“Black Friday”- the Aftermath

 

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   OK- you’ve had some time to let the turkey and stuffing digest and the scratch-marks from the BF sales heal, so now it’s time to summarize…

 

   I only got to 2 of the retailers selling cheap DVDs. The first one, Wal-Mart, was the typical, semi-controlled chaos that it normally is after Thanksgiving and I did manage to pick up a few of the $2 gems offered, including genre fare like Identity SE; Dawn of the Dead remake (the “R” version); Slither (Full Screen) The Dark (the 2006 one- NOT the camp 1980 alien monster freakout); V for Vendetta and the Wal-Mart special “1+1” disc of the Omen remake. I also got some other non-genre flicks like the Borat disc (with the T-Shirt); HollywoodLand; Domino (fullscreen); Wedding Crashers and the bizarro-funny Let’s Go to Prison (Unrated)…

 

   Big Lots was next and they had all kinds of goodies. And so you know, some of them still have some of these lying around for the same $2 and $3 bucks- some really good genre titles like Swamp Thing; Carrie (the TV remake- not the 1976 Sissy Spacek classic); The Outer Limits best-of remake; The Believers; Interview with a Vampire; The Day After; & Bubba Ho-Tep. Some of the straight flicks that I couldn’t resist were Born In East LA; Imaginary Heroes; Bananas; and Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask. And don’t forget that your mileage may vary, so check around at different ones and load that collection up toot sweet!

 

 

 

“Black Friday” and DVDs…

 

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   This Friday morning (the day after Thanksgiving) will be what insane shoppers with the guts and stamina of Mongol warriors call “Black Friday”. To kick of the Holiday-buying season, various retailers like to run loss-leaders in the hopes of bringing in customers willing to part with their money. This year is no different, and some of the retailers have some discount discs to throw at you (if you don’t mind the very distinct possibility of losing and an appendage in the fray)…

 

 

   Walmart, on top of offering the cheapest Blu-Ray player yet with its $128 Magnavox, will have (they promise) “over 50 titles to choose from” at $2 apiece. No Public Domain stuff here; the six that they show in the ad are Spiderman 1 and 2; TMNT; Rush Hour 2; Rocky Balboa and Wedding Crashers. Every year they have something like this- last year they were $2.88 and had all kinds of genre titles so I’m guessing this year won’t be different. For two bucks each you can’t RENT THEM for that- even if you end up hating the movie after watching it you could still use the disc for a coaster; a mini-frisbee for your dog, or to hold up to the sun and blind your enemies with the reflection. They’re also going to have a bunch of new titles on Blu-Ray (Transformers; Iron Man 2-disc set; The Incredible Hulk; Kung Fu Panda) for $15 each and on regular DVD for $9. In addition, they will have titles like Spiderman 3; I Am Legend; The Notebook and 300 for $6, and Walmart’s “Special discs” (a feature movie with a bonus disc) for $10. Might be worth checking out if you’re not sleeping in…

 

   If you can find one that’s still open, Circuit City will have “over 200” DVDs and CDs priced at $3.99, with titles like Eragon; Daredevil; Fantastic 4; X-Men 2; V for Vendetta; Van Helsing and Domino among the many available. They’ll also have some $5.99 titles like Superbad; Transformers; The Bee Movie and Knocked Up and “50 more”. Best Buy (the GOOD Electronics Big Box Store) has for their featured DVDs a bunch at $4.99 like Pan’s Labyrinth; Hot Fuzz (OWN THIS MOVIE!); Borat and Dodgeball plus 50 or so more. For $9.99 you can have newer stuff like Forgetting Sarah Marshall; The Happening; Lost Boys 2 and Baby Mama…

 

 

   Sears and K-Mart (“Sears Lite”) with have some discount titles for $3.99 (Shrek 2; both Fantastic Four movies, etc. with “additional titles available”); $5.99 (The Simpsons Movie; Ice Age-The Meltdown; Night at The Museum, and again with “additional titles available”); and $9.99 (Incredible Hulk; You Don’t Mess with Zohan; Spiderman 3, and again- “additional titles available”). This Doorbuster is from 5am til Noon…

 

 

   Target has more Doorbuster DVDs for $3.98 each (Batman Begins; I Am Legend; Annie; Goonies; Gremlins; Happy Feet, and the “additional titles available” tag) and $5.98 each (Juno; Indiana Jones; Christmas Vacation; Madagascar; 27 Dresses and, guess what? “Additional titles available”)…

 

 

   Also- another reload of DVD Titles at Big Lots, in anticipation of Black Friday. Warner’s (and New Line Cinema) titles (with those horrible cardboard covers and the snapping plastic closure for the ones from Warner Brothers) have some goodies, including Creepshow; Nightmare on Elm Street (the original release- not the Special Infinifilm 2-disc set); Final Destination;  and THX-1138 to name a few. It’s a nice mix from the last roll-out of closeout DVDs; however a warning- unlike their previous discs, the distributor has seen fit the physically mark the cases as “cut-outs”; they’ve burned a line (as if someone took a hot iron) and singed the barcode on the back of the case. Usually companies would do this with record albums (remember those?) and laser discs; one of the reasons was to be able to quickly indentify the item as a bargain disc; the other reason was so customers wouldn’t buy the movies or music at the cut-out price then turn around and get full retail value at another store. Anyway, it’s pretty annoying but if you’d like copies for your own use for 3 bucks a shot and not for trading purposes or for gifting then you might want to check it out…

 

 

   Happy shopping, kids and good luck! Post any nice finds in the “Comments” section if you get a chance- share the wealth!