Weekly RoundUp 3-8-2016

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

The Features

– The Peanuts Movie – 2015

– The Vikings – 1958

– In the Heart of the Sea – 2015

– Victor Frankenstein – 2015

– Paris Belongs to Us – 1961

– When Eight Bells Toll – 1971

The Prices

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4k/UHD Amazon BestBuy Target
Peanuts Movie [4k/UHD] $29.99 $29.99

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BLU-RAY Amazon BestBuy Target
Along Came Polly $9.99
Batteries Not Included $14.98
Benefactor, The $14.99
Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The $9.99
Coming Home (2015) $24.99
Howard the Duck $14.98
In the Heart of the Sea $22.99 $22.99
In the Heart of the Sea [Blu-ray 3-D] $27.99 $27.99
Jane B. Par Agnes V. / Kung-Fu Master! $35.95
Macbeth (2015) $14.99
Manhattan: Season 2 $34.97
NFL: Super Bowl 50 Champions-Denver Broncos $24.99
Open Season: Scared Silly $19.99 $17.99
Paris Belongs to Us (Criterion) $27.99
Peanuts Movie, The $19.99 $19.99 $19.99
Peanuts Movie, The [3-D Blu] $24.99 $24.99
Species II $22.99
Species III / Species: The Awakening $22.99
Tribe, The $19.99
Victor Frankenstein $22.99 $19.99
Victoria $22.99
Vikings, The (1958) $15.99
When Eight Bells Toll $16.49
Xanadu $9.99

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DVD Amazon BestBuy Target
10,000 KM $14.99
40 Love $24.95
666: A Demon Within $11.99
Absent, The $7.99
Benefactor, The $16.99
Beyond Beyond $13.99
Blue Hour, The $24.99
Break Point $12.99
Bunni $13.99
Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters $24.95
Children Of the Stars $9.99
Community: The Final Season $27.99
Curse Of The Puppetmaster $9.95
Devil Knows His Own, The $14.95
Dr. Kildare – The Complete 5th Season $59.99
Escape From The Insane Asylum $14.95
Field Freak $9.99
Flesh for the Inferno $13.99
Grease Live! $12.99 $12.99
Hogan’s Heroes (The Complete Series) $58.99
In the Heart of the Sea $14.99  $18.99
Macbeth (2015) $14.99
Mae West: Essential Collection $22.99
Manhattan: Season 2 $24.99
Mask You Live In, The $13.99
Monkey Puzzle $7.99
Nelson Algren: The End is Everything, the Road is All $24.95
NFL: Super Bowl 50 Champions-Denver Broncos $19.99
Open Season: Scared Silly $14.99 $10.00
Out of the Inferno $13.99
Paris Belongs to Us (Criterion) $22.99
Peanuts Movie, The $18.99  $14.99 $16.99
Peppa Pig: The Golden Boots $9.99
Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk 2 $9.99
Rookie Blue: Final Season $23.49
States, The $8.99
Taking, The $9.99
Tribe, The $24.99
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season One $16.99
Victor Frankenstein $15.99
Victoria $19.99
Vikings, The (1958) $12.49
Wasteland, The $14.95
When Calls The Heart: It Begins With Heart $9.99
When Eight Bells Toll $12.49
The Woman in White $21.99
Wonders, The $34.99
You’re Killing Me $24.95

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

–Best Buy, this week, has EXCLUSIVE STEELBOOK PACKAGING with its PRE-ORDER copies of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  Also, “My BestBuy” members get 100 “My BestBuy” points with the pre-order.  And BB is also advertising Blu-ray stelbooks for the first six Star Wars films for $16.99 apiece.

–Best Buy also has EXCLUSIVE PACKAGING with its PRE-ORDER copies of Game of Thrones: Season 5 (available 3-15-16).  Pre-order at BestBuy.com/GameofThrones.  Choose from three special sigil packaging options.  Bolton sigil online only.  Also BB has DVD copies of seasons 1 & 2 for sale for $29.99 apiece.

–The following recent Blu-ray releases of “Award-Nominated Films” are on sale this week at Best Buy:

$14.99:  Mad Max: Fury Road

$17.99:  Room

$19.99:  Martian

$22.99:  Bridge of Spies, Spotlight, Creed

–Best Buy is advertising a FREE $5 BEST BUY GIFTCARD when you spend $30 on select DCU titles.  Blu-ray titles shown include:  $9.99: Justice League: Gods & Monsters; $14.99:  Batman: Bad Blood; $17.99:  The Death of Superman (+ graphic novel); $19.99:  Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (+ graphic novel).

–Best Buy is advertising “Gifts Under $20” (no definite prices listed):

Blu-ray:  Despicable Me 2, Noah, Hop, Doctor Who: The Husbands of River Song, Avatar (3-D).

DVD:  The Bible, Downton Abbey: Season 1, Big Bang Theory: Season 7, Gumby: ’60s Series-Volume 1.

–And, BB has a list of $9.99 Blu-rays:  Jurassic Park, Kung Fu Panda 2, How to Train Your Dragon 2, ET: The Extra-Terrestrial, The Croods, Kung Fu Panda, The Book of Life, How to Train Your Dragon, Jurassic Park-The Lost World, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Rise of the Guardians.

–Best Buy Odds and Ends:  A list of $3.99 DVDs.

–Target this week has 25 minutes of EXCLUSIVE CONTENT with its copies of The Peanuts Movie. Also, get a FREE POPCORN and MEDIUM SODA at Target Café when you buy The Peanuts Movie on any format. See movie package for coupon.

–Pre-order Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Blu-ray at Target.com/preorder and get a FREE $5 TARGET GIFTCARD with movie delivery. The Target EXCLUSIVE features 20-minutes of bonus content and collectible packaging.

–The following recent releases are on sale this week @ Target (all DVD unless otherwise noted): $9.99: Room; $12.00: Pan; $13.00: Creed; $16.99: Straight Outta Compton; $18.99: SPECTRE (Blu-ray), The Good Dinosaur.

–Target Odds and Ends: None to report.

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Mike Frezon

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20 Comments

  1. Thanks, Mike, for the RoundUp!

    I'll be reviewing The Vikings tomorrow. I hope Fox elects to send Victor Frankenstein and The Peanuts Movie for review. Those are the other two items on my review schedule for the week.

  2. I'll pick up Community: Season Six at some point.It didn't get great reviews but I thought In The Heart Of The Sea was pretty good.Thanks for the prices, Mike! 🙂

  3. Thanks for the RoundUp!This week I'm getting Peanuts — but just in Blu-ray.  I'm excited about 4K UHD, but I currently don't own an OLED HDR display, and probably won't for at least another 10 months.   So I'm sticking with the "legacy" format until I get closer to obtaining the proper display to show off UHD.   (If past history is any indication I'll probably be regretting this decision in about a year.)Those specials at Best Buy on "Kung Fu Panda" look mighty appealing as I don't own either movie on Blu-ray.   And they'll probably look "good enough" upscaled to 4K …

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  5. ANOTHER BIG CHANGE THIS WEEK!

    Please note that we have reversed the order of the grids starting this week.  If any 4k/UHD titles are released, they'll be listed first.  Then, Blu-rays 2nd and DVDs 3rd.   In the absence of 4k/UHDs, Blus wil be listed first. 

    Don't get confused!  😮

    And we have not forgotten about solving the issue of returning the color coding to the grids.  It's coming. 

    Thanks in advance, everybody, for the "likes" of the OP!  :thumbsup:

  6. Thanks as always, Mike. I really like that when I clicked on the RoundUp link under recent threads, it took me directly to the article first and then I could click through to the thread to comment. Going the reverse was really throwing me off.

    Torn about what to do for the new Star Wars. On one hand, preordering through Target would ensure I get the retailer exclusive version without having to head over before work and get there right when the store opens, to ensure I get a copy with their notoriously poor stocking decisions. And the $5 gift card is a nice bonus. On other the other hand, something tells me the price is going to go down between now and the release date. The question is whether it'll go below $19.99 or not.

  7. Thanks for your work, Mike.  I'll be getting Coming Home and Peanuts this week (Peanuts will be on regular BD for me, since I'm not jumping to UHD right now.)  Coming Home is the only movie I've ever watched twice back-to-back in the movie theater; it really is that good, just a beautiful film all around, and I highly recommend it to anyone who thinks they might be interested in it.

  8. Torn about what to do for the new Star Wars. On one hand, preordering through Target would ensure I get the retailer exclusive version without having to head over before work and get there right when the store opens, to ensure I get a copy with their notoriously poor stocking decisions. And the $5 gift card is a nice bonus. On other the other hand, something tells me the price is going to go down between now and the release date. The question is whether it'll go below $19.99 or not.

    When I pre-ordered "Game of Thrones" Target promised to cover any price drop the way Amazon does.

  9. When I pre-ordered "Game of Thrones" Target promised to cover any price drop the way Amazon does.

    Pretty common on all pre-orders — it doesn't always work quite as smoothly as Amazon's guarantee, but it seems to be improving.   The handful of preorders I've done with them

    about automatically adjusted the price at shipment to the the lowest price or automatically refunded the difference if the price price dropped after it shipped/charge posted.

    About half the time I had to call by Thurs/Friday to apply the refund though it wasn't a problem either time. 

    The only issue some people run into is the CSR thinking you're calling for a Price Correction rather than Pre-Order Guarantee  since the former in limited to 2 weeks and latter should

    be an unlimited time so I'm very careful to qualify the Target guarantee I'm applying.    Other people have successfully/correctly argued that purchase date (shipment or release day) is the

    key time and not the order date since you can't actually buy something a month before it's available.

  10. Glad you guys mentioned Coming Home. I didn't notice the "2015" in the listing and passed on by, thinking it was the old Vietnam movie. Didn't know there was a new China movie by the same name! Definitely want to see that one. The Cultural Revolution was my wife's childhood.

  11. Aaron — if you think you are interested at all in Coming Home, it is worth a blind purchase, even at Amazon's high price.  I really think it is that outstanding.

    However, I was coming back to the thread to report a possible problem with that release, or at least Amazon's shipping of it.  Usually, late Sunday or at the latest by the time I wake up on Monday morning, I have an Amazon email in my inbox confirming shipment of whatever preorders I had in place for that week.

    Today, though, it is 5:13pm here as I type this, and not only do I not have shipping confirmation yet, but it hasn't even entered the process.  My account still lists the order as open and able to be cancelled if I wanted to (which I don't, but typically removal of the ability to cancel the order is indication that it is entering the shipping process.) I have not been billed for it yet either.  So, it is beginning to look unlikely that it will arrive tomorrow as the site still claims.  (I don't, per se, absolutely require it tomorrow, but I am accustomed to Amazon's great fast service and this is a bizarre departure from that.)

    I looked out of curiosity at Amazon's policies and it says that if they miss their delivery promise, the shipping costs on the order will be refunded.  However, I am a Prime member and I only had to select Free Two-Day Shipping for guaranteed release date delivery, so in this case there is no shipping cost (unless they want to count the Prime membership fee of $99 as the shipping cost, but I doubt they'll go for that.)  This means, essentially, that their delivery guarantees are moot for Prime members, who probably are the ones that most care about those guarantees.

    This makes me wonder if there might be a delay from the studio in releasing the title, or getting it to Amazon.  I will report back when I have any news from them.  Has anyone else heard anything?

  12. This makes me wonder if there might be a delay from the studio in releasing the title, or getting it to Amazon.  I will report back when I have any news from them.  Has anyone else heard anything?

    I can't speak to this title but I have had smaller movies be a day or two late from Amazon. I just assume that they didn't order enough copies initially and they had to reorder some more.

  13. Good to know – thanks, Travis!  Unfortunately, Coming Home would definitely qualify as "smaller"; its total U.S. gross was $377,607 over 14.3 weeks in a maximum of only 55 theaters, and it really deserves more of an audience than that.

    Out of curiosity, Travis, when this has happened for you, did Amazon do anything to make up for the delay?  I am a loyal customer and I wouldn't stop ordering just because of this or anything, but it would be nice if they made some kind of gesture.

    Edit: It's Tuesday morning today and my order is now marked as "shipping today" and cannot be cancelled, but I don't actually have the confirmation email yet and the order is still listed as "open" rather than fulfilled. I assume this means I'll actually get it maybe tomorrow or Thursday, even though the orders page still says it will arrive by tonight.

    Edit: I got the shipping confirmation email at 2:09pm, right after the mail arrived, and it wasn't in there, so I'm expecting it will probably come tomorrow.  (It is at least coming from a distribution center within the state.)

  14. For those interested in Peanuts at Target, be careful.  At 8:15am, only 15 minutes after opening, my local Target was completely sold out of their exclusive version.  Apparently they only stocked 10 of them to begin with and then allowed a lady who got there 5 minutes earlier to buy 3 copies (I thought there was usually language in the Target ad about a quantity limit per guest on new releases, but I guess not.)

    I got one but had to go to a second store to get it and they only had 1 copy of the exclusive which was also packaged in the gift set with the Snoopy plush, which is what I wanted — and really, since the set with plush is selling for the same amount of money as the Blu-ray on its own, why would anybody choose NOT to take the adorable little Flying Ace Snoopy home?

    Anyway, I got it — and the third disc is actually inside the Blu-ray case itself, making it a 3-disc case (which is how all retailer exclusives *should* be packaged in my opinion, but very few actually are, as most studios seem content to just cheaply slap a paper sleeve on the shrinkwrap.  The bonus disc is a DVD, rather than a Blu-ray.

    You can tell the difference between the regular copies and the exclusive because of a sticker on the front that says "EXCLUSIVELY AT TARGET.."  I'm pretty sure there are exclusives both with and without the toy (although I wanted the toy so I didn't really pay a lot of attention.)  I don't think that either the exclusive disc, or the toy either for that matter, are available with the 3D or UHD versions.  I wouldn't swear by this though.

  15. Well, well, well, I'm used to Amazon's speed and I still have to admit that my experience with them today was extremely impressive.  Hats off to them for incredibly fast shipping, as Coming Home is here today after all despite the absurdly late shipping notice this afternoon.  According to the tracking, it arrived at my front door at 6:06pm, so it did in fact get here before 8pm as promised.

  16. I just put in the Peanuts bonus disc from Target.  Most of the features on it are lightweight, but there is one that features interview footage introducing the kids who provide the voices for this film.  TheBlu-ray includes a making-of with the animators, but it does not mention the voice actors at all, and the Target one is a fairly substantial piece on them, so it's worth tracking down the exclusive (while you can) specifically for that if you're interested

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