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Old 07-14-15, 10:33 AM
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Big Amazon Italy promotion, Star Trek sets for around US$11 each shipped

Until August 2, they're having a promotion in which if you buy select DVDs or Blu-rays, you'll get 30% off 3, or 50% off 5. I've just ordered seasons 1-5 of Star Trek: The Next Generation and the grand total came to US$52.49.

As usual, watch out for the sneaky third-party sellers who are a few pennies cheaper, they're not included, I had to go back for season 3 because of that, I think Amazon's price was about 20 cents more.

I also tried putting season 6 into my cart along with seasons 1-5, and that came up 50% off too.

http://www.amazon.it/b/ref=amb_link_...d_i=B008HYKH8Q
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Re: Big Amazon Italy promotion, Star Trek sets for around US$11 each shipped

The Star Trek sets you speak of are Region coded. Region B
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Re: Big Amazon Italy promotion, Star Trek sets for around US$11 each shipped

If you're region free, which everyone should be at this point, then that's a good deal.
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Re: Big Amazon Italy promotion, Star Trek sets for around US$11 each shipped

Blu-ray.com claims they're region-free. I've been BD region-free for a little over a year now.
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Re: Big Amazon Italy promotion, Star Trek sets for around US$11 each shipped

As far as I know, every television season of Star Trek and its sister shows are region-free on Blu-ray. That is certainly true for the British and German versions. I imagine the Italian BDs are similar.
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Re: Big Amazon Italy promotion, Star Trek sets for around US$11 each shipped

Paramount/CBS owns Star Trek everywhere, which is why they don't care about locking it.
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Re: Big Amazon Italy promotion, Star Trek sets for around US$11 each shipped

Thanks for posting. Didn't use the promo for Star Trek, but did pick up 4 titles that haven't been released stateside yet and 1 twilight time title:

Christine
Clockers
Escape from Alcatraz
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
The Servant

In total (~$36.25USD), got them for less than the price Christine would've cost me from Twilight Time upon release after S&H.
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Re: Big Amazon Italy promotion, Star Trek sets for around US$11 each shipped

Tempted to pick up the seventh season as I haven't yet, but having all the US versions of the other six seasons plus the movie discs I'd be annoyed with having one that didn't match (even though I know its just the text on the case and probably the discs).
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I wish the Star Trek OS were as cheap as the Next Gen sets. All 3 sets for 60 bucks seems OK but not good enough.
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Re: Big Amazon Italy promotion, Star Trek sets for around US$11 each shipped

Damn - great pricing, but I don't think I can get past the all-Italian text on the boxes. I assume there's an English dub on the discs, but fighting through the menus in Italian might be annoying also.

I'd buy them in a heartbeat if they were priced $10-$15 each here in the States.
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Re: Big Amazon Italy promotion, Star Trek sets for around US$11 each shipped

Supposedly the Star Trek Next Generation sets have sold terribly on Blu-ray.

The menus are almost certainly in English after you pick your language option when the disc is inserted into the player. Most European region-free sets are authored that way.
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Re: Big Amazon Italy promotion, Star Trek sets for around US$11 each shipped

One caveat... If you use a Sony player (including the PS3) these sets may not work due to 50Hz issues.

I'm not sure, in this case, because they were originally done for US, so would have been 30fps. Do they convert them to 25fps for 50Hz countries?

I know this is a problem with TV content that originated in the UK, but I'm not sure whether that applies to content originating in the US. I would expect so.
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Re: Big Amazon Italy promotion, Star Trek sets for around US$11 each shipped

No, that won't be a problem. The video will be identical to the American Blu-rays. Hollywood-made content doesn't get that treatment in Europe. That is limited mostly to European productions that never existed in anything but 1080i/50Hz video.
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Re: Big Amazon Italy promotion, Star Trek sets for around US$11 each shipped

So do PS3s in Europe do 60-50hz conversion?

That's why I thought they may go to 25fps.
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Re: Big Amazon Italy promotion, Star Trek sets for around US$11 each shipped

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So do PS3s in Europe do 60-50hz conversion?

That's why I thought they may go to 25fps.
Nearly all TVs in Europe can handle 50hz and 60hz, no conversion necessary.

PS3s outside North America offer and handle both 50hz & 60hz.

Paramount makes one "master copy" for Europe and that gets packaged as needed for that region. Which is why a disc from Italy has all of the certification stickers from all of Europe. Same for Germany, UK, Spain, etc.

Warner Brothers does this too as it keeps costs down.
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Re: Big Amazon Italy promotion, Star Trek sets for around US$11 each shipped

Originally Posted by emachine12 View Post
Nearly all TVs in Europe can handle 50hz and 60hz, no conversion necessary.

PS3s outside North America offer and handle both 50hz & 60hz.

Paramount makes one "master copy" for Europe and that gets packaged as needed for that region. Which is why a disc from Italy has all of the certification stickers from all of Europe. Same for Germany, UK, Spain, etc.

Warner Brothers does this too as it keeps costs down.
Interesting. Thanks!

And also, FU Sony for not letting us have 50hz in N. America.
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Re: Big Amazon Italy promotion, Star Trek sets for around US$11 each shipped

Originally Posted by PhantomStranger View Post
Supposedly the Star Trek Next Generation sets have sold terribly on Blu-ray.
Odd that they released them all plus the movie discs if they didn't sell. Maybe they overproduced.
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Odd that they released them all plus the movie discs if they didn't sell. Maybe they overproduced.
They didn't overproduce, they overestimated the fanbase who wanted HD remasters of TNG. They spent quite a chunk of money to satisfy that fanbase which meant the sets in the US had to have very high SRPs to break even. This formula resulted in less than stellar sales and excess unsold stock.
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Re: Big Amazon Italy promotion, Star Trek sets for around US$11 each shipped

What happens is that the studio spends a boatload of money on restorations and then overprices the BD release to compensate. Apparently the ST: TNG restoration cost $15 million. Not mentioned of course is that the cost was mostly expensed under the syndication deal and so any BD sales were gravy.

This type of accounting has killed classic television sales on Blu-ray.
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Re: Big Amazon Italy promotion, Star Trek sets for around US$11 each shipped

It looks as though the coupon is one per account. I tried creating another order to see what the difference would be if I bought a few more things and it said the coupon was invalid. Amazon also linked multiple accounts so that I couldn't place the order using another user, even an account I hadn't used in years.
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Re: Big Amazon Italy promotion, Star Trek sets for around US$11 each shipped

Why they couldn't include season 7 in this deal is puzzling? Would jump on this deal if it did. Hate having an incomplete set.
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Looks like they are sold out?
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Re: Big Amazon Italy promotion, Star Trek sets for around US$11 each shipped

Originally Posted by PhantomStranger View Post
What happens is that the studio spends a boatload of money on restorations and then overprices the BD release to compensate. Apparently the ST: TNG restoration cost $15 million. Not mentioned of course is that the cost was mostly expensed under the syndication deal and so any BD sales were gravy.

This type of accounting has killed classic television sales on Blu-ray.
This was the only reason that I didn't get them. I spent a boatload on the original dvd sets, and wasn't going to spend another boatload on the blue ray sets.
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Re: Big Amazon Italy promotion, Star Trek sets for around US$11 each shipped

Originally Posted by consoleman View Post
Why they couldn't include season 7 in this deal is puzzling? Would jump on this deal if it did. Hate having an incomplete set.

Originally Posted by hariseldon View Post
Well -- broken down S7 is still only $20 which is 1/3 of the current US set and likely cheaper than it will ever be as a standalone. At some point I suspect S7 will be cheaper, but who knows if you'll be able to get all the other 6 for this cheap simultaneously.

It may be moot point now as mentioned. STTNG seems have been removed from the promotion. I'm still seeing in-stock, but the code won't apply and the sets
are no longer in the sales list. Hopefully that's a temporary thing
I went back and forth on whether to get S7, but in the end it was still a pretty good deal. For the reasons stated above and the fact I at least want every season to be from the same country, I went ahead and ordered it.

Thanks for the heads up on Elephant Man. Got that and Christine as well. Hopefully the savings will overtake my distaste for the Italian packaging, but if not I should be able to recoup my costs. Fantastic deal. Not including postage, S1-6 were under ten bucks a piece. I doubt we'll see that anytime soon in the U.S.


Originally Posted by That'sAllFolks View Post
It looks as though the coupon is one per account. I tried creating another order to see what the difference would be if I bought a few more things and it said the coupon was invalid. Amazon also linked multiple accounts so that I couldn't place the order using another user, even an account I hadn't used in years.
I wonder if the fact I couldn't get this to work is that the promotion ended soon after I placed my order. It did seem to work for the 30% code though. Does Amazon link accounts for the purpose of limiting multiple uses of promos?

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