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Insane deal at Amazon: 12-DVD set for $5.94!
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Michael Scrutchin
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PostPosted: 02.22.2004 11:57 pm    Post subject: Insane deal at Amazon: 12-DVD set for $5.94! Reply with quote

Obviously a misprice, right?

History of Cinema (12-DVD Set of Silent Classics)

The set includes:



  • Battleship Potemkin

  • The Beloved Rogue

  • The Birth of a Nation

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

  • The General

  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame

  • Intolerance

  • Metropolis

  • Nosferatu

  • Orphans of the Storm

  • The Phantom of the Opera



The list price is $89.99. Amazon has it for sale at $5.94 (93% off list price) and it's been on their top 10 best-selling DVD list for the past couple of days; now it's at #1. Now, this set is from Alpha Video, who produce budget-priced DVDs of mostly public-domain films, so it's not gonna be anywhere near Kino or Criterion quality, but that's still an insane deal.

EDIT: I added the other titles to the above list. (Found 'em on another message board.)
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PostPosted: 02.23.2004 1:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HOLY HOLY CRAP.
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PostPosted: 02.23.2004 2:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That seems almost too good to be true. I mean, those are great films, but maybe the DVDs in the set are of poor quality or obsolete.
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PostPosted: 02.23.2004 4:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sure these transfers are inferior. Nevertheless, factoring in S&H, that's 74 cents a flick. Definitely worth the gamble. Even if only 2-3 of the films are of reasonable quality, that's still a great deal. I think Michael is right--it's gotta be a misprice.

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PostPosted: 02.23.2004 4:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm buying it anyway.
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PostPosted: 02.23.2004 4:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I already own 5 of the listed 8, and I've placed an order, too. Like I said, at that price it's worth the gamble. Why not?

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PostPosted: 02.23.2004 4:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Embarrassingly, I don't own a single silent film. This should up my collection.
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PostPosted: 02.23.2004 4:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suppose we have an obligation to satisfy here. All together now: Thank you Michael!

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PostPosted: 02.23.2004 4:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Danny Baldwin wrote:
Embarrassingly, I don't own a single silent film. This should up my collection.


Just did a quick check: Between VHS and DVD, and including short films, I own 344 silent films. In my defense, I do have a particular interest.

Danny, surely you've at least seen a few, right?

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PostPosted: 02.23.2004 4:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
Danny, surely you've at least seen a few, right?


I've seen four on that list, and I think sixteen in total, but I'd have to check my logs.
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PostPosted: 02.23.2004 4:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Barnes & Noble online store seems to have both the 8- and 12-disc sets. The 12-disc set is priced at $80.99 and includes the following titles:

























There's two there I haven't yet seen--Beloved Rogue and Orphans of the Storm--so hopefully that's correct info.

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PostPosted: 02.23.2004 4:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eric, you beat me to it. Yeah, those seem to be the correct titles.

It's funny. Alpha Video is releasing several of those titles as stand-alone DVDs on the same date, Feb. 24, and they're all priced at $6.99. There is no way the insane price on the box set is intentional. I doubt they'll honor the misprice, but I guess it was worth a shot, huh? When I ordered mine, the expected shipping date was late March, early April -- whaa?
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PostPosted: 02.23.2004 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael B. Scrutchin wrote:
When I ordered mine, the expected shipping date was late March, early April -- whaa?


Same here. Supply and demand, eh?

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PostPosted: 02.23.2004 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's now out of stock at Amazon.
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PostPosted: 02.23.2004 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And the Amazon price is now listed as $76.49. Yow.

So, will they actually honor the insane misprice for all of us?
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