Believe it or not Amazon is still suggesting HD DVD purchases to customers on their mailing list who have bought HD DVD products before. I received an email this morning recommending I Am Legend (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD) along with 8 other titles that included American Gangster and Batman Begins.
They must have a huge stock of HD DVDs because the titles they suggested are all from the Amazon stash. What’s interesting is the new releases are still priced like a format that isn’t obsolete. I Am Legend is priced at $24.95, 31-percent off the retail price of $35.99 but still up there.
Well, I guess the HD DVD format is not obsolete yet. It will be obsolete when every HD DVD player dies and no-one wants to pay to fix them. At that point the HD DVDs will go next to your 45 collection or become very expensive coasters.
Reviewing the old HD DVD/DVD Combos did bring up an interesting question though. Why didn’t Sony ever market Blu-ray Disc/DVD Combos? Too expensive? Or did they figure no-one would ever flip the Blu-ray disc over to play it in standard-definition? I would love to see some stats on how many HD DVD combo discs were actually played on the DVD side.
Thought I would pass along the pricing on some of the HD DVDs. A few are less expensive than DVDs, so maybe worth picking up. Transformers (Two-Disc Special Edition) [HD DVD] – $19.95, American Gangster (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD) – $17.95, Batman Begins [HD DVD] – $16.49, The Italian Job [HD DVD] – $10.95, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow [HD DVD] – $9.95, and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider [HD DVD] – $9.95.