Fortunately for my wallet, there's only been a trickle of media releases that I've been intersted in lately...until yesterday. I don't consider it a Media Buying Tuesday unless at least two items of note are being released. Well, this Tuesday saw the release of two of my favorite movies of the year: Hot Fuzz and 300.
Buying the former has been an ordeal, which I still haven't finished. See, Wal-Mart has an exclusive bonus disc that contains pretty much every special feature from the UK version that was left off of the American release (and that's a lot). So I went to Wal-Mart during a break from work and the only bonus disc packs they had in stock came packaged with the fullscreen edition of the movie. Yuck! So, after work I hit up two more Wal-Marts only to find only more fullscreen DVDs. According to director and co-writer Edgar Wright's MySpace blog, 65% of the copies Wal-Mart ordered were fullscreen. Seemed more like 100% to me.
Anyway, I didn't want to totally miss out on the bonus disc, so I reluctantly bought one of the sets. Luckily, when you unwrap the set the copy of the movie itself is still shrinkwrapped. So last night I went back to the first Wal-Mart that I went to earlier and intended to exchange my fullscreen copy for one of the widescreen single disc editions, but they were sold out. That wasn't too surprising since Wal-Mart seems to have a fullscreen-to-widescreen ratio of 50-to-1. I guess I'll just wait another day or two for them to restock. Hopefully, I'll be able to enjoy some Hot Fuzz goodness this weekend.