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Old 15-05-2011, 16:24
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I mean for a show that only contains 12 episodes I think 35/40 is pushing it a bit, even if it does contain a lot of extras.

On Play.com the DVD and Blu-Ray are roughly the same price.But I think the most ridiculous example I've come across (and yes from HMV) is that you can buy Series 1/2/3/4 in a box set (includes 23 discs) for 60.49 on DVD which is reasonable enough I suppose however, you can get the entire box set on Blu-Ray of Series 5 in a steel book case that costs 65.99 (you get a booklet and artcards inside but still) which IMO is so so so stupid why would it be priced like that?.

I've wanted to get S5 for a while now but I'm sorry I'm not spending somewhere between 35 - 65 for a show that has 12 episodes and I'd like to get it on Blu-Ray. Why are they so expensive? And for once not just expensive in HMV.
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Old 15-05-2011, 16:46
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All the box sets from 1 - 5 have a rrp of 69.99, however you can you can get the earlier series at vastly cheaper prices now because they have been out so long. You can already get series 5 cheaper than when it was released but as the most current series available of course it will still be more expensive than earlier series.
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Old 15-05-2011, 16:48
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New DVDs and Blu-Rays always start out expensive, it's how they make their money. Give them a while and they'll become more affordable (like series 1-4), also HMV ect seen to have quite a few box set sales, so wait for those too.
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Old 15-05-2011, 16:54
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I think that 34.49 is decent value for 13 (not 12) episodes, the packaging and all the extras.

http://www.play.com/DVD/DVD/4-/15945...2bc%7b57%7d%2b
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Old 15-05-2011, 16:54
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Yeah they always start out expensive, especially if it's a popular franchise, like Doctor Who is.
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Old 15-05-2011, 17:08
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I bought the S5 Bluray steelbook for 45 at release, paying HMV prices is ridiculous, HMV prices full stop are ridiculous instore (though have you seen WHSmiths? 20 for a DVD of a film, 25 for the bluray).

The Bluray of Season 5 at Amazon is 35.75 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Doctor-Who-C...5475512&sr=8-1

Or individual volumes:
Part 1 - 6.93 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Doctor-Who-B...5475512&sr=8-3
Part 2 - 5.49 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Doctor-Who-B...475512&sr=8-10
Part 3 - 5.49 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Doctor-Who-B...5475512&sr=8-9
Part 4 - 5.40 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Doctor-Who-B...5475512&sr=8-8

That's under 25 for the Blurays of Season 5.
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Old 15-05-2011, 17:09
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Blu-ray is still a sellers' market because of the restrictions on recording HD broadcasts to disk. As with DVD's, they try to justify the price with (mostly pointless) extras but ultimately, it's just profiteering - if you want DW on Blu-ray, you have to pay whatever they charge.

The only "good" news is that 35 for 12 episodes is "fair" compared with the cost of a similar number of minutes of Hollywood movies - not really a straight comparison but if you want to keep the kids quite for a few hours, it could matter.

It's alright for those of us who have Sky or similar with HD (and HD recorders) but for the majority who "only" have Freeview where HD is still almost a myth and most receivers won't even pick it up - the only way to watch DW in HD is on blu-ray (and this series is definitely worth watching in HD). That's a recipe for making easy money for someone.

(It's worth noting that most countries simply added HD to their normal DVB-T digital signal - the BBC pressured the UK government into using a second, incompatible signal on DVB-T2)
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Old 15-05-2011, 17:11
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And remember, when they came out, Seasons 1-4 each had an RRP of about 69.99, but they dropped over the years. Season 4 was out in 2008, that's 3 years ago now, so it's normal its cheaper. Give it until the same time for Season 5 to be a similar price.
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Old 15-05-2011, 18:17
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It's priced at what people will pay. Once people stop paying that amount, the price drops. HMV, Amazon, Play are businesses, not charities, so are out there to maximise profits.

If you want to watch series 5 now, pay the price or wait until it's lower. Your choice.
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Old 15-05-2011, 18:57
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ASDA pricing for S5

DVD - 34.93
Blu-Ray - 40.93
Steelbook DVD - 54.93
Steelbook Blu-Ray - 79.99
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Old 15-05-2011, 18:58
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ASDA pricing for S5

DVD - 34.93
Blu-Ray - 40.93
Steelbook DVD - 54.93
Steelbook Blu-Ray - 79.99
but what your ignoring is all the comments from people that the box sets were all priced that way when they came out and were most current, why are you so shocked when the prices of the most current box set have always been comparable to the prices you quote
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Old 15-05-2011, 19:04
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I think he's just shocked that a 13-episode boxset can cost that much to begin with. It really is extortionate.
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Old 15-05-2011, 19:06
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My local Sainsbury has the lenticular DVD set for 30.
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Old 15-05-2011, 19:07
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I think he's just shocked that a 13-episode boxset can cost that much to begin with. It really is extortionate.
thats as may be, but it's not specific to series 5 as they have always been that sort of price the first year or so they are out, and the implication of the OP is that there is something unique about the series 5 boxset when it's not the case.
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Old 15-05-2011, 19:10
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thats as may be, but it's not specific to series 5 as they have always been that sort of price the first year or so they are out, and the implication of the OP is that there is something unique about the series 5 boxset when it's not the case.
Fair enough, yeah.

But I agree with the general sentiment - that an RRP of 69.99 (when American series of 22 episodes are usually RRP 39.99) is ridiculous. There's no way I'd ever pay that much for a DVD. I always have to wait years or get lucky on eBay.
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Old 15-05-2011, 19:11
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I bought all the volumes individually on amazon and that came to, I think, 17.99. Dunno if it's got the same features as a full box set though.
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Old 15-05-2011, 19:16
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ASDA pricing for S5

DVD - 34.93
Blu-Ray - 40.93
Steelbook DVD - 54.93
Steelbook Blu-Ray - 79.99
Except that's just one place. They're charging that much, yes, but not everywhere is. Some book stores will charge 25 for a book that others will charge 10 for. You can find places that charge 35 for 4 year old game that anywhere else is 10 new.

Congratulations, you've worked out that supermarkets are not good value for DVDs and Blurays, of course they're not. Its rare that actual bricks and mortar stores are at all, but supermarkets are even worse most of the time.
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Old 15-05-2011, 19:19
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that an RRP of 69.99 (when American series of 22 episodes are usually RRP 39.99) is ridiculous.
Isn't that for the "special edition" with extra stuff? The normal DVD/Blu-Ray boxset are much cheaper.
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Old 15-05-2011, 19:21
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Fair enough, yeah.

But I agree with the general sentiment - that an RRP of 69.99 (when American series of 22 episodes are usually RRP 39.99) is ridiculous. There's no way I'd ever pay that much for a DVD. I always have to wait years or get lucky on eBay.
But you don't have to ever pay RRP. Games have an RRP of 50, you don't pay that unless you've decided to buy from WHSmiths, everywhere else is 40 at most. Same with films and TV shows.

For comparison, Stargate Universe Season 1, a year old on Bluray, a cancelled show, and 56 at Asda.

http://www.asda-entertainment.co.uk/.../10166670.html

But at Amazon and Play, 44.99

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...ative%3D165953

DVD.co.uk is another 5 less.

Fallout 3, very well selling game, had another game in the series come out, as well as a rereleased Game of the Year edition. The original? 33.99 at Bee.com

http://www.bee.com/games/playstation...da792b9630b0ad

But only 10 at HMV

http://hmv.com/hmvweb/displayProduct...896062e90ca64c

Whose to blame in all of these?
Asda for the pricing of Doctor Who and Stargate Universe, and Bee.com for the pricing of Fallout 3. Just because its a high price at some places doesn't mean it is everywhere, some shops choose to do that.
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Old 15-05-2011, 19:28
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But you don't have to ever pay RRP. Games have an RRP of 50, you don't pay that unless you've decided to buy from WHSmiths, everywhere else is 40 at most. Same with films and TV shows.

For comparison, Stargate Universe Season 1, a year old on Bluray, a cancelled show, and 56 at Asda.

http://www.asda-entertainment.co.uk/.../10166670.html

But at Amazon and Play, 44.99

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...ative%3D165953

DVD.co.uk is another 5 less.

Fallout 3, very well selling game, had another game in the series come out, as well as a rereleased Game of the Year edition. The original? 33.99 at Bee.com

http://www.bee.com/games/playstation...da792b9630b0ad

But only 10 at HMV

http://hmv.com/hmvweb/displayProduct...896062e90ca64c

Whose to blame in all of these?
Asda for the pricing of Doctor Who and Stargate Universe, and Bee.com for the pricing of Fallout 3. Just because its a high price at some places doesn't mean it is everywhere, some shops choose to do that.
Oh I know, but on the release date the boxsets usually do cost somewhere in that region. I know they go down over time, however. I fear it may be next year's January sales by the time I buy Series 5, sadly.
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Old 15-05-2011, 19:31
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My local Sainsburys has the series 5 for 30.

Amazon are charging just 16 for the first part of Series 6, as are HMV online, the prices of his series seems more affordable from release than previous
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