Weekly RoundUp 11-7-2017

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

 

Where to find the Best Deals on Movies & TV Shows on Blu-ray and DVD…

The Features

– The Philadelphia Story – 1940

– Cars 3 – 2017

– Westworld: Season 1 – 2016

– Summer of ‘42 – 1971

– He Walked By Night – 1948

– The Glass Castle – 2017

– Death Rides a Horse – 1967

The Prices

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UHD Amazon BestBuy Target
Cars 3 (Blu-ray 4K) (Walt Disney)
Few Good Men, A (25th Anniversary) (Blu-ray 4K) (Sony) (Best Buy Exclusive)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Blu-ray 4K) (Warner Bros.) $27.99
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Blu-ray 4K) (Warner Bros.) $27.99
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Blu-ray 4K) (Warner Bros.) $26.80
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Blu-ray 4K) (Warner Bros.) $24.99
Harry Potter 8-Film Collection (Blu-ray 4K) (Warner Bros.) $149.99
Westworld (Season One: The Maze) (Blu-ray 4K) (HBO) $44.96 $44.99

 

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Blu-ray Amazon BestBuy Target
Aftermath, The  (VCI) $21.52
Attack Force Z  (MVD) $29.95
Cars 3  (Walt Disney)  $19.99 $22.99
Crown, The (Season One)  (Sony) $34.99
Crown, The (Season One)  (Sony) [Giftset – Amazon Exclusive] $55.99
Darkman II: The Return of Durant  (Shout! Factory) $20.59
Darkman III: Die Darkman Die  (Shout! Factory) $20.59
Darkness Rising  (Shout! Factory) $22.97
DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection  (Warner Bros.) $211.39
Death Rides a Horse  (Kino) $19.99
Ghastlies  (Camp Motion Pictures) $34.95
Glass Castle, The  (Lions Gate) $26.96 $19.99
Godfather Trilogy, The (Omerta Edition Blu-ray) (Paramount) $34.99
Good Karma Hospital, The: Series 1  (Acorn Media) $27.41
Gun Shy (2017)  (Lions Gate) $16.99
He Walked By Night (ClassicFlix) $32.75
Hot Touch, The  (Kino) $19.99
Ingrid Goes West  (Universal) $22.99
Into The Night (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray) (Shout! Factory) $19.49
Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait  (Cohen Media Group) $22.00
Killing Ground  (Shout! Factory) $14.49
Limehouse Golem, The  (RLJ Entertainment) $14.99
Mercenary, The  (Kino) $19.99
Mother Krampus  (Cinedigm) $9.89
Motherland  (Filmrise) $24.95
Overdrive  (Paramount) $16.99
Patti Cake$  (Fox) $34.99
Philadelphia Story, The  (Criterion) $22.97
Poldark (Season 3)  (PBS) $31.49
Satan’s Cheerleaders  (VCI) $19.99
Secret Life of Lance Letscher, The  (Filmrise) $24.95
Show, The  (Lions Gate) $14.89
Speed Racer: Collector’s Edition (Funimation) $299.98
Sting: Live at the Olympia Paris  (Eagle Vision) (Available Nov. 10) $13.99
Summer of ’42 (Warner Archives) $21.24
Te Ata  (Kino) $22.99
Untamed, The  (Strand) $19.84
Westworld (Season One: The Maze)  (HBO) $36.99 $36.99
Whiskey Galore! (Arrow) $29.95

 


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DVD Amazon BestBuy Target
2307: Winter’s Dream (Lions Gate) $13.99
American Dad! (Volume 12) (Fox) $29.95
Black is the Color (Icarus) $24.98
Cars 3 (Walt Disney) $17.99
Christmas Truce, The (Cinedigm) $6.99
Cinderella Christmas, A (Monarch) $13.34
Crown, The (Season One) (Sony) $26.99
Darkness Rising (Shout! Factory) $12.65
Don Quixote: The Ingenius Gentleman of La Mancha (Cinedigm) $22.61
Family Guy (Season 15) (Fox) $19.96
Glass Castle, The (Lions Gate) $14.96 $14.99
Gun Runners (Film Movement) $23.94
Gun Shy (2017) (Lions Gate) $19.33
Hot Touch, The (Kino) $19.21
In His Own Home (Indiepix) $19.95
Ingrid Goes West (Universal) $17.99
Inheritance (Breaking Glass Pictures) $14.99
Journey, The (MPI) $19.99
Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait (Cohen Media Group) $17.99
The Kid From Texas (Warner Archives) $21.99
Killing Ground (Shout! Factory) $14.62
Kind Lady – Double Feature (Warner Archives) $21.99
L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables the Good Stars (PBS) $12.96
Limehouse Golem, The (RLJ Entertainment) $13.99
Literally, Right Before Aaron (Cinedigm) $19.99
Married By Christmas (Monarch) $13.99
Mercenary, The (Kino) $13.99
Mother Krampus (Cinedigm) $9.99
Motherland (Filmrise) $19.95
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Season Six (Shout! Factory) $34.99
Nightmare, The (Icarus) $19.99
The Old Maid (Warner Archives) $17.99
Overdrive (Paramount) $14.99
Pastor’s Daughters, The (Cinedigm) $9.39
Patti Cake$ (Fox) $29.98
Philadelphia Story, The (Criterion) $17.97
Poldark (Season 3) (PBS) $19.96
Pulp (Arrow Films) $17.98
Renegades of the West (Warner Archives) $21.99
Restless Creature: Wendy Whalen (Kino) $19.99
Secret Life of Lance Letscher, The (Filmrise) $19.95
Settlers, The (Film Movement) $18.20
Show, The (Lions Gate) $13.99
Spanish Chainsaw Massacre, The (Wild Eye) $13.22
Sting: Live at the Olympia Paris (Eagle Vision) (Available Nov. 10) $14.98
Swim Team (PBS) $22.82
Symbols Of Resistance: A Tribute To The Martyrs Of The [email protected] Movement (Film Movement) $19.21
Tam Cam: The Untold Story (Cleopatra Entertainment) $14.95
Te Ata (Kino) $19.99
Tormenting, The (Breaking Glass Pictures) $18.60
Tower, The (Music Box Films) $19.74
Trollhunters – Season 1 (Universal) $13.99
Untamed, The (Strand) $20.48
War Show, The (Film Movement) $23.94
Weight of Honor, The (Virgil Films) $9.99
Westworld (Season One: The Maze) (HBO) $34.96 $32.99

 

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

–The Amazon/Disney “feud” rears its head again this week.  No availability of Cars 3 in any format @ Amazon this week.

–Amazon does, however, have an EXCLUSIVE GIFTSET this week of Crown: Season 1 (which is listed in the grid).

–For further details, Best Buy’s Weekly Ad is available at THIS LINK.

–I hear…that Best Buy this week has an EXCLUSIVE UHD 4k release of a Few Good Men.  But it is not shown in the Sunday flyer.

–Best Buy, this week, has EXCLUSIVE STEELBOOK PACKAGING with their Blu copies of Cars 3.  You will, however, pay $22.99…a $3 premium over the price of the “regular” Blu-ray release.  You can also get the original Cars on Blu at BB this week for $19.99

–It looks like BB also has EXCLUSIVE STEELBOOK packaging on its Blu-ray release, this week, of Westworld: Season 1.  But there is no price listed in the flyer–although the product is shown.  Sigh.  They also show that they’ll have the 4k UHD release of Westworld…but, again, no price.  Heavy sigh.

–It’s unofficial “Steelbook” release at Best Buy this week.  You can also pre-order EXCLUSIVE BB steelbooks on the following Blu-ray titles (available this week).  Titles shown are:  John Wick, Logan and The LEGO Batman Movie.

–PLUS…BB is advertising “Collectible Steelbooks for Holiday Gift Giving.”  More than 50 titles available.  Check out all the titles at BestBuy.com/SteelBooks.  Blu-ray titles shown include:  Elf, Deadpool, The Revenant, Alien: Covenant, Fantastic 4, The Mummy, ID4: Resurgence.  There is also on 4k UHD: Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

–And, Best Buy is again advertising “Wonder Woman Starting at $12.99.”  The cover of the DVD is shown. Triple sigh.

 

–Best Buy Odds and Ends:  “Cozy up with holiday movies as low as $7.99.  Blu-ray titles shown are Elf, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Home Alone 2.  Quadruple sigh.

–Target this week has an EXCLUSIVE RELEASE of Cars 3 on Blu-ray—which includes a 32-page story book.  You will pay ($24.99) a $2 premium over Target’s price for the standard Blu release.

–Target is also advertising the following Blu-ray “Recent Releases” on sale this week:

$14.99:  Wonder Woman

$19.99:  The Dark Tower, Spider-Man: Homecoming

–Target Odds and Ends: None to report.

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26 Comments

  1. Thank you, Mike for all your work.

    It's early November, which must mean it's time to buy another new Pixar title — oh, wait, no, sorry, that was reflexive. Actually, I thought Cars 3 was bad, so I'll break that tradition unfortunately. At least the Amazon/Disney feud is no sweat off my back this particular week.

    For once, I am actually buying a title that is not covered in Mike's already extensive post, so I'm going to talk about that for the benefit of any of the rest of you who may be interested.

    This week, I'm getting Funimation's release of YOUR NAME, a terrific animated film from Japan. I saw this at my arthouse this past April after it came out in Japan last year and was completely bowled over by it. It starts out as a body-switch comedy, which is how the trailer sells it, as two teenagers from opposite backgrounds (a boy from Tokyo and a girl from a smaller, close-knit rural town) who have never met start having dreams about each other's lives and come to realize that in their "dream" states, they are actually switching places with each other. It seems like it's going to be sort of a gender-swap Big or Freaky Friday kind of thing, which is good enough since the characters are fun to watch, richly developed and easy to invest in.

    But there's something else at play here which takes the movie to a whole other level once it's revealed, and I don't want to say what it is for fear of spoilers, but I will say that the pivot in the middle of the movie is one of the best twists I have ever seen — thoroughly unexpected but equally wonderful and really earned and executed really well. My jaw dropped in the theater when it happened, and the second half post-twist is just as good, if not better, than the first half when it was playing by more traditional body switch rules.

    By the end of the film you've been on a real emotional journey, and I was very deeply moved, and I just loved it. I could feel the electricity in the room because the whole sold-out audience was really engaged and into it and responsive, and when it was over, sure enough, everybody burst into applause.

    I went back to see it again less than two weeks later and was delighted to find that, even though I now knew the twist, it still held up amazingly well as a piece of storytelling and I was no less thrilled the second time. And boy, the animation is drop-dead gorgeous throughout.

    It has had an unusually long (for 2017) theater-to-Blu window of seven months rather than three, and I'm really looking forward to getting it in the mail this week and being able to see it again. (The Japanese Blu came out a couple months ago, but I knew the U.S. one would be along sooner than later and didn't bother importing.) And now, here it is.

    The theatrical gross was $5 million here, but worldwide it has been much more of a phenomenon, and broke Spirited Away's 16-year-old all-time gross record for an anime film. Paramount just won the rights for J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot to produce a live-action Hollywood version, because of course they did, and Eric Heisserer, who wrote Arrival, is writing that version. Putting aside any debate on the Hollywood version for now, since that's more appropriate for another thread and another time, the Japanese version is just sensational, and if you think this sounds interesting, I would recommend a blind purchase on this (especially in order to see it before anyone ruins the twist for you, which I won't but someone else might.)

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    Funimation is releasing two different Blu-ray editions, plus of course the standalone DVD. The basic one I've pictured above is the Blu-ray+DVD combo. Amazon has been price-change-happy on this for a while. Right now it's $19.99, but a couple days ago it shot up to $24.99 after already having been priced at $19.99 before that. I of course have no idea how long Amazon intends to keep it at $19.99, but if you're interested, I'd go ahead and grab it before they change it. That one is here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B…9-399c-49e1-901a-7b8786e59436&pf_rd_i=desktop.

    It's also available in a higher-end gift set, which appears to include the same movie discs as the standard version, plus the soundtrack and an art book and what looks like digipack packinging. That one is $61.49. I actually got the soundtrack on its own back in April since I really loved it after seeing the film, and while the art book would be nice to have, I can do without. So I'm just getting the standard release, but if you're like me and you've already love the film, but don't have the soundtrack, then it does look like a pretty sweet box if you've got that kind of money to spend.

    Best Buy's website has the basic version for $19.99 and the gift set for $79.99, which I think is SRP. Target is $24.59 for the basic version and $61.49 for the limited edition. If you actually want the limited edition, it's worth noting that the soundtrack on its own is about $10, so you'd be paying more for the limited edition just to get the art book and digipack than you would if you got the basic Blu and soundtrack separately.

    Anyway, that's my long report for this week. Hopefully it helped some of you. Since this does not appear to be coming with a digital copy and isn't even listed at Vudu, I would suspect it may be hard to find for rent, which is another reason I would recommend a blind purchase if you find it interesting. It really is one of my very favorites of the year an I expect to play it a lot. I saw it in theaters in Japanese, but there was also an English dub produced and released if you prefer that, and the Blu-ray will of course include both audio tracks.

    On another note, Best Buy has a listing for a new Blu-ray reissue of Pixar's Brave this week for $22.99 on the website here: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/brave-blu-ray-2012/6076301.p?skuId=6076301. Details are sketchy and there's no cover artwork, but if I had to guess, I would think this is similar to Disney's other recent reissues of the Pixar catalog films, which drop the DVDs from previous combo packs and replace it with a digital copy code, essentially making them a Blu-ray single instead of a combo pack. Most of the others have ugly new cover artwork with the giant floating head of a single character taking up the entire front of the box against a solid color background, so if that pattern continues here I would suspect Merida has to be the one with the giant head this time. All of this is just conjecture on my part, but the only Pixar films which are not currently being sold like this are Inside Out, Good Dinosaur, Finding Dory and, until now, Brave, so it seem like they are turning to this release model for all of their older titles and phasing out the combo packs except for new releases.

  2. Thanks once again for the Round Up Mike 🙂

    Barnes & Noble should be sending The Philadelphia Story to me …

    For those that are interested, Death Rides a Horse and The Mercenary blurays are $12.99 each at the Kino sale (free shipping in the US at $50.00 or more in purchases…) Kino sale ends November 14 …

  3. So no Brick and Mortar stores has the Potter films in UHD? Amazon has yet to provide a delivery date for Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets so I was hoping I could cancel that order and buy it in a store.

  4. Thanks again for another fine RoundUp!

    I'll have the review up for He Walked by Night later today. It only came in on Friday, and I had another Tuesday release (not in your listing) already on tap to review Saturday. Todd will be handling the Disney company's offerings from Cars 3 onward.

  5. So…Cartwheel (Target) has a bunch of titles available with coupon: everything from Spider-Man Homecoming straight through The Tooth Fairy (BD, DVD and 4k are all on the list).

    Last week's iBotta over for $3 cash back on Spider-Man Homecoming is still active. Ebates 1% cash back at BB is still active as well. The offer says "today only," but it's been saying that for over a month now.

    I will be getting Cars 3…just don't know when yet. We're heading to the happiest place on Earth this week and I won't be able to watch until we get home. But Disney Pixar titles don't go on sale enough for me to wait. I've had a hankering over the last three weeks or so to see the movie again. So I'll likely just bite and get it.

    I've heard nothing but good things about Westworld, but I'm wary of just buying "because."

    Maybe LaLaLand and Mummy for $30 at BB?

  6. Just The Philadelphia Story for me. I'm leaning toward actually going to Barnes & Noble, since I'll at least get the 10 percent member discount if my 20 percent off coupon doesn't work, but it's election day and I'm not sure how long of an evening I want to make it if I go shopping and get dinner before I vote.

    Thanks as always, Mike!

  7. Three new and one from a couple of months ago for me this week.

    Most anticipated: He Walked By Night (this is a favorite of mine)
    B&N Purchases: The Philadelphia Story (along with Rebecca)
    Pre-ordered: Into the Night (though RAH's review has me a bit concerned)

  8. Wayne_j

    So no Brick and Mortar stores has the Potter films in UHD? Amazon has yet to provide a delivery date for Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets so I was hoping I could cancel that order and buy it in a store.

    Best Buy will have the individual 1-4 4K in store. I'm trying to find out about the Boxset, but I think I've read it will be instock.

    I'm going to be a little surprised at least WM or Target doesn't have at least the individuals

    EDIT: CONFIRMED that the 8 Film 4K set will be in stores (or at least some stores)

  9. Wayne_j

    I will check Best Buy's stock Tuesday morning and then cancel my Amazon order if it hasn't shipped yet. No need to get the box set since I got 5-8 when they were released earlier this year.

    Not really on my radar in general. I have the Hogwarts set with the Blurays and Bonus discs so while I do need the 4K discs, but I'm not paying $18-20 ea for the 8 discs I need. The UK 4K only 8 disc set is around $100 and surely will drop to $60-70 soon enough and possibly $50 given their boxset history so I can wait for now unless there is something massive improved in the transfer — early reports have not reported spectacular improvements

  10. Jeff Cooper

    So is Cars 3 not being released in 3D in the US? The last 8 Pixar movies were….

    Apparently not. Disappointing, as I'd hoped maybe Pixar and Marvel titles might still be some of the few 3D releases that continued in the US. I think this is the first Pixar 4K release, so it looks like they've dropped 3D for 4K.

    But you can order the region-free 3D from Amazon.co.uk for roughly $24 (plus shipping, possibly).

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cars-Blu-r…_title_1?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1509996733&sr=1-3

  11. Jeff Cooper

    So is Cars 3 not being released in 3D in the US? The last 8 Pixar movies were….

    Correct. It appears we are now down to Lucas and Marvel for the most part. I'm not sure if this will fall into the 'we'll release the 3D of the movies that make a lot of money' or they are just pulling 3D from everything now. In 2017 No Pirates 5, no Cars 3, no re-release of TLK and BatB while GotG2, Moana, Doctor Strange and Rogue One got limited 3D releases. The end of 2016 TFA and Finding Dory got high volume releases while BFG and especially Pete's Dragon got nothing in the US. At least BFG had a couple good region free options internationally while Pete's Dragon which had very nice 3D Theatrically got nothing anywhere.

    That's OK Pirates 5 3D UK steelbook is in hand and Cars 3 3D UK is on order.

    My Desp Me 3 3D Steelbook from Spain arrived this week. Valerian 4K/3D combo is on order for UK (likely B locked) . French Resident Evil TFC, Great Wall, and Underworld: BW 3D's are already on the shelf.

    They release it and it will come to my doorstep. No harder than ordering from Amazon.com — for Disney's it's actually easier.

  12. Two notes:

    (1) Target has Batman vs. Two-Face BD for $14.99. There is also an exclusive lenticular cover. I didn’t check the price for that version.

    (2) Target also has Spider-Man Homecoming at 25% off through Cartwheel. Even though the offer says DVD and BD only, I got it to work on the 4k (it also scans as applicable through the app). Regular price is $27.99, less 25%, comes down to $20.99. Through iBotta, I also got $3 cash back, which brings the overall price down to $17.99 (4k, BD and Digital version). There is also a $0.25 cash back offer on iBotta. For this purchase, I got $3.25 back.

    You could get 1% cash back through Ebates for Target.com.

  13. I watched Sorcerer's Stone last night and found it to be by far a better improvement over the blu ray than the four Yates films that came out earlier this year. There was little to no signs of digital processing, the grain was rendered nicely, and instances of light sources being seen in a shot gave good opportunities for HDR.

  14. Target Had the 1st four Harry Potter films (?) on 4K UHD for $24.99 each (I did not see any at my Wal*Mart) … Cars 3 Blu-Ray was $22.99 for regular and $24.99 for Ethyl AKA the Storybook version …$27.99 for the 4K UHD (no storybook … My Wal*Mart had the same price for the 4K UHD and $19.99 for the regular Blu-Ray or their Wal*Mart special edition which contains 3 bonus CARtoons featuring Mater …

    My Wal*Mart had three Peanuts/Charlie Brown specials in 4K UHD for Under $20.00 each …

  15. Robert Crawford

    For Amazon Prime Members, Westworld 4K/UHD is selling for $32.99!

    Very nice! Thanks so much for the heads up. Had the standard blu on my watchlist but it was still at $36.99, so pulled the trigger on this one.

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