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dx23 05-22-08 12:54 AM

BORDERS REWARDS
EXCLUSIVE OFFER VALID THROUGH
5/26/08
Get Ken Burns' The War for
$74.99
(List Price $129.99)

http://www.bordersmedia.com/coup/war.htm

hiccup 05-22-08 03:23 AM


Originally Posted by Sweet Baby James
^

You obviously haven't seen Casablanca on HD DVD.:) If you do want to hold out for the BR(sounds like you don't), you might want to check your local library for WOF. My library has this Criterion and it's always on the shelf(plus, checking it out is free). Either way, enjoy your movie!

Actually, I received Casablanca on HDDVD as apart of the free HDDVDs that you were supposed to get in the mail. Personally, I'm not that impressed with it. So far, this whole HD craze is just that, a whole lot of hype and baloney to spend more money on the same product on a decent enough format. Very few films actually look better, or are deservant, of being in HD/bought in an HD format. Stuff like the recent Pirates of the Caribbean or the Pixar stuff...outside of that, I haven't been too impressed with anything. I've bought stuff, but I've found it to be mostly meh. Also, my library isn't the best when it comes to Criterions.

hiccup 05-22-08 03:24 AM


Originally Posted by dx23
BORDERS REWARDS
EXCLUSIVE OFFER VALID THROUGH
5/26/08
30% Off
the List Price of One Item
with Purchase of $10 or More

http://www.bordersmedia.com/coup/coupon30100522.htm

Nice...I'll have to see if my store has some older Criterions. My store Borders seems to be drying up of any Criterions. It's making me kind of sad. At least I already own the vast majority of the ones I'm interested in.

hiccup 05-22-08 03:45 AM

Sorry for the triple post guys, but I'm really shocked at what I noticed. I thought I was getting a pretty good deal on The Wages of Fear Criterion after the recent 40% off coupon, but with these coupons (which come far more often and more frequently than a DD sale), the Criterion came out to being cheaper, even after tax, than if I had purchased it during a DD sale. Even the gas wasn't so bad (border's is close by to me). I usually expect DD to have better prices, especially on Criterions. Might be something worthwhile to check into for some of you.

Gerry P. 05-22-08 03:45 AM


Originally Posted by hiccup
Very few films actually look better, or are deservant, of being in HD/bought in an HD format.

Something must be wrong with your setup. It's hard for me to still watch regular DVDs on my 60" 1080p tv after being spoiled by Blu-ray.

BJ 05-22-08 11:00 AM


Originally Posted by dx23
Those 40% coupons are valid usually for 2 days (Mondays and Tuesdays) because they are made with the purpose of increasing store traffic on the slowest days.

Thanks, you evil marketing genius, you ;)

dmkb 05-22-08 02:20 PM

Yeah, but it worked on me...

hiccup 05-22-08 09:31 PM


Originally Posted by Gerry P.
Something must be wrong with your setup. It's hard for me to still watch regular DVDs on my 60" 1080p tv after being spoiled by Blu-ray.

I've been told that it might be because I'm running off of a small HDTV LCD. I have one 26" Samsung and another 32. To me, games look fantastic and it can be difficult to play games at other peoples houses on their regular tvs, but it still can be done. With movies, the push to HD hasn't really mattered or bothered me that much. I also have an upconvert player, which has done a pretty solid job with my DVDs....so I really don't mind.

hiccup 05-22-08 09:35 PM

By the way, here's a no minimum necessary 25% off coupon that I received in my mail just now guys:

http://www.bordersmedia.com/coup/coupon250522.htm

bhauge 05-23-08 12:07 AM


Originally Posted by hiccup
Nice...I'll have to see if my store has some older Criterions. My store Borders seems to be drying up of any Criterions. It's making me kind of sad. At least I already own the vast majority of the ones I'm interested in.

I noticed the same thing at my Borders. I was ready to pick up several Kurosawa titles, but none were available. The one thing I'm hoping for is being able to get them from Borders' new website (they're separating from Amazon). I've been told that we'll be able to apply these 40% coupons to our online orders.

hiccup 05-23-08 03:13 AM


Originally Posted by bhauge
I noticed the same thing at my Borders. I was ready to pick up several Kurosawa titles, but none were available. The one thing I'm hoping for is being able to get them from Borders' new website (they're separating from Amazon). I've been told that we'll be able to apply these 40% coupons to our online orders.

Yeah, but how bad is shipping going to rape us?

Sweet Baby James 05-23-08 10:05 AM


Originally Posted by hiccup
Yeah, but how bad is shipping going to rape us?

bhague mentioned in another thread that there will still be free shipping on orders over $25.

SFranke 05-23-08 12:16 PM


Originally Posted by Sweet Baby James
bhague mentioned in another thread that there will still be free shipping on orders over $25.

If this is true, I can't wait for the separation. Their prices with the 40% off coupons would make for great deals on CDs.

As an aside, my Borders has completely eliminated half of their CD stock and their Foreign DVD section. These areas are now occupied by empty floor space and stuff like CD players and "accessories" (the kind of junk merchandise you can buy on eBay for 30% of what Borders charges).

cdollaz 05-23-08 12:58 PM

All of the Borders around me have significantly decreased their music selection recently as well.

hiccup 05-23-08 02:19 PM


Originally Posted by cdollaz
All of the Borders around me have significantly decreased their music selection recently as well.

Same here. They cut floor space for CDs, but DVDs haven't shifted. They cut back 3-4 lanes/aisles of cds. I'm just sad seeing the place I could find Criterions in store starting to cut them or something.

GoldenJCJ 05-23-08 03:40 PM

Hmmm, my Borders cut DVD and CD shelf space too. I noticed they rearranged the shelves and filled them up with Manga/Anime Graphic novels. Seemed kind of odd to me to put them on the complete opposite side of the store from all the other graphic novels and all other books for that matter.

Sex Fiend 05-23-08 04:01 PM


Originally Posted by hiccup
I've been told that it might be because I'm running off of a small HDTV LCD. I have one 26" Samsung and another 32. To me, games look fantastic and it can be difficult to play games at other peoples houses on their regular tvs, but it still can be done. With movies, the push to HD hasn't really mattered or bothered me that much. I also have an upconvert player, which has done a pretty solid job with my DVDs....so I really don't mind.

Your observation is legitimate. On smaller sized HD displays, the difference between Blu-ray and upconverted S-DVD is scarcely noticeable. I have a 42" display and can barely notice the difference between the two (if the actual S-DVD transfer is decent).

dx23 05-23-08 08:13 PM


Originally Posted by SFranke
If this is true, I can't wait for the separation. Their prices with the 40% off coupons would make for great deals on CDs.

As an aside, my Borders has completely eliminated half of their CD stock and their Foreign DVD section. These areas are now occupied by empty floor space and stuff like CD players and "accessories" (the kind of junk merchandise you can buy on eBay for 30% of what Borders charges).


According to Video Business, the reason for shelf clearing is:


Borders, Target give Blu-ray a bigger footprint
Book chain sees opportunity in catalog titles
By Susanne Ault -- Video Business, 5/23/2008
MAY 23 | Borders and Target are among retailers markedly ramping up promotion and merchandising of the Blu-ray Disc format.

Electronics stores, as large providers of hardware and software, took an early lead in offering high-def products to customers. But until the end of the format war, other classes of retailers, such as bookseller Borders and mass merchant Target, had been among those featuring relatively slim BD displays.

Through late last year, a selection of Borders stores sold BD and HD DVD in a few scattered endcaps per outlet, limited to the DVD section. Borders has since completed a rollout of BD titles throughout its 511-store chain in the U.S. in March.

Target has likewise pumped up its in-rack BD displays. At least two Los Angeles-area outlets jumped from 60 BD facings in January to 90 title slots by May. The chain also is devoting more space in its newspaper circulars to the format, notes industry researcher DisplaySearch.

At Borders, each store will feature at least one ‘bay’ or rack fixture full of BD titles on one side. Larger stores can carry up to three bays. Additionally, Borders has created BD displays sitting near its highly trafficked entrances. Going forward, Borders will use these front-of-store displays to feature a BD new release alongside its standard-definition counterpart.

Overall, Borders’ BD library has at least tripled since last year, taking over floor space previously occupied by CDs and standard DVDs.

“We all breathed a sigh of relief when the format war was over,” said Patti Russo, director of music and movies at Borders. “With our high-end customer base more likely to be early adopters, we want to be there for them when they convert to Blu-ray.”

The chain hopes to carry its expertise as a catalog specialist over to its Blu-ray titles. “As studios release more and more catalog on Blu-ray, that will be an advantage to us,” said Russo. “We have a high market share in catalog. We are really excited to see international, British and Criterion films.”

Also, inside Borders’ new high-tech concept stores, Blu-ray is getting priority treatment.

“It does get price of place there,” she said. “Blu-ray has a very visible space in the DVD department.”

In June, Borders will be rolling out its first BD Father’s Day promotion, featuring 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment titles among others, priced at $19.99. Members of the Borders Rewards frequent buyer program are increasingly being treated with temporary discounts of up to 40% on BD titles.

Earlier this month, DisplaySearch especially took note of what appears to be the first time Target stamped a PlayStation 3 picture with a ‘Built-in Blu-ray’ message in its weekly circular. Further underscoring the BD component, Target headlined the ad ‘PS3 Blu-ray player does it all’ and featured both games and BD titles on either side of the console. Traditionally, Target has included BD titles in its circular solely within its DVD pages.

Paul Erickson, DisplaySearch director of DVD and HD market research, believes the chain’s emphasis of PS3 as a Blu-ray player could go a long way in spurring adoption.

“Many people don’t realize it is a high-definition movie player and are using it exclusively for games,” said Erickson. “And many others have low awareness overall of what Blu-ray is or what value it offers them.”

“Target is committed to providing our guests with the best solutions in home entertainment and electronics,” said a Target spokesman. “We believe the Blu-ray format currently offers our guests the best solution for their high-definition needs.”

He believes other retailers would benefit in similarly highlighting PS3’s BD abilities.

“Increased promotion of PS3 Blu-ray capabilities across all marketing assets, from box art, to point of sale, to media campaigns, and even retailer promotions would be a good start,” said Erickson. “There are still going to be some consumers that will balk at the use of a game console for movie playback, whether due to form factor, looks or even just the principle of it. They might not be reachable, but the rest might respond favorably given the right messaging and the right push.”
http://www.videobusiness.com/index.a...leid=CA6563665

asianxcore 05-25-08 01:11 PM

The Borders I work for has also decreased it's DVD/CD section as others have mentioned.

Sort of bummed since it used to have a really well stocked Foreign and Cult Cinema section. Oh well.

Looking forward to that BD sale dx23. Thanks for the info.

hiccup 05-26-08 05:06 AM

I loved my Borders for its Foreign and Cult Cinema. Was one of the best reasons to go and shop there. So freaking bummed by this turn to Blu-Ray. Honestly, they're trying to rush a product to market when the market simply isn't ready for it. In the end, with the recession taking place and the economy being rough for many people, this rush to Blu-Ray could be its nail in the coffin. There are so many people that I know that are simply happy with DVD and see nothing wrong with it, I included. People could simply rally behind DVD and allow that format to continue. There's no way I'm switching all of my DVDs to Blu-Ray, and there are few, very few titles I want to see in HD.

dmkb 05-26-08 09:52 AM

Until there's a critical mass of classic films (silents included) that can't be found elsewhere, I'll stick to DVD.

Gerry P. 05-26-08 09:42 PM

I own an HDTV, so I want HD media to play on it. I'll definitely be buying Blu-ray from Borders in the near future.

hiccup 05-26-08 11:54 PM


Originally Posted by Gerry P.
I own an HDTV, so I want HD media to play on it. I'll definitely be buying Blu-ray from Borders in the near future.

I fully understand, you need something to justify the money you spent on an expensive product. I care more for the movies. HD is mostly a marketing ploy to resell you stuff you've already bought. You tell me, will putting House of the Dead in HD make it any better?

Sweet Baby James 05-27-08 12:02 AM


Originally Posted by hiccup
I fully understand, you need something to justify the money you spent on an expensive product. I care more for the movies. HD is mostly a marketing ploy to resell you stuff you've already bought. You tell me, will putting House of the Dead in HD make it any better?

It must be one hell of a clever ploy! I've fallen for it as well as all of those suckers in the HD Forum.:D

FangsFirst 05-27-08 02:01 AM


Originally Posted by hiccup
I fully understand, you need something to justify the money you spent on an expensive product. I care more for the movies. HD is mostly a marketing ploy to resell you stuff you've already bought. You tell me, will putting House of the Dead in HD make it any better?

I'm with you. Useless format. I know too few people who care.


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