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Old 07-17-2012, 07:12 PM   #121  
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Those are not newer release titles.

I'm amazed you find $8 and $14 pricing for Blu-rat catalog titles exceptional, especially at Walmart. You should get out more and buy more Blu-ray titles to get a better sense of the market.
The $14 titles Mal referred to were the catalog DVDs that were next to the $8 Blu-rays.

The "amazement" was seeing the reverse price contrast between formats side by side, NOT that he was able to pick up a Blu-ray for under $8.00.
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Just got back from Walmart. I was amazed to see this stand near checkout. Left side DVDs. Right side Bluray. All the Blurays were priced at 7.88 each!! Titles included. The Other Guys, reign of fire, Tropic Thunder, the Last Starfighter. There were a few other titles. The DVDs were a mix of Disney and other titles. Prices were 14.95!! Sure makes Bluray look like they are giving the product away at those prices. Also makes Bluray look like the not so successful product i see it as. I want to use "failure". But I understand that rubs a couple of you the wrong way. Looking at this display one could walk away thinking that. All things considered.

I did pick up Reign of Fire though. Hard to pass up that movie on Bluray for that price.
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The $14 titles Mal referred to were the catalog DVDs that were next to the $8 Blu-rays.

The "amazement" was seeing the reverse price contrast between formats side by side, NOT that he was able to pick up a Blu-ray for under $8.00.

OK, I got you I missed that.

Still its hardly unusual to see Blu-ray titles at Walmart, Target, Best Buy or Amazon for under $10.

Happens all the time and is hardly anything new.

I'm sure they were plenty of other titles in the store that were at higher price points as well. I see catalog Blu-ray priced lower than some DVD titles all the time. Nothing new there at all.

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The $14 titles Mal referred to were the catalog DVDs that were next to the $8 Blu-rays.

The "amazement" was seeing the reverse price contrast between formats side by side, NOT that he was able to pick up a Blu-ray for under $8.00.
I guess the amazement is that they were next to each other?
Tropic Thunder is a $1.50 cheaper on DVD. $9.99 on vudu.
http://www.walmart.com/search/search...h_constraint=0
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I guess the amazement is that they were next to each other?
Tropic Thunder is a $1.50 cheaper on DVD. $9.99 on vudu.
http://www.walmart.com/search/search...h_constraint=0
The amazement was seeing a stand of catalog Blu-ray for $8 next to a stand of $14 catalog DVDs. It was the overall general picture of the scene and the impression it caused. A scene that some consumers might take as a sign that Blu-ray prices are falling faster than they really are.

It wasn't about pricing comparing on individual like titles, and besides it's unlikely that those two stands had any titles in common.
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The amazement was seeing a stand of catalog Blu-ray for $8 next to a stand of $14 catalog DVDs. It was the overall general picture of the scene and the impression it caused. A scene that some consumers might take as a sign that Blu-ray prices are falling faster than they really are.

It wasn't about pricing comparing on individual like titles, and besides it's unlikely that those two stands had any titles in common.
Faster the better. Walmart had less than $5 DVD bargain bins since at least 2003.
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Faster the better. Walmart had less than $5 DVD bargain bins since at least 2003.
Yeah, and those titles were complete crap. DVD released an avalanche of catalog by then and the ones in those bins were the bottom of the barrel and probably very few in those bins were major studio releases. I remember being very unimpressed.
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Yeah, and those titles were complete crap. DVD released an avalanche of catalog by then and the ones in those bins were the bottom of the barrel and probably very few in those bins were major studio releases. I remember being very unimpressed.
Probably releases like the Last Starfighter.

(though I do like the movie.. thats definitely bargain bin material)
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Probably releases like the Last Starfighter.

(though I do like the movie.. thats definitely bargain bin material)
That's a AAA title compared to the crap you find in those Walmart $5 bins.
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Yeah, and those titles were complete crap. DVD released an avalanche of catalog by then and the ones in those bins were the bottom of the barrel and probably very few in those bins were major studio releases. I remember being very unimpressed.

Many years ago, I thought most of the dvds in the $5 bin at WalMart were largely crap.

These days the dvds in the $5 bins at the local WalMart stores have some mid to high caliber catalog titles from the past (depending on one's personal tastes), such as:

- Pulp Fiction
- Total Recall
- Terminator
- The Abyss
- X-Men
- Goodfellas
- The Matrix
- Wall Street
- etc ...


The top tier catalog stuff from the past, along with more recent titles, do not show up in the $5 bins as often.

The more recent dvd titles frequently start hitting the $10 price point, around 6 months after their release date (at the earliest).

For classic stuff like Lawrence of Arabia, Gone With The Wind, Citizen Kane, Fall of the Roman Empire, etc ..., the lowest prices I have seen for such dvd titles, was around $8 in the bargain bins.
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Probably releases like the Last Starfighter.

(though I do like the movie.. thats definitely bargain bin material)
I liked this movie a lot back in the day. I was an arcade video game addict in those days, and this movie seemed like an arcade gamer's fantasy on steroids.

I watched it again awhile ago. It felt somewhat flat to me now, that it seems like "just another sci-fi action movie" to me.

Basically another guilty pleasure, for a trip down memory lane.

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Many years ago, I thought most of the dvds in the $5 bin at WalMart were largely crap.

These days the dvds in the $5 bins at the local WalMart stores have some mid to high caliber catalog titles from the past (depending on one's personal tastes), such as:

- Pulp Fiction
- Total Recall
- Terminator
- The Abyss
- X-Men
- Goodfellas
- The Matrix
- Wall Street
- etc ...


The top tier catalog stuff from the past, along with more recent titles, do not show up in the $5 bins as often.

The more recent dvd titles frequently start hitting the $10 price point, around 6 months after their release date (at the earliest).

For classic stuff like Lawrence of Arabia, Gone With The Wind, Citizen Kane, Fall of the Roman Empire, etc ..., the lowest prices I have seen for such dvd titles, was around $8 in the bargain bins.
There's no question that the quality of the Blu-ray bargain bin titles is much higher than it was with DVD, at the same price point and at the same point in its life cycle. Blu-ray is only releasing a fraction of what DVD did anyway, and so the quality is much better as a whole. Furthermore the mere existence of the DVDs have devalued the Blu-ray a lot faster than it otherwise would have depreciated on its own.

Warner BD titles tend to be in the bargain bin a lot more than other studios, and they commonly release 2,3 or 4 movies (reissues) in a single SKU that is priced as one new release catalog movie. I suspect they more than anyone have overestimated the BD catalog market.
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There's no question that the quality of the Blu-ray bargain bin titles is much higher than it was with DVD, at the same price point and at the same point in its life cycle. Blu-ray is only releasing a fraction of what DVD did anyway, and so the quality is much better as a whole. Furthermore the mere existence of the DVDs have devalued the Blu-ray a lot faster than it otherwise would have depreciated on its own.

Warner BD titles tend to be in the bargain bin a lot more than other studios, and they commonly release 2,3 or 4 movies (reissues) in a single SKU that is priced as one new release catalog movie. I suspect they more than anyone have overestimated the BD catalog market.
I can get the "good" Superman films (1, 2 and Returns) for $13 at Target or 1,2,3,4 and Returns for $60 in a boxset. Hm...which would I get...

Love the Warner Triple Packs.
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Warner BD titles tend to be in the bargain bin a lot more than other studios, and they commonly release 2,3 or 4 movies (reissues) in a single SKU that is priced as one new release catalog movie. I suspect they more than anyone have overestimated the BD catalog market.
For sure.

Many catalog Lionsgate bluray releases have been in the local bargain bins too, frequently at $5 a pop or two-disc sets at $10 or less.
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I can get the "good" Superman films (1, 2 and Returns) for $13 at Target
I would pick up this three-pack, if the second Superman film was the Richard Donner cut.
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Furthermore the mere existence of the DVDs have devalued the Blu-ray a lot faster than it otherwise would have depreciated on its own.
(Did you mean the other way around?)

Furthermore the mere existence of the Blu-ray have devalued the DVDs a lot faster than it otherwise would have depreciated on its own.


I would have thought the mere existence of the bluray would put a "ceiling" on the price of the dvd version. If bluray/hd-dvd had never existed, such a price ceiling would be entirely absent.
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