Why are some old catalog titles still so expensive?

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  1. Dave Mack

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    I was extremely fortunate to find a flipper version of "Sweet and Lowdown" in the Wal-Mart $5.50 bin about two years ago--amongst all the p&s-only copies. But you're right about Sony/Columbia's pricing on older bare-bones titles. The only two Woody Allens I don't have on dvd are "Husbands and Wives" (one of his best IMHO) and "Manhattan Murder Mystery" because I refuse to pay $25 and $28 respectively for them. And there are many other titles Sony has in the $25 range I keep hoping will take a price-drop (Brian DePalma's "Obsession" is just one example). But by waiting for a lower price I am also risking the chance that they'll strip them to p&s only. The dilemmas we face. Sony needs to take a lesson from Fox who let a lot of their catalogue titles hit street at $9.99, even with extras.
     
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    OBSESSION recently went OOP, but the widescreen version was available at DVDPlanet for like 5.50.
     
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    Yeah, Nic Ray's In a Lonely Place is high on my wish list, but it's going to stay there because it costs $18 and more everywhere. For a barebones catalogue title that's been out for several years.
     
  5. $80 dollars is completely ridiculous! I got mine for $6 in the bin at Walmart as did many others.

    Check GameStop, Walmart, and the FYE clones; it will turn up eventually for a 'song'.

    However, I do feel your pain as I'd like to locate WS copies of 'Heavy' and 'Excess Baggage'.
     
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    MGM especially still has over-priced catalog films on DVD--and many still only released in non-anamorphic widescreen! They have some nerve to charge $25-$30 for their bare-bones non-anamorphic stuff. That's why I've still refused to buy a lot of MGM DVDs from the time I first got a DVD player.
     
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    I think some people have gotten a bit spoiled by falling DVD prices.... [​IMG]

    But fuck Sony for the Foolscreen reissue crap.
     
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    I know what you mean!!! I've wanted to get Grand Illusion, The Lady Vanishes, A Night To Remember and The 39 Steps for years now but Criterion is STILL charging $39.95 for DVDs that came out years ago during the infancy of DVDs. The nerve of them!
     
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    That's the MSRP, but you can get them a lot cheaper at DVD Planet for $25.97 each. It's expensive, but it's the only way to get those two Hitchcock films in great a/v quality (with extras). Grand Illusion was restored from the camera negative, so a high price is probably justified.


    I held out on a lot of titles and they eventually went lower. I got MGM's two-disc special editions of Raging Bull, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, and The Greatest Story Ever Told for $14.98 each. Universal eventually marked down American Graffiti from $32.98 to $14.98. Same thing for The Blues Brothers and it was $9.98 at Wal-Mart.
     
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    Amen, Patrick - Iron Giant SE, less than $5.00 CDN at Wal-Mart, along with Star Trek 2-disc SE movies for $9.95 CDN while supplies lasted.
     
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    I wait until some place like DEEP DISCOUNT has their 20% of their sale prices, and then go get things like the Criterions. I keep a running list of things I'm willing to wait for, and then I have it at hand when those sales come up.
     

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