a pre-order and hadn't billed yet.) At that time, I only saw an option to change the credit card on file, not to add a gift card balance. I called Best Buy's 1-800 number support hotline and was told that the only way to use the gift card would be to cancel the existing order and then place a new one for the same item. This is ridiculous. I mean, I did it anyway, but it's ridiculous. I will say for Amazon that it is very easy to apply gift cards to pending pre-orders without having to fuss with anything. Best Buy should take a lesson from them.

    Speaking of Amazon, although they're not movie-related, I have a new book and a digital audiobook coming from them this week as well, so they still manage to get my business even though they can't supply me the Disney title. Which is why the feud with Disney doesn't really matter to them.

    Oh, and Echo in the Canyon is a great documentary. I absolutely loved it when I saw it in theaters. Anyone interested should absolutely check it out. I would probably get it if it were the only title I wanted any other week, and expect I'll end up with it later at some point. But Aladdin trumps everything.
     
  8. Scott Merryfield

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    Thanks, Mike. I will eventually pick up John Wick 3 on UHD when it hits a price close to the $15 I paid for the first two films. I am passing on all the Pixar UHD releases, as Disney's prices drop too slowly and I just signed up for 3 years of their new streaming service.

    I would have been tempted by the UHD release of Casino, but I recently bought it on iTunes for $5 in anticipation of getting a free 4K upgrade.
     
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    I promised myself I would spend a certain amount every month at the DMC to catch up on all the Disney-branded 4k's coming. There's simply no way I can buy them all at normal retail at the same time. Last week, I ordered Cars, Cars 2, Thor, Thor 2 and Endgame for $106 (total with tax). The next batch will include both Aladdin's and some more from this wave of Pixar 4k's. If I find them cheaper with a sale or something along the way (like Target's Buy 2 Get 1), that works too.

    (Cars came first, in case anyone cares, cuz September 5 was Lightning McQueen Day and the DMC reduced the prices on most Cars discs by $5. Plus I have Cars 3 on the shelf on 4k and it's lonely without the first and second...)

    Thanks Mike!
     
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    John Wick 3 and Supernatual S14 at some point. The sets of Supernatural usually drop under $20 around the holidays.
     
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    I think I've been waiting to buy them until then since like S5 or 6.
     
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    Jake Lipson

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    This. I don't understand why Disney releases these in this manner and at such a high price point. They could get more sales by releasing them at high price points in a more spread out fashion, or if they insist on flooding the market, they could make it easier for people to buy more by lowering the prices, which would be especially reasonable since these are all titles that most interested parties already own in previous editions. But the combination of flooding the market and making the prices extremely high inherently limits the number of potential sales they are going to get.

    I understand that they want to get as much product out on disc as possible prior to the launch of Disney+, because I have to imagine that the sales potential will go down once that launches. But even now, we know that if you're looking to buy more than one of these, you're close to paying more for two titles than you would for a full year of Disney+.

    I paid $38 for The Little Mermaid steelbook in February and the same for Aladdin tomorrow, and just those two together exceed the cost of Disney+. I love The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, so I don't have a problem with that for two of my all-time favorite titles. However, I wouldn't do that for every title, even if I was 4K-equipped right now. And as much as I love physical media and will always support collecting discs, it's hard not to think that a year of Disney+ for $70 is the better value than two steelbooks for $76.

    By dumping the catalog in this concentrated fashion and insisting the prices have to be so high, they are saying that the only people they want to be able to afford the whole set are those who are independently wealthy. That's nuts to me. I love Disney, but I'm definitely not in that income bracket.
     
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    I half understand it and half don't. These massive drops of product along with their new content from this year is 100% due to Disney+. No one will ever convince me otherwise. And I also understand having all of these titles on store shelves in 4k editions for the run up to the holidays. The price points are just ridiculous, though. They always have been...and it's been a long time since any Disney film (Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars included) has been a Release Day purchase for me.

    The $20 price point for the five titles I ordered is about my limit these days. And it'll take me two months to watch all of them...
     
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    Jason,

    I agree with you. I only bought the "Toy Story" 4K/UHD discs because Target was running a sale on them and I got each title for less than $17. However, I'm going to be smarter with these Pixar titles and see how they look on Disney+. If I'm satisfied then I'll probably pass on them as I want the upcoming Marvel titles even more than them on 4K/UHD disc.
     
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    I received the John Wayne Blu-rays last week from Kino and already watched all three of them. John Wick has been delivered, but I'll watch that tomorrow at the earliest as I've been visiting my local cinemas the last two days. I forgot, I got the Jetsons on Monday from BullMoose so I need to delve into those episodes in the near future. Retirement gives you more time, but it's still not enough time to watch everything.
     
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    Has anyone else noticed that Amazon is not fulfilling orders of released products in a timely manner anymore? I have two orders now that they say will be delivered well after their announced release date (Flesh Gordon and The Jetsons). Do you think the problem is with Amazon or with studios not supplying the product when they say they will? Or is it just me, and others are getting these on time?
     
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    I had Godzilla King of Monsters delivered 2 days after release date, and now Dark Phoenix is scheduled 2 days late before it even has shipped. Never really had any problems before these past 2 months.
     
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    @Mike Frezon My UHD review of Aladdin (2019) is now up. I noticed that both Target and WalMart now have the UHD disc for $24.99!
     
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    My copy of Apocalypse Now arrived exactly one week after street date from Amazon. Worse, it didn't ship until the Saturday after street date. Amazon's excuse - I selected "No Rush Shipping" so they were in "no rush" to get it to me. :eek:
     

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