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Nightmare on Elm Street, Splice, Exorcist on Single-disc Blu-ray at Walmart

Posted October 6, 2010 09:56 AM by Juan Calonge

Blu-ray MoviesRetail giant Walmart is selling several recent Blu-ray releases from Warner Home Video in single-disc versions: A Nightmare on Elm Street and Splice can be bought without accompanying DVD and digital copies. The Exorcist is also available in a single-disc and non-DigiBook edition - but in this case more substantial contents are lost (especially the original theatrical cut of the movie).

Indeed, the single-disc release of The Exorcist includes only the Extended Cut, whereas the original theatrical cut is missing, along with all the extras included in disc 2 of the DigiBook edition. For more information, see Blu-ray.com's review.



Different editions of Nightmare on Elm Street and Splice on a Walmart shelf
(photo courtesy "DetroitSportsFan")




These alternate editions are available in stores only.


Source: Blu-ray.com forum | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

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Wdm81
  Oct 06, 2010
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Has anyone been able to find Splice? I tried Best buy and futureshop and neither of them had any. The clerk at Best Buy told me he had never heard of it and that it wasn't even listed in their system...I'm thinking he was just an idiot though

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paper tiger
  Oct 06, 2010
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I buy everything from Amazon. They have it.

Have you seen it yet? I really want to see it but haven't really heard anything about it.

HoosierRampage
  Oct 06, 2010
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Warner Bros. had an issue with the manufacturer of their movies and Splice and Nightmare on Elm St. DVD/Blu-rays are shipping late to some retail/rental businesses. My company has only received the Blu-rays of both titles, but hopefully will have DVDs today/tomorrow.

Rainman208
  Oct 06, 2010
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Saw Splice in the theater. It's predictable but still interesting. More creepy than "gotcha" scary. The Blu ray section at my local store is horrible so I'm not sure if it's even worth checking or just wait for a good price online.

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Wdm81
  Oct 06, 2010
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Thanks for the info. Yes I've seen Splice and I really enjoyed it, It's got that sort of 80's Horror feel to it, and it's also the type of horror that you think "perhaps this kind of stuff is actually happening out there in the world?" which adds to the enjoyment of the film. Most haters say the film falls apart in the third act, but I quite enjoyed that part of the film

If I had to rate it i'd give it a solid 7.5 out of 10

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paper tiger
  Oct 06, 2010
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Thanx Wdm81 & Rainman208.

I will probably wait for Splice to work its way up my Netflix Queue or grab it on a Black Friday deal.

Thank you, I'm looking forward to seeing it.
F13BluRay
  Oct 06, 2010
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I enjoyed Splice. Though it did start to come apart in the last 15mins. It was extremely creepy for a few reasons which I wont mention. My BB and UE had plenty of copies

RJ MacReady
  Oct 06, 2010
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I don't have a copy to know for certain, but judging by the back packaging of the single disc Nightmare at the local Wal-Mart, it seems to be missing some features of the combo pack like the Maniacal Movie Mode.

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fettastic
  Oct 06, 2010
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Splice is a good flick that goes into some pretty bizarre places. Saw this at Best Buy but didn't want to pay their bloated price. A single-disc set sounds good to me.

Dr. Manhattan
  Oct 06, 2010
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I wanted to pick up NoES and luckily I went to Wal-Mart and found out about the 1-disc set. At least that way if I don't like it I can just trade it in to Movie Stop and lose the money I would've spent on renting it at Blockbuster.

BillieCassin
  Oct 06, 2010
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I think this is great. I love having the choice of spending extra to get the DVD/Digital Copy, or just five bucks less to get the regular version. I'd like to see this on more titles. I know some people will say, "Well, five bucks big deal", but if I see a movie I kind of want on an impulse buy, and it's $25, probably not. Keeping it under that magic $20 number makes it much more likely, and if it's a title I haven't preordered that means I didn't want it that badly anyway - and if that's how I feel about a movie I certainly don't need it on DVD and digital as well.

jonsmith369
  Oct 06, 2010
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Can anyone confirm if either one of these movies is missing special features if you buy the single disc version instead of the combo pack?
NateR119
  Oct 06, 2010
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Yes. I bought the Nightmare on Elm Street and Splice single disc editions. They are missing most of the special features that the combo set has. The NOES only has the one 13 min feature. Its missing bluray live features, the alternate scenes, deleted scenes, and the Manical Movie Mode.

Not sure what the combo pack disc looks like, but the single disc looks very generic.

I would compare these single disc editions to the special Rental copies of movies that they put into Redbox's. Generic looking disc, boring-non moving menu, little to no features.

Minimejer05
  Oct 06, 2010
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Id buy the separate releases if they still included a slipcover
Akubrick1
  Oct 06, 2010
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I'm very curious about the marketing strategy as I see more and more of these pop up. I fear that releasing these only at the retail juggernaut Wal-Mart may be means of the studios crunching numbers to determine if SE content is still worth their producing dollars. "We can get away with bare-bones?!"
NateR119
  Oct 06, 2010
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Akubrick1. I see your worries. But I personally think its more so the Studio simply trying to please everybody. If you remember, they did something similar with DVD years and years back and they still continue to practice it. Special edition DVD loaded with features for $25 or $30. Or a bare bones movie only dvd for $20. Not everyone wants special features and the studios are aware of that. And lets face it, the majority of shoppers who frequent stores like Walmart could care less about content. They just want to be able to pick up a movie for $20 or less. In fact, they still continue this practice with DVD. Only the prices are much lower today. Now you can pick up the special edition DVD for $20 and the bare bones DVD is typically $13 to $15. I figured it was only a matter of time before they started doing this with bluray.

As someone above mentioned, its an easy to be able to price a new release Bluray at that "magic" $20 impulse buy price point.
Brian.
  Oct 06, 2010
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Does anyone know if the single disc version of the Exorcist has all of the special features on disc 1 (the extended version) of the DigiBook version? Because the disc 2 (theatrical cut) special features are only the ones from the previous DVD (which I own) and are in SD. So if the single disc has all of the new features from disc 1, I can buy that and the only thing I'll be missing is the theatrical cut in HD (though I'll still have it on SD on the DVD).

BluPayne4400
  Oct 06, 2010
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Nightmare on elm street the new one is not worth $9.96 to me

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BluPat
  Oct 06, 2010
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I bought the single disc Blu-ray at Wal-Mart because I wanted the Blu-ray case NOT the Digi-Book. Studios used to put good stuff on DVD's back in the day with Theatrical Trailers, TV Spots, Making of....but nowadays, it's all about BD-Live content, online connectivitiy, and all that BS. I couldn't care less about having my Blu-ray connect to a studio website or anything else. I want the Blu-ray for these reasons: The upgrade to Hi-Def picture and sound of my favorite films and, yes, the Special Features for THE MOVIE itself.....not everything else that has nothing to do with it. That's just a waste of space that could have been utilized for plenty of features that have to do with that particular film.

Now, giftsets like Warner Brothers' 'Casablanca', 'Gone With The Wind', and 'Wizard of Oz'......that's a different story. For the extra $$$ you get PHYSICAL items like reproduction lobby cards, books, photos, etc. of the stars. I don't mind paying money for things such as that. But paying extra for BD-Live content?....forget that crap.

ALL I WANT ARE FEATURES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH THE MOVIE I AM BUYING. Period.

BLURAYSONYES
  Oct 06, 2010
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I dont see any point of this being top news. Many other stores always have their own edition of any new released movies. I dont see this posted every week about other movies from other stores.

danman227460
  Oct 06, 2010
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For people in Canada, I heard this was delayed because the rights to Splice belonged to another studio, E1 entertainment. So you might want to hold off on Splice or find an American friend, E1 has done some terrible things to previous releases.

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Wdm81
  Oct 06, 2010
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Thanks for the news danman. This is pretty shitty though, I mean what does this mean in terms of PQ or extras, will it be a copy of the WB disc only with a different packaging, or is this to be a whole seperate release? figures the best Canadian film ever made would get screwed on it's DVD release

To the Blu-ray.com writers, can we get clarification on whats happening with the canadian release of splice, i'm sure you can dig deeper then I can

danman227460
  Oct 06, 2010
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Wdm81 - Sorry I mixed up VVS with E1. E1 have been good and they release the same discs as their American counter parts. Avoid anything with VVS though.

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Wdm81
  Oct 06, 2010
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Cool, well glad to see that we should get basically the American version, I still hate that we have to wait an extra week though

The film isn't even listed on Bestbuy.ca or futureshop.ca which is kind of wierd but it does show up on amazon.ca for pre-order

wimp420
  Oct 07, 2010
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i went there and got the combo for nightmare...for 5 bucks more i get a dvd, and it said alternate ending/beginning/extra scene that i didnt see on the single pack.
oh well.

Shagadelic
  Oct 07, 2010
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I love the digibooks especially the Exorcist, some don't, guess that makes me lucky? Anywho wouldn't mind grabbing Splice if I knew if it was good? No thanks to NETFLIX, I just do not have a use for them anymore.

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fettastic
  Oct 07, 2010
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I have been sending these bonus DVDs to my sister so if I get these on sale or at a resale shop I could get the combo packs I suppose. not in a real hurry to see either film again, although I did marginally like them.
theonemacduff
  Oct 08, 2010
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For Canadian readers: I saw Splice actually physically in Future Shop on Tuesday (release date) but it doesn't exist on their webpages; and then it vanished. I assumed it sold out. It wasn't in WalMart, and I didn't check HMV, though often they have titles others don't. So I don't know if it's a rights issue or what, but it's not really available, not this week anyway.

For Canadian producers to avoid: I nominate Alliance Atlantis. Their issues of The Pianist, both in DVD and BR were absolutely horrible PQ. The BR was actually 1080i, even though it didn't say so on the packaging.
gamer_12
  Oct 11, 2010
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I would probably buy the single disc versions for impulse movies I haven't seen before. I'm hoping Wal-Mart has Altitude on sale and in Blu-ray because Amazon is charging way too much for a movie I want to buy but haven't seen. I won't pay $26 for something like that. I'd prefer to only pay $15 or less in that situation. Wal Mart Frozen in BD for $15, also an Anchor Bay title (like Altitude).
SnakePlissken
  Oct 12, 2010
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Wal-Mart had the same thing going on today with 'Jonah Hex' and 'Lost Boys: The Thirst'. It looks like there are some special features missing from the $20 varities.

Phxsns1
  Oct 31, 2010
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I'd like to have the theatrical version of The Exorcist, though.


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