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Old 04-02-2009, 02:52 PM
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Looks like the retailers have decided not to play the game of releasing the Blu-ray copy early.


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Retailers led by Wal-Mart will go off the studio’s plan and begin selling Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainments Bedtime Stories on Friday, April 3, several days before the title’s scheduled staggered release.

WDSHE set the Adam Sandler title for release on Blu-ray Sunday, April 5, and standard DVD the following Tuesday, April 7. A similar plan by the studio to release the Bolt Blu-ray on March 22, two days before the standard DVD, was derailed after Wal-Mart put both versions out for sale on Friday, March 20, and numerous retailers followed.

A Wal-Mart spokesman confirmed to VB that the chain will begin selling Bedtime Stories on Blu-ray and DVD on April 3.

A Redbox spokesman said the kiosk operations will “follow the competition” and make Bedtime Stories available when others do.

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Hickman and other retailers said they are quite happy about scrapping the Blu-ray head-start strategy with Bedtime Stories. On Bolt, certain stores that did abide by the staggered rules were fielding many customer complaints, retailers said. Customers would see the Blu-ray Bolt and become angry that they couldn’t also buy the standard DVD at the same time.

http://www.videobusiness.com/article/CA6648474.html
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Old 04-02-2009, 03:37 PM
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Yep. The early release of Bolt didn't work, and this probably won't either.

If they want an enforceable gap, they should do at least one week difference.
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Then they're REALLY hear the bitching.

"Tough shit, get a BD player, dumbass dinosaur!"
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Then they're REALLY hear the bitching.

"Tough shit, get a BD player, dumbass dinosaur!"
Suit filed.
Profit!
Cuz that happened when The Matrix was released on DVD before the dominant format??

Of course the sales record set by The Matrix released on DVD 11 weeks before it was available on VHS was broken by The Dark Knight when it was released day & date with DVD.

I wonder how Monsters vs Aliens 3D would do if it gets released in September on Blu-ray and the DVD didn't get released until December.
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Cuz that happened when The Matrix was released on DVD before the dominant format??

Of course the sales record set by The Matrix released on DVD 11 weeks before it was available on VHS was broken by The Dark Knight when it was released day & date with DVD.
BUt the Dark Knight DVD is hardly Warner's best conversions for that format. Funny how the 10 yr old Matrix looks better than TDK on DVD from the same studio?
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BUt the Dark Knight DVD is hardly Warner's best conversions for that format. Funny how the 10 yr old Matrix looks better than TDK on DVD from the same studio?
WTF difference does that make?!? At least you could get The Dark Knight on the the dominant but dying format. TDK on DVD or VOD looks a hell of a lot better than The Matrix did on the nothing else that was available in September, October, or November.
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BUt the Dark Knight DVD is hardly Warner's best conversions for that format. Funny how the 10 yr old Matrix looks better than TDK on DVD from the same studio?
You know, there are times you post where I seriously wonder whether you actually bother thinking before you post.

I mean seriously...wtf does this have to do with what he's talking about? Why does making sense seem to be such a struggle with you?

As for the topic, I guess it isn't surprising 2 days is a bit too awkward to work. And it's probably too early to do this on any broad level (ie longer time span). If you did this with Monsters vs Aliens...they'd sell more Blu-rays than usual...and a lot less DVDs than normal. Which would definitely, at least this year, not be a net benefit.
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WTF difference does that make?!? At least you could get The Dark Knight on the the dominant but dying format. TDK on DVD or VOD looks a hell of a lot better than The Matrix did on the nothing else that was available in September, October, or November.
So we should be grateful to WB for a substandard copy of TDK on DVD, okay, got it.
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So we should be grateful to WB for a substandard copy of TDK on DVD, okay, got it.
No, you should be kicking your own ass for buying a DVD copy of a movie when you have a damn Blu-ray player.
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You know, there are times you post where I seriously wonder whether you actually bother thinking before you post.

I mean seriously...wtf does this have to do with what he's talking about? Why does making sense seem to be such a struggle with you?

As for the topic, I guess it isn't surprising 2 days is a bit too awkward to work. And it's probably too early to do this on any broad level (ie longer time span). If you did this with Monsters vs Aliens...they'd sell more Blu-rays than usual...and a lot less DVDs than normal. Which would definitely, at least this year, not be a net benefit.
This is about how studios are trying their hardest to kill off DVD. I'm just saying that Warner, known before for high quality DVD releases, suddenly loses it's ability to do a decent transfer. Kind of a coincidence, isn't it?
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