Weekly RoundUp 6-6-2017

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The Features

– Beauty and the Beast – 2017

– Zaza – 1923

– The Young Pope – 2016

– Bambi – 1942

– A United Kingdom – 2016

– Fahrenheit 451 – 1966

– The Ballad of Cable Hogue – 1970

– A Cure for Wellness – 2016

The Prices

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UHD Amazon BestBuy Target
Bourne Ultimate Collection (Blu-ray 4K) (Universal) $86.56
Despicable Me (Blu-ray 4K) (Universal) $21.96
Despicable Me 2 (Blu-ray 4K) (Universal) $27.99
Dredd (Blu-ray 4K) (Lions Gate) $22.63
Ex Machina (Blu-ray 4K) (Lions Gate) $16.77
Snitch (Blu-ray 4K) (Lions Gate) $16.77

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Blu-ray Amazon BestBuy Target
1492: Conquest of Paradise  (Kino) $18.99
Aftermath (2017)  (Lions Gate) $19.99
Assignment, The  (Lions Gate) $18.99
Axe Murders Of Villisca, The  (Shout! Factory) $13.99
The Ballad of Cable Hogue (Warner Archives) $20.80
Bambi (Signature Collection)  (Walt Disney)  $19.99 $24.99
Beauty and the Beast (2017)  (Walt Disney)  $19.99 $24.99
Child of Satan  (Cinedigm) $8.82
Cure for Wellness, A  (Fox) $19.99
Don’t Knock Twice  (Shout! Factory) (Exclusive at Wal-Mart)
Enter the Warrior’s Gate  (Lions Gate) $24.99
Fahrenheit 451: 50th Anniversary Edition  (Universal) $8.23
I Am Dragon (Sony) $19.99
Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back  (Sony) $15.59
Juice (25th Anniversary Blu-ray) (Paramount) $10.48
Kill ‘Em All  (Sony) $19.31
Last Word, The  (Universal) $14.96
Let Me Make You a Martyr $24.95
Major Payne  (Universal) $8.23
Man in the Glass Booth, The  (Kino) $19.01
Operation Mekong  (Well Go USA) $14.96
Sky On Fire  (Well Go USA) $15.23
Ticket, The  (Shout! Factory) $12.82
Ugetsu  (Criterion) $23.09
United Kingdom, A  (Fox) $29.96
Van Helsing – Season 1  (Universal) $27.72
Voice from the Stone  (Sony) $14.99
Where The Buffalo Roam  (Shout! Factory) $23.24
Young Pope, The (Season One)  (HBO) $39.51
Zaza  (Kino) $19.01


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DVD Amazon BestBuy Target
Aftermath (2017) (Lions Gate) $13.99
All Nighter (Fox) $17.99
Assignment, The (Lions Gate) $13.46
Axe Murders Of Villisca, The (Shout! Factory) $15.64
Bambi (Signature Collection) (Walt Disney) $17.99
Beauty and the Beast (2017) (Walt Disney) $17.99
Becker – The Complete Series (Paramount) $40.10
Child of Satan (Cinedigm) $8.28
CHiPs – The Complete 6th and Final Season (Warner Bros.) $17.18
CHiPs – The Complete Series (Warner Bros.) $85.79
Cure for Wellness, A (Fox) $14.99
Dastardly & Muttley in Their Flying Machines (WB) $12.67
Don’t Knock Twice (Shout! Factory) (Exclusive at Wal-Mart)
Enter the Warrior’s Gate (Lions Gate) $16.52
Father Dowling Mysteries – The Complete Series (Paramount) $20.05
Handsome Devil (Breaking Glass Pictures) $13.41
Heidi (2017) (Omnibus Entertainment) $19.99
Hong Kong Phooey: Complete Series (WB) $12.67
Huckleberry Hound: Volume 1 (WB) $12.67
Joan of Arcadia – The Complete Series (Paramount) $24.96
Jonny Quest: Season 1 (WB) $12.67
Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (Sony) $12.41
Kill ‘Em All (Sony) $14.99
Lady Bloodfight (Lions Gate) $12.19
Land of Mine (Sony) $19.99
Last Word, The (Universal) $14.96
Looney Tunes Super Stars: Volume 2 (Warner Bros.) $11.72
Magilla Gorilla: Complete Series (WB) $12.67
Numb3rs – The Complete Series (Paramount) $60.50
The Perils of Penelope Pitstop: Complete Series (WB) $12.67
Prayer Never Fails (Cinedigm) $8.90
Prisoner X (RLJ Entertainment) $14.49
Sacrilege (Cinedigm) $10.92
Scooby-Doo: Best of the New Movies (WB) $18.77
Scooby-Doo-Where Are You: Season 3 (WB) $16.49
Sense of an Ending, The (Lions Gate) $19.98
(*) Strike a Pose (Kino) $19.01
Ticket, The (Shout! Factory) $13.81
Top Cat: Complete Series (WB) $12.67
Ugetsu (Criterion) $20.34
United Kingdom, A (Fox) $16.99
Van Helsing – Season 1 (Universal) $26.99
Voice from the Stone (Sony) $13.99
Wacky Races: Complete Series (WB) $12.67
We the Parents (Virgil Films) $19.99
The Yogi Bear Show: Complete Series (WB) $14.22
Young Pope, The (Season One) (HBO) $29.96
Zaza (Kino) $18.81

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 their Blu copies of Beauty and the Beast (2017).  There IS a pricing premium for the steelbook.  It will cost $22.99 versus the $19.99 tag on the regular Blu.  Best Buy is also selling the 1991 animated Beauty and the Beast for $19.99 om Blu this week.

–Best Buy also has EXCLUSIVE PACKAGING with its Blu copies of Bambi (re-released this week by Disney).  HOWEVER, all the ad shows is two different covers for Bambi and states “Relive a Disney Classic.  Starting at $19.99 on Blu-ray.  Available on Tuesday.”  So I wouldn’t be surprised if the Exclusive Packaging for Bambi is another extra $3 like B&tB above.

–A NICE DEAL at Best Buy this week.  “Save $5 When You Spend $25 On Movies.  Choose from 40 titles.”  The titles shown are listed at $14.99 (but BB says that price is valid only on the pictured titles).  The Hobbit:  Battle of the Five Armies 3-D, Mad Max Fury Road 3-D, Edge of Tomorrow 3-D, San Andreas 3-D.

–The following Blu-ray releases are priced at $12.99 this week at BB:  The Accountant, Live By Night, Suicide Squad, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

–The following Blu-ray releases are on sale this week at Best Buy:

$24.99:  The Godfather

$29.99:  Star Wars OT

$34.99:  Indiana Jones: Complete Adventures

$49.99:  Fast & Furious Ultimate Ride Collection (1-7)

–Best Buy is also advertising a “BUY TWO, GET ONE FREE” sale.  Choose from up to 40 titles.  Titles shown are:

$7.99:  The Lone Survivor (Blu), Inglourious Basterds (Blu)

$9.99:  Ride Along 2 (Blu), What Now-Kevin Hart (DVD)

–Best Buy Odds and Ends:  A collection of 10 “Top” Pixar Blu-ray titles for $19.99 apiece.  Titles shown are Cars, Finding Dory and Inside Out.

–Target this week has EXCLUSIVE BLU-RAY RELEASES of both Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (2017) and Bambi.  Both of those titles @ Target include EXCLUSIVE 32-page storybooks. Both are also listed at $24.99 and there is not a non-exclusive Blu release shown at a lesser price.

–Target is also advertising the following “Recent Releases” for sale:

$12.99:  Tangled: Before Ever After (DVD)

$19.99:  Logan (Blu), A Dog’s Purpose (DVD)

$22.99:  Split (Blu), Get Out (Blu)

–Target Odds and Ends: Target also shows some various Beauty and the Beast merchandise for sale to coincide with the release of the live action film.

 

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41 Comments

  1. Safe shopping, RoundUppers! Some pretty good deals around this week.

    Amazon and Disney continue to dance their dance. So I'll need, again, to head to a local brick and mortar and find me a copy of B&tB. I guess it'll be Best Buy with those lousy prices at Target on both B&tB and Bambi. Zaza looks intriguing. And Stella Stevens looks pretty amazing in The Ballad of Cable Hogue (there are some mighty revealing shots from that bath scene floating around the internet. Scandalous!).

    Other than that..it's a quiet week for me. But that's good since I'm going to be "region free" soon and have already placed some orders from Amazon.uk!

  2. Thanks for your work, Mike.

    For a move that recently crossed $500 million domestic and is sure to be a huge seller, Target's price on Beauty and the Beast is outrageous. I'll be getting it from Best Buy.

    The steelbook looks absolutely beautiful, so I might pay the extra for it if I can get it. The website won't let me pre-order one for shipping, and I have what seems to be the only Best Buy in the world that does not cooperate with marking items from the website for in-store pickup, so I guess I'll get the steel depending on whether they have enough to stay in stock throughout the day, as I know I won't be able to go in at 10am when they open. If the steel is out of stock, I'll go with the regular one, which fortunately looks nice too. (Last time I went for a Disney steelbook, on Moana, the steelbook art was far superior to the blah art on the regular edition.)

    And, I would get Bambi too, but I already have the Diamond Edition and don't see a compelling value add to require double dip. But the transfer looks terrific, so anybody who missed out on it last time shouldn't hesitate at all about getting it.

  3. Tino

    Mike.

    Bourne Ultimate Collection $19.99 at BB?? Is that right???

    I think that's a typo by Mike. I just checked the BB website, and the UHD collection is selling for $99.99, not $19.99. I wasn't planning on upgrading my BDs, but I would have if the set really was selling for $20!

  4. Tino

    Mike.

    Bourne Ultimate Collection $19.99 at BB?? Is that right???

    Scott Merryfield

    I think that's a typo by Mike. I just checked the BB website, and the UHD collection is selling for $99.99, not $19.99. I wasn't planning on upgrading my BDs, but I would have if the set really was selling for $20!

    Sorry, everybody.

    Grrrrrrrr! I hate making dumb mistakes like that. Best Buy isn't advertising ANY 4k titles this week.

    Sorry to have gotten anyone's hopes up. 🙁

  5. Well I was heading to Target for the Disney Blus (and have them price match Best Buy); but after reading about the Best Buy B&B Steelbook, I guess I'll head straight there and hope for the best.

    Nine times out of ten by the time I get to Best Buy (usually around Noon) all the Steelbooks are gone.

  6. Thanks for the prices, Mike, and greatly appreciate the review links, too.

    There are a couple of Fox titles which may or may not come in next week (I haven't heard from Fox about imminent shipments, but they don't always give a heads up), and I put in to review a couple of others which haven't as yet shown up and may not. We just go with the flow.

  7. Beauty and the Beast for sure. I don’t really know if I want to chance going into a B/M on Tuesday night for the disc…it will probably be easier to preorder at BB and then just pick it up.

    While I’m there, I may see what else is on the sale rack…cuz, ya know, 740 BD’s on the shelf just isn’t enough…

  8. It takes a lot for me to buy new release Disney titles these days, because their deal with Netflix means they'll be showing up on there in HD only a couple months after the disc release. The best Marvel titles make the cut, but little else.

    That being said, the beautiful Steelbook for the live action Beauty and the Beast has me mighty tempted.

    Thanks as always for your hard work, Mike!

  9. Jesse Skeen

    Another order from Europe since Disney is snubbing 3D in the States again…

    Are you referring to Beauty and the Beast? I checked Amazon UK and it is available in 3D but appears to be Region B. Perhaps that will be updated on release day.

  10. DennisBassi

    Are you referring to Beauty and the Beast? I checked Amazon UK and it is available in 3D but appears to be Region B. Perhaps that will be updated on release day.

    It might be updated by Christmas or Christmas 2018. As mentuoned in teh main Beauty and the Beast thread, Amazon almost never lists region free items as such until after release and even then it's oftne well after release if ever. 99% chance those will be region free like almost all Disney 1st Home Video releases have been since 2010, but there isn't a way to be 100% until someone checks it in mid July.

  11. –Best Buy also has EXCLUSIVE PACKAGING with its Blu copies of Bambi (re-released this week by Disney). HOWEVER, all the ad shows is two different covers for Bambi and states “Relive a Disney Classic. Starting at $19.99 on Blu-ray. Available on Tuesday.” So I wouldn’t be surprised if the Exclusive Packaging for Bambi is another extra $3 like B&tB above.

    YEP $22.99 for a different slipcase …
    [​IMG] $22.99
    or
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    $19.99

  12. Wow. If they're charging $3 more for a different cardboard slipcase…and there's no different content (between an "Anniversary" edition and a "Signature Colletion" edition)…they're nuts. Most people won't pay extra for that…no matter how much nicer the artwork might be.

  13. I got the Best Buy exclusive slipcover for Aladdin….but back then there wasn't an up-charge for that. Funny to refer to that as "back then" sine Aladdin came out on Blu-ray less than two years ago, but times have certainly changed in regards to extra cost for store exclusives.

    In regards to the 10 "Top" Pixar titles for $19.99 each mentioned by Mike in the Roundup, even though it's not shown in the ad, I'm going to guess that Monsters, Inc. is included as well. Cars, as well as both Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University have recently received quiet re-releases featuring new single-character cover art (Lightning on Cars, Sully on Monsters, Inc. and Mike on University.) As they have done the past few years with other re-releases, these drop the DVDs from the previous combo pack releases and add a digital HD digital copy code.

    The Toy Story films were released this way in November 2015. Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and WALL-E followed last May, and last November, A Bug's Life, Ratatouille and Up got this treatment. So, this seems to be a new "thing" happening to all Pixar catalog titles sooner or later. I like it and have used the opportunity to upgrade the older titles I didn't get on their initial release. I find combo packs to be a nice feature for new release titles but don't really feel much need for a duplicate DVD of a catalog title, since on Disney titles I don't get rid of the DVDs when I upgrade, because usually there are extras that are not retained on the new edition. Also, if you get the reissues when they're "new" on sale, they can be cheaper than the older combo packs. I haven't seen the others in the Pixar catalog get this type of release yet, but I imagine they'll be coming, and the combo packs seem to be dicontinued once they arrive in this manner. So, that's worth noting if you are a particular fan of one way or the other.

    Anyway, I don't rightly know how I hadn't already upgraded this to Blu-ray, but I just picked up the new Monsters, Inc. via Target.com, which has it on sale for an even $20….less the $5 gift card from La La Land preorder…less RedCard discount. If Target has it on sale, presumably it's also in the Best Buy lot. Gift card notwithstanding, I probably would have done this purchase from Amazon if they were cooperating with Disney. Their loss, I guess.

  14. Mike Frezon

    (between an "Anniversary" edition and a "Signature Colletion" edition)

    Technically, both of them are labelled both ways. "Anniversary Edition" is at the top of the regular cover and under the title of the Best Buy cover, and "Walt Disney Signature Collection" is on the top of the Best Buy cover and the bottom of the regular one. I think the BB cover is more aesthetically pleasing because of the forest background and would probably pick that if they were equally priced as Aladdin was. But I wouldn't pay extra for a slipcover, and won't be buying Bambi anyway on account of having it already.

    And yet, it is so bizarre for major Disney animated releases to be coming out and for me not to need them. Buying them right away, first on DVD and then again during the first round of their releases on Blu-ray, became such a reflexive habit that it's still very strange for me to pass on the new ones, even though I know I can and do.

  15. And if you think about it…what they're really doing is putting out a slipcase that is "lesser" than the other–both subjectively and monetarily. Why even do that?

    I'm never going to believe it's to provide an affordable, "economy" release. It's just the opposite to create an "in demand" release that people are going to desire more than the other.

    They should direct their energies towards other pursuits.

    :thumbsdown:

  16. Mike Frezon

    And if you think about it…what they're really doing is putting out a slipcase that is "lesser" than the other–both subjectively and monetarily. Why even do that?

    It seems obvious to me that the stores must pay Disney something in exchange for an exclusive, in order to entice us to buy it from THEM instead of their competitor. So, Disney is probably happy to produce alternate slipcovers (and steelbooks) as long as the stores are willing to pony up to carry them.

    I will pay extra for the BATB steelbook because that is a special circumstance, and it just looks so damn beautiful. But a steelbook is not a slipcover. And they really shouldn't be upcharging for it, either, but I want that badly enough to tolerate it in this specific case. At least the premium it's $3 and not $5 as was Moana

  17. Screw Best Buy.

    As I've mentioned previously, my store does not seem to cooperate with in-store pickup via the website, as I never saw them listed there. When I called to ask if they would stock the Moana steelbook, they said they would get a few but that they wouldn't be eligible for store pickup. I lucked out that they had two copies left in the afternoon on its release day back in March. But of course, Beauty and the Beast is much more popular than Moana.

    So I called right when they opened up at 10 this morning to ask them to hold a copy of the Beauty and the Beast steelbook, since I know I'm not going to be able to get it until later in the evening.

    They kept me on hold for half an hour total, accounting for once or twice that I got disconnected and had to call back. By the time someone finally answered, they had to ask which store I called because apparently this person answers for 2 other stores as well. Then she had to put me on hold again to ask the store to check the display. Then by the time she got back to me it was 10:45…and they had sold completely out of the steelbook in the time since they opened (which is when I called.)

    If they had somebody in the store answering the phone when they opened, I would have had it.

    Of course, NOW the web site lists them as having the steelbook in stock and eligible for in-store pickup…only I know from calling the store that that wouldn't actually work since they told me they are out of stock.

    BestBuy.com will not allow orders online for shipping, either. Ever since the price dropped to $22.99, it was marked as "only available for store pickup." So I guess I'm just getting the regular edition.

    For Moana, I wanted the steelbook in part because I think the regular Blu-ray cover art is unattractive. For Beauty and the Beast, I actually do like the regular edition as well, so getting it is not awful….but I wanted the steel, and if Best Buy were cooperative, I would have been able to have it.

    Ugh.

    As an aside, I was also interested in the Lego Batman steelbook at Best Buy next week, but after this experience I'm not going to bother doing all this again next week and just placed an order for the regular edition via Amazon. Thank goodness Amazon has buried the hatchet with Warner Bros. If they did the same with Disney, I would be getting the standard Beauty and the Beast via them now. As-is, I'm still going to get it from Best Buy because of Target's insane pricing, but would rather not patronize them on this, but I will.

    Like I said, ugh.

  18. Mike Frezon

    Don't know why…but Amazon currently has Split on Blu for $14.99.

    xx.99 price — check BBY 1st, then Target
    xx.96 check Walmart
    xx.00 price — Target

    Best Buy is the answer in this case

    Jake Lipson

    S
    BestBuy.com will not allow orders online for shipping, either. Ever since the price dropped to $22.99, it was marked as "only available for store pickup." So I guess I'm just getting the regular edition.
    .

    Can't help with the rest, but this part is definitely not true. I had it in my cart for at least a day eligible for shipping and only later it went to store only.

    Most people who preordered for shipping at 29.99 got automatic price correction to 22.99 as well.

  19. The BatB steelbook was also sold out at my local Best Buy, so I just got the regular Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo pack at Target for $19.95. And I didn't have to ask for a price match to get that price!

  20. Jeff Cooper

    I got BatB at Wal Mart for $19.96. It was marked on the shelf as $24.96, but it rings up as $19.96. So there is another option.

    Same at my store. Must be all stores, as there's no competition in my area for them to price match.

  21. David Norman

    Can't help with the rest, but this part is definitely not true. I had it in my cart for at least a day eligible for shipping and only later it went to store only.

    I guess I wasn't looking at the right time. It didn't show as shipping eligible by the time I saw the discount reflected, and of course, now, it's pickup-only. I suppose I could have ordered it for $29.99 and expected a refund, but refused to entertain paying that much so didn't.

    I just got the regular version, so apart from my annoyance at Best Buy for how I was treated this morning, this is now a dead issue for me.

  22. So I actually went to my local Best Buy tonight. I can't remember the last time I've been to a BB on release day. In fact, I hardly go at all.

    No B&tB steelbooks at my store either.

    Now, here's the story about the differences in the Bambi releases.

    The Best Buy EXCLUSIVE includes a cardboard slipcase that not only features different artwork but it is lenticular and has a lot of depth:

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    Plus, it includes a special lithograph:

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    Other than that, the releases are identical. Don't know why they can't make these things clear in the ad…

  23. Thanks for the report, Mike.

    The inclusion of the lithograph is new. But I'm not terribly surprised that the release is identical. The Best Buy Aladdin that I got a couple years ago was also the same, except for the lenticular slip with different art. Even the artwork in the case itself was the same. I think BB has had a long series of these Disney lenticular slipcover exclusives, but Aladdin was the only one I wanted (and when I bought Aladdin, I thought the actual case would have the artwork, since it wasn't clear that it was a slipcover.)

    I totally agree that they should make these things clear in the ad, but NOT doing so gets people to think that the exclusive release is more distinctive/special and therefore more likely to buy it without doing any investigating, thus giving BB more money.

    It's the same with the "starting at $19.99" language that they're fond of using in the ads. As we discussed here a few months ago, Arrival was in the section listed as "starting at $14.99" when I got it, but it was $19.99….but one other title in that section was $14.99. So they got us in-store with the misleading ad, and then of course, I was set on getting it so did not decline to do so when I found out the real price.

  24. Jake Lipson

    Thanks for the report, Mike.

    The inclusion of the lithograph is new.

    Maybe for Best Buy, but the Wal*Mart "Exclusive" version of the Star Wars(TM):The Force Awakens 3D had a lithograph as well …
    [​IMG]
    and the DMC usually offers one if you buy the selection of the month …

  25. David Norman

    The Tyrus Wong lithograph also comes with the basic release and the Target exclusive

    Huh. I looked at the packaging for the "regular" Bambi release and didn't spot such a blurb.

    So I guess the lenticular is the only difference.

    Thanks, David.

  26. And herein lies the reason I gave up on all exclusives years ago: stores never stock enough. The Collector's Editions of Jarhead, Munich and United 93 tend to stick in my memory, but I know there were a lot more.

    Went to BB last night around 5:30. The front of the store display and the media racks had no steelbooks. Not a one. There were plentiful amounts of the BD, though, which was what I wanted.

    I've driven around to different stores in my younger days for exclusives, bonus pack ons and better prices. I'm too old for that now and have too many other things to do. I won't even jump through hoops anymore for a release. If I can't get it from Amazon, I won't make a special trip to the store. I'll get it when I get it. (I was on the way out last night anyway, so it worked.)

  27. Mike Frezon

    Huh. I looked at the packaging for the "regular" Bambi release and didn't spot such a blurb.

    So I guess the lenticular is the only difference.

    Thanks, David.

    My Blue Cover did have a sticker on the front mentioning the Digital Copy, "All New Oswald" and the Lithograph,
    but that sticker doesn't seem to be in many of the pictures

  28. The only BB steelbook I've ever been able to procur was "The Back to the Future" Trilogy set. And that was given to me as a Christmas gift by somebody that got it off eBay. Lord knows what they paid for it!

    This is the main reason I just preorder everything from Amazon — at least that way I'm guaranteed the best price. I sure miss those good 'ole days … *sigh*.

  29. I was holding out for the inevitable Criterion release of The Grand Budapest Hotel down the road, but I saw the Fox release at Best Buy today for $4.99 and snapped it up. The one downside of Criterion releases is that they don't come with digital copies, and having Vudu versions of my Blu-ray movies is really handy when I'm on the road.

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