Answered Are prices putting you off.

supermackem

Active Member
I have close to a hundred discs now, however in the past few months if a disc comes out at £24.99 or above unless it’s a movie I really really want I simply won’t buy it now. If it’s £19.99 then I’d buy it Day one, that fiver plus on top puts a disc from a day one pick up to I have to really want it or it has to be a demo disc level. Anyone else put off by that extra fiver?.
 

absolutely80s

Well-known Member
I have close to a hundred discs now, however in the past few months if a disc comes out at £24.99 or above unless it’s a movie I really really want I simply won’t buy it now. If it’s £19.99 then I’d buy it Day one, that fiver plus on top puts a disc from a day one pick up to I have to really want it or it has to be a demo disc level. Anyone else put off by that extra fiver?.
Agree with the 24.99 entry point, but also with the majority of 19.99, unless it’s a must have for me. It won’t be that long before 19.99 titles hit the two for 30 group. 4k steelbooks are another thing however, because most of my wanted titles seem to be released as steels anyway.
 

mckee74

Distinguished Member
I'm not saying this to sound combative, but where are people buying these discs for £24.99 and why?

I have never paid that price point, and haven't had to.
 
I'm not saying this to sound combative, but where are people buying these discs for £24.99 and why?

I have never paid that price point, and haven't had to.
Justice league was that price everywhere on release and I've not seen it come down in price either.

It seems to be Marvel and Star Wars that have held that type of price.
 

mikemag

Distinguished Member
If you want a real laugh, try shopping for UHDs in Ireland. Very few bricks and mortar stockists, with prices that can make you wince, spotted Dracula Untold for €45 in one shop.
 

Supersonic

Member
Prices do put me off. I wouldn't buy at £25 unless it was an absolute must-have film. In fact most of my purchases lately have been second hand on here or ebay/Cex/Music Magpie etc.
 

Jim Di Griz

Distinguished Member
If you want a real laugh, try shopping for UHDs in Ireland. Very few bricks and mortar stockists, with prices that can make you wince, spotted Dracula Untold for €45 in one shop.
Thats a crazy price!
 

simonlewis

Well-known Member
I paid £44-45 For annihilation from america ebay, but generally i think you are right anything more than £19.99 is too much for a 4K blu-ray.
 

Greg Hook

Moderator & Reviewer
Still keeping to a £15-18 limit for UHD. Don’t have a huge amount as I only buy new films, the difference in quality is not great enough to buy films I already own on Blu-ray.

£24.99 is a total pisstake and if anyone pays that more fool them.

The Amazon offer is good at the moment for 2 for £30.
 

Graham

Well-known Member
Yeah it’s a £19.99 limit for me too, but the majority I’ve bought at that price were when the format was new. I recently paid that for The Greatest Showman and The Matrix as they cost that everywhere, but generally I’ll wait for the 2 for £30 deals. HMV’s pure offers have also been brilliant recently - got Close Encounters, Sicario and The Incredible Hulk for £9.99 which was a superb price for each.
 

anlygi

Active Member
The only single title I've paid £25 for was Dunkirk, as I really wanted it and new Warner Bros titles seem to be £25 everywhere on release. Not counting the Blade Runner 2049 steel I paid £30 for...:blush: Also not counting box sets like Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II.

I'm put off by the prices in that I'm only buying titles I really must have and know will get multiple plays. I've also paid £20 for very few, if any, as the rest have been 2 for £30, in a single offer or picked up used.
 

anlygi

Active Member
I take some of you have only been into home cinema a short time ?,all formats when they first came out were pricey.
VHS Tapes £60
LD £35 Box Sets SE up £100
DVD £25
Blu Rays £25

:)
I'm just old enough to have been an adult when DVD come out... I remember the only shop in Belfast that had them was a place called CD Heaven, way before the likes of HMV and Virgin Megastores sold them and paying upto £30 for Region 1 imports. I lived at home at the time though with 90% of my income being disposable! Spent some time in Canada and come home with a case full of DVDs. I then made the jump to Blu-ray not immediately but when the PS3 launched.

With multiple children, including an almost 6ft 13 year old to feed and clothe at adult prices, a home and car to run and a love of time away, I just don't have the desire to throw money at discs again nomatter the cost! Also getting more frugal the older I get :)
 

johnny777

Active Member
I’ve run out of storage for discs, but do keep being tempted by UHD’s. I think majority on here who are into top quality probably pay up. Majority population who are armed with their UHD TV (that probably isn’t really) probably don’t bother with disc any more and stick with Q, Virgin and the streaming services. Q is by far the lowest quality for UHD from what I’ve seen, but still a step up from HD though.
 

4K UHD Fan

Active Member
UHD's are an absolute bargain when I look at my 1993 NTSC Star Wars Trilogy CAV Boxed Set @ £250 (in those days $=£ on imports!) or my £129 NTSC Criterion 2001 CAV Boxed Set!

Edited to say I also have another £10K or so of NTSC LD's in storage no point selling but not much point watching either although some still have a better sound mix than modern formats due to no remixing for the home they are the actual theatrical sound mix & the difference is vast as no SPL limit or reduced bass levels!
 
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mooperman

Distinguished Member
depends a lot on the film and if/if not atmos/dtsx.... if its a film im a big fan of i dont mind the day 1 purchase around £20 assuming its a decent upgrade.... if its a catalog (jack reacher being a good example of a film i love recently released) that only has a PQ upgrade ive stuck to my original blu ray and might pick it up cheap if it turns out up on the classifieds....

for the most part though i dont think its priced too badly - that said a guy i work with guffawed quite obnoxiously when i told him i paid £20 for thor ragnorok on 4k when he only paid a tenner for the DVD... not an enthusiast so as a member of the general public im guessing he thinks it is expensive.... he is also a bit of a dick though! :D
 

Graham

Well-known Member
I take some of you have only been into home cinema a short time ?,all formats when they first came out were pricey.
VHS Tapes £60
LD £35 Box Sets SE up £100
DVD £25
Blu Rays £25

:)
I paid quite astonishing sums for laserdiscs in the past - £250 for the Star Wars set, £75+ for the Alien and Aliens Special Editions. All beautifully packaged but eye wateringly expensive. Also, all those terrible quality VHS tapes I bought for £10.99 / £12.99 at Our Price , Virgin etc years ago...so I’m well versed with high prices but the difference is that I’m not sure there is the appetite these days for buying a film on yet another format when it’s another bit of plastic on the shelves and the quality jump from BR to UHD, while obviously there, is on the majority of people’s kit quite subtle. 1080p Blu-ray can look magnificent even on a projection screen. I remember seeing DVD demonstrated and was blown away - I knew straight away that was the end of laserdiscs for me.

Also, I think that for many people, streaming is good enough quality and much more convenient. Certainly I don’t feel that I’m missing out on much when I get an apple 4K movie, especially with atmos on the horizon.

Having said all that, is £20 a fair price all things considered? Yes I think it is. But even then I’ll think twice about it. £25 is too much for me and £30/£32 for 4K steelbooks is way too much for me to bite.

PS off topic but thinking about laserdiscs vs DVDs makes me think of the disc changes on laserdisc - Aliens was on 3 discs / 6 sides! Plus it sounded like a piece of factory machinery when it started to spin up to play a disc. Unbelievable.
 
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anlygi

Active Member
Another thing I've noticed in the classifieds recently is a few people selling their entire UHD collections. It would be great to get their take on it. I thought about it myself but now I'm set on an atmos system so it's here to stay. I think equipment plays a lot in it.
 

Indiana Jones

Moderator
I buy the odd £25 title but thanks to Zoom they are only ever £22.50 and if you buy at the right time you can get another £2.50 back from Quidco the rest are certain catalogue releases which have been begging for an upgrade, The Matrix was a fine disc and I can't wait till next week for Predator :)
 

simonblue

Distinguished Member
I'm just old enough to have been an adult when DVD come out... I remember the only shop in Belfast that had them was a place called CD Heaven, way before the likes of HMV and Virgin Megastores sold them and paying upto £30 for Region 1 imports. I lived at home at the time though with 90% of my income being disposable! Spent some time in Canada and come home with a case full of DVDs. I then made the jump to Blu-ray not immediately but when the PS3 launched.

With multiple children, including an almost 6ft 13 year old to feed and clothe at adult prices, a home and car to run and a love of time away, I just don't have the desire to throw money at discs again nomatter the cost! Also getting more frugal the older I get :)
Must admit a lot of the people i knew from the LD/DVD days have now gone,like you family commitment,and other paths.
But i still think pricing not to bad,when compared to the older formats,and as i said it will come down,and the 2/£30 deals seem to be lasting.

:)
 

Indiana Jones

Moderator
DVD needs to be dropped. Blu Rays need to take dvd price and uhd needs bluray price. Done.
DVD is still by far the most popular format with the general public so I don’t see it going anywhere for along time.
 

Broken Hope

Active Member
The only discs I'm willing to pay a higher price for are the Disney releases we aren't getting in the UK, otherwise I always try and get a discount, 2 for £30 etc.
 

iPlod

Active Member
100% agree with the OP - too much.
I’ll take 2 for £30 deals any day, £20 is fair game, but £25 better be very VERY special.
A few places even try £27 for a while (Thor / Star Wars) but drop to £25 eventually as I suppose (hope) nobody’s buying them at that price.

Beyond that, I haven’t come across any £25 discs that have dropped since release.

I’m sure that 90% of the world can’t tell the difference between a 4K disc and a £3 online UHD rental, so the manufacturers need to be careful they don’t price themselves out of existence.
 

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