Weekly RoundUp 2-26-2019

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The Features

– Ralph Wrecks the Internet – 2018

 

 

– The Little Mermaid – 1989

 

 

– To Sleep With Anger – 1990

 

 

– Mary Queen of Scots – 2018

 

– Stand-In – 1937

 

 

– The Mole People – 1956

 

– The Possession of Hannah Grace – 2018

 

 

The Prices

 

 

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UHD Amazon BestBuy Target
Dynasties (Blu-ray 4K) (BBC) $38.99 $37.99
Little Mermaid, The (1989) (Signature Ed.) (Blu 4K) (Walt Disney) $29.99
Mary Queen of Scots (2018) (Blu-ray 4k) (Universal) $24.99
Ralph Breaks the Internet (Blu-ray 4K) (Walt Disney) $29.99

 

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Blu-ray Amazon BestBuy Target
Admirable Crichton, The  (Twilight Time)
Battle for the Lost Planet  (Vinegar Syndrome) $25.05
Bedazzled  (Twilight Time)
Between Worlds  (Lions Gate) $14.99
Bill of Divorcement, A  (Kino) $19.98
Damages: Complete Series (Mill Creek) $54.08
Day After, The  (Cinema Guild) $22.99
Desert Fury (Kino) $19.98
Invasion of The Blood Farmers  (Severin) $22.99
Legally Blonde Collection  (Shout! Factory) $26.99
Little Mermaid, The (1989) (Signature Edition)  (Walt Disney) $22.99 $22.99
Mary Queen of Scots (2018) (Universal) $21.93
Mausoleum (Vinegar Syndrome) $22.31
Midnight Man, The  (Kino) $19.98
The Mole People (Kino) $25.19
Mystery Road: Series 1  (Acorn Media) $27.99
Next of Kin (1982)  (Severin) $21.72
Party Line  (Vinegar Syndrome) $25.05
The Possession of Hannah Grace (Sony) $20.15
Ralph Breaks the Internet  (Walt Disney) $22.99
Rampant  (Well Go USA) $17.58
Rover, The (1967)  (Kino) $19.98
Spun (Goldwyn) $24.95
Stand-In  (Classic Flix) $19.89
Talk Radio  (Twilight Time)
Tinseltown (Vinegar Syndrome) $25.05
To Sleep with Anger  (Criterion) $23.80
Used Cars  (Shout! Factory) $19.85
Vengeance of She, The  (Shout! Factory) $24.22
Wacko  (Vinegar Syndrome) $22.31
Wild Rovers (Warner Archive) $17.99
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter  (Twilight Time)
Willard (2003)  (Shout! Factory) $26.99

 

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DVD Amazon BestBuy Target
Andromeda: The Complete Collection (Lions Gate) $49.96
Beast Of The Yellow Night  (VCI) $21.89
BeastMaster: The Complete Series (Lions Gate) $49.29
Between Worlds (Lions Gate) $12.96
Bill of Divorcement, A (Kino) $13.65
Challenger Disaster, The (Lions Gate) $12.96
Chamber of Horrors/ Brides of Fu Manchu (Warner Archives) $14.99
Cuban Food Stories (First Run Pictures) $16.59
Damages: Complete Series (Mill Creek) $40.56
The Dead Zone: Complete Series (Lions Gate) $39.66
Desert Fury (Kino) $13.65
Dynasties (BBC) $22.96 $22.99
Holiday (2018) (Breaking Glass Pictures) $14.99
Invasion of the Blood Farmers (Severin) $14.82
Lady in the Lake (Warner Archive) $14.49
Little Mermaid, The (1989) (Signature Edition) (Walt Disney)
Man Possessed, A (Wild Eye) $13.99
Mary Queen of Scots (2018) (Universal) $18.89
Midnight Man, The (Kino) $13.65
The Mole People (Kino) $13.28
Mystery Road: Series 1 (Acorn Media) $27.99
The Possession of Hannah Grace (Sony) $18.67
Ralph Breaks the Internet (Walt Disney)
Rampant (Well Go USA) $14.82
Rover, The (1967) (Kino) $14.59
Sicilian Ghost Story (Strand) $17.99
Stand-In  (Classic Flix) $16.59
To Sleep with Anger (Criterion) $20.67
Tracking Edith (First Run Pictures) $16.59
Unseen, The (Monarch) $13.50
Wild Rovers (Warner Archive) $11.99

 

 

 

 

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

–LAST week was another week of Twilight Time releases.  Somehow I had them scheduled for this week.  So, I left them listed in this week’s grid in case anyone missed that discussion.  Those titles can only be ordered HERE and HERE.

–It’s kinda interesting that, this week, there is no Blu-ray release of Dynasties (BBC)—just a DVD and 4k/UHD release (which includes a Blu copy).

–Best Buy, again this week, has NO Sunday flyer in my local paper.

–Best Buy’s Weekly Ad is available at THIS LINK.

–Target this week has an EXCLUSIVE GALLERY BOOK with its 4k/UHD copies of Ralph Wrecks the Internet.  There will be a $3 upcharge if you want the gallery book.  The price is $32.99.  The standard 4k/UHD release at Target is $29.99.

–Target is also advertising an EXCLUSIVE GALLERY BOOK with its 4k/UHD copies of The Little Mermaid.  Same deal.  The price is $32.99 which means a $3 premium above the standard $29.99 4k/UHD release.

–Target advertises these two recent Blu-ray releases:

$19.99:  Bohemian Rhapsody

$24.99:  A Star is Born (2018)

–Target’s Weekly Ad is available at THIS LINK.

 

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37 Comments

  1. Lots of interesting titles this week, RoundUppers!

    I'll likely bite on The Little Mermaid on 4k/UHD. I just rewatched my Blu of TLM the other day with my granddaughters. I wonder how much better a 4k version might be? This is the film that kicked off that 2nd Disney Golden Age and it also hit as my daughter happened to turn three years old (just at the right time!).

    Safe shopping!

  2. I've got Used Cards coming and at some point, I'll grab The Mole People and Willard. At this point, Amazon charges so much for Shout/Scream Factory titles that I might as well buy directly from Shout so all the money goes to them instead.

    Thanks for the prices, Mike! 🙂

  3. Thank you for your work, Mike!

    I hate it when Disney does two releases in a given week because as usual they are both overpriced.

    It would be really nice if some store would have had a deal to knock even $5 off the combined purchase of both Ralph Breaks the Internet and The Little Mermaid.

    But I'll probably still get both.

  4. AcesHighStudios

    No Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier on 4K Blu-ray? I believe there are being released on Tuesday the 26th also.

    Only "Captain America: The First Avenger" 4K/UHD is being released this Tuesday. Disney/Marvel will be releasing other 4K/UHD releases for Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man in the coming months.

  5. Thanks once again for the Round-Up Mike

    To Sleep with Anger is “on it’s way” courtesy of the Target buy3get1free sale …

    For those who have not picked up Stranger Things on Disc Target has 50% any flavor of Season 1 or Season 2

  6. Robert Crawford

    Only "Captain America: The First Avenger" 4K/UHD is being released this Tuesday. Disney/Marvel will be releasing other 4K/UHD releases for Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man in the coming months.

    Given that Captain America: The First Avenger was shot using Panavision Genesis cameras at 1080p, a 4K/UHD release seems entirely pointless. Whatever "benefits" there are over the Blu-ray would seem to be entirely artificial and created after the fact.

  7. Adam Lenhardt

    Given that Captain America: The First Avenger was shot using Panavision Genesis cameras at 1080p, a 4K/UHD release seems entirely pointless. Whatever "benefits" there are over the Blu-ray would seem to be entirely artificial and created after the fact.

    It still looked great on my OLED. It's not like watching the latest Avengers film, but I didn't expect it to.

  8. I was at Target today and saw some of the MCU catalog Blu-rays marked at $24.99 a pop. There are some that I haven't bought before that I would like to eventually add to my collection but even those are too high for me. I'm not sure I want to know how much they would be charging for 4K versions.

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    Adam Lenhardt

    Given that Captain America: The First Avenger was shot using Panavision Genesis cameras at 1080p, a 4K/UHD release seems entirely pointless. Whatever "benefits" there are over the Blu-ray would seem to be entirely artificial and created after the fact.

    This info above from IMDb is a bit confusing regarding how the film was shot. Sounds like it was shot with a few different cameras.

  10. AcesHighStudios

    No Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier on 4K Blu-ray? I believe there are being released on Tuesday the 26th also.

    Winter Soldier & Civil War are being released April 23rd.

  11. Thanks for the ROundUp, Mike.

    Ralph Breaks the Internet will eventually be mine, but I think I'll wait awhile. I've been spending an awful lot for product in the last three weeks, so I need to slow it down a little.

  12. I'll throw a heads up here as well — Criterion.com Flash Sale most commonly happens around the end of February. Criterion virtually never lets anyone know when it's coming more than a day or two ahead and sometimes not even until the morning of the sale.

    With the last Feb release this Tuesday, no releases scheduled the next week, AND the Bergman Collection back in stock there seems to be a pretty good chance it will happen this week. EVERY Q1 sale has started on Tuesday around Noon ET so I'd be watching closely for those that wait for the 2 days a year.

    Teh My Criterion part of the site has been down for almost a year now and the Wishlist down for the last couple weeks. If the Wishlist suddenly gets fixed tomorrow or Tuesday morning then I'd take that as a sign.
    The other common giveaway is when the site moves items in the cart from "Ships next business Day" to "Ships in 2-3 Days" — this often seems to happen 4-24 hours before the sale starts

  13. David Norman

    I'll throw a heads up here as well — Criterion.com Flash Sale most commonly happens around the end of February. Criterion virtually never lets anyone know when it's coming more than a day or two ahead and sometimes not even until the morning of the sale.

    Double head fake, I bit on the slant and got beat deep — nothing happening on Criterion's website nor any of their Media pages. Looks
    like a false alarm at least for this week. 2015 the Q1 sale was 3/10 so it's still likely pending rather than not happening and they could also break their Tuesday pattern as well.

  14. I don't know why I bother trying to get Best Buy steelbooks.

    I haven't tried this for a long time. I think the last one I tried for was Beauty and the Beast in 2017. But the combination of The Little Mermaid being, well, The Little Mermaid, and the fact that I think the artwork for the standard release is awful, made me want to try for it.

    I knew I wouldn't be able to get in the store at 10am. So I called them right when they opened to ask for them to hold one for me. The guy said they don't do that, even though I've had items held at multiple stores before (admittedly not recently, but it's not an uncommon thing to do.) He did, however, consent to tell me how many copies they had in stock, even though he wouldn't hold one for me.

    The number was two. Two!

    Seriously, why would Best Buy bother having a deal with Disney to give them exclusive rights to a steelbook if they're not even going to attempt to stock a reasonable number of copies? That's barely making it available and borders on false advertising.

    I'll end up with the basic release, which is okay. It's cool packaging, but it's only packaging. However, the entire business model around getting exclusives and then not having sufficient copies available of the exclusive doesn't make sense to me. It almost makes me want to go to another store other than Best Buy specifically to not give them this sale.

  15. Robert Crawford

    You could have ordered on line and chose store pick up which I do quite often.

    Thanks. I've tried that before but for some reason it has not worked with my local store in the past. I have no idea why.

  16. Jake Lipson

    Thanks. I've tried that before but for some reason it has not worked with my local store in the past. I have no idea why.

    Perhaps, they didn't have that particular title in-stock. I always try that option until it's not available to me as some titles never become in-stock items.

  17. Jake: I sympathize and this is what led me to giving up on any and all retailer exclusives. It was more of a job than anything else to find the release; I was too invested in the chase without caring about the end product. I abandoned the search even on releases like TLM.

  18. Jason_V

    It was more of a job than anything else to find the release

    Yeah, I'm right there with you typically. It's just that the cover art for the regular edition is so lame, and the cover art for the steelbook is so gorgeous, that I thought this one could be an exception if I was able to get ahold of one.

    But it is just packaging after all.

    After I settled for the regular edition of the live-action Beauty and the Beast when the steelbook was sold out, that ended up working out for me in the end. I was able to get the artwork autographed by a cast member at a local tour stop they did a year or so later, which would've been much harder with the steelbook. Maybe if I can't get The Little Mermaid steelbook, a cast member will make their way out here for some reason in 2020? 😉 I'd take that trade.

  19. Jake Lipson

    Thanks. I've tried that before but for some reason it has not worked with my local store in the past. I have no idea why.

    Jake, I've got a steelbook copy in my cart right now. It's $38 out the door. If you want it please PM me and I'll be happy to pick it up and drop it in the mail to you.

    Along with that Blu-ray copy of Bohemian Rhapsody…(seriously) 😉

  20. In regards to the issue I raised today with The Little Mermaid steelbook: thanks @Robert Crawford for your suggestion of the store pickup option. Thanks @Jason_V for your sympathy. Normally, I am right there with you. And thanks especially to Doug (for some reason, the system isn't letting me tag you) for offering to send it to me.

    It turns out that I found a store an hour or so away from here with a single copy left, and online ordering with store pickup did work for that store. So I got it. When I went to the customer service desk to pick it up, even the guy who pulled it out of the back said, "This is one of the most sought-after items right now."

    This purchase also makes The Little Mermaid my first 4K title. My family doesn't plan to go 4K anytime soon (I am the only one in my family who would even care), so I don't expect to start future-proofing on a whole ton of 4K titles. But since this is one of my all-time favorites, it's nice to know I do have it just in case, especially since Disney probably will pull this release out of print in the future. In terms of discs I don't have a use for, having the 4K just in case is better than having a third DVD copy (which would have been included if I had gone for the standard Blu-ray.)

    I also saw the steelbook for Ralph Breaks the Internet there — they had at least a couple of those left — but didn't get it for a couple reasons. First of all, I actually think the artwork on the standard edition of Ralph looks good, which is more than I can say for The Little Mermaid. And also, since I have the first Ralph in standard keepcase packaging, it wouldn't be uniform on the shelf if I had one keepcase and one steelbook. I love my Finding Dory steelbook very much, but it's strange placed next to Finding Nemo in a keepcase. So I wasn't really inclined to repeat that. So I went with the standard Blu-ray (not 4K) of Ralph. I went to Target for that one, which was a few minutes away from Best Buy, since they are $2 cheaper (thanks @Mike Frezon for the grid — knowing this saved me $2, as I would likely have gotten both from Best Buy otherwise.)

  21. I was surprised to find when I opened the steelbook that there is artwork on both the 4K disc and the standard Blu-ray disc. Other people who have gotten the 4K edition around the internet have said that the Blu-ray is just Disney's standard blue disc with no artwork. If that's the case, then Disney must actually have pressed a two separate versions of the disc, one with artwork and one without. But I've got it, and mine has Ursula and Sebastian on the face of the 1080p Blu, which was a real surprise to me.

    Has anybody else gotten their 4K copies yet? If so, what does the included Blu-ray look like for you?

  22. Jake Lipson

    Has anybody else gotten their 4K copies yet? If so, what does the included Blu-ray look like for you?

    I picked up Little Mermaid, Ralph Breaks the Internet and Captain America (all 4k) last night and, honestly, I didn't think to look. I'll look tonight and report back unless someone else gets to it before me.

    I normally wouldn't pick up new 4k's at release week prices, but I had a $50 prepaid debit card for buying contacts in December, so I paid a total of $50 for the three titles at Best Buy. There were a few steelbooks for all three releases on the shelf last night.

  23. Jake Lipson

    I was surprised to find when I opened the steelbook that there is artwork on both the 4K disc and the standard Blu-ray disc. Other people who have gotten the 4K edition around the internet have said that the Blu-ray is just Disney's standard blue disc with no artwork. If that's the case, then Disney must actually have pressed a two separate versions of the disc, one with artwork and one without. But I've got it, and mine has Ursula and Sebastian on the face of the 1080p Blu, which was a real surprise to me.

    Has anybody else gotten their 4K copies yet? If so, what does the included Blu-ray look like for you?

    Not TLM related, but my 4K copy of Ralph Breaks the Internet has color artwork on the 4K disc, and the standard Disney baby blue on the Blu-ray.

  24. Jake Lipson

    I was surprised to find when I opened the steelbook that there is artwork on both the 4K disc and the standard Blu-ray disc. Other people who have gotten the 4K edition around the internet have said that the Blu-ray is just Disney's standard blue disc with no artwork. If that's the case, then Disney must actually have pressed a two separate versions of the disc, one with artwork and one without. But I've got it, and mine has Ursula and Sebastian on the face of the 1080p Blu, which was a real surprise to me.

    Has anybody else gotten their 4K copies yet? If so, what does the included Blu-ray look like for you?

    The Artwork on BBY Exclusives only is pretty common. I'm not sure why they print different editions, but it's one more perk for those who care about such things to pick up the Premium priced editions. Like pre film logos and post film credit designations it's certainly not hurting anything for it to be there, but I would never have thought it was anything to notice until folks starting talking about such things — or those little blue stickers on Criterion covers that some folks seem to go nuts over to the point of removing them from items in-store to take home and put on their edition that was missing them.

  25. David Norman

    The Artwork on BBY Exclusives only is pretty common. I'm not sure why they print different editions, but it's one more perk for those who care about such things to pick up the Premium priced editions.

    That's weird. It's not a perk they're promoting (remember when The Little Mermaid and the other initial Limited Issue DVD releases promoted "full-color character artwork on disc" as a bonus feature? :laugh:) and I was pretty surprised when I opened the case up and saw it. So I'm not sure what the benefit is to Disney to press another disc with artwork.

    As an aside: Because I don't actually have a 4K player right now, I took the 4K disc out of my steelbook and put it in the case for the Diamond Edition. Then I took the original Blu-ray (which I have to retain for its dropped extras) and put it in the steelbook. So both of my Blu-ray copies which I can actually play right now are in one case, which is convenient in case I want to watch extras on the old disc after watching the movie. The keepcase which originally housed the old Blu-ray now houses both the 4K disc and the DVD — neither of which I will use in the immediate future — and I put it away in another room where I store some of the other older editions of things that I don't use often anymore. If I ever do go 4K, then the 4K disc would become my primary copy that I use for watching the movie, so it would earn its way back into the steelbook, but for right now it makes sense to me to have the two copies I can use in the same case. So I've got Ursula and Sebastian on the 2019 Blu-ray and the plain 2013 Blu facing me when I open the steelbook.

    Incidentally, the steelbook for Ralph Breaks the Internet does not seem to be as popular as the one for The Little Mermaid, or at least it's not going as quickly. My store (which wasn't working for store pickup yesterday when I wanted Mermaid) is now showing store pickup as an option for the steelbook of Ralph. According to Best Buy's website, the closest store to me that has The Little Mermaid in stock now is 206.8 miles away.

  26. Jake Lipson

    Incidentally, the steelbook for Ralph Breaks the Internet does not seem to be as popular as the one for The Little Mermaid, or at least it's not going as quickly. My store (which wasn't working for store pickup yesterday when I wanted Mermaid) is now showing store pickup as an option for the steelbook of Ralph. According to Best Buy's website, the closest store to me that has The Little Mermaid in stock now is 206.8 miles away.

    I think it's partially more popular and definitely much smaller stocks leading to some panic buying and speculator issues compared to Ralph. I think Tyrok posted some numbers saying most stores were sent at least 4-5X more Ralph than TLM

  27. David Norman

    I think it's partially more popular and definitely much smaller stocks

    Which raises the question of why they even bother doing it if they are going to make so few copies available. They paid Paige O'Hara to paint the cover, which she mentions in one of the bonus features on the disc. I mean, Disney can obviously afford to pay her, but still, that's a lot of effort on her part which isn't going to be enjoyed by very many people, relatively speaking, versus the basic edition. I'm not saying the steelbook actually needs to be as widespread as the regular release, but it does seem puzzling to create an exclusive that they aren't going to stock in reasonable numbers. I mean, I'm happy I got one this time, but the whole thing is weird to me.

    If the purpose of the exclusives is to get people to go to Best Buy to buy the movie, I don't see how it helps Best Buy to not have the thing that people are supposed to come there to buy. Maybe they think that when people come in looking for the steelbook and don't find it, they'll still get the regular version and then Best Buy would get that sale. But if you do that enough times, people are going to start to get annoyed like @Jason_V and myself, and then you won't be able to use the steelbook to lure them into the store. So once that happens, Best Buy is out of luck.

    The Little Mermaid was an exception where I was willing to work for it, but I'm usually not. Last week, I thought that Best Buy's steelbook of A Star is Born looked cool. But I also thought, "It's not important enough to me to make the effort to find one," so I just ordered the regular edition from Amazon. Consequently, Best Buy didn't get my sale on that at all.

    But they keep doing this, so obviously it keeps working out for them. What do I know?

  28. David Norman

    I think it's partially more popular and definitely much smaller stocks leading to some panic buying and speculator issues compared to Ralph. I think Tyrok posted some numbers saying most stores were sent at least 4-5X more Ralph than TLM

    I saw four LM steelbooks at my store the other day. If you're looking for them in-store, be sure to look around as they are sometimes spread around in different places. At my store, copies of LM appeared in the new releases section, as part of a Disney cardboard display standee with Ralph, and in the Disney catalog section. Ralph was in a couple more locations in addition to those.

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