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Boxed-set Prices

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by PoochJD, May 31, 2003.

  1. PoochJD

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    Hi,

    Bit of a strange question this one. DVD boxed sets can be quite pricey, as we all know, even if you buy them on the internet, (regardless of region).

    Anyhow, when Fox started to release "The X-Files", they had a general retail price of about £79-99 (or £60-ish on the net). This was for 6-discs, containing a full 22 episode season of a TV series.

    Then Fox released "24" Season 1, for just £49-99 (about £35 on the net). Again, for 6-discs. After this, we have the "Buffy" and "Angel" sets, which also have 6 discs, but cost £79-99 (or about £65 on the Net). "Babylon 5" retails at about £54-99 for six discs, as does "Dark Angel".

    I now see that WHSmiths and HMV, are selling "NYPD Blue: Season 1" on UK DVD, for just £39-99. The show has 6 discs, plus a good couple of hours of extras, excluding all the audio commentaries.

    My question is this: bearing in mind all of these TV shows are extremely popular, (at least in sales figures), how can Fox charge less than £7 per disc for about 3 hours of material (for boxed sets of TV shows like "NYPD Blue"), yet get away with charging the best part of £15-£20 for a single 2 or 3-hour film on one disc, (like "Braveheart", "The X-Files Movie"), et al?

    It's not as if these films are rare, or specialist discs that need to make back their cost, so what gives? Surely, if Fox (or whomever) is likely to sell X thousand copies, then they could charge less.

    Can anyone enlighten me on how the whole pricing structure works when it comes down to single disc-films (or double-discers) and boxed sets of TV shows, please? (I can still remember paying £79-99 for "The X-Files: Season 1" boxed set on VHS! Go into HMV and Virgin now, and they're £19-99, and normally in a buy one, get one free sale as well!

    Pooch
     
  2. apul

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    i guess its becasue there are some people out there who will pay £80 for an x-files or buffy series, but there are less that will pay that amount for other things like nypd blue
     
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    Apul, Nail and head comes to mind along with the word hits.
     
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    A film, usually, costs millions but not a few eps. of some series which already has much of what it needs at hand week in week out. The prices are obscene though. Both forms get, often, huge revenues also from cinema for the former and tv for both. Greedy monkeys.
    Makes you wonder if hd dvd and/or blu-ray dvd play movies will drive down the cost of the current format in a few years as dvd has done to video, logic would suggest so.
     
  5. ferris57

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    Well, I know when buffy changed from wb to upn, upn paid fox over 100 million for seasons 6 and 7!!! so your talking serious money for tv shows.

    The reason why the box sets cost as much as they do is simple. Viweing figures for buffy at its peak are around 6 million in the us and probably around a couple of hundred thousand here in the uk. Of a relatively small audience compared to cinema figures fewer still buy the dvd's. So the market for tv show box sets is far smaller than it is for movies. Particularly when you consider the type of movies with budgets as big as buffy.

    Hence they have to charge more to make it worth their while to make the dvd boxsets for the small number of people who buy them. After all, when the 100million from upn is added to the worldwide sales of the show as well as merchandise sales, it would have to be worth there while to make the dvd's when they don't need to do it.
     
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    Add roughly 2.5 million to your UK Buffy figures and that's near.

    You don't work for, ooh let's say Fox do you. Or maybe you're after a pr job.
     
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    lol, if I worked for Fox I'd probably know the uk viewing figures ;)
     
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    I think the main reason studios charge £15 - £20 per film is because they can, and they know people will buy it.
     
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    I'd like to know why , for an example, Babylon 5 boxset costs (all RRPs) 80$ in the states, 40£ in UK and 40€ only in Germany???
    Seems no logic to me!
     
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    Same reason a car costs £6,000 in europe and £12000 here! we're stupid enough to pay it! plus mix in some taxes, stupid sales regulations and price fixing and there you have it.

    check out http://www.rip-off.co.uk/main.htm
     

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