Weekly RoundUp 2-27-2018

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

 

The Features

 

– Tom Jones – 1963

– Coco – 2017

– Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – 2017

– The Hallelujah Trail – 1965

– The Darkest Hour – 2017

– The Oldest Profession – 1967

– Murder on the Orient Express – 2017


– The Outlaw – 1943

 

The Prices

The price links below will take you directly to the product on Amazon.
Any clickable link on a title listed below will take you to our own HTF review!

UHD Amazon BestBuy Target
Coco (Blu-ray 4K) (Disney)  $29.99
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider  (Blu-ray 4K) (Paramount) $25.79
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life (Blu-ray 4K) (Paramount) $25.79
Murder on the Orient Express (2017) (Blu-ray 4K) (Fox) $24.96
Straight Outta Compton (Blu-ray 4K) (Universal) $25.09
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Blu-ray 4K) (Fox) $24.96
Zero Dark Thirty (Blu-ray 4K) (Sony) $21.99

The price links below will take you directly to the product on Amazon.

Any clickable link on a title listed below will take you to our own HTF review!

Blu-ray Amazon BestBuy Target
78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene  (Shout! Factory) $21.87
Basket Case  (Arrow Films) $25.19
Birdman of Alcatraz (Olive) $19.99
Black Eagle (MVD) $25.19
Chokeslam  (MVD) $18.89
Coco (Disney)  $22.99 $22.99
Colossus: The Forbin Project  (Shout! Factory) $22.99
Crossing the Bridge/Indian Summer  (Kino) $17.99
Darkest Hour  (Universal) $19.96 $19.99
Gate II  (Shout! Factory) $21.87
Great Balls of Fire (Olive) $19.99
The Hallelujah Trail (Olive) $19.99
Hangman (Lionsgate) $14.99
Harper (Warner Archives) $17.99
Jean-Luc Godard + Jean-Pierre Gorin: Five Films (1968-71)  (Arrow Films) $62.89
Just Getting Started  (Broad Green) $17.96
Lady and the Tramp: Signature Collection  (Walt Disney)
Let There Be Light  (Cinedigm) $14.96
Man From Earth, The: Holocene  (MVD) $19.99
Murder on the Orient Express (2017)  (Fox) $19.96 $19.99
Nowhere in Africa  (Kino) $22.99
Oldest Profession, The  (Kino) $18.89
Outlaw, The  (Kino) $18.89
(*) Penitentiary II  (Vinegar Syndrome) $32.98
Prey  (Vinegar Syndrome) $19.83
Scalpel (Arrow) $25.19
Sect, The  (Scorpion) $15.39
Serpent’s Lair  (Kino) $18.89
Sleeping Giant (Altered Innocence) $17.43
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MO  (Fox) $19.96 $19.99
Tom Jones  (Criterion) $25.99


The price links below will take you directly to the product on Amazon.

Any clickable link on a title listed below will take you to our own HTF review!

DVD Amazon BestBuy Target
Birdman of Alcatraz (Olive) $17.99
Chastity Belt (Warner Archives) $17.99
Chokeslam (MVD) $24.95
Coco (Disney) $17.99
Crossing the Bridge/Indian Summer (Kino) $11.01
Darkest Hour (Universal) $17.96 $17.99
Diff’rent Strokes: Season Seven (Shout! Factory) $13.49
The Drowning Pool (Warner Archives) $17.99
Great Balls of Fire (Olive) $17.99
Green Acres: Season Five (Shout! Factory) $23.25
The Hallelujah Trail (Olive) $17.99
Just Getting Started (Broad Green) $14.96
Lady and the Tramp: Signature Collection (Walt Disney)
Let There Be Light (Cinedigm) $12.96
Lon Chaney Collection (Warner Archives) $22.99
MacGyver: Season 1 (Lions Gate) $14.94
Man From Earth, The: Holocene (MVD) $15.69
Mayberry R.F.D.: Season 1 (Warner Archives) $29.99
Murder on the Orient Express (2017) (Fox) $14.96 $14.99
Oldest Profession, The (Kino) $13.99
Outlaw, The (Kino) $14.95
Quest (First Run Pictures) $18.52
Serpent’s Lair (Kino) $13.99
Somebody Up There Likes Me (Warner Archives) $14.99
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MO (Fox) $14.99 $14.99
Tom Jones (Criterion) $22.99

 

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

–Another week emphasizing the ridiculous dust-up between Disney and Amazon.  Anyone who wants a copy of Coco or Lady & the Tramp will need to find it elsewhere.

–Best Buy, this week, has EXCLUSIVE STEELBOOK PACKAGING with their Blu copies of Coco.  It’s nice artwork, but there’s a $5 premium for the privilege, however.  It’ll cost you $27.99.

–Best Buy is also advertising it’s pre-orders of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Thor: Ragnarok.  It’s also advertising something EXCLUSIVE to Best Buy about each title’s 4k UHD release, but I can’t tell what that EXCLUSIVE is.

–The following Blu-ray”Action Hits” are on sale this week at Best Buy for $14.99 apiece:

Baby Driver, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, It, Blade Runner 2049, Geostorm.

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

–Target this week has an EXCLUSIVE 32-PAGE STORYBOOK with its Blu-ray release of Coco.  There is a $2 premium for this edition, however.  It will be $24.99 (above the price of $22.99 for the standard Blu edition).

–Target is also advertising an EXCLUSIVE 32-PAGE STORYBOOK with Blu-ray copies of Lady and the Tramp.  It is not clear, however, if the standard Blu release is cheaper as they don’t show any other versions in the flyer.

–Up to 20% off select movies (those shown and more) @ Target this week.  (Regular $13-$24.99 Sale $10.40-$19.99).  Titles shown (all Blu-ray):  Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, Beauty and the Beast (2017), Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Wonder Woman, John Wick 2.

–And, Target has the following recent Blu-ray releases on sale for $19.99:  A Bad Mom’s Christmas, Daddy’s Home 2.  Sounds like they would make an especially bad double feature.

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

 

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69 Comments

  1. BIG week, RoundUppers!!

    Some insane catalog releases…and some very high-profile BP nominees for 2017…and a couple of big Disney releases thrown in, too!

    I've got Tom Jones and The Outlaw pre-ordered and on their way to me. I'll be picking up Three Billboards and The Darkest Hour down the road when they start to come down in price. And I'll pick up Murder on the Orient Express when it's on some kind of HUGE sale.

    But I've got to figure out the best way to get the 4k of Coco for a decent price…and Best Buy's $29.99 just isn't doing it for me. Target didn't list a price in their flyer and I'm not sure what other online retailers might be selling it for…so anyone who's got a bead on a good price, I'd love to hear about it! If it doesn't look like it'll happen, I might decide to just go for the standard Blu of Coco.

    Safe shopping, everybody!

  2. Thank you, Mike!

    The Best Buy exclusives you mentioned for Thor and Star Wars are steelbooks. They are up for pre-order on the website already. It seems like Best Buy must have standing deal with Disney for most steelbooks, since the only Disney title I've ever gotten that *wasn't* from Best Buy was Finding Dory, which that one time only was an exclusive through Target.

    I didn't like Coco enough to buy it, and I've got the previous Blu-ray of Lady and the Tramp, so the Amazon-Disney thing won't affect me on this particular week, but I agree it is ridiculous and beyond time for that to end.

    Murder on the Orient Express was a fun movie, but I don't know that it would be tremendously rewatchable, and I don't necessarily feel the need to rush out and buy it. Darkest Hour is, in my opinion, one of the worst films of 2017 and the worst Best Picture nominee I've seen this side of Crash. So, obviously I'll pass on that too. More power to those who liked it, but if anyone is on the fence about it I would strongly discourage blind buys of it

    Three Billboards will be on its way to me from Amazon this week. I loved it in the theater and am very much looking forward to seeing it again.

    The $14.99 pricepoint on Blade Runner 2049 is also awfully nice, since I've been waiting for that one to go down, but I don't know if I should do it, because March is so packed with new titles. We'll see.

  3. Re The Darkest Hour. I would strongly encourage blind buys of this terrific mesmerizing film. Ediecilasy if you’re a history or WWII buff.

    Sorry Jake (and Bujaki). 🙂

  4. Jake Lipson

    The Best Buy exclusives you mentioned for Thor and Star Wars are steelbooks.

    Thanks, Jake. I figured as much…but the images in the flyer didn't look like steelbooks (didn't have the typical rounded corners) so I wasn't sure.

  5. Thanks for the RoundUp, Mike. What a huge week for new and catalog titles! There are at least half a dozen of these that I'll be buying sooner rather than later. After checking out the quality of my DVD of Tom Jones, I can't wait to get that out of my house and replace it with the Criterion.

  6. Tino

    Sorry Jake

    I know you were half-kidding there, but, no apology needed; I'm glad you liked it. I know people who did like it. I just think that it has been divisive, so would encourage rentals first in this case. I hated it, but I certainly would not discourage those interested from checking it out and seeing if they feel differently.

  7. I don’t think it’s as divisive as you think.

    RT Score. 86%
    AUDIENCE SCORE 83%
    Critic Consensus: Darkest Hour is held together by Gary Oldman's electrifying performance, which brings Winston Churchill to life even when the movie's narrative falters.

    But hey, as always, ymmv.

    Caveat Emptor. 😛

  8. I'll be picking up Coco and while it'll probably be on sale down the road, I'll still most likely pick up Three Billboards. Coincidentally, I expect both of those to win the Oscar in their respective categories.

    Thanks for the prices, Mike! 🙂

  9. Big week for me. I plan on picking up Coco and Murder on the Orient Express on 4K. I also going to get 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene and there's something about the artwork for The Outlaw that has me interested in picking it up as well. 😉

    I'll be renting Three Billboards and The Darkest Hour.

    Thanks for the RoundUp, Mike.

  10. Tino

    I don’t think it’s as divisive as you think.

    I should have been more clear. I know that the critics have been more than kind to it (which is why I was interested in seeing it in the first place.) But it has certainly been divisive among my friend group, at the very least. I know people who loved it, and I also know others who have hated it. It is certainly not receiving a unanimous response in either direction as some other films last year did.

  11. Jake Lipson

    I should have been more clear. I know that the critics have been more than kind to it (which is why I was interested in seeing it in the first place.) But it has certainly been divisive among my friend group, at the very least. I know people who loved it, and I also know others who have hated it. It is certainly not receiving a unanimous response in either direction as some other films last year did.

    Which films last year were unanimously praised or hated?

    None I think.

  12. Peter McM

    Has Jane Russell become your new Scarlett Johansson?

    There is just sumpin' about that poster art! 😀 I'm pretty sure I know what it is…but I plan on still closely investigating just in case I'm wrong.

    And I'm hard-pressed to remember the last home video release which featured Scarlett (maybe Ghost in the Shell?). She's gotta get going here…

  13. Mike Frezon

    There is just sumpin' about that poster art! 😀 I'm pretty sure I know what it is…but I plan on still closely investigating just in case I'm wrong.

    And I'm hard-pressed to remember the last home video release which featured Scarlett (maybe Ghost in the Shell?). She's gotta get going here…

    Thanks for all you do here including the Round-Up …

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    Not even nominated … not since the Oscars(r) snubbed Dude, Where's My Car has there been such an affront 😉

  14. Tino

    Which films last year were unanimously praised or hated?

    Again, with the qualifier that I can only speak to my friend group: everybody loved The Big Sick. Everybody loved Get Out (even me, and I usually avoid horror films.) And recently, everybody loved Paddington 2. With Darkest Hour, my friends are actually pretty evenly split. That's all I'm saying.

  15. Coco in 4k..but not for $30. Sorry, not happening. I may just hold off for a massively big Disney Movie Club order with a deal. I waited for Cars 3 and Guardians 2 and found a great deal on Pirates 5. I can wait. I'm a patient guy. Believe me.

    Thank you, as always, Mike.

  16. I looked back for prior releases of Tom Jones and found a really old DVD that was non-anamorphic from MGM. Suddenly I remembered I actually owned a copy – it's so old that it's the HBO release in a snapper case! When did they stop using snapper cases? Sadly it's also non-anamorphic. Back notes say 1997 HBO. Maybe I need to spring for a newer version since it has Diane Cilento (Mrs. James Bond) in it.

  17. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri will actually be the first blu-ray I've purchased in quite a while, but it's definitely a keeper for me. Still no prices for Best Buy? I guess I'll be heading to Target.

    Tom Jones will probably be a pick up next Criterion sale, but no rush (but that is one damn ugly cover).

    Thanks again for the thread postings, and for the Jane Russell posters!

  18. Jason_V

    Target.com is showing 27.99 for Coco 4K…still too rich for me. I’m not finding anything in the ads which excite me…probably sitting this week out.

    I'll probably swallow hard and get to Target then…adding in a discount on my RedCard. Admittedly, I don't want to wait a long time to see this since I didn't get to the theater to see it.

  19. Hollywoodaholic

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri will actually be the first blu-ray I've purchased in quite a while, but it's definitely a keeper for me. Still no prices for Best Buy? I guess I'll be heading to Target

    BB web site shows $24.99 for 4K Three Billboards, $19.99 for blu.

  20. Coco 4k is up on Amazon, finally, for the ridiculous price point of $44.99. BB and Target are at $27.99.

    I have $10 in BB rewards to use, but with this, Thor and Last Jedi all coming in fairly quick succession, I think waiting for all 3 to be out and then doing a bulk order from the Disney Movie Club. Regular club price for Coco 4k is $34.95 right now. Current promo: Buy one and everything is is 50% off and free shipping.

  21. I did end up stopping at Target today to pick up the 4k of Coco.

    $27.99 – $1.40 (RedCard 5% discount) = $26.59.

    And, Amazon has delivered The Outlaw. For those who may have missed it, I have some of the original cover art for The Outlaw available in the OP. 😀

    They look something like this:

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  22. Mike Frezon

    But I've got to figure out the best way to get the 4k of Coco for a decent price…and Best Buy's $29.99 just isn't doing it for me. Target didn't list a price in their flyer and I'm not sure what other online retailers might be selling it for…so anyone who's got a bead on a good price, I'd love to hear about it! If it doesn't look like it'll happen, I might decide to just go for the standard Blu of Coco.

    Safe shopping, everybody!

    Definitely NOT Amazon! Coco on 4K is only available from 3rd party, and the Blu-ray is FULL PRICE at $39.99 (and shipping in 1-4 weeks!!)!

    Why wait? Buy the Amazon Video version instead and start streaming now.

    Because you don't offer it in 4K, and you lump all the bonus material in with the same stream?

  23. Three Billboards just came in the mail courtesy Amazon. As much as I think releasing Oscar contenders to disc this early prohibits any significant box office boot for the winners, I have to say it's nice to get the film before the studio has had a chance to ruin the cover art with a pronouncement of its wins. I understand why a studio would want to prominently feature awards wins on the cover, and I don't have a problem with that when it is done tastefully, but I hate it when there's a really "loud," obtrusive banner that is intrusive and distracting from the main cover art. They haven't had a chance to do that yet here since obviously it hasn't won any Oscars (yet.) There's a sicker on the slipcover, which I almost always recycle anyway, promoting its seven nominations including Best Picture, and that's it.

  24. Anyone know the Murder on the Orient UHD prices at Best Buy and Target?

    On another note, some titles are showing up quickly in Amazon’s 3 for $49.99 UHD sale. Wonder is now available on the sale which kind of bums me out as I had to settle for the Blu-ray back on release day. I need to see if there are certain labels that don’t show up and which ones do. Might be worth waiting on some new releases.

  25. Jason_V

    Coco 4k is up on Amazon, finally, for the ridiculous price point of $44.99. BB and Target are at $27.99.

    I have $10 in BB rewards to use, but with this, Thor and Last Jedi all coming in fairly quick succession, I think waiting for all 3 to be out and then doing a bulk order from the Disney Movie Club. Regular club price for Coco 4k is $34.95 right now. Current promo: Buy one and everything is is 50% off and free shipping.

    WalMart only had Coco 4K HDR in stock about 3pm ($29.99) Labels said Bluray was $22.99 but they didn't have any… Target still had a number of standard blurays @ $19.99 and one of the Storybook Special Editions for $22.99 … (I used a gift card from buying soap previously to save $5.00 off the 4K UHD of Coco …

    My Target did not have stock (ie open space or pricing sign) for Three Billboards or Murder…(2018 4K HDR )but WalMart had the 4K for $24.99 as was Murder … (2018) I believe both blurays were $19.99 each at WalMart & Target. …

  26. Todd Erwin

    I assume, @Sam Posten , that you liked my snarky comment and not that Amazon has no inventory and is charging full retail?

    I just bought Coco on 4K/UHD for $24.99 from Amazon and then used $7 in Bonus Reward points to knock it down to 17.99. Sure it's not in-stock, but, I can patiently wait for it with so many other titles in my "not viewed" pile.:)

  27. Never saw Coco so I can wait on it. But I have to wonder, did Disney totally underestimate demand for the 4K version? It's Backordered on Amazon and according to both Target and Best Buy it's not in stock at any of the stores in Southern California within 25 miles of me (which would be about 20 of each store).

  28. I have just never seen 40 Target/Best Buys be OOS on something, especially a 4K disc because of how relatively low market penetration is for 4K. Doing the "store pickup" strategy is one I've employed, living in such a dense area as Los Angeles, and this is the first time for something as big as a Disney A+ title that I've seen this happen. The last time was for Blade Runner 4K but given how that's more of a niche/cult/catalog title, that was more understandable. And even then I found BR at a Best Buy that was about 15 miles away. Coco 4K is literally not available at a Target or Best Buy in the greater Los Angeles area.

  29. Carlo Medina

    I have just never seen 40 Target/Best Buys be OOS on something, especially a 4K disc because of how relatively low market penetration is for 4K.

    Oh, I think you are absolutely correct that someone (whether Disney or the stores or both) underestimated the demand for Coco 4K. I was just pointing out in my previous post that Amazon, specifically, would have been out-of-stock no matter what due to their Disney feud. But, yes, it does seem like the 4K is outselling expectations. Most stores probably thought more people would be okay with the standard Blu-ray edition (which I'm sure is selling well too, but probably had more copies stocked in the first place..)

  30. I think it may be a local delivery issue. Just made a few rounds and saw 10+ at BBY and 5 at Target at a non high end suburban store.

    Checking the online inventory checkers show a 75 copies at just Target and BBY within 40 miles of me. The online inventory may
    be incorrect though it nailed the two stores with regular 4K, Coco Steelbooks, and special Lady and the Tramp numbers.

    Target lists 50 within a 25 mile radius and BBY over 40

  31. Well Los Angeles isn't exactly "the sticks" and we do have some very large ports and airports and are a major shipping hub for the U.S.

    One other option that I may not have thought of…we do also have a large hispanic population which is obviously a target demographic of this film.

  32. Also, if you ordered Coco from Amazon before the price drop, you'll want to cancel and order again at the lower price. Because it is no longer a pre-order item, it is NOT covered by the pre-order price guarantee and therefore they won't credit you the difference like they would on pre-order items.

    Of course, who knows when/if Amazon will have stock anyway? I don't trust them on Disney Blu-rays anymore.

  33. The fact that the Amazon/Disney feud has gone on this long tells me two things:

    1. The loss of Amazon preorders and sales isn't hurting Disney in any significant way.
    2. Amazon isn't willing to cave to Disney because the other studios would demand the same more generous terms.

    I can't think of another explanation for the impasse lasting this long.

  34. I find it bizarre that it seems to be just a thing at Amazon US. There are no games with or shortages of Disney product at Amazon UK. Actually, they're quite often heavily discounted. I've got most of my Disney 3D's from AUK for £10 or under.

  35. Adam Lenhardt

    The loss of Amazon preorders and sales isn't hurting Disney in any significant way.

    Of course it isn't. People who would normally make their purchases on Amazon just go buy it from another source Disney is the most frequent studio that I buy movies from, and not being able to do so via Amazon isn't going to stop me from wanting the movie. But also, as you noted, Amazon is perfectly okay with the way things are right now. They may lose my individual sale of Disney titles, but I'm still a regular customer of theirs and a Prime member and have several items from other studios on pre-order at any given time. So no one has any incentive to change anything.

  36. As inconvenient as it is for Prime members, I actually think it's a good thing for those of us who like to still have brick & mortar options available for our media purchases. Best Buy is already getting out of the compact disc game. The Amazon/Disney impasse may actually keep DVD/Blu-Ray/UHD on store shelves longer.

  37. Adam Lenhardt

    The Amazon/Disney impasse may actually keep DVD/Blu-Ray/UHD on store shelves longer.

    But the titles that are being affected — Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, and Disney classic animation, plus their recent string of live-action hits — seem to be the most in-demand tiles anyway. I would be very surprised if The Last Jedi isn't the #1 selling Blu-ray of the year. Certainly stores like Best Buy and Target and Wal-Mart make enough money on those to want to keep them in stock regardless of what Amazon is or is not selling. I just don't see a scenario in which titles this massive would disappear from shelves in the immediate future anyway. Maybe if the titles Amazon wasn't selling were smaller movies, but Disney doesn't make smaller movies. The question is: are the brick and mortar sores actually noticing a huge uptick in sales? Or are they just thinking that, "it's Star Wars, it was always going to be a huge seller" and not connecting the dots to Amazon having a lack of product?

  38. Jason_V

    Forgive me if this has been mentioned already… Cartwheel has 10% off all versions of Coco ending today. I snagged a 4K for a bit over $25. Shouldn’t have, but I did.

    Ugh. I was there earlier today to pick up a few necessities and I had an unopened Coco in my car. Could’ve returned it quite easily. Oh well.

  39. I know, Mike. I checked all week and there was nothing. Went out today and there it was…though the app didn’t show any 4ks in stock. I still went in to check and found a ton of them.

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