Discussion in 'Coupons, Discounts & Sales' started by jojopuppyfish, Jul 11, 2017.
For anyone who owns it, is it worth getting the Apu Trilogy
Ordered a few more:
Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Earrings of Madame De...
Ballad of Narayama
Haha. I used a coupon on every individual title I purchased.
What titles... How Much?
Just used the same coupon over and over again. Both in store (for the ones that wouldn't accept a coupon online), and online (for each one that worked with a coupon). Benefits of being a member, I guess. This was before they blocked coupons completely from being able to be used on Criterion titles. Some worked, some didn't. That's when I went into the store.
I'm the same way. If I bought every Criterion that I wanted, I'd have to declare bankruptcy, lol!
His Girl Friday
- a forgotten classic !
The first one (Pather Panchali) is one of the most beautiful films ever made.
Held off on The Apu Trilogy but picked up:
The Qatsi Trilogy
As an FYI, the stores and web site often have different prices. The site does allow you to reserve in store, but they'll charge you the store price, which is frequently higher.
Not sure how this applies to the Criterion sale but it's something to watch out for.
Not relevant for the Criterion sale as titles are 50% off in store or online. Only thing you lose with ordering online for in store pickup is the 10% membership discount if you are eligible for that.
They sell Blu-rays for $40, so they are reduced to $20? That is ridiculous in this day and age.
Are you not familiar with criterion? They take titles that won't sell in quantities like Pirates of the Carribean. They present them with the best picture and sound possible and add great supplements, some they create themselves. And with quality artwork and booklet. Well worth the price for a film you enjoy and will watch again. If you're just getting it for something to watch once and put on the shelf, then yes they may seem overpriced. But otherwise those of us who collect criterion don't mind paying for quality, and usually wait for the half off sale
OK I get that, but maybe an initial $30 price point for Blu-rays might make more sense.
In general they are. I just searched Amazon for 400 blows, 39 steps, high and low - all are $25 or less. Criterion.com sells them 'discounted' at $32. But the half off sales are half off the full price of $40.
Fair enough so this "half price" stuff is just marketing?
It's like when Sears, Eatons and The Bay used to have 30-40% off.....their original price was so high that the discount only brought it down to where everyone else priced similar items.
Bingo. criterion.com and b&n both have two 50pct sales every year, and because those four sales are for all in print criterions, it's the cheapest way to buy them. I rarely buy any criterion outside the sales unless it's something new I can't wait for.
I don't buy Criterion titles anymore unless I can get them for at least 50% off. The only exception to this is if there's advance notice that a title is about to go out of print. I think at this point, the 50% off sales are pretty much baked into their business model.
And a $40 Blu-ray purchased for $20 looks like a real bargain to those of us who remember the days of Criterion 3-disc CAV laserdiscs that sold for $125, with some retailers offering a 20% discount.
Stopped at the Barnes and Noble and picked up the following Blu-Ray Criterions:
Akira Kurosawa's Dreams
Throne of Blood
It Happened One Night
His Girl Friday
I had to stop there. Throne of Blood is the only upgrade, I have the previous criterion DVD. Extra 10 percent off for members too.
Anyone p/u recent The Lodger Blu-ray?
maybe get Lodger soon and Rebecca in September.
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