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The new 18 titles to choose from after buying a new Blu-ray Disc player  (Source:
New Blu-ray Disc player owners will still get five free movies

Mid-summer, the Blu-ray Disc Association launched a promotion where new owners of Blu-ray Disc machines could mail-in for five free movies. The original offer, which stretched from July 1 to September 30, represented a strong incentive for those on the fence of a high-definition decision.

With the original offer expired, it took the Blu-ray Disc camp just days to cook up another similar incentive for consumers to buy into their brand of high-definition. The renewed offer mirrors the previous one but with extended dates and an updated movie selection.

The promotion still includes the PlayStation 3, and now runs between October 1, 2007 and January 31, 2008. Those who qualify will be able to choose five free Blu-ray movies from among 18 titles offered by the six participating movie studios.

The 18 titles offered via mail-in redemption are: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, Wild Hogs, American Psycho, Chain Reaction, The Devil's Rejects, Flight of the Phoenix, Full Metal Jacket, Hart's War, The Last Waltz, Omen 666, The Patriot, The Prestige, Species, Stir of Echoes, Superman: The Movie, SWAT, Swordfish and Ultraviolet.

The offer extends to U.S. and Canadian consumers, whom may find printable versions of the mail-in form at

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Category separation....
By peritusONE on 10/5/2007 7:53:32 AM , Rating: 5
I don't know why they insist on splitting these up into groups to choose from. For those who do not click links, here is the split of categorys that you choose from:

1: The Prestige, Wild Hogs, or Pirates: Curse
2: Swordfish, Superman, or Full Metal Jacket
3: Stir of Echoes, American Psycho, or Devil's Rejects
4: The Patriot, S.W.A.T., or Ultraviolet
5: Chain Reaction, Omen 666, Flight of the Pheonix, Species, Hart's War, or The Last Waltz

Each category is pretty easy to pick from for me, but if I had my choice of any of the 18 together, 3 and 5 would not see any love from me. Hopefully the $399 PS3 comes to light next week as rumored.

RE: Category separation....
By Master Kenobi on 10/5/2007 7:59:11 AM , Rating: 2
Yea, HD DVD does the same category mixing but atleast there was one decent title in each category, but on 1 or 2 of the categories there was just 1 decent title. I dunno, maybe it's cheaper this way due to some statistical idea of what sells best and whatnot.

RE: Category separation....
By AlexWade on 10/5/2007 9:22:25 AM , Rating: 4
I disagree.

When had the 8 movie special and a HD DVD player at $240, I was going to pull out the credit card for the first time in a long long time. Then I saw the movies and said no thank you.

The same with the Blu list.

RE: Category separation....
By Fallen Kell on 10/5/07, Rating: -1
RE: Category separation....
By lukasbradley on 10/5/2007 9:40:18 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed, but the "one decent title" is extremely subjective. I'd get excited about *any* 5 free movies of my choice. I'm not excited about owning any of these movies.

Well.... okay..... maybe Superman.

RE: Category separation....
By ArneBjarne on 10/5/2007 10:05:25 AM , Rating: 5
I think they do it to share the cost among studios. Hint:

1: Disney
2: Warner
3: Lionsgate
4: Sony
5: Fox (MGM)

Sorry sony, but
By Marlin1975 on 10/5/2007 7:59:18 AM , Rating: 3
free movies will not make my buy one of your players. Price is what makes people buy. Look how fast amazon sold their HD-DVDs when the price dropped and had the deals with it.

Price sells, not free movies that most would not have bought in the first place. And right now HD-DVD has the best price point. With rumors that wal-mart will have their own cheapy HD-DVD player in their stores at even a much lower price will not help Sony this holiday season.

RE: Sorry sony, but
By dflynchimp on 10/5/2007 10:02:59 AM , Rating: 4
on the contrary, there will always be people who jump at the mention of "FREE *insert random junk*".

personally I found it hard to choose a full 5 movies from that list that appealed to me, but to some people, it's like " assuming it's $20 a BD disc...I'm getting like $100 worth of stuff!!! YAY!!!"

It might not be the smartest way of thinking about it, but that sort of marketing has always worked to a certain degree.

RE: Sorry sony, but
By marvdmartian on 10/5/2007 10:48:07 AM , Rating: 2
While I agree with you in spirit, if they were willing to replace every dvd I have with a blu-ray disk, for free, if I only buy their player.....then I might think about it!!

Of course, I'm willing to bet they'd not want to replace my 200-300 dvd's!! ;)

Put the bashing aside
By AlphaVirus on 10/5/2007 11:31:25 AM , Rating: 2
With all bashing and fanboys aside, this is a good deal for an average consumer. No matter how you slice it, getting a $100+ discount is nice whether is be free items, rebate, or general discount.
Blu-Ray is a nice format and to have 5 free movies to show off the clarity, features, etc it just makes the deal much sweeter for a consumer.

Enjoy your new High-Def player and enjoy the Free movies.

RE: Put the bashing aside
By TheBaker on 10/5/2007 8:50:51 PM , Rating: 3
With all bashing and fanboys aside, this is a good deal for an average consumer. No matter how you slice it, getting a $100+ discount is nice whether is be free items, rebate, or general discount.

How exactly is getting $100 off of $100 item that you don't want anyway a good deal? Tell you what, I'll sell you a pile of crap for $50 and give you a $50 rebate. That's a great deal! I'll be back in a few minutes with your free "product."

RE: Put the bashing aside
By Farfignewton on 10/5/2007 9:22:58 PM , Rating: 2
I'll sell you a pile of crap for $50 and give you a $50 rebate. That's a great deal!

My mother suffers from that delusion on occasion. She buys crap she has no conceivable use for because its "a good deal".

"Mom, there are motorcycle tires in your garage."
"Yeah, they were 75% off."
"But you don't own a motorcycle."
"But you do."
"I will not put off-road tires on a sportbike."

OTOH, I bought my PS3 when the price dropped and found no compelling reason to send in whatever paperwork was necessary to get the free movies.

By Murst on 10/5/2007 9:46:51 AM , Rating: 2
It'd be nice if I could use the new movie list w/ the old promotion. I still haven't mailed in for my 5 movies (last time I read it I had until the 31st of October to send it in), but these movies are better than the previous selection, even if they're still not all that great.

By softwiz on 10/5/2007 11:03:04 AM , Rating: 2
I wonder if this promotion was extended in part (rather than solely because of) the rumored 40GB PS3 ?

I mean, if I was a consumer who was interested in buying a PS3 this October and realized that I'd just missed the free movie deal, I'd have at least wished that Sony didn't wait so long.

However, with the extension these latecomers will get nearly the same treatment as those who came before and there will be fewer ill will towards Sony (regardless of whether it would have been deserved or not).

I like it...
By ZaethDekar on 10/5/2007 12:16:17 PM , Rating: 2
the deal is nice. I usually spend 20-60 bucks a paycheck on movies... so really this is saving me quite a bit for when I get a Blu-Ray player. Most likly the PS3.

I personally like the Blu-Ray a lot more. More space is always nice. I don't like disc swapping so this just makes it that much sweeter of a reward.

All to his own though, har har har.

offer shipment delayed...
By eyebeeemmpawn on 10/5/2007 2:26:43 PM , Rating: 2
a coworker of mine sent in his paperwork about 2 weeks after the price drop on the 60GB model (US). He just got a card this week saying that the discs wouldn't be shipped until November. Anyone else get something similar?

Sounds like I'll be waiting a while for mine, as I just sent it in yesterday...not that I'm dying to see any of the titles they offered anyway.

Just trying to Compinsate
By Pitbull0669 on 10/5/07, Rating: -1
RE: Just trying to Compinsate
By mdogs444 on 10/5/07, Rating: 0
RE: Just trying to Compinsate
By Murst on 10/5/07, Rating: 0
RE: Just trying to Compinsate
By Master Kenobi on 10/5/2007 9:53:21 AM , Rating: 4
Dunno... Transformers > Spiderman 3, most definately.

RE: Just trying to Compinsate
By jacarte8 on 10/5/2007 10:36:49 AM , Rating: 2
Dunno... Transformers > Spiderman 3, most definately.

Every time...

Plus the LOTR pack, and Harry Potter 5-pack are calling my name

Poor BR
By ChipDude on 10/5/07, Rating: -1
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