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Pirates on Blu-ray First, DVD Release Coming Later On

Posted July 14, 2011 10:25 PM by Webmaster

Walt Disney PicturesWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is getting ready to test the market with a bold move. The studio has apparently chosen to delay the DVD-only release of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), which will arrive in stores on November 15th, almost a month after the film debuts on Blu-ray.

Disney will release Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides as a two-disc Blu-ray and DVD combo pack and five-disc combo pack with 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy on October 18th.


Source: HomeMediaMagazine | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

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tomrule123
 - Jul 14, 2011

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Well, at least it's not as if many DVD fans have to wait a month for a DVD. Thank God for Combo packs. XD

obriensg1
 - Jul 14, 2011

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Yeah and at this point, most smart people should be future proofing their collections, as long as they are getting the DVD now. I know a buddy of mine was liking combo packs for that reason before he bought his first BD player

TheTimeTraveler-808
 - Jul 14, 2011

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I Wish All Studios will follow this.....

cjamescook
 - Jul 14, 2011

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Is this really a new experiment? I thought someone had done this move previously with another release, though maybe only a two week delay for DVD, not a month.

tru blu
 - Jul 14, 2011

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I think this is a great idea. They should do this with all titles.

pro-bassoonist
 - Jul 14, 2011

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This is definitely a new development. No major studio has previously experimented with a major release of this caliber.

It will be interesting to see how the rest of the big studios react, as well as the market.

denger76
 - Jul 14, 2011

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Makes perfect sense to me - though I don't care too much for the DVD with my blu ray! Love the idea of a DVD only release a month later than the BD release.

Hakman
 - Jul 14, 2011

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I'm really glad to see this start to happen. It's exactly what happened when VHS was finally starting to get phased out in favor of DVD - the VHS release would come well after the DVD release, and there weren't combo packs back then.

DVD had its time in the limelight, but now it's time for blu-ray to take over. Personally, I won't watch DVDs any more, unless it's something that isn't on blu-ray or is on a little portable where I wouldn't get any added benefits from blu-ray anyways.

Maybe all it'll take is a little push like this to get people to adopt blu-ray on a bit larger scale. If they want the DVD right away they'll buy the combo pack. Once they get enough maybe they'll figure since they've got a few blu-rays they might be a bit more inclined to pick up a player and give it a shot.

I'll admit, I was completely indifferent to blu-ray before I upgraded. I found a pretty decent blu-ray player on sale online for $100 (50% off) brand new and decided "why not?" I've never looked back since, and I don't want to. That was the little push that it took to get me to jump onto the blu-ray bandwagon, and I'm so glad I did. That was almost a year and a half ago, and my blu-ray collection already far exceeds my DVD collection - by just over three fold. Not that my DVD collection was ever substantial.

iraino
 - Jul 14, 2011

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I hope more studios will start doing this.

Minimejer05
 - Jul 14, 2011

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Awesome! Way to punch DVD in the uterus.

mikesncc1701
 - Jul 15, 2011

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SpartanIre
 - Jul 15, 2011

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Ummm, the logical reason would be to phase out the subpar brand for the superior... I mean it is not like their is a price difference. Make the jump for the BD player whomever is holding out - more likely than not it will up-convert the dvd quality anyway...

wnicholas76
 - Jul 15, 2011

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Bold move indeed, Disney. All studios should follow Disney's lead. I guess those that want just the DVD had better go on and get the BD/DVD combo pack on day one.

hotandserious
 - Jul 15, 2011

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They did this back when Snow White came out, didn't they?

How many of you here would change your tune if Disney opted to only release the 3D pack a month before the standard Blu release? Would be a-okay w/ me - but I bet a bunch of would be bitching and moaning.

3D haters come and get me...

;-)

frogmort
 - Jul 15, 2011

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Bye Bye DVD! Maybe stuff like this will help us get more catalog titles released on blu-ray.

blu-mike
 - Jul 15, 2011

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Now those DVD moms will whine around xD lol they should do this with more movies this year.

K i r a
 - Jul 15, 2011

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I'm behind this 100%

What I don't like, though, is them pushing it back further and further. Dates were as followed:

Sept. 20th
Oct. 4th
Oct. 18th

The last two were literally announced only hours apart. It's a good move, don't get me wrong, but the later you release it, the more competition you may have with other blockbusters such as X-Men, Super 8 and maybe even Captain America, shall they fast track that one. I would say Green Lantern, too, but... Well, you know- Movie was garbage.

Joen
 - Jul 15, 2011

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Worth remembering that Pirates 4 was not that big in the US. Hard to remember as it has crossed the billion dollar mark globally, but only 23% of that came from the US. In the UK, Pirates 4 is coming out on all formats on September 12. Not sure I can sit through that again. The appeal that Parts 2, 3 and 4 have is beyond me. 1 is a classic, but the other 3 are a convoluted mess.

pixarforlife
 - Jul 15, 2011

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dobyblue
 - Jul 15, 2011

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I'm surprised it took this long, DVD was only 2.5 years old when Warner released The Matrix on DVD several weeks before the VHS.

Good stuff Disney, nice to include a DVD in the combo pack as well...not something which would have worked well with DVD + VHS, lol.

MJW
 - Jul 15, 2011

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I, too, started buying combo packs long before I had any plans for an HDTV, let alone a Blu-ray player!

threefiftyrocket
 - Jul 15, 2011

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makes no difference to me! I will buy this Day 1 b/c oh yeah, I want it on BD!!! Will give me a chance to give the DVD to my parents too before they buy it, like I tell them to do every time I buy a combo pack... ha ha ha. And the death of DVD has begun! Not surprising its Disney that makes the first big move to do this though, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say other studios will start following suit now...

BluRayFreak
 - Jul 15, 2011

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Sorry, I'm not supporting this.

Everybody I know that has kids and a minivan has a DVD player in the back for the kids, not Blu-Ray...And there is still a bigger installed DVD base than Blu-Ray, so DVDs aren't going anywhere anytime soon. Once Disney realizes that not everybody is going to run and buy Blu-Ray combo packs, they will reconsider. Anybody that has kids knows that disks don't last very long around them, and parents will re-think purchasing overpriced Disney titles over and over again once they get all scratched up.

This is nothing more than Disney charging people more to buy Blu-Ray combos than just a regular DVD.

Haters can commence voting down my opinion now...seems to be the trend around here that when an opinion differs from the "majority" they all get voted down...has already happened on this topic.

obriensg1
 - Jul 15, 2011

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If parents let kids work DVDs, and they get scratched, they should stop them. When I was a kid, if I wasn't being careful with a VHS, I was told I wasn't allowed to operate VCR. With all the digital Tv of nowadays surely you can teach the kids how to work that to find entertainment, and let a parent load a disc.

RakuMon
 - Jul 15, 2011

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This isn't a new practice for Disney. They released Beauty and the Beast on combo pack in October 2010 before releasing a DVD-only version the following month.

servocrow
 - Jul 15, 2011

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please keep in mind that we in this forum are a select group of people, granted the format is catching on and will continue to do so, however keep in mind that a LARGE segment of people cant or wont convert to BR for a handful of reasons...some of which are listed above....too many to list

the market is still very shared, i really think all this is going to do for this title is slow DVD sales for this title

if the said title was a previoulsy unreleased title of MUCH bigger caliber..it MIGHT have a small ripple effect.

Disney is missing the mark....want to cut costs?? get rid of digital downloads...waste of too many resources to list, again

bolski
 - Jul 15, 2011

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At least you get a DVD version with the blu-ray. We have a blu-ray player at home, but our portable player is the normal DVD format, so it's nice to still have it on the day of release. I know my kids are thankful for that if they wish to watch the movie in the car on long trips.

SpaceDog
 - Jul 15, 2011

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I'm thrilled that Disney is extending this program to non-animated/non-catalog titles. I do hope to see a day when this is the standard. While I think it's possible that some people may never "go blu", I think most people should be thinking about future proofing. Double dips suck - especially if a bit of future planning can prevent them.

hotandserious
 - Jul 15, 2011

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Give me a break - It follows that everyone who supports this practice should also then support a "3D pack only" release one month in advance since the film was shot in 3D and intended to be presented in that form.

seigneur_rayden
 - Jul 15, 2011

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DVD this, DVD that,... blah blah blah.... Quit whining!!! If U want the DVD, wait and buy it when it released.
People need to be pushed or they will never adopt new technologies. Even if it's not going to work, they still have to try different strategies.

WhySoCereal
 - Jul 15, 2011

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Interesting, I think I like this idea.

SpartanIre
 - Jul 15, 2011

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Not all 3D films are actually intended to be 3D. Many are converted from 2D after filming. Some, like Alice in Wonderland, had the 2D filming done with 3D conversion in mind but that appears to be the exception and not the rule with most 2D/3D conversions.

hotandserious
 - Jul 15, 2011

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Every shot in Pirates 4 was conceived and filmed in 3D using the RED Mysterium-X cameras

Ashamed Pegasus
 - Jul 15, 2011

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As a BD supporter this is a great idea. But looking at it from all perspectives this is not good at all. How would we like it if studios started releasing DVD new releases a month before the BD? Or how about XBOX360 games a month before the PS3 version?

Despite what most people here believe, DVD is still outselling BD, and all they're doing is pissing off more people who are willing to buy a movie, and now might be inclined to just watch it on the internet for free.

This practice is good for BD, but bad for physical media.

javir
 - Jul 15, 2011

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is not the same thing as VHS, i mean how many of you actually bought a movie on VHS on release day? and if I remember correctly they were like $100 then after a month the price would go down to like 20 and sold at stores. Anyways I dont think Disney will lose any money over this, most people that buy dvd will buy it when the price comes down to lik $7 and thats like a month or two from release day.

Troy73
 - Jul 15, 2011

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As a Blu-ray supporter all I can say is it's about time! As I adopted Blu-ray as my preferred format I've watched the market and have wondered about one thing, why do I have to have a DVD copy included in my Blu-ray release? Meanwhile, DVD buyers don't have to buy a Blu-ray in their release. Wouldn't it make more sense to just release the combo packs to satisfy both parties? DVD buyers have been asked to make no concessions at all until now and I don't see why it should be a problem for them. They have to wait another month or buy the combo pack, pretty simple and fair. Just as fair as all those useless DVDs I've had to buy over the years. Bravo Disney!!!

unjichan
 - Jul 15, 2011

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As a consumer i dont think this is going to hurt disney, many people are ready to move on,
Even when not ready with equipments but with this people can slowly make a transition to blu ray, while the dvd is included.
Its not that disney has stopped making dvd, people can think, with less than $10 added and you can invest for future changes
Its a pretty smart move for both disney and people who follow it.
My comment also say the same thing to 3d. There are choices and its not that hard to make one.
Even if i dont own 3d tv id still go with 3d pack, yes just in case and $10 now is better than double dipping

Mr. Joshua
 - Jul 16, 2011

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All that should be released now is the blu-ray and blu-ray only no DVD and no digital copy. Just put the digital copy on the blu-ray. One disc to rule them all... Jeez this was the whole reason for blu-ray one disc with everything on it.

Petyr_Baelish
 - Jul 16, 2011

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It would be better to cancel the dvd altogether and just do the combo pack.

kg1
 - Jul 16, 2011

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$15 for my DVD!

DanzG
 - Jul 16, 2011

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What the hell is a DVD?

Thy_Fett_Returns
 - Jul 16, 2011

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Disney has done this several times before. I believe the first time was with Snow White.

Gardenofstone10
 - Jul 17, 2011

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I really like that move, I hope the numbers prove to go well because if anyone can change the tide of things, it's Disney

Bluyoda
 - Jul 17, 2011

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This is the first time with a new title however. There is the difference. I couldn't care less about DVDs, and it's about time someone started to act on it.

ChipmunksDad
 - Jul 17, 2011

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Pirates on Blu-ray First, DVD Release Coming Later On
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Too bad it doesn't read: Pirates on Blu-ray. No DVD.

AcidRain
 - Jul 17, 2011

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Disney should only do 2 sets. 1. BD-movie and DVD copy and 2. BD-3D movie, BD-2D movie and BD-extra. no dvd only version and the digital copy like warner does it, just a code and no disc. these 5 disc combos are pretty dumb.

LordRaymond
 - Jul 17, 2011

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Buying 5 Disc Pirates 4 Blu ray Day one! Don't care about DVD.

The Critic
 - Jul 18, 2011

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Bold move Cotten, Lets see if it pays off!

Firstborn
 - Jul 22, 2011

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It's an odd title to choose to test the "water" with.... seeing as no-one really cared for this movie at all, it's not exactly gonna sell Blu-ray players is it!


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