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As another regular feature to my blogosphere, I plan to keep people informed about great deals, which blu-rays are releasing and what I plan to purchase, on a weekly basis. If other deals surface or I buy a bunch of titles on a whim, I'll update with a vol. 2.
Deal of the Week: Good only until midnight, tonight, if you pre-order Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and then enter the promotional code "snowhite" at the checkout, this double-disc Diamond Edition sells to you for $9.99. The suggested retail price is $39.99. It also includes a DVD copy of the film.
Sales to Consider: If you happen to miss the Amazon sale, Wal-mart has Snow White, along with Monsters vs. Aliens and X-men Origins: Wolverine for $19.96 each.
Best Buy has a selection of Warner Bros. and New Line catalog titles on sale for $9.99. the discs included are: American History X, A Clockwork Orange, Collateral Damage, Final Destination, The Fugitive, Ocean's Twelve and The Wedding Singer.
Best buy also has a few titles on sale for $17.99: 17 Again, 300, The Dark Knight, Friday the 13th (2009), Goodfellas, Gran Torino, Harry Potter: Years 1 - 5 (each separate disc for $17.99), Observe & Report and The Watchmen: Director's Cut.
Other notable discs on sale at Amazon, this week:
2001: A Space Odyssey, Blazing Saddles and Unforgiven for $8.99.
American Psycho, Halloween (1978), Hellraiser, Interview with the Vampire, Mongol, Risky Business, The Terminator and Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) for $9.99.
Carrie, Casino Royale: Collector's Edition, Ghostbusters, Hellboy, King Kong, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans and Van Helsing for $12.49.
The 40-Year Old Virgin, Black Hawk Down, Cast Away, Dodgeball, From Hell, I Robot, Kramer vs. Kramer and Starman for $12.99.
Tips of the Week: Sure, Warner Bros. and New Line have a bunch of catalog titles hitting shelves, tomorrow, but as of now they're all selling at or around their suggested retail price of $28.99. I'd say wait a week or two. Over the past few months, most of WB's catalog titles have shown up at most retailers for $12.99 and under within a few weeks of their release. Don't jump the gun on any Warner Bros. or New Line catalog titles.
Also, four of the Ghost House Underground titles are coming to blu-ray, and Best Buy has them on sale, where you can get all four for $60. Word to the wise, these are all low-budget, direct-to-video horror films making their home video debut. Meaning that not a lot of people have seen these movies. The sale price may be tempting at $15 a disc, but you may end up with $15 turds.
Releases for October 6th:
Audition - cheapest price is $17.99 at Amazon
Bones: Season Four - cheapest price is $47.99 at Amazon ($48.99 at Best Buy)
A Charlie Brown Christmas - cheapest price is $19.99 at Amazon
The Children* - cheapest price is $19.99 at Amazon
Contact - cheapest price is $18.99 at Amazon
Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (1970) - cheapest price is $19.99 at Amazon
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) - cheapest price is $19.99 at Amazon
Ghost Ship - cheapest price is $18.99 at Amazon
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York - cheapest price is $22.99 at Amazon
Imagine That - cheapest price is $28.99 at Amazon
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - cheapest price is $17.99 at Amazon
Miracle on 34th Street (1947) - cheapest price is $21.99 at Amazon
Miracle on 34th Street (1994) - cheapest price is $22.99 at Amazon
My Life in Ruins - cheapest price is $26.99 at both Amazon and Best Buy
Not Forgotten - cheapest price is $21.99 at Amazon
The Number 23 - cheapest price is $19.99 at Amazon
Offspring* - cheapest price is $19.99 at Amazon
Seventh Moon* - cheapest price is $19.99 at Amazon
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - cheapest is $19.96 at Wal-mart
The Thaw* - cheapest is $19.99 at Amazon
Trick 'r Treat - cheapest price is $24.99 at Amazon
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (Digibook) - cheapest price is $24.49 at Amazon
Wolf - cheapest price is $17.49 at Amazon
Year One - cheapest price is $22.99 at Amazon
* - all four of these titles can be picked up for $60 at Best Buy. Or two for $35.
Quasi's Picks: So far, I've got my pre-order on Snow White along with three catalog purchases, to get the free shipping. I had $20 worth of Amazon gift card balance to spend, so my total came out to $25.34. the other three titles I grabbed were Hellraiser, Starman and A Time to Kill.
I also stopped in Best Buy, today, and picked up The Wedding Singer for $10.
Snow White is nearly a must for Disney fans. The Miracle on 34th Street titles and Home Alone 2 are cheap and good enough to pick up if you want to start preparing for Christmas early. Willy Wonka looked fantastic on HD DVD, so I can't see it being any worse on blu-ray. Audition is a fantastic suspense/horror film from foreign director Takashi Miike. At $17.99, it seems like a steal.
The Ending: That's all for now. More to come, either later this week or next Sunday, which will be its regular release day from here on out.