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Wal-Mart customers who purchase an 80GB PS3 will instantly receive 10 free Blu-ray movies.

Customers will also receive five additional titles via mail-in rebate from Sony.

Wal-Mart's website shows the PS3 promotion
Wal-Mart to give customers 10 free Blu-ray movies instantly; five more come via MIR

If you thought that Wal-Mart and Best Buy’s $98 Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD player was the last outrageous next generation format promotion that we'd see for a while, guess again. Whereas Toshiba, Wal-Mart and Best Buy successfully dumped the discontinued HD-A2 on the market, Wal-Mart's new promotion will take a slightly different approach.

According to a posting over at Blu-ray.com, Wal-Mart is having a Blu-ray promotion from 8AM this coming Saturday until midnight. Customers who come in to purchase a $499 80GB PS3 will be given ten Blu-ray movies for free -- instantly.

Keep in mind that the ten free titles from Wal-Mart are in addition to the five free titles that you can already receive direct from Sony via mail-in rebate. Unfortunately for the ultimate bargain shoppers, it appears that Wal-Mart's ten free Blu-ray promotion won't extend to the new entry-level $399 40GB PS3.

There's only one stipulation that customers have to adhere to in order to receive the 10 free movies: all titles must be priced below $30. Also, to ensure that stores don't run out of Blu-ray movies, Wal-Mart is taking some extra precautions.

“For those stores that carry BD already, additional titles are being sent in for the sale," according to Wal-Mart employee Vonscoot. "For those that do not have BD in their store (a small minority) product will be sent to each store specifically for this sale."

Vonscoot goes on to add that Saturday's Blu-ray promotion is one of four planned "Secret Sales" for the 2007 holiday season. There will be a link posted on Wal-Mart's site detailing promotion this Wednesday similar in fashion to Wal-Mart's last Toshiba HD-A2 promotion.

Updated 11/19/2007
Wal-Mart's website now shows the promotion for Saturday's Secret Sale.



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By BMFPitt on 11/19/2007 11:14:57 AM , Rating: 2
I picked up the HD-A2 a few weeks ago, and I was amazed at how bad the selection of HD movies was given the promotions they've been running. They had a single section of shelf dedicated to both formats combined, for about 20 titles each. It may be tough to find 10 movies worth getting, but if you're looking to buy a PS3 anyway it may be a good deal.

On another note, why is it that so many old movies are coming out on the HD formats? Just to boost numbers? Blazing Saddles is great, but I fail to see how it would be any better in 1080p for 4X the price. Now hurry up and put out The Matrix on individual HDDVDs so I can get it. There's one movie that's worth buying a new copy of.




RE: Selection
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 11/19/2007 12:45:32 PM , Rating: 3
Dunno, Blazing Saddles was a freebie on the 5 free movie chart so I got it that way :P.


RE: Selection
By anonymo on 11/19/2007 1:17:08 PM , Rating: 2
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Blazing Saddles is great, but I fail to see how it would be any better in 1080p for 4X the price.


Maybe not totally worth 4x the price but it certainly looks amazing in 1080p. I see many people somewhat forgetting that film has no resolution bounds and therefore most "classic" cinema translates amazingly to the HD formats.


RE: Selection
By BMFPitt on 11/19/2007 1:44:35 PM , Rating: 2
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I see many people somewhat forgetting that film has no resolution bounds and therefore most "classic" cinema translates amazingly to the HD formats.
I understand that there is no resolution to speak of, but I don't see grainy film getting any less grainy. I took Full Metal Jacket as one of my free five, so I'll have to see (though the master on that seems to be in good shape given previous releases.)


RE: Selection
By Locutus465 on 11/19/2007 2:42:46 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure about full metal jacket, but I can tell you the transfer for the original Dune was stellar! No, it didn't make the SFX any more amazing than they originally were, but it does give you the closest thing you'll get to having the real big screen experience for these old films... For a classic movie that I love, that's worth it (and the dune HD-DVD wasn't an expensive one so that helps).


RE: Selection
By zinfamous on 11/19/2007 3:20:26 PM , Rating: 2
The FMJ available in that offer is a horrible transfer. upscaled DVD at best. They remastered it with the recent Kubrick releases and the reviews say that it is better, but not stellar.

I have that white box FMJ, and I can tell you it's quite poor for an HD title.

Classics should be remastered, and they're perfect for it. 2001 was shot on 70mm, which is why it is one of the top in PQ to be released on Blu Ray. (I assume the HD DVD is the same--it should be) It is absolutely stunning--not bad for a 40+ year-old film...


RE: Selection
By CABCDEFG on 11/19/2007 1:48:34 PM , Rating: 2
Film has a limited resolution; however, in most cases its significantly higher than any current HDTV resolution.


RE: Selection
By theapparition on 11/19/2007 3:22:24 PM , Rating: 2
Most modern film has a grain quality that would compare to Quad HDTV, or 4X the resolution.

And film still has better color reproduction. So most old movies can be converted to HD without any issues.


RE: Selection
By theapparition on 11/19/2007 3:23:22 PM , Rating: 2
I should add that's 35mm.


RE: Selection
By Locutus465 on 11/19/2007 2:39:43 PM , Rating: 2
Honestly the matrix trilligy (non-ultimate) is a great buy. I just picked it up for roughly $60 including shipping on amazon.com recently. The transfer is absolutly top notch, and the high res audio blows away the original DVD's. As an added bonus (I didn't know this), you get a free Animatrix download coupon for x-box 360 (if you own one of those). I wasn't a huge fan of the animatrix my self, but it was interesting enough, and priced at free I'm there!


RE: Selection
By Spuke on 11/19/2007 2:57:37 PM , Rating: 2
I'll be picking that up shortly. Thanks for the review on the quality.


RE: Selection
By Locutus465 on 11/19/2007 3:04:26 PM , Rating: 2
For a real review you can check out the below... You can also read about the "Ultimate Matrix Collection", see if it has anything you want for the extra bux you'll be spending.

http://hddvd.highdefdigest.com/405/matrix_ct.html


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