Under normal circumstances, I buy most of my Blu-ray discs from Amazon. The retailer usually has some of the best discounts on the web, and shipping is free with Prime membership. It’s a good deal. However, Blu-ray fans may have noticed that Amazon’s prices for titles from the Criterion Collection have been on the rise in recent months. It simply hasn’t been offering the deep discounts on Criterion discs that it used to, or still does for normal Blu-ray releases. Whether that’s a policy decision that Amazon has made itself, or a contractual issue with Criterion, I’m not sure. In any case, Criterion collectors and fans of quality cinema should take note: Barnes & Noble is currently running a 50% Off Sale on all Criterion Collection Blu-rays and DVDs. The sale ends August 2nd, and is good both online and in stores.
Keep in mind, that’s 50% off MSRP, not off regular discount prices. Even so, this is a great opportunity to pick up some Criterion titles that you may have passed over due to high prices at other retailers. Looking over the list of available discs, I realize how much I’d cut back on Criterion purchases lately. My collection is missing a lot of terrific titles. Unfortunately, I’d have to spend a small fortune to buy everything I want, even at 50% off. I guess I’m never going to be a completist Criterion collector like some fans. I’ll just have to pick and choose a few quality items that catch my eye.
Personally, titles that stand out to me include ‘Walkabout‘, ‘Days of Heaven‘, and the ‘Yojimbo / Sanjuro‘ double-bill. I’ll definitely be getting those. Tell us in the comments what Criterion discs you’ll be buying.
From the web site, it appears that Barnes & Noble is not allowing any stacking with other discounts or promotions. But if anyone has any luck getting other promo discounts to work on top of this 50% off sale, please let us know that in the comments as well.