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Blu-ray Disc Association to give five free movies to new owners

Perhaps in an effort to match the promotions from the HD DVD camp, or just to help its cause in the ongoing format war, the Blu-ray Disc Association is offering new owners of Blu-ray Disc players five free movies.

The offer will be in effect between July 1 and September 30, which is a bit of a downer for early adopters, but a considerable incentive for those on the fence regarding which format to invest in (or for HD DVD owners to go format-neutral).

Interestingly enough, the deal applies to the PlayStation 3 as well, further legitimizing the games console as an able and respectable Blu-ray movie player. Unlike the previous generation of Blu-ray players, however, Sony’s game console isn’t the cheapest way into the format. Sony’s second-generation standalone BDP-S300 is currently on the market for $499 – $100 less than the PS3.

Sony players aren’t the only ones eligible for the offer; players from Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer and Samsung also qualify.

Although there are hundreds of Blu-ray movies on the market, consumers may only choose five movies out of a selection of 21. Furthermore, the five movies selected must be from different categories as determined on the offer form (pictured right).

Sadly, the offer does not apply to residents outside the U.S. More details will be available at when the offer launches.

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great selection!
By Homerboy on 6/28/2007 11:14:19 AM , Rating: 5
did you look at the list of movies? Pure crap!
Reminds me of the days of getting '7 Days and 7 Nights' and 'Lost in Space' with a DVD player.

RE: great selection!
By bighairycamel on 6/28/2007 11:22:51 AM , Rating: 2
Yep. There's a reason why they're giving them away.

RE: great selection!
By Souka on 6/28/2007 12:16:43 PM , Rating: 2
No kiddin... lame.

I can understand they can "give" any movie...but come on...

how about 2-tier approach...

%100 off older
%75 off preimum

RE: great selection!
By Souka on 6/28/2007 12:19:48 PM , Rating: 2
oh yeha...forgot to add...

I got to choose free copy Reservoir Dogs when I bought my JVC dvd player years ago.... think I grabbed the Mr. Pink copy...

RE: great selection!
By KeithTalent on 6/28/2007 12:20:49 PM , Rating: 4
Blazing Saddles is one of the best comedies ever made!!!

That said I would be hard pressed to find 4 more movies that I would want out of that selection. 1 or 2 maybe, but 4 would be tough.


RE: great selection!
By christojojo on 6/28/2007 2:09:47 PM , Rating: 2

But I have both Blazing Saddles and Chicken Little.

The only thing I would do is trade them in for credit.

I love how they make you choose from five different categories (horror yuck).

RE: great selection!
By BMFPitt on 6/28/2007 10:19:07 PM , Rating: 2
Blazing Saddles is great, but there's really no point to getting it on Blu Ray with the film quality they have to work with.

I would be interested in this if players dropped another $100 and the offer was for 5 movies I would actually buy if they weren't free.

RE: great selection!
By walk2k on 6/28/07, Rating: -1
RE: great selection!
By theflux on 6/28/2007 12:56:52 PM , Rating: 2
They are about as crappy as the 5 free movies Toshiba gives away.

RE: great selection!
By timmiser on 6/28/2007 3:03:35 PM , Rating: 3

Even some duplicates. For what it's worth, the Toshiba HD-DVD givaway has the same tiered system of choosing movies so this is really just a copy of the Toshiba deal.

On the other hand, this is a perfect example of competition of two formats being good for the consumer.

RE: great selection!
By encryptkeeper on 6/28/2007 2:20:31 PM , Rating: 3
The only good ones I see there are Blazing Saddles and the Italian Job. But chances are, people already have those in their collections and only Italian job is really worth getting the high def version. Not like Blazing Saddles is an effects spectacular. It's a damn good movie though. The 30th anniversary edition had some good insights into the movie and the actors. The best was what was left out of the scene between Black Bart and Lily von Schtupp (sp). HILARIOUS!

RE: great selection!
By 9nails on 6/30/2007 1:19:29 AM , Rating: 2
HAHAHAHA!!!! Yeah... That's my player! 6 Days - 7 Nights, Lost in Space, and I still have the "Step Mom" in the shrink wrap. I swear it came with a few more that I mailed in for. Stargate I think, maybe Lethal Weapon 4. It seemed like a good deal, but I only watched Lost in Space and Stargate out of the whole group of movies. I think my wife watched the 6 Days once and called it crap.

But, hey, it got us started on DVD's... The "kick-off of movies!"

Back then, I had the whole worry of DiVX in my mind. Today, I just can't get my mind over the DRM in these new players and the need for a new TV. Hmmm... Suppose I'll wait some more.

By Pythias on 6/28/2007 11:27:24 AM , Rating: 3
I wont have another sony product in my house for as long as I live, so help me God, Allah, Buddha, Vishnu, Topio Gigio, and/or Fyling Spaghetti Monster.

I got a root kit for ya Sony! Right Here!

RE: blah
By spillai on 6/28/07, Rating: -1
RE: blah
By walk2k on 6/28/2007 1:00:11 PM , Rating: 1
That was BMG actually.

Blaming Sony for that is like blaming Boeing because the peanuts you had on your flight to Atlanta were too salty.

RE: blah
By mcturkey on 6/28/2007 1:17:18 PM , Rating: 2
Sony owns BMG. Therefor, your analogy is invalid.

RE: blah
By Schadenfroh on 6/28/2007 1:45:08 PM , Rating: 2

Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Inc. is the result of a 50/50 joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment (part of Sony) and BMG Entertainment (part of Bertelsmann)

Must purchase after July 1st?
By daBKLYNdoorman on 6/28/2007 12:48:29 PM , Rating: 2
I got my PS3 in March, and I'm not eligible? Come on! Not fair!

By killerroach on 6/28/2007 12:59:39 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, that would have to suck... about the only rationale I can say is that you bought the PS3 anyway, not expecting any sort of an offer like this, so you're not really losing anything, just not gaining as much. Bummer on the timing, though.

Of those movies listed, the only ones that look marginally interesting to me are Chicken Little, Corpse Bride, Blazing Saddles, The Italian Job, Babel, The Devil's Rejects, and The Last Waltz... since that comes to eight movies on my list, I think I'd be pretty well-served by the offer... if I were to actually pay that much for a Blu-Ray player at the moment, that is.

The Last Waltz
By Vanilla Thunder on 6/28/2007 12:31:55 PM , Rating: 3
The Last Waltz, filmed by Scorscese, features some of the best musical performances ever caught on live film. This movie captures the end of a musical era like no other. The performances by The Band and Neil Young alone are enough to warrant buying this disc. I'm not saying this is grounds to buy a BR player, but I had to point out that this movie is DEFINITELY worth owning.


Shame on Sony...
By Das Capitolin on 6/28/2007 11:01:06 AM , Rating: 2
I don't even want to play video games on a console, and I would probably spend the extra $100 to have a Playstation available to others (friends, guests, visitors, etc). Seems to be a no-brainer.

On the flipside, I'm fairly certain that the Sony's Blueray Disk player (for $100 less) is not really aimed at capturing a new segment, more than it is the drive more people towards the PS3.

Are chicks included?
By defter on 6/28/2007 11:36:18 AM , Rating: 2
The right one looks quite cute...

How about...
By INeedCache on 6/28/2007 4:47:47 PM , Rating: 2
purchase 5 movies and get a free Blu-ray player?

By DEVGRU on 6/28/07, Rating: 0
"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997
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