Weekly RoundUp 11-29-2016

Best Deals on this week's New Releases...

 

Where to find the Best Deals on Movies & TV Shows on 4k/UHD, Blu-ray and DVD…

The Features

– The BFG – 2016

– Pete’s Dragon – 2016

– Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe – 1940

– Baked in Brooklyn – 2016

– Don’t Breathe – 2016

– Absolutely Fabulous – The Movie – 2016
 

– The Intervention – 2016

The Prices

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Blu-ray Amazon BestBuy Target
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie  (Fox) $22.99 $19.99
The BFG (Disney) $22.99 $22.99 $24.99
Back to the Future (The Complete Adventures)  (Universal) $59.96
Baked in Brooklyn  (Well Go USA) $29.98
Biggles: Adventures in Time  (Kino) $19.99
Coat of Many Colors $17.99
Don’t Breathe $19.96 $19.99 $19.99
Finders Keepers (1984)  (Kino) $19.99
Heart: Live – Royal Albert Hall w/ Royal Phil. Orch.  (Eagle Rock) (Avail. Dec. 2) $21.98
Pete’s Dragon (2016)  (Walt Disney) $22.96 $22.99 $24.99
Sacrifice!  (RaroVideo) $17.99
Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music  (Acorn Media) $31.96
T.A.M.I. Show, The / The Big T.N.T. Show (CE) (Shout! Factory) (Avail. Dec. 2) $29.98
Wild Life, The  (Lions Gate) $17.96

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DVD Amazon BestBuy Target
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (Fox) $19.99 $14.99
The BFG (Disney) $19.99
Babes in Kongland (Bayview Entertainment) $14.99
Back to the Future (Complete Adventures) $35.49
Baked in Brooklyn (Well Go USA) $14.99
Biggles: Adventures in Time (Kino) $13.99
Desert Migration (Passion River) $17.99
Doctor Who Villians Giftset $24.98
Don’t Breathe $17.96 $17.99
Esteros (Breaking Glass Pictures) $14.99
Finders Keepers (1984) (Kino) $13.99
Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940 Serial) $14.99
House of Lies: The Final Season (Paramount) $28.89
Intervention, The (Paramount) $22.99
MurderDrome: Roller Derby Dames (Bayview Entertainment) $14.99
Pete’s Dragon (2016) (Walt Disney) $19.99
Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music (Acorn Media) $34.99
Tomorrow We Disappear (Kino) $19.99
Wild Life, The (Lions Gate) $15.96

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.

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, PLEASE just look it up yourself, and be nice enough to post and share the results with everyone!

 

The Specials

–Hope you all survive Black Friday.  Let some serious deals begin!

–Best Buy, this week, has the following TV seasons on sale (all Blu-ray unless otherwise noted):

$14.99:  Life, Breaking Bad: Final Season (DVD)

$24.99:  Big Bang Theory: Season 9, Supergirl: Season 1

–Best Buy also has a “Buy One, Get One Free” sale on select Blu-ray titles.  It is expected that the following titles will be included in the sale.  There may be more:

$9.99:  22 Jump Street, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Annie, Bad Boys I & II, Bone Tomahawk, The Commitments, Concussion, Crouch Tiger Hidden Dragon, The Equalizer, Fifth Element, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Final Fantasy: Spirits With, Fury, Ghostbusters 1 & 2, Ghostbusters (SB), Ghostbusters 2 (SB), Hotel Transylvania, Jumanji, Labyrinth, The Last Dragon, Leon the Professional, Men in Black Trilogy, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Night Before, Pixels, Talladega Nights, Taxi Driver, War Room, Whiplash

$14.99:  The 5th Wave, Boyz in Da Hood, Christine (SB), Goosebumps, Hotel Transylvania 2, Hellboy (SB), Pineapple Express (SB), Pride + Prejudice + Zombies, Risen, Salt (SB)

–Best Buy is also having sales of “Buy 2, Save $10” and “Buy 3, Save $20” on select UHD titles this week.

–And, Best Buy is also advertising a FREE UHD movie with the purchase of an Xbox One S console this week.  Pick from this list of select titles:  Amazing Spider-Man 2, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Deadpool, Ghostbusters (2016), Huntsman: Winter’s War, ID4: Resurgence, Warcraft, X-Men: Apocalypse

–Best Buy Odds and Ends:  None to report.

–Target this week has a deal that if you buy BOTH Pete’s Dragon and The BFG this week, you can save $5.

–Target is also advertising the following recent releases on sale this week (all DVD unless otherwise noted):

$7.99:  Neighbors 2, Huntsman: Winter’s War, Warcraft, Charlie Brown’s All-Stars

$10.00:  Me Before You

$12.99:  Mechanic: Resurrection

$14.99:  Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (Blu-ray)

$19.99:  Nine Lives (Blu-ray)

–Target is also advertising the following “Holiday Favorites” for sale this week.  (Also all DVD unless otherwise noted):

$7.99:  Home Alone (Blu-ray), Elf, The Polar Express, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Paw Patrol: Pups Save Christmas

$9.99:  It’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, Beauty and the Beast: Enchanted Christmas

$17.99:  Peanuts Holiday Collection

–Target Odds and Ends: None to report.

 

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26 Comments

  1. Hey RoundUppers!

    Hope you are all exercising safe shopping on this Black Friday!

    I'm posting this RoundUp a bit early as I have had some family business come up which needs taking care of.  I am not 100% on the Best Buy info.  It's probably near-complete…but I doubt I will be available…or near a place at which I can secure a Best Buy ad in a weekend newspaper.  So, if anyone wants to add anything I might have missed as I scoured other on-line sources, it would be appreciated. 

    Happy Thanksgiving! 

  2. Thanks, Mike, for the early RoundUp…and I hope you are having a great holiday.

    I want BFG and Pete's Dragon this week, but those prices are ridiculous.  $19.99 each would be more fair, but I guess this is what happens when they underperform at the box office and Disney needs to make money back.

    I wonder, if I were to price match Best Buy's $22.99 each at Target, if they would still then knock off $5 for combined purchase, or if price matching it would void that offer.  Anyone with any past experiences doing something like this?

    1. Thanks for the Round-Up 🙂 You MAY be able, but Target requires you to go to Customer Service to price match. I would ask them politely to give you the adjustment for each one. I would keep the Target ad handy as well but the package discount should come up either after the second disc is input or after they hit the total button or whatever. I wouldn't bring up the bundle discount unless it comes out.You might be able to do a price-match at Wal*Mart as well but sometimes they won't honor the bundle discounts…

  3. Thanks for the early RoundUp, Mike!

    I'm supposed to be getting The BFG and AbFab to review. The former may arrive today. The latter, not until next week, I feel sure. Still waiting on this month's Twilight Time releases and already have three titles unreviewed yet for the first week in December, so if nothing for next week comes in today, I'll tackle one of those.

  4. Add me to the long list of grateful ones on this site for Mike's RoundUp work! :thumbsup:

    Nothing this week for me, though I would like to see a review of the Film Detective's restored Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe. I am curious on exactly what they mean when they say restored and remastered from original 35MM vault materials.

  5. Amazon has kindly dropped both The BFG and Pete's Dragon ever so slightly.  BFG is currently $19.54 and Pete's Dragon is $21.24.  Therefore, I decided to accept those prices rather than attempt to get Target to price match Best Buy and still offer their $5 off deal, which seemed like a long shot at best.  So I ordered them and they'll arrive Thursday, as it is too close to the release date to qualify for release date delivery, but I can wait 2 days.

  6. Pete's Dragon was a wonderful little movie but I'll probably wait until it's on sale.

    I am certainly not trying to convince you to do anything you don't want to do, but do you actually expect it to go on sale in the near future?  My experience is that big Disney titles get price drops less frequently, and usually much later after their initial release, than discs from almost all other studios.  (I've been waiting for the new Beauty and the Beast to go down for a few months now and it hasn't, except for a $10 Black Friday Walmart sale which was useless here as 2 separate stores either didn't have it or sold out.)  Since my desire to get Beauty and the Beast is purely an extras-motivated double dip, I can tolerate a long wait and maybe not getting it for that since the Diamond Edition is still terrific, but with something like Pete, which is a new movie I don't yet own and doesn't seem that likely to me to go on sale soon or get a new edition, t don't see the point in waiting several months and denying myself a movie I really want just to maybe or maybe not save a few bucks.

    This experience waiting around for Beauty and the Beast with no luck is what made me decide to just pull the trigger and get Pete's Dragon now even though the price is higher thanI would normally like it to be.

    I really do think that the prices for both Pete and BFG reflect that they did not perform as well as Disney hoped, and they're being priced higher either to compensate, or because the stores do not expect them to sell as many cope as a Finding Dory or Civil War, so we're shouldering extra cost to make up for the additional units they don't think they'll move.

  7. The Jungle Book remake was widely available recently for $10 or less. It may be BF next year, but I think PD could be in the same range eventually.

    But if it's something you really want to see, go for it. That's only the price of two movie tix. I bought a few titles on release day this past year. Most of them were half price or less over BF. But I don't get to the theater as much as I used to, and really wanted to see them.

    :razz:opcorn:

  8. Forgot to highlight this in the RoundUp…

    …but I'm very happy to see Warner's re-think their DVD-only release of Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors TV movie.  Released only on DVD back in May, the Warner's Archive is releasing it on Blu this week (I pre-ordered a copy).  The newest installment in the Parton childhood specials (a Christmas-themed story receiving mixed reviews) will also see a release on both DVD and Blu-ray on December 20th. 

    The young girl who plays Parton in these programs (Alyvia Alyn Lind) is rally something special.

  9. I am certainly not trying to convince you to do anything you don't want to do, but do you actually expect it to go on sale in the near future?

    It'll take months but like Malcolm said, it'll eventually drop. Plus, waiting allows me to see if a 3-D release materializes in the next few months. If there is a 3-D disc, I won't 'have' to rebuy the movie and if there isn't, I can grab the 2-D disc when it goes on sale.

    Not like they're concerned with my $23 but this should be a lesson to Disney because if they weren't playing games with their 3-D releases, I'd be a lot more inclined to just buy this disc (or a 3-D one) at its current price.

  10. …but I'm very happy to see Warner's re-think their DVD-only release of Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors TV movie.  Released only on DVD back in May, the Warner's Archive is releasing it on Blu this week

    I'm not a Dolly Parton fan so this doesn't really interest me, but I'm happy to see a Blu-ray of this too, and wish Universal would do the same with the NBC live musicals.  The last three have been hit-or-miss, but I'm really looking forward to Hairspray next week, as I love that show, and would almost certainly buy a disc of it…if a Blu-ray were being offered, which, per usual, does not seem to be the case this year.  Hopefully if the Parton ones (which also originate on NBC) sell properly, they might take notice of the fact that there is a market for this kind of event programming in HD.  Since it is filmed and broadcast in HD, I don't understand why they don't think people would buy a Blu-ray, especially since the studios are pushing Blu-ray so much at the expense of DVD on other (admittedly theatrical) titles.

    Not like they're concerned with my $23 but this should be a lesson to Disney because if they weren't playing games with their 3-D releases, I'd be a lot more inclined to just buy this disc (or a 3-D one) at its current price.

    I get that, but to me personally, I don't see the value in depriving myself of the movie for a whole year just to get $12 off next Thanksgiving or whatever it ends up being.  Then again, 3D does not matter to me, so I'm good with the contents of the current edition.  Waiting for 3D is perfectly reasonable and I might do so too if 3D was a factor for me.  I can't see 3D anyway, it just gives me a headache, so I don't do it in theaters and of course it's not something I pay extra for in home either when all I would use is the 2D version.

    It's worth noting, too, that Amazon has raised their price on The BFG to match Best Buy's $22.99, which i the lowest it can be found for in ads.  So much for actually leading the way in giving customers a good price.  Anyway, I'm glad I got it for $19.54 last night.

  11. I assume that the vast majority, if not all, who come to this forum would prefer owning discs to merely having a digital stream.  However, I noticed tonight that Vudu is having a Disney sale this week including both Pete's Dragon and The BFG for $14.99 in HDX, which is way cheaper than the discs are, so anybody interested in buying digitally might consider that.  I would still prefer the discs myself, but thought I'd pass it along.

  12. I will redeem digital copies included with discs, but have almost never bought a digital copy directly online without having a disc tied to it.  Interestingly, besides the new one, the Vudu sale also includes the original Pete's Dragon from 1977, which does not have digital included with its disc.

  13. Heh, I always redeem the digital copies of every disc I buy since they started ultraviolet all those years ago, and iTunes before that.   I currently have 139 titles in my flixster collection.

    To date, I have watched exactly zero of them.  😆

  14. Totally random and YMMV….walked into the mall last night and our local FYE is going out of business. Most things are at 30% off now, including new and used movies.

    I didn't pick anything up, but I'm planning on going back Monday after payday. There was a good selection of stuff in the store. I'm angling for some HBO BD sets (one True Blood season was at $19.99 with the 30% off on top of that).

  15. Totally random and YMMV….walked into the mall last night and our local FYE is going out of business. Most things are at 30% off now, including new and used movies.

    Wow.  Hope that's not chain-wide.

    But, OTOH, I wouldn't be surprised.  They only seem to care about selling kitschy-type stuff any more.

  16. Haven't heard anything about them closing the whole chain (which is now less than 300 stores), but they aren't doing great as their most recent quarterly report shows same-store sales down 5% from the same quarter last year (2% overall for the year). They seem to be moving toward online/digital as they recently acquired a digital company.

    The report also says the sales percentage of the Kitschy merchandise (30%) is now larger than their music sales.

  17. The report also says the sales percentage of the Kitschy merchandise (30%) is now larger than their music sales.

    I believe that. There's an FYE that recently opened (or re-opened after about a year) at my local mall and it's largely toys, shirts, etc. There's still a semi-decent movie section and their vinyl records section is getting larger all the time but the CD section is very small.

  18. The FYEs in my area have downsized and emphasized the kitschy merchandise in the new locations.  One location still has a decent-sized media selection…but it is poorly organized and displayed.  It is a chore to navigate.

  19. They've been closing a few stores at a time for years now, so it may not be over yet.  Damndest thing I've ever seen.  Unfortunately, they closed the couple of stores that had been invaluable to me and were heads and shoulders above the rest in every department.

    Their awful pricing was often a deterrent to buying something there, but their used goods could be wonderful back in the day.  However, this recent change in the merchandise is mystifying and disheartening.  This truly has been the chain with the death wish.

  20. I actually talked to the manager of the FYE store which recently down-sized and completely went mondo on the merchandise.

    I complained about the size of the media section, I complained about the display of the media (very hard to pick through) and told him how guys like me interested in media just aren't going to make the effort.  I was really nice about it and presented it as constructive feedback.  He was very polite and seemed genuinely interested.  He was also about 20 years old.  I knew the mountain was insurmountable but he did agree with me about the displays and said they would be changing (they haven't). 

    He also told me that the merchandise is what's making them money now.  Therefore, the de-emphasis on media. 

    I totally look for USED titles there.  I have found some really great titles and rally great deals in the past.  I still wander in…but they are much shorter trips.

  21. As a follow up: I overheard an EE tell a customer their lease is up and it was decided not to renew. Another store will be taking over the FYE space, along with the space next door. The best guess is they will knock out the wall.

    That being said…picked up the 1966 Batman TV show on BD for $55 and two Cars Pops (Doc Hudson and Ramone) for $11 each. I could have done more wallet damage, but I decided not to.

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