I Like FREE Movies and I Cannot Lie!

I love FREE. FREE is my favorite price point (at least until I figure out a way for them to pay me). Here are a few freebies that I picked up recently.

Act of Valor (2012) – Rated R

“The mission of rescuing a kidnapped CIA agent from a lethal terrorist cell falls to an elite squad of Navy SEALs in this covert-action thriller. Active duty SEALs play the lead fighting roles in a saga based on actual events from their service.”

I got a FREE ticket to Act of Valor from buying the Master and Commander Blu-Ray at Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart received a shipper containing the following $10 Blu-Rays: Master and Commander, Live Free or Die Hard, Independence Day, Man on Fire, Platoon, X-Men Wolverine, Navy Seals, Windtalkers, Behind Enemy Lines, Flyboys, The Marine, Men of Honor, Courage Under Fire, Valkyrie, Tigerland, X-Men, Commando, Rescue Dawn, Lions for Lambs and Hart’s War.

Each one comes with a coupon/sticker on the package for a FREE ticket to Act of Valor (up to $7.50). Make sure yours has a sticker on the front before purchasing. The backside of that sticker has the redemption code – it is not inside the Blu-Ray case.

John Carter (2012) – Rated PG-13

“One minute, dozing Civil War veteran John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) is evading Apaches in a deserted cave. The next, he’s waking up on Mars, a once-Earthlike planet that’s devolved into chaos — and civil war of a different sort. Based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’s classic “Barsoom Series,” this sci-fi adventure finds Carter coming to the aid of Martian princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins) and pitching in to help protect the planet.”

There are actually two different ways to get a FREE ticket to see John Carter. The first is by purchasing one of a select set of films and then going through Disney Movie Rewards (either by signing up and navigating their site or going here). The movies can be purchased wherever you like – the Disney code you use will be located inside the case (so get a factory sealed copy).

The following movies and formats qualify for Disney’s promotion: Tron Classic (DVD/Blu), Tron New (DVD/Blu), National Treasure (DVD/Blu), National Treasure 2 (DVD/Blu), Remember the Titans (DVD/Blu), Sorcerer’s Apprentice (DVD/Blu), Prince Caspian (DVD/Blu), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (DVD), Alice in Wonderland Depp version (DVD), Secretariat (DVD), Race to Witch Mountain (DVD), Roving Mars (DVD), The Rocketeer (DVD), and Prince of Persia (DVD).

The second John Carter promotion is through Amazon. I’ve left the referral code for Blu-Ray.com in the URL as that is where I found this deal. Their list of titles is much the same but only DVDs (no Blu-Rays). If you use this, make sure you buy one of the movies sold by Amazon and not a third-party seller. Amazon will then email you the reward code to enter at the John Carter redemption site.

While the qualifying movies overlap, I’m not sure if you can double-dip. Personally I picked up a DVD copy of Sorcerer’s Apprentice at Best Buy for $9.99.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011) – Rated PG-13

“When the devil resurfaces with aims to take over the world in human form, Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) reluctantly comes out of hiding to transform into the flame-spewing supernatural hero Ghost Rider — and rescue a 10-year-old boy from an unsavory end.”

I saw a FREE Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance ticket on a Priest DVD at Target. I passed as my limit is $10 and Target wanted $13. I later went to see Ghost Rider so I highly advise against this deal. Wow – jaw-droppingly bad movie.


Disney Movie Rewards also has a promo running this month for a FREE Blu-Ray. Enter two of their magic codes (found inside almost all Disney DVDs and Blu-Rays) and you can choose from A Bug’s Life, Bridge to Terabithia, or Tinkerbell. They will charge you $3.95 for shipping and handling and allow a whopping six to eight weeks for delivery.


American Reunion and Wrath of the Titans supposedly have upcoming FREE tickets as well but I haven’t seen the promotion.

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Dragon Tattoo Trilogy Extended Edition (2010) – Not rated

“The Dragon Tattoo Trilogy contains more than two hours of additional footage not seen in the theatrical versions of the original Swedish films.Amassing a total of 9 hours of story content and presented in 6 parts, this complete version of the international hit series restores notable characters and subplots from Stieg Larsson’s best-selling novels.”

For those mystery lovers with a lot of time on their hands, the extended versions of all three of the Stieg Larsson novels are now available on instant Netflix. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie-length versions and I’m not sure when I’ll have time to catch these extended ones. Strong warning on content if you haven’t seen these as there is much disturbing material present.

* Warner has increased their delay on new release titles being available for rental on Netflix to a whopping 56 days.

* Not surprisingly Disney is considering adopting the delay of new releases to Netflix (and presumably Redbox) that Warner, Fox, and Universal have implemented.

* Crackle and CinemaNow are now available on the Xbox 360. Crackle is a FREE movie service – uncut movies with commercials. There have some offerings that Netflix lacks. CinemaNow is another pay for rental ($3-4) or purchase ($16) movie venue. I’m not sure where the appeal is as most movies can be purchased as physical media (i.e. something you actually own as opposed to something you think you own) for far less.

* Amazon, which struggles mightily trying to bridge the gap between a Netflix type service and a pay as you go Blockbuster, is expected to announce a deal with Viacom shortly. They still have a lot of catching up to do content-wise to compete with Netflix. I will admit that Amazon is where I break my “no a la carte” digital rule. I buy every new episode of Walking Dead as it becomes available (since we ditched cable).

* Redbox is teaming up with Verizon to work on a new streaming movie service. I really think that except for niche markets, Netflix, Hulu and Amazon have the subscription video sewn up. Redbox also snapped up all those Blockbuster kiosks – 35,000 of them – from NCR so if you thought Redbox was ubiquitous before…