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Warner bows Inkheart Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy combo

Lee Stewart
04-14-2009, 05:05 PM
Studio targets release to families considering high-def

By Susanne Ault -- Video Business, 4/14/2009
APRIL 14 | Warner Home Video is bowing its first Blu-ray Disc/standard-definition/digital copy combo title with Inkheart on June 23.

Inkheart (pre-order May 19), a family adventure about books that come to life, is priced at $35.99 for the Blu-ray combo and $28.98 for the standard-definition single disc.

Warner joins a growing list of studios now offering combo releases in an effort to make Blu-ray more convenient, portable and therefore appealing to families considering the new format, including 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment and MGM Home Entertainment with The Princess Bride, among other titles.

In addition to the standard DVD copy, the Inkheart Blu-ray combo also exclusively includes a digital copy of the film. Other Blu-ray exclusives are the featurettes “A Story From the Cast and Crew” and “From Imagination to the Page: How Writers Write.” There also is a BD Live-delivered commentary with Inkheart director Iain Softley.

Both the standard single disc and Blu-ray combo have the featurette “Eliza Reads to Us.”

Warner also will bow the title for Web-based and cable/satellite video-on-demand services, including Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, iTunes and Amazon Video on Demand, day-and-date with its Blu-ray/DVD release.

http://www.videobusiness.com/article/CA6651655.html?desc=topstory

MikeRox
04-15-2009, 05:24 AM
oh look... another studio. must be bleeding billions including all these extra discs nobody wants :P ;)

dsskid
04-15-2009, 06:39 AM
Looks like this might become the norm.

iDarren
04-15-2009, 07:08 AM
What I hate about this is that they will start calling them "3 Disk Special Editions" :rolleyes:

dsskid
04-15-2009, 07:20 AM
Yes, and they can keep the price inflated. Hopefully it spurs adoption, which will ultimately bring prices down.

HD Goofnut
04-15-2009, 07:33 AM
Normally I would consider about $20 or less what I would spend on a new BD release. However, for the BDs that contain a SD DVD and DC I think paying around $25 is perfectly justified. If I have a gripe it's that the studios are not releasing a single BD version. I noticed this with Marley and Me, but I am not complaining because I may need the SD DVD version for my child as she gets older.

dsskid
04-15-2009, 07:38 AM
I'd like to see them release the single disc BD also, as I'm not really interested in the extra features, but if it takes including a SD DVD to increase BD adoption in tough economic times, then I'm for it. The more people that adopt the format, the better the chances of price decreases. IMO.

bmore
04-15-2009, 10:49 AM
I was just at my local record store last night that also sells new and used blurays.

They have amazing prices. I saw the 3 disc "Marley and Me" bluray/digital copy/dvd for $14.95.

They had Golden Compass new for $9.99.

I am Legend used for $9.99.

The Dark Knight used for $12.99.

dsskid
04-15-2009, 11:00 AM
I was just at my local record store last night that also sells new and used blurays.

They have amazing prices. I saw the 3 disc "Marley and Me" bluray/digital copy/dvd for $14.95.

They had Golden Compass new for $9.99.

I am Legend used for $9.99.

The Dark Knight used for $12.99.

Great deals. Where do you live and what do you charge for shipping?

bmore
04-15-2009, 11:20 AM
Great deals. Where do you live and what do you charge for shipping?

The record store is in Baltimore's Inner Harbor - it's called the Soundgarden. And no, I am not interested in shipping anything to anyone:p.

If you live somewhere close by (e.g. east coast), come visit Baltimore and check out the store. We could use the tourist revenue. If not...too bad.

Most of those deals can be relatively matched online anyway. It's just nice to have an in-store option so close by. Though sales tax is 6%.

dsskid
04-15-2009, 11:45 AM
The record store is in Baltimore's Inner Harbor - it's called the Soundgarden. And no, I am not interested in shipping anything to anyone:p.

If you live somewhere close by (e.g. east coast), come visit Baltimore and check out the store. We could use the tourist revenue. If not...too bad.

Most of those deals can be relatively matched online anyway. It's just nice to have an in-store option so close by. Though sales tax is 6%.

Nope, I'm in NY, and I was only kidding about you shipping them. Not too many places that I know of near me that have such good prices on BDs. You are very fortunate.

The travel expense for me to get to baltimore and back would outweigh the BD savings. I'll have to stick with Amazon, who charges me tax also.

Lee Stewart
04-15-2009, 12:07 PM
Nope, I'm in NY, and I was only kidding about you shipping them. Not too many places that I know of near me that have such good prices on BDs. You are very fortunate.

The travel expense for me to get to baltimore and back would outweigh the BD savings. I'll have to stick with Amazon, who charges me tax also.

Here is their website:

http://www.cdjoint.com/

bmore
04-15-2009, 12:15 PM
Nope, I'm in NY, and I was only kidding about you shipping them. Not too many places that I know of near me that have such good prices on BDs. You are very fortunate.

The travel expense for me to get to baltimore and back would outweigh the BD savings. I'll have to stick with Amazon, who charges me tax also.

Dude...the original Soundgarden started in NY (see Lee's link above). They have 2 locations, one in MD (mine), one in NY.

SYRACUSE

310 W. Jefferson Street
Armory Square
Syracuse, NY 13202
315.473.4343

I bet the pricing is similar. Call them and ask about some bluray prices.

Don't know how close you are to Syracuse, but at least it's in the same state. It's going to be funny if you live close to Syracuse and never knew about it....

Lee Stewart
04-15-2009, 12:21 PM
Dude...the original Soundgarden started in NY (see Lee's link above). They have 2 locations, one in MD (mine), one in NY.

SYRACUSE

310 W. Jefferson Street
Armory Square
Syracuse, NY 13202
315.473.4343

I bet the pricing is similar. Call them and ask about some bluray prices.

Don't know how close you are to Syracuse, but at least it's in the same state. It's going to be funny if you live close to Syracuse and never knew about it....

He's not close at all. He lives on Long Island. I think the MD location is closer. Syracuse is upstate - between Buffalo and Albany.

Dare
04-15-2009, 12:29 PM
Now all they have to do to spur adoption is include a BD in the DVD release. That's the ticket!

Lee Stewart
04-15-2009, 12:34 PM
Now all they have to do to spur adoption is include a BD in the DVD release. That's the ticket!

:lol: :lol: :lol:

dsskid
04-15-2009, 12:50 PM
Dude...the original Soundgarden started in NY (see Lee's link above). They have 2 locations, one in MD (mine), one in NY.

SYRACUSE

310 W. Jefferson Street
Armory Square
Syracuse, NY 13202
315.473.4343

I bet the pricing is similar. Call them and ask about some bluray prices.

Don't know how close you are to Syracuse, but at least it's in the same state. It's going to be funny if you live close to Syracuse and never knew about it....

He's not close at all. He lives on Long Island. I think the MD location is closer. Syracuse is upstate - between Buffalo and Albany.

Thanks for the info guys, but Lee is right, I'm on Long Island.

MikeRox
04-16-2009, 07:08 AM
Btw, for people who can play Region B discs, this title has already been released in the UK and can be bought for about $25ish inc shipping from some retailers.