Following positive feedback and response to surveys, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced the extension of its Blu-ray Combo Pack initiatives worldwide. From now on through December 2010, all Disney-branded titles in all regions will be available as Blu-ray/DVD combo editions.
A recent online survey of US home entertainment consumers showed that more than 77% consumers that intend to embrace Blu-ray technology in the near future agree that Combo Packs are a better value than purchasing a DVD or Blu-ray alone.
"Since introducing the industry's first Blu-ray Combo Pack in Fall of 2008, we've seen tremendous consumer interest towards the purchase of product that come fully-loaded with extras that fit into their budgets, desires and lifestyles," commented Bob Chapek, President of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. "The Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack is the perfect marriage of value, quality and versatility all wrapped-up in a single package."
When Disney first pioneered the Combo Pack with the Blu-ray release of 'Sleeping Beauty' in October 2008, the intention at the time was to allow consumers without Blu-ray players the opportunity to "future proof" their collections. Today, there are two different incarnations of the Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack on shelf: a BD/DVD pack, or a BD/DVD/Digital Copy pack. The way Disney sees it, the Blu-ray Disc can be used at home to maximize high definition home entertainment systems, the DVD in the car, and the Digital Copy on a PC or mobile device.
Like the idea of combo packs but Disney blu rays are the most expensive blu-rays out there, which is why I don't own any except for Wall-E, which was a gift. Is Disney planning to make these more affordable?
Dont force us. Remember, the best thing to do is give the consumer the option of choosing. So let us decide if we want a Bluray or a Bluray/DVD combo pack. This way, the people with kids can get the combo pack, and the people with no interest in SD DVD can get the Bluray alone
photograph17, "Wall-E" is only 20 bucks. 25 if you get the version with a digital copy, although at the time of release on Amazon, they were strangely the same price. "Ratatouille" is 22.50 right now and "Cars" is under 20 bucks.
My advice to you is to wait on some titles. For example, when "Ghostbusters", "Matrix" (standalone), and "Boondock Saints" came out I jumped on them. 20 for "Saints" and "Ghosts" and 25 for "Matrix". Within weeks of release I could have nabbed the first two for 13 bucks on Amazon new and "Matrix" for 15. You can also get used copies on Amazon for very little money.
I enjoy this DVD included thing because I have a friend who is 22 but lives at home with her family which includes younger brothers. We split the cost and she keeps the DVD version
I'm with bondfooll on this one, though if it's not terribly more expensive than if it was BD only, it can come in handy (people who want to borrow your movie can get the DVD copy, for example).
photograph17, obriensg1 lists good tips for you. I just want to add that Disney has always been one of the top BD quality producers with their films, so even if they charge a couple of dollars over what others charge for their films, it's well deserved. I'd rather pay a little extra for top notch reference quality material with HD sound than a subpar cut with DD at regular price, like some other studios - therein lies the real rip off.
Once again, I'm happy that most Di$ney titles I'm interested in are Miramax, Hollywood Pictures and Touchstone not "classic animation." They wouldn't/didn't pull this sh*te with CRIMSON TIDE and likely won't with, say, SWINGERS and/or whenever they get around to releasing BDs of (long non-anamorphic on DVD) HORSE WHISPERER, QUIZ SHOW and ARMAGEDDON.
This is good news for people who only own DVD players. I personally don't need 1000 dics for one movie. I just want the 1 disc or 2 if it was the special features. That's it. Why would I use the DVD version? It might be useful for people who don't own BD players but what the hell would I do with the Digital copy????? I have over many BD collection and never used the Digital copy... Waste of discs and money.
In Canada, the blu ray of Wall-E is still $32 and $38 for the version with the digital copy on Amazon.ca (as well as other retailers). Their releases of Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio and Bug's Life are $32 or higher. If they were priced like their U.S. counterparts I might purchase but for now I won't.
I don't know bout the rest of you but regardless of it being just the blu-ray,combo, and or digital copy the price is never more or less. I like how they have been putting the dvd and digital copy on one disc recently! Those three disc sets seem to be more prone to breaking and are easily damaged. Even though I may never use the dvd if it comes with it for the same price in the same case who cares?
Hey DeXon, I also absolutely hate the bigger cases and on rare occasions, the smaller cases(although only Austin Powers was the smaller cases) and I could care less about the extra DVD! Who needs a standard definition DVD!?! I like the standard blu-ray cases only and don't need that bonus DVD!
cant these people just buy a new blu ray player £150 or $200 dollars and forget dvd. we need to move on from dvd. I do not want dvd in my blu ray collection and who in their right mind would buy a blu ray if they do not have a blu ray player? I would never future proof my investment. Im either with a product or not.
I understand what people are saying - that they should have a choice to buy a blu-ray only. I actually don't mind getting a dvd included as I have one blu ray player and a couple of dvd players. My kids make frequent use of the dvds while together as a family we watch the blu. My kids have probably seen Bolt on DVD at least 10 times.
Also we have a DVD player in the car and this is useful for long road trips.
I for one hate paying extra for a DVD or a DC-DVD that I am unlikely to ever use, but, I can understand why some people might want a DVD copy (e.g. for the kids to destroy).
Nevertheless, they should only include the DVD with new titles, not catalog titles, since most people who buy Disney animation already own the DVD (e.g. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and Monster's Inc.). Since DVDs cost cents to produce, it's just a way to make easy money. Otherwise, why not offer a BD-only version?
So Disney is gonna screw us loyal BD customers? I'm in the process of replacing my small dvd collection. Why the f*** would I wanna pay more for a dvd copy thats gonna be absolutely worthless to me?! F*** disney!
I hated this with Bolt because I was forced to pay extra for a combo when all I wanted was the blu-ray. If they also sell stand-alone blu-ray then I don't care, but if they're forcing combos on everyone, then Boooo! Hissssss!
I think it would save them time if they just make the DVD a 2 sider with the film on one side and the digital copy on the flip side that way they save a bit and do more with a 2 disc set. I never use the digital copy but it's nice to have a dvd. I think ALL Studio's should do this you then get your money's worth. IMO
I like the idea also, since I have kids, and the dvd comes in handy for portable dvd players, lending out the movie to family, etc. I know that with some of them, Snow White for example, I'll wind up with 2 copies of the dvd, but I'll just sell/trade/give the original release and keep the newer one. I also don't mind the digital copies 'cos I just recently downloaded over 20 of them to my computer, which is hooked up to the tv, and my kids can just click a few buttons to watch some of their movies. I am also planning on getting an itouch soon, so I'll be able to take some of the movies I have downloaded with me whenever I want. I hate the thicker cases as well, and I liked how they initially did it with the dvd in a separate sleeve like Sleeping Beauty. Oh, and for the record, I STILL don't have a blu-ray player in my house yet (I have access to one when I visit/bother my brother), but I've been picking up the blu's 'cos they have the dvd and/or digital copy with them, and it's too tempting to get the blu-ray now so I don't have to pick it up later. I've even noticed that the blu's have been like $1 or so more than the 2-disc dvd versions, so it made more sense to pick up the blu-ray release since I'll be getting a player later this year. There have also been some great coupons on Disney blu's for new releases. I picked up some of the Disney blu-ray releases for less than the dvd version when they first get released. IMHO, keep the cases regular sized, give folks an option like they did with Wall-E to get the extra dvd/dc version or just pick up the blu, and package the dvd/dc in a separate sleeve that can be easily removed from the case. I wouldn't want a flipper disc though; I hate those.
Here is why this is good for Disney movies. I want a blu-ray copy, but my kids watch them in their portable in the car. Think I want them taking the blu copy? NO, even if there was a blu portable, which there isn't. Laptops don't count. Now this doesn't apply to say, Paramount, but it does to Disney and Pixar too, for that matter.
And don't hod your breath hoping for alternative boxes, some with the DVD and some without. I doubt they will make that much effort.