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Old 12-02-2008, 11:52 PM   #1  
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I for one will not be buying movie discs any time soon...not as long as the prices remain as they are now. The cheapest BD movie that I have seen so far is $10 (Terminator 2 at Wal-Mart) Newer releases range from about $20 - $30. DVDs vary from about $4 (for a B movie and not worth owning) to $15. If money was not a problem then by all means...buy all the movies you want. But to those less fortunate like many of us we have to watch our finances.

I have bought DVDs before. In fact I have a collection of over 100 movies. I have since stopped buying them when Blu-ray and HD DVD started the format war. I have players in both formats but have never bought any movies. I own a few HD DVD movies but they came with the player when it was purchased.

In my area (Portland, OR) movies can be rented at $4.39 for new releases (Hollywood Video) and $4.49 (Blockbuster) Older movies can be rented for 99 cents and up. At Blockbuster online there are several plans available. An example is $34.00/month and if usage is maximized 24-30 movies can be watch within a month's time. I believe Netflix would have a similar program.

My rationale is: why spend $30 if you're gonna watch the movie once? If you wanna watch it again a year after just walk over to the nearest movie rental place. It should be in the 99 cent section then.

Aha...if it's a classic movie maybe you wanna see it again five, six, or 10 years from now? Hey, chances are there will be a newer version of the movie. Or maybe newer technologies.

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Old 12-03-2008, 12:16 AM   #2  
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I don't buy movies because a) blu-rays are too expensive and b) netflix rules

If a REALLY good movie (classics) came out on blu-ray then I might think about getting it, but for normal movies, nope.
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I can't stop myself from buying bd movies right now. I think this month I have bought about 20 movies. Some are x-mas gifts.
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Old 12-03-2008, 01:13 AM   #4  
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BD's are not going to move until they ALL get to the $15-$20 price tag. I only buy the must-have blockbusters i.e. Ironman, Dark Knight, etc.

I dont know why they cant figure this out.... Economy bad....lower prices!! At this point I have been very sceptical about purchasing BD's for fear that the format will go down the tube because of the high prices (not player, but discs).
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I was gonna say the $30+ prices need to come down. But at $20-26(for a new release) thats on the same level as DVD where I live. Even the first day only sales on single disc dvds are $20.

My most recent purchase was Wanted at $29.99 btw. The equivalent DVD would be 26.99 for me.
http://www.bestbuy.ca/catalog/prodde...83&catid=20413
Woah huge difference.

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Old 12-03-2008, 01:26 AM   #6  
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BD's are not going to move until they ALL get to the $15-$20 price tag. I only buy the must-have blockbusters i.e. Ironman, Dark Knight, etc.

I dont know why they cant figure this out.... Economy bad....lower prices!! At this point I have been very sceptical about purchasing BD's for fear that the format will go down the tube because of the high prices (not player, but discs).
Because studio heads have NO sense. It seems so clear doesn't it?

Lower the g-d PRICES! I don't get either why that's so hard to figure out.

Clueless suits.
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Old 12-03-2008, 01:35 AM   #8  
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Didn't know I needed another reason.
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Old 12-03-2008, 03:48 AM   #9  
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Maybe I'll start buying when they are $2-5 over rental prices.
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Old 12-03-2008, 04:24 AM   #10  
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I have spent $20+ on perhaps 10 of my 90 Blu-rays. The only ones I paid more than $20 were the day-and-dates like Wall-E, Iron Man, and other Blu-ray titles I really wanted on their release dates. Other than that though, I usually wait for good deals and spend $20 at the max on a title, and most fall into the $15 range.

An overview of how most of my collection has amassed:

-5 free movies with purchase of PS3
-BOGO at Circuit City on Transformers release day
-BOGO on Amazon at various times during format war
-B2G1 deals on Amazon post format war
-Various cheap deals on BD's at Best Buy, Target, and other retailers post format war
-Cheap BD's from iNetVideo (in the $10-$12.50 range)
-Black Friday deals from Amazon just a couple of days ago, where I got 10 good BD movies for $6.38 a piece

And the rest are day-and-dates that I felt I had to have right when they were released. My strategy seems to be to wait until crazy sales (like the Transformers release date BOGO and um... right now for Black Friday deals) to stock up on my BD collection. Then buy titles in between that I feel I can't wait for.

I'd still be buying BD's even if they were all in the $20-$30 range, but I'd just be buying a lot less. I feel cheated whenever I watch regular DVD at this point, so I always go for BD if I can.
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Old 12-03-2008, 05:10 AM   #11  
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If you can't find BD movies for a price you like, why not simply netflix them? Especially if you're only watching them once?

You can watch the new movies as soon as you get your rental copy. If you really liked the film, you then have all the time in the world to wait for a good sale. There is no more pressure to immediately buy the movie.

If you buy online and follow the hot deals threads in forums, then you can get awesome deals. Like all six James Bond movies for $40.

Personally i am in the lucky position to live in a country with a strong Euro currency atm, so importing makes Blu's cheap. I pay on average ~15 Euros for a Blu incl. shipping. Bargain DVDs are usually ~ 7-10 Euros here, day&date DVD around 15 - 20 Euros. So for me atm i am already pretty much at the DVD=BD price point, at least for the moment. (I know this ain't helping the situation in the U.S. )

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Maybe I'll start buying when they are $2-5 over rental prices.
I don't think that's realistic. There are costs involved with the production, packaging, promotion and distribution of movies on disk. On top of that retailers have to make a profit and that can mean selling an item for twice as much as they paid for it.

I will pay up to 20.00 for a really top block buster and lately movies have been coming down in price anyway due to the credit crunch so I can pick up new releases for less that 15.00. That's quite good for a high definition release.
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Because studio heads have NO sense. It seems so clear doesn't it?

Lower the g-d PRICES! I don't get either why that's so hard to figure out.

Clueless suits.
Studio heads are similar to national politicians. They are not living their lives like we (the middle class common man) do. Everything is handed to them including food, gas, medical care, housing, and they only have to work 3-4 days a week and less than 8 hours per day. It's no wonder they are out of touch with BD pricing. Just like our Senators and Reps were out of touch with gas prices this last summer; they didn't have to pay $4.00 per gallon because it came out of their govt. expense account. (our tax dollars)
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The big blockbuster BDs are not that much more than their DVD counterparts.
Look at a special edition new release DVD for $27.99 or the BD version for $32.99
I don't mind paying an extra $5 for superior quality.

That being said, I won't pay $30 unless I Know I'll watch it several times.

If it was your business to sell movies what would you do?
Give them away? I don't think so, it's a very big business.

Sooner, hopefully rather than later, There will be a blockbuster released for a special lower price to help boost sales and this will set the precident for all others.
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I usually only buy BDs now that are on sale and I will watch multiple times, and I rent versus buy at about a 10:1 ratio via Netflix.

My buying patterns have definitely shifts from what I use to do during the SD DVD hay day. I have many I will not watch again ever and have learned my lesson.
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