Heads up! Another Criterion sale (45% off), this time at Deep Discount:
Sorry, I don’t trust any site with a Clip-Art mascot.
Gimme Shelter is $20.99 for today’s deal on Blu-ray with free shipping. (go to the front page)
Comparing to Amazon.com via camelcamelcamel.com, $20.99 with free shipping is very good.
Colin: Hehe… A lot of people do order from them and they’ve had this Criterion sale before. But it’ll be my first time ordering from them.
Deep Discount is legit. Too bad the BDs aren’t any cheaper than Amazon. Might have to pick up a boxset or two, that’s where the real discount is.
I headed here to make a thread about the Deep Discount sale but I see I was beaten to the punch.
Deep Discount is totally legit, as Dan says. I order from them all the time. You can’t beat the prices and throw in free shipping and it’s really a no- brainer.
I cannot resist sales like this.
I bought 65 Criterions including six boxsets. Average price: $22.25. Free shipping. No tax. Over 40 of the titles are blind-buys. I’ve read about most of these films, but have never seen “Andrei Rublev”, “Berlin Alexanderplatz”, “An Autumn Afternoon”, “Le Samourai”, “Diary of a Country Priest”, “Sansho the Baliff”, et cetera. Never seen anything by Ozu, for example; now I’ll have half a dozen or more to digest.
Sales prices all beat Amazon’s current pricing, significantly in most comparisons. This was almost as good as Deep Discounts’ sale a year ago with their “2 for the price of 1” Criterion blow-out.
For anyone who’s inspired to beef up their collection, this is really worth a browse. I spent about as much as I would for a quarter’s tuition at a community college…only with better teachers.
Beware their shipping. They’ve really taken a turn for the worse in the past couple of years. Don’t be surprised if stuff takes significantly longer to arrive than it should.
I did the same a few months ago, went all out on the B&N 50% off sale. But the boxsets are worth it if you can get it cheap.
Deep Discount is a good site. Just don’t ever, for any reason, provide a phone number.
Anyway, great sale. Wish it would be going on when I wasn’t broke as shit.
Damn, Cineaste. They didn’t have what you wanted? Haha!
If I ever feel like I spending too much money on DVD’s I’ll just look at your post and any guilt I have will vanish in a hurry.
Vocalities — What’s all this on the other thread about your tax refund? Shop now, pay later!
Unfortunately I don’t really have a responsible way to shop now and pay later. I’m one of those workin’ class suckers that skates by haha.
Always waiting for that next check.
I remember buying two for the price of one Criterions at DeepDiscount I think it was the summer of 08. I got Diary of a Chamermaid and Alphaville. I’ve watched Alphaville, but have not yet watched Diary of a Chambermaid. I’ve also bought Berlin Alexanderplatz and the Blade Runner 5 disc box set, even though I didn’t buy those two on sale. Berlin Alexanderplatz I think cost around $80 when it was selling for I believe a hundred twenty something or so at Borders and the Blade Runner box set I got for I believe for around $55. I saw in the previous Barnes and Noble sale last year that Berlin Alexanderplatz was selling for around $50. I think the good thing about DeepDiscount is they will ship it to you for free as long as you are willing to wait a little longer for your DVDs to arrive. I saw that Barnes and Noble is having a sale where you buy two DVDs and Blu-rays I believe as well and you get the third free. The cheapest one of the three is the one that is free. I didn’t check to see whether if all three were the same price, how would it exactly work. Thanks for letting me know. I’ll visit their website and take a look at their sale.
I’m wondering how they afford to sell for so cheap
If I have one advice…check your invoice when its all done. During the B&N 50% off sale I ordered so many and assumed I got them all. But realized yesterday….I didn’t see one. Fortunately, because of the holidays and I’ve ordered so much, they will be sending me the title I needed. Great customer service!
I haven’t dealt with DD’s customer service yet. But then again I’m just waiting for one title. Hope the rumors are true and B&N will bring back the 50% off sale in March + (10% off membership, 25% off coupon)
Just got an email notice from DD today that 51 of the 65 titles ordered have been shipped. 14 remain on “backorder”. As for fast, free shipping, that’s pretty good (in reference to Hal 9000 and Roscoe’s posts above).
Thanks for the tip, KNDY. I’ll check and double-check the shipments.
I’m thrilled with my indulgence and the feast of film I’m about to devour.
I haven’t checked all the titles, but the DVDs seem to be region one only, so you might wanna watch out if you’re european.
Or get a region-free player. :)
I really want a region free DVD player. Too many DVDs that aren’t released here, and honestly, some are worth owning just because the UK release was better.
Plus I want to own Antichrist.
Antichrist will surely get a US release sometime this year. I would imagine in the spring time.
Thanks for the notification! These kinds of sales are always dangerous things for me. However, I managed to restrain myself and only bought BD versions of “For All Mankind” and “The Seventh Seal.”
To save even more on Criterion discs, use Bing.com’s Cashback program in conjunction with the Deep Discount or Barnes & Noble sales. At Barnes & Noble you’ll get 10% cash back on top of any discounts/coupons, and at Deep Discount you’ll get 4% off—all on top of the sales.
Thus, lets say you want to purchase, oh, how about Ikiru, Days of Heaven, and Last Days of Disco. At Deep Discount, the sale total would be about $66.00, or about $63.50 with Bing. And free shipping, of course. At Barnes and Noble, with the 3 for the price of 2 sale, member discount, 15% off member coupon (code T8R7W8F, expires 1/24/10), and Bing 10% back, the grand total comes to about $60 (plus tax: so about the same as Deep Discount). Free shipping too.
By comparison, the same discs purchased at Amazon would (as of today) total about $94.50. Unfortunately I don’t believe Amazon offers any Bing Cashback discount.
The only thing about Bing is that you have to wait sixty days before your money saved becomes available. But Barnes & Noble’s 10% off through Bing is essentially another member discount without the membership fee.
purchased four godard films
A Woman Is A Woman
2 or 3 Things I Know About Her
Pierrot le fou
and Made in the USA
Has anyone received their order(s) yet? I just purchased one on the day of the sale but haven’t received anything yet.
I’ve decided to get about 10 items, after going over the whole list of available titles, and checking out trailers and clips on youtube, comparing prices to other sites and compare extras for multiple films from the same director to see which one I want to start off on that director with first-also checking IMDB for ratings.
I’ll probably end up with:
The Human Condition (Kobayashi)
Wise Blood (John Huston)
Andrjez Wajda War trilogy
Le Deuxieu Souffle (Melville)
La Ronde (Ophuls)
Nikkatsu Noir (eclipse compilation)
The Furies (Anthony Mann western)
Gommorrah (Blu Ray)
Monsoon Wedding (Blu Ray)
I’m still contemplating whether or not to get the Kagemusha Blu Ray, and the Last Emperor Blu Ray; as I already have both on Criterion, and I’m not the world’s biggest Kagemusha fan(I wish it were Ran getting the Blu treatment), and while I’ve read Criterion’s explanation of the Blu Ray version of Last Emperor not having the extended cut, I prefer the extended cut, director’s intentions or not.
kndy — 51 of 65 titles ordered arrived two days ago, less than a week after placing my order. 7 of the remaining 14 have already been shipped. not bad. amazon’s free shipping usually takes longer than a week to fulfill. moreover, unlike amazon, no sales tax was assessed, saving me over $120 on this order.
jason — way to do your research!
Usually when Deep Discount runs one of these huge sales, it takes a couple of weeks to arrive. That said, I’m still a little impatient. Hopefully my batch will arrive any day now.