A Word Before We Begin…

One of the victims of the Economic Downturn has to be the luster of Black Friday. Gone are the crazy deals on the trivial items of old. Well, it seems that way. Well, not really. It’s the idea that you can get something amazing for nothing. Whether or not the major retailers have taken a step back following the collapse of Circuit City remains to be seen. Taking a look back at the last four Black Fridays, the deals have actually been the same. The hot tickets change with each Fall, but the goal remains the same. Getting into your favorite big box store at the crack of dawn. If you’re lucky, you might get to check some douche into a display of Norah Jones CDs.

BEST BUY

THE SHIT THAT WILL GET YOU TRAMPLED


$9.99 Blu-Ray



Monsters vs. Aliens

Fast and Furious

X-Men Origins: Wolverine



TV on DVD



Smallville (Seasons 1-8)  $9.99



All-Day Suckers



$7.99 Blu-Ray




The Departed

V: for Vendetta

Live Free or Die Hard

I am Legend

Terminator

Silence of the Lambs

Goodfellas

Star Trek: The Voyage Home

Star Trek: The Wrath of Kahn

Dirty Dancing



$12.99 Blu-Ray


Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

Braveheart

Gladiator

Wanted

Body of Lies

The International

The Matrix

Ghostbusters

Transporter 3

Sex and the City





$3.99 DVD



The Dark Knight

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Zack and Miri make a Porno

Appaloosa

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Mummy

Righteous Kill

Traitor

21

Untraceable

I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry

Wedding Crashers



$6.99 DVD


Role Models

Gran Torino

Watchmen

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Pineapple Express

Friday the 13th: Killer Cut (2009)

Tropic Thunder

Paul Blart: Mall Cop

He’s Just Not That Into You

Hotel for Dogs

The Simpsons Movie

Wanted

K-MART



$8.99 Blu-Ray



V: for Vendetta

Constantine

Corpse Bride

Wedding Crashers





$3.99 DVD



Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Semi-Pro

Oceans Twelve

Pursuit of Happyness

21

Devil Wears Prada

We Own the Night

Blades of Glory

Kentucky Fried Movie

Beethoven’s Big Break

Walk Hard: The Story of Dewey Cox

Mr. Woodcock

The Mist (2008)



$5.99 DVD


The Dark Night

Wanted

Pineapple Express

Role Models

Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)

Barbie and the Diamond Castle

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Live Free or Die Hard

The Bucket List

Death Race

Soul Men



$8.99 DVD


Fast and Furious

Kung Fu Panda

Paul Blart: Mall Cop

Coraline

Taken

17 Again

Marley and Me

Madea Goes to Jail

MEIJER





MIDWAY THROUGH THE BLACK FRIDAY SALE INFO…I PAUSE!

I always hear from readers that I need to be a little more wordy. I spend too much time putting out the basic information without really injecting any personal insight into the mix. I’ll be honest, it’s a 50/50 split most of the time. You want to get the basic essentials out without slipping into Op-Ed general bullshit. But, this is a special posting for the column. So, I guess I’m allowed by my insane rules to slip into some external information.

THE BASIC RULES FOR SUCCESSFUL SHOPPING ON BLACK FRIDAY

  1. Arrive Early for quality parking
  2. If tickets are being distributed for hot items. Don’t be afraid to bribe someone.
  3. Do your research before you get there.
  4. Carry around Circular Ads for your main stops
  5. Dress Warmly
  6. Don’t go solo, build a shopping team.
  7. Stick with a budget
  8. Go early and then quit. Later in the day, it just turns to shit.


SEARS

IF YOU CAN MAKE IT PAST THE CRAFTSMAN DISPLAY, YOU’RE ALMOST THERE

$14.99 BLU-RAY


Crank 2: High Voltage

Transporter 3

Eagle Eye

Hancock





$3.99 DVD SCHLOCK


Spider-Man 2

Robots

Casino Royale

Devil Wears Prada

21

Fantastic 4

Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer



$9.99 DVD


Marley and Me

Quantum of Solace

Paul Blart: Mall Cop



TARGET

THE LAST THING YOU’LL SEE IS A FAT CHILD DRIPPING HIS ICEE ON YOUR CRUSHED FOREHEAD.


$3.99 DVD


Baby Mama

Elf

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

The Dark Night

Sex and the City





$8.99 Blu-Ray


Goodfellas

V for Vendetta

2001: A Space Odyssey

I am Legend



$12.99 Blu-Ray

 

Wizard of Oz

The Dark Night

Gremlins

Gone with the Wind





$5.99 DVD



Transformers

Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa

P.S. I Love You

Paul Blart: Mall Cop

Kung Fu Panda

Night in Rodanthe

Polar Express 3-D

Christmas Vacation



$8.99 DVD


The Proposal



$10 DVD


My One and Only

Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins

Monsters vs Aliens

My Sister’s Keeper

17 Again



TV on DVD


$8.99


Weeds Seasons 1, 2, 3

Flight of the Concords Seasons 1, 2

Friends Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Sex and the City Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Part 1 and Part 2



$12.99


The Office Seasons 2, 3, 4

Supernatural Seasons 1, 2, 3

House Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4

One Tree Hill Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Gossip Girl Seasons 1, 2

Psych Season 3


A WORD ABOUT WAL-MART

Some people in the Real America only have a Wal-Mart within driving distance. Even then, I strongly dissuade you from attending Black Friday. Wal-Mart takes this Capitalist Holiday to new levels and it becomes a little scary. Most of the stories of injuries and other accidents on Black Friday will come from a Wal-Mart. Last year, it was a trampling in New York that dominated the news. This year…who knows?

The hot ticket this year isn’t any of the DVDs or Blu-Ray media that we have listed below. It’s going to be the $78 Blu-Ray player (pictured below).

 

If you do dare to venture to Wal-Mart for this Blu-Ray player, I want to give you some stats on it.

MAGNAVOX #NB500MG1F BLU-RAY PLAYER

  • Full HD 1080p Video Output
  • 24fps (frames per second) for Cinema-like Picture Quality
  • HDMI Output
  • Blu-ray Player 1.1 to enjoy Advanced BONUSVIEW
  • Energy Star Compliant

  • What hurts this release is the fact that it’s not a Profile 2.0 player. The 2.0 difference will only pop up on Blu-Ray media that relies heavily on BD Live material and other major-tech functions. That means if your parents or grandparents try to watch Twilight, Wolverine, The Wizard of Oz or virtually every Universal Blu-Ray disc known to man…this player won’t do it. Below, I’ve listed a breakdown with the different Blu-Ray Profiles mean for your future player.


    Features Profile 1.0 Profile 1.1 Profile 2.0
    Required local storage None 256 MB 1 G
    Secondary video decoder Optional Mandatory Mandatory
    Secondary audio decoder Optional Mandatory Mandatory
    Internet connectivity Optional Optional Mandatory


    The required local storage aspect might not seem like that big of a deal now, but it fills up. On my PS3, I have at least 500 MB of content downloaded from BD Live. Again the issue comes back down to doing your research. While this is a Profile 1.1 player, it’s not for heavy Blu-Ray watching. If you dig a little harder, you can find a Profile 2.0 Blu-Ray player at a price you can accept.


    WAL-MART


    $10 Blu-Ray


    Harry Potter: I-V

    The Dark Knight

    Spiderman 3

    Terminator 3

    Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

    Wanted

    Gladiator

    Braveheart

    Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

    Fast and Furious

    Boondock Saints



    $2 DVD (CLEANING OUT THE BACKROOM)


    Casino Royale

    Blood Diamond

    Facing Giants

    Little Black Book

    Hellboy II: The Golden Army

    Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

    I am Legend

    Blazing Saddles

    Underworld

    Underworld: Evolution

    Land Before Time: The Great Longneck Migration

    Land Before Time: The Wisdom of Friends

    Land Before Time: The Mysterious Island

    Land Before Time: The Secret of Saurus Rock

    Land Before Time: The Big Freeze

    The Marine

    Young Frankenstein

    Spaceballs


    $5 DVD

    Paul Blart: Mall Cop

    Yes Man

    Kung Fu Panda

    The Dark Knight

    Iron Man

    Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa

    Hotel for Dogs

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    Seven Pounds

    Surf’s Up

    The Tale of Despereaux

    X-men 1.5

    X2

    X3: The Last Stand

    Horton Hears a Who (2008) Gift Set

    Nim’s Island


    $9 DVD

    G.I. Joe

    Star Trek

    Marley and Me

    Monsters vs Aliens

    17 Again

    Fireproof

    Quantum of Solace

    Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

    Aliens in the Attic

    Year One

    A final thought…

    Some of you might wonder why I didn’t include Amazon. Well, Amazon hasn’t put a complete list of their sales yet. There’s also the fact that whether you do their Friday sales or Cyber Monday, it’s still like cheating. The spirit behind Black Friday involves getting face-to-face with your fellow consumers. Some of them might want to spit on you. Others will want to step on you to get to the latest shit slung by Mattel. Then, there’s your chance to learn how long you can stand in a line at temperatures dipping below thirty degrees.

    Amazon, Buy, Bing, eBay, Overstock, Deep Discount DVD and the other outlets provide the security that only a true shut-in should indulge during the Holiday season. Black Friday gives you the chance to build memories about the crap that will be filling your house in the weeks to come. To the gamers, I wanted to toss an extra bone out. Left 4 Dead 2 will be $39.99 at Gamestop. Also, if you buy a copy of Assassin’s Creed 2 on PS3 at K-Mart…you’ll get a copy on PSP for free. I would’ve thrown more video game deals in, but this is a DVD oriented spiel.

    If you’re still butthurt about my Amazon stance, then click HERE on Monday (11/23). Amazon will update with a week of Black Friday deals for you. If needed, I’ll update with a Cyber Monday Special Edition for the tech-inclined homebound shopper.