Weekly RoundUp 9-12-2006

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The Weekly RoundUp

The Features


– Harrison Ford & friend (Star Wars – 1977)


– Groucho Marx & Dick Cavett (The Dick Cavett Show – 1970s)


– Dick Van Dyke & cast (Diagnosis Murder – 1993-2001)


– Bruce Willis (Lucky Number Sleven – 2006)

The Prices

SD-DVD TITLEAmazonBestBuyCrcCityTargetCostcoAdventures of Chico & Guapo: Season 1$18.99$24.99$17.99 - - Agatha Christie: Classic Myster Coll.$69.99$84.99$99.99 - - Ag. Christie Coll.: Helen Hayes$27.99$34.99$34.99 - - Ag. Christie Coll.: Peter Ustinov$27.99$34.99$34.99 - - Amer. Funniest Hm. Videos (5 diff. titles)$9.98$9.99$9.99 - - Are You Scared?$20.19$22.99$19.99 - - Bad City$14.99$14.99$15.99 - - The Batman: Season 2$13.99$15.99$15.99 - - Beavis & Butt-head Do America SE$13.99$12.99$12.99 - - Black. White.$18.89$19.99$19.99 - - Bottoms Up$18.69$19.99$24.97 - - Complete Kathy & Mo Show$17.99$14.99$17.99 - - Dark Fields$20.19$22.99$19.99 - - Death of Mr. Lazarescu$20.69$19.99$19.99 - - Diagnosis Murder: Season 1$34.85$44.99$39.99 - - Dick Cavett Show: Hollywood Greats$27.99$34.99$34.99 - - Everyone Stares: The Police$9.99$7.99$12.99 - - Film Noir: Dark Side of Hollywood$34.95$44.99$39.99 - - Gloomy Sunday$14.99$14.99$15.99 - - Goal! The Dream Begins$19.87$19.99$19.99 - - Grease SE$13.99$14.99$17.99 - - The Great New Wonderful$24.29$19.99$27.00 - - The Great Yokai War$20.99$24.99$19.99 - - Grey’s Anatomy: Season 2$38.87$34.99$37.99$37.99$39.99Hellbent$16.99$19.99 - - - I am a Sex Addict$18.69$19.99$19.99 - - International Cinema Collection$55.99$99.99 - - - Kill the Poor$22.49$19.99$19.99 - - Kill Zone$16.99$19.99$19.99 - - Las Vegas: Season 3$41.81$39.99$37.99 - - Latino Kings of Comedy: Vol. 1$11.19$12.99$12.99 - - Latino Kings of Comedy: Vol. 2$11.19$12.99$12.99 - - Laurel & Hardy Collection: Vol. 2$24.49$26.99$29.99 - - Lower City$18.69$19.99$19.99 - - **Lucky Number Slevin$18.87$17.99$16.99$16.99 - The Maid$15.99$19.99$19.99 - - Masters of Horror: Dance of the Dead$11.99$14.99$15.99 - - The Miracle Match$19.87$24.99$19.99 - - Moonlighting: Season 4$27.99$33.99$34.99 - - Nat’l Lampoon’s Vacation/European Vac.$14.99$14.99$15.99 - - The Office: Season 2$32.49$32.99$29.99$34.99 - The Office: Severance Pkg. Gift Set - $42.99 - - - Roseanne: Season 5$24.47$34.99$34.99 - - Serving/Silence: Margarethe Cammermeyer$14.99$14.99$15.99 - - Smallville: Season 5$41.80$37.99$37.99$39.99$39.99Spongebob Squarepants: Season 4 Vol. 1$25.55$27.99$29.99 - - Star Wars: Ep. IV (SE + 1977 Theatrical)$17.87$16.99$14.99$16.99$18.99Star Wars: Ep. V (SE + 1980 Theatrical)$17.87$16.99$14.99$16.99$18.99Star Wars: Ep. VI (SE + 1983 Theatrical)$17.87$16.99$14.99$16.99$18.99Star Wars: OT (SEs + Theatricals) (Metal Case) - $59.99 - - - Stella: Season 1$18.87$19.99$19.99 - - Taps: 25th Anniversary SE$14.99$12.99$12.99 - - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: S4$12.69$12.99$15.99 - - The Wild$18.87$19.99$16.99$16.99$18.99Wildboyz: Seasons 3 & 4$26.99$34.99$27.99 - -

HD-DVD TITLEAmazonBestBuyCrcCityTargetCostcoBackdraft$20.99$24.99$29.98 - - House of Wax$19.95$18.99$28.99 - - Lethal Weapon 2$19.95$18.99$28.99 - - Red Dragon$19.95$24.99$29.98 - - Seabiscuit$26.99$24.99$29.98 - - Space Cowboys$19.95$18.99$28.99 - - That’s the Way of the World$17.45$19.99$24.99 - - Traffic$19.95$24.99$29.98 - - Troy - $18.99$28.99 - -

BLU-RAY TITLEAmazonBestBuyCrcCityTargetCostcoNone this week. - - - - -

Individual titles included in box sets listed above:

Agatha Christie Classic Mystery Collection: A Caribbean Mystery, Murder Is Easy, Murder With Mirrors, Dead Man’s Folly, Murder in Three Acts, Thirteen at Dinner, The Man in the Brown Suit, Sparkling Cyanide.

Agatha Christie Collection: Helen Hayes: A Caribbean Mystery, Murder is Easy, Murder With Mirrors.

Agatha Christie Collection: Peter Ustinov: Dead Man’s Folly, Murder in Three Acts, Thirteen at Dinner.

Film Noir: Dark Side of Hollywood: The Long Night, Hangmen Also Die, Sudden Fear, Behind Locked Doors, Railroaded.

International Cinema Collection: A Very Long Engagement, Day for Night, The Damned, Gloomy Sunday, Death in Venice.

Laurel & Hardy Collection – Volume 2: A-Haunting We Will Go, Dancing Masters, Bullfighters.

The Office: Severance Package Gift Set (Best Buy Exclusive): The Office: Seasons 1 & 2 plus various office supplies (detailed below).

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! Lucky Number Sleven is available in both OAR and MAR versions...get the correct one!

--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. This week, the HD-DVD prices seem especially scattered.

--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.

I have conflicting release dates for three titles this week…but many of my sources have them for September 12 releases so I have included them here…but your mileage may vary:

Grease SE (Rocking Rydell Version), Teen Titans: Season 2 & The Batman: Season 2.

--Best Buy is offering a $5 savings on ANY Disney DVD title with the purchase of The Wild on DVD. Must be purchased on same receipt.

--Best Buy has an EXCLUSIVE METAL CASE it is selling which contains the three new Star Wars Episde IV, V, & VI.

--Best Buy also has an EXCLUSIVE BONUS DVD with the purchase of Smallville: Season 5 on DVD. Includes extended version of the “making of” the 100th episode. Minimum 10 per store. No rainchecks.

--Best Buy also has an exclusive packaging of the first two seasons of The Office. The Office: Severance Package Gift Set includes: Seasons 1 & 2 of The Office, Dunder Mifflin branded notebook, self-adhesive notes, pen, magnetic business card and monthly planner. Minimum 20 per store. No rainchecks.

--Not to be outdone on the Skywalker front, Circuit City is advertising a FREE COLLECTIBLE STAR WARS LITHOGRAPH with the purchase of each new Star Wars release. Collct all three! While supplies last. Minimum 20 per store.

--Circuit City, this week, also has THREE FREE CELL PHONE GAME DOWNLOADS with the purchase of The Office: Season 2 on DVD. While supplies last.

--Target is offering EXCLUSIVE ORIGINAL CONCEPT ART MINI-POSTERS with its copies of the new Star Wars releases on DVD. Quantities limited, no rainchecks.

--And Target’s also got its own EXCLUSIVE BONUS DVD with Grey’s Anatomy: Season 2 on DVD. Quantities limited, no rainchecks.

The Markdowns

The latest markdowns according to DavisDVD:

EFFECTIVE: September 12, 2006 (Studio/Titles/New SRP)

New Line

$12.97 - Austin Powers International Man Of Mystery, Blade, The Butterfly Effect, The Mask, National Lampoon's Adam And Eve, Secondhand Lions
 

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Circuit City on sale DVD items:

Bratz: Babyz The Movie $12.99
Dragon Ball Z: Wrath Of The Dragon $10.99
Full Metal Alchemist - The Movie: Conqueror Of Shambala $14.99

United 93 $19.99
The Sentinel $19.99
Backdraft: 2 Disc Anniversary Edition $12.99
Star Wars: Clone Wars - Volume I $9.99
Star Wars: Clone Wars - Volume II $9.99
Blade Runner: The Director's Cut $14.99 Better Version Coming in 2007
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace $9.99
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones $9.99
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of The Sith $9.99

$7.49 each:
Underworld: Widescreen Special Edition
Hitch
The Mask Of Zorro: Deluxe Edition
Radio
Are We There Yet?
Dogma (1st Pressing)
XXX
Brian's Song
Jerry Maguire
Rudy
Finding Forrester
50 First Dates
Today You Die
Donnie Brasco: Special Edition
Bewitched: Special Edition (Kidman / Ferrell)

$9.99 each:
UltraViolet
Underworlld: Evolution
Memoirs Of A Geisha
Final Fantasy VII: Advent's Children
Freedomland
Hollow Man 2
Hostel
When A Stranger Calls (2006)
Shadow Man
Pink Panther (Steve Martin)
Stuart Little 3: Call Of The Wild
Second In Command
The Detonator
Endgame
The Warrior

DVD Sets
Smallville: Season 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 $29.99 each
Chico & Guapo: Season 1 $17.99
Grey's Anatomy: Season 1 $14.99
The Office: Season 1 $17.99


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Best Buy on sale DVD items:

Dragon Ball Z: Wrath Of The Dragon $16.99
Full Metal Alchemist: The Movie - Conqueror Of Shamballa $19.99

Final Destination 3 $14.99
Scary Movie 4: Unrated $14.99

$4.99 each:
The Virgin Suicides
Beverly Hills Cop
Empire Of The Sun
City Of Angels
Ellen DeGeneres: Here And Now
Queen Of The Damned
Flashdance
The Last Boyscout
Poltergeist
The Saint (Kilmer)
Dumb And Dumberer
The Cell
I Am Sam
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

DVD Sets:
Voltron: Volume I $22.99
Smallville: Season 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 $32.99 each

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Target on sale DVD items:

$6.50 each:
Charlotte's Web
My, Myself & Irene
Entrapment: Special Edition
Almost Famous (Non-Bootleg Edition)

$10.00 each:
ATL
March Of The Penguins
Rumor Has It
Resident Evil: Apocalypse

DVD Sets:
Gilmore Girls: Season 3 $18.99
Firefly: THe Complete Series $18.99
West Wing: Season 6 $18.99
Rescue Me: Season 2 $18.99
Grey's Anatomy: Season 1 $18.99
The O.C.: Season 2 $18.99
Nip/Tuck: Season 2 $18.99
Family Guy: Seasons 1 & 2 $18.99
Charmed: Season 4 $18.99
Seinfeld: Season 5 / 6 $18.99 each

Others also available at that $18.99 price.
 

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Mike, thanks for all your hard work each and every week and your prompt posting. Big week for me:

Star Wars (metal tin from Best Buy)
Grease SE
Office Season 2
Grey's Anatomy Season 2
Luck Number Slevin
 

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Thanks Mike & Patrick for the Roundup. I'll be getting The Wild, Backdraft SE & Grease Rockin' Rydell Edition (with a BB pm) at CC this week.
 

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hmm $15 for each star wars at CC + little litho
or $60 at BB + tin.
 

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Bill: See my note about Grease. Not sure its out this week or next week.

Backdraft SE? Don't think that's this week either. I saw one mention of it on one of my lists....but that was it. It might be next week, too. IT IS out on HD-DVD this week, though.
 

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Thanks guys! Just a couple little films named Star Wars and that should be about all for me this week...

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Firefly: THe Complete Series for only $18.99 @ Target! That's a really good deal for those who haven't picked up this amazing series yet.
 

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Well, already ordered Hellbent from DDD because NOONE carried the other Here! releases. Figures...

And I've been going back and forth on the SW thing. At $15, I might bite and try to get of the extra SE disc on Ebay or something.
 

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backdraft is probably this week.
the hd dvd is this week and the sd dvd is listed in either the BB or the CC ad
 

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An HD version of Smallville S5 was advertised (no date given), so anyone with a capable player may want to wait for that one.
 

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Even though I should know better, I'll be picking up the SW sets. I just have to decide where. Anybody seen pics of that BB exclusive metal case? I wonder if it's worth the extra few bucks.

That Office set at BB sounds like a good deal.

Thanks for the listings, guys.

Update: The Best Buy Web site has a pic of that tin. Looks kind of cool. It's pretty colorful. Guess I know where I'm going Tuesday.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=++&id=1562088
 

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Hehe. I saw your name on the Latest Post, Tim, and thought sure you were sneaking in a, "Yeah, I'm buying the trilogy. But, don't tell my friends in the Star Wars threads!"
 

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Thanks as usual.

I'd love to get some good looking versions of the original Star Wars films on dvd. Unfortunately, what Lucas is giving us this week, is going to look exactly the same as what I already have on dvd (burned there from my LDs). So, I'm certainly not going to pay him for that. If he ever does those right, he'll get my money. But I'm guessing it'll be a very cold day on Tatooine before that happens.

So, just Grease this week, which is visually improved over what I already have.
 

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Just the Traffic and Seabiscuit HD DVDs for me. In regards to Backdraft on HD DVD, however, I had read a while back that it had been delayed a week until the 19th. But with High Definition discs, firm street dates on catalog titles have been anything but.
 

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Thanks guys. Smallville season 5 for me...

And I am trying my best to avoid Star Wars. But that tin and those Lithos sure look purty! Too bad some companies did a better job on exclusives than Lucasfilm did on the OOT transfers.
 

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