Wacky World of Movie Pricing

The pricing for movies, once they leave the big screen, is, in a word, wacky.

There is no apparent rhyme nor reason for the price structure when purchasing DVD, Blu-ray (BD), or Digital (downloadable, or Cloud-based) formats.

The main prices for discs and packages shown here will be taken from Amazon, one of the most competitive pricing retailers in the world.

Furious 7For our first example let’s look at the upcoming release of Furious 7.  As of today, the pre-order price offered at Amazon for the package containing a BD, DVD, digital (i.e., downloadable via iTunes) and an Ultraviolet (UV) copy (redeemable via VuDu, Flixster, etc.) is $22.33.  There is also available a one-disc DVD-only package available for $19.21.  Or, if you prefer just having the online digital UV version, VuDu offers it for $14.99 (SD, HD, or HDX).

Looking at the prices above, there is absolutely no logic.

Consider that a DVD by itself will cost you $19.21 but for only $3.12 more you can add the Blu-Ray disc plus an iTunes digital copy and a UV copy for your VuDu library.  That makes no sense at all.

The above really makes one ask why it cost so much for the lone DVD version or for just the UV version from VuDu? (Please note that VuDu is owned by Wal-Mart, home of “Live Better. Save Money.”)

Admittedly not all offerings are as generous as Furious 7, so, we will take another movie that has been out for a while.

John WickOn Amazon, today, John Wick is available in DVD and UV (i.e. for Flixster) for $9.69.  If you add the BD to that you may purchase the 3 versions for $11.99.  In the deal the BD is the only additional format, for an extra $2.30.  This is not as good of a deal as Furious 7, but it still shows pretty weird pricing.  However, if you just want the digital version, Flixster offers it for $13.99 SD or $14.99 HD, prices that are higher than either of the other offerings.

InsurgentOne more example.  Insurgent.  The BD/Digital edition is $17.92.  For $13.99 the DVD/Digital is available.  VuDu offers the movie in SD for $17.99, seven cents higher than the BD/Digital package and it is even worse for HD or HDX, with a price of $19.99.  If you have 3D capabilities, for only $19.99 you can get the 3D BD/BD/DVD/Digital package.

As a self-professed movie maniac I had been looking at forgetting BD and DVD altogether and going all digital via VuDu, but when one looks at the above pricing it makes absolutely no sense at all.  Other than for profiteering or price gouging.

Therefore, until the powers that be (movie moguls and retailers) can create a pricing formula that drastically reduces digital-only prices this movie lover will only purchase the best deal for the most versions that may be available (ideally like the Furious 7 package), if only because with that package the companies make less profit compared to the other offerings.

Over For Now.

Main Street One

YouCut – Wouldn’t That Be Nice

Here is a unique concept.

While Rep Cantor’s idea may not be practical, may not be realistic, it is this taxpayer’s opinion that perhaps his campaign will open the eyes of people (especially those on Capitol Hill) who are blindly following our dramatic deficit spending spree–all in the name of saving the US economy.

So, even though Cantor’s idea may not fly, it is another way for people to see for themselves where all of our money (and debt) is going, what it is “buying” for us as a nation.

And, based on recent polls Main Street USA is not buying it. Citizens are unhappy with incumbents now residing in Congress.

There are those in Washington DC continuing to try and create a great divide between Main Street USA and Wall Street.

Attempting to, basically, destroy capitalism.

To those people it would seem fair to ask what other system allows individuals from all walks of life to be able to accumulate wealth in so many different ways.

How many people who purchased stock in Wal*Mart or Microsoft early on became wealthy simple because they allowed their money to work for them?

How many people earned seven or more figures from creating and selling something as simple as a “Pet Rock”? (For those too young to remember this, it was a common ordinary rock that was boxed and sold for about ten dollars, claiming it to be the easiest pet to care for.)

While critics scoff at the idea of YouCut, elected representatives may want to look deep within their hearts and their minds at the direction our country is going under their service.

Over For Now.

Main Street One