Retail 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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?!"
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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).