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War of Worlds: Why so cheap?

Old 10-30-05, 10:10 PM
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War of Worlds: Why so cheap?

I find it very interesting (and a little exciting) that War of the Worlds is very cheap when it comes out this Tuesday (9.99 at Best Buy and 8.99 at Circuit City). Usually movies like this (2 disc set) are like 15 when they come out and then go up to 20 bucks and then gradually over time the price falls off.

And then there's news that discs are going to go a lot cheaper even before Black Friday occurs.

Anyone think discs are going to get cheaper? Is this a trend? Usually this happens to a particular title when a Special Edition comes out. Could this also be because HD-DVD / Blu-Ray discs are around the corner and manufacturers need to make room in their warehouse?

Just thought this may be an interesting topic.
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Old 10-30-05, 10:15 PM
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Are you talking about the 1953 film or the new Tom Cruise movie? I am not surprised that the 50s version is coming out at this price since there isn't really that high a demand from your average consumer I would guess. Just adding to the hype for the Cruise flick.
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The reason it's cheap is that they are warming people up for the 2005 release which is soon to come. Think of it as a "pre-sell."
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I noticed the low price as well. I don't know much about this certain DVD, but the price certainly entices me. I really hope we see cheaper prices.
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That's the single-disc 1953 War of the Worlds that is coming out for $9.99 this week (and that price isn't really surprising at all for a Paramount genre catalog title). The 2-disc DVD of the 2005 production will be out on 11/22/05 (along with widescreen and fullscreen single-disc versions).

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As others pointed out, this is for the '53 version. I can't wait to pick it up. The review I read at DVD Journal said the source print is flawless and the colors are vivid. Some nice extras make this a very nice release and a bargain at that.
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Old 10-30-05, 11:42 PM
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Paramount Home Entertainment has been giving a lot of catalog re-issues lower retail prices.

EX: Tommy Boy and Clueless' SEs have SRPs of $19.99 US. Most retailers then discount that price to around $13-$15.

War of The Worlds '53 has a retail price of $14.99 US. So most retailers can discount it around $10 or less.
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I remember watching the original War of the Worlds and being really impressed, and a bit surprised, by it. This is interesting to me, considering I was born nearly 20 years after it came out.

I never saw the Cruise one and don't plan on it. All his odd behavior made me lose interest in seeing it.
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Old 10-31-05, 12:06 AM
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Actually the original is way better than the cruise one, Hollywood sure has a way of fucking up classics
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Agreed. George Pal is godly.
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You mean where it says "The Original Version" right on the case...you missed it?
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Old 10-31-05, 08:55 AM
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I was very happy to see the '53 WoW coming out for $10, I'll be picking this up at BB along with Office Space

As others have said, there's several really shiney reviews about this release, as far as the quality of the video, so looking forward to it!
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You can check out this site to see how much the different versions will be. They list the original, and the remake.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/se...313012-5106239
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I have the original DVD of the '53 War Of The Worlds, and I'm happy with it. It's not that I don't want to buy a new cleaner version of it, but it's getting to that time of year where a lot of goodies is coming our way every week. Especially November 22nd, no way I'll afford everything I want to get on that date. But ten bucks is a reasonable price for an old film and I'm glad they didn't charge the consumer 15 bucks or more.
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Just flip your old version for the new one. You could still get $10 for the OOP on eBay.
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$8.99 pricematch - $3 bb bucks = SOLD!
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Originally Posted by Rammsteinfan
$8.99 pricematch - $3 bb bucks = SOLD!
Ditto.
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Old 10-31-05, 05:03 PM
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I have the original DVD of the '53 War Of The Worlds, and I'm happy with it.
This will be a happy triple-dip for me. I have the first domestic disc, the import release....and soon to have this one.

been watching this since about 1968...think thats when my mum first turned me onto it. I was like...5.
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Originally Posted by videoguy
War of Worlds: Why so cheap?
They dropped the word "the" out of the title. Not a huge cut in costs, but it allows them to pass the savings on to you, the buyer.

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Old 10-31-05, 05:37 PM
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Got mine today. Almost bought the old release a few times over the years but never did.
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I'll be buying this one and skipping the Spielberg version.
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Old 10-31-05, 06:33 PM
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Originally Posted by djtoell
That's the single-disc 1953 War of the Worlds that is coming out for $9.99 this week (and that price isn't really surprising at all for a Paramount genre catalog title). The 2-disc DVD of the 2005 production will be out on 11/22/05 (along with widescreen and fullscreen single-disc versions).

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Oh my goodness. My bad. That thought did cross my mind at one point way before I put this up on the board, but I forgot to check. But it still seems titles are in general getting their price reduced quicker and quicker.
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