No Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Buy!

I love going to the movies (duh!) but it’s expensive. I try to finesse every FREE ticket offer and discount to keep my costs down and allow me to attend more often.

Spectre

Best Buy currently has an endcap of single James Bond titles for $7.50 each. Each one contains not only a Blu-Ray but also a digital HD copy AND $7 movie money towards Spectre.

The $7 Spectre coupons are also on many of the Bond films at Target. Many Targets also have cheap Bond Collections with digital HD copies (but no Spectre coupons).

I got the Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, and Roger Moore collections from Target, along with Quantum of Solace which had a Spectre ticket. I bought The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill, each with Spectre tickets from Best Buy.

So now I have three tickets for Spectre and all of the canon Bond films on digital HD/UV/Vudu except for George Lazenby’s single turn as Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Wal-Mart and Best Buy (and likely Target as well) have Peanuts movie cash on various children’s features (the Ice Age series, the Garfields, Penguins of Madagascar, Epic, etc) as well as on some DVDs of Peanuts specials.

So Many Rewards Programs, So Few Rewards

I love rewards programs. Well okay, I love rewards programs that actually reward you. Companies love to change them claiming that they will serve you better when what they mean is “we just figured out that we are giving you too much”.

Coke Rewards

 

Best Buy completely neutered their program a few years ago. It’s still worth using IF you are going to buy at Best Buy anyway but it’s not worthwhile as a selling point. Coke Rewards was barely worthwhile to begin with and then they went and made you jump through a ton of social media hoops to get the ‘good’ stuff.

Cinemark

I have rewards program cards for three separate movie chains locally (Epic, Regal, and Carolina Cinemas). Cinemark, which we do not have, sent me a FREE popcorn for my birthday. None of our local ones even wished me a happy birthday. I sure hope Regal rolls out their revamped program soon, even though it does nerf some of the usual rewards. Fandango wished me a happy birthday and wanted me to pick out a movie to see but was happy to charge me full price to do so.

Disney Movie Rewards

Disney Movie Rewards I find to be very worthwhile. They give a tiny amount of FREE points out with their newsletter each month. They give you a nice bonus of FREE points on your anniversary date and for your birthday. Submitting movie ticket stubs is fairly easy on a smartphone (up to four per Disney movie). I get merchandise from them all the time. Most recently I got Funko Pop figures of Anger and Joy from Inside Out for my granddaughter (I didn’t have enough points left for Sadness).

Going to the Movies on the Cheap

As if it wasn’t obvious I LOVE LOVE LOVE going to the movies. I mostly gave that up while my kids were growing up as we were quite poor and the movies are certainly an extravagance. Now the kids have moved away and we are doing better financially so I can go to the movies whenever I wish/have time.

I still can’t get over when we were poor so I am always looking for ways to make the movies cheaper. Many areas offer FREE showings pretty consistently. A good place to look is often local libraries, independent theaters, and hipper bars/breweries. The Hendersonville Film Society shows theirs at a local retirement community.

Carolina Cinemas

I know some people sneak food into the movies but I believe there’s a sort of social contract entered into when going to the movies. Yes, they charge an outrageous price for concessions but theaters make essentially no money on tickets. My beloved Carolina Cinemas puts on FREE movies every Tuesday (Film Society) and Thursday (horror) and some people still sneak in their own food and drink. This does not encourage the theater to continue to offer this and, quite frankly, is rather ungrateful of the patrons but enough of my soapbox.

FREE movie ticket offers abound. Currently, Wal-Mart has movies that have FREE tickets on them for Insurgent, Fifty Shades of Gray, and Spongebob Squarepants. Target has ones for Fifty Shades of Gray, Spongebob, Taken 3, and The Longest Ride. Vudu has an offer where you buy one of a particular set of movies from them in order to get a ticket to Insurgent. Upcoming offers include Jurassic World, Furious 7, Home, and Pitch Perfect 2.

Dealflicks

Dealflicks continues to add new theaters and offers a decent discount price, though not usually close to the percentages they advertise. Strangely my aforementioned Carolina Cinemas has stopped accepting Dealflicks and the other various movie money promotions.

Moviepass

Moviepass is for those hardcore moviegoers. They charge a monthly fee ($30-35) and you can go see a movie every day for FREE but only one you have not already seen. They currently have over 3,700 theaters signed up.

Moviepass is the opposite of how I usually go to the movies. While they allow you to go to a single movie daily, I like to group all the movies into one marathon showing and go all day. This allows me to buy just one drink for several movies. I always get the refillable large. I am not much of a popcorn eater though I always get it for my wife and daughter as they are saltaholics (I am more of a diabeetus consumer).

FREE Movie Tickets All Over the Place!

Lots of FREE movie ticket offers going around lately.

Project Almanac

* Best Buy has an endcap of Blu-Rays with FREE tickets to see Project Almanac on them. Titles include Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, the Transformers movies, War of the Worlds, World War Z, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Super 8, Minority Report, Bad Grandpa, A.I., Jack Ryan, Hercules, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Prices range from $9.99 to $26.99

* Regal Cinemas also has a group deal for Project Almanac. This weekend only (ends 2/1), you can buy four tickets and get one FREE. I’m not sure why five of you would want to see this at one time but there you go.

Birdman

* Regal Cinemas has a much better deal for Birdman. For the next week (ends 2/5), Regal has buy one ticket, get one FREE on this Oscar-nominated film. Offer valid at box office only.

Spongebob Squarepants

* Regal Cinemas also has brought back their SuperTicket deal. For $15 over the price of the movie ticket, you get a digital copy of The SpongeBob Squarepants movie (2004) and, later, a digital copy of SpongeBob Squarepants: Sponge Out of Water.

* Costco, Target, Best Buy, and Wal-Mart all have FREE movie tickets for the new Spongebob movie on DVD seasons of SpongeBob and Ren & Stimpy.

* Best Buy & Wal-Mart have FREE tickets for Fifty Shades of Grey on Pitch Perfect, Bridesmaids, Les Miserables, About Time, and Pride and Prejudice.

* I know it’s probably only local but I just received two FREE movie tickets to Epic Theatres for donating blood (through Blood Connection).

Fun Friday – Hulu, Best Buy, Netflix

I was at Best Buy and happened to spot this:

Horror

 

I was lucky enough to dodge the Bieber bullet (lower right). My daughters are too old and my granddaughter too young. Still, I am not sure he belongs in the horror section.

Hulu

 

I spotted this on Hulu the other night. I understand service in the Middle East must be very difficult but, honestly, I would work on defusing (removing the part of an explosive that makes it explode) rather than diffusing (spreading over a large area) bombs. It would seem diffusing is something only the bomber would desire.

Netflix

 

 

I appreciate that Netflix wants to integrate with social media. They keep (visually) pushing me to recommend films to my friends. I understand that and would whole-heartedly recommend The Grand Budapest Hotel if that was what I had watched instead of the latest Asylum atrocity. /sigh

They have also revamped the search engine interface for the computer. Instead of an open search box in the upper right, you now have a search button. I’m not sure why one would add another layer to a commonly used function. Typing text in the box that opens up begins locating movies on the fly. The new search seems to be geared toward watching movies on the computer whereas I use mine to put stuff in the queue for viewing on the TV later.

Their search engine gets better with each iteration. It used to be just titles then titles and actors. Now you can search on titles, actors, directors, and genres. What would be really neat would be full imdb integration.

 

Off for a few days…

I’ll post more this week if I can but my loving wife is having a procedure this morning and I will, of course, be devoting my time to fostering her quick recovery. Meanwhile I will leave you with a photo of the lunchbox I got at Best Buy.

Lunchbox

 

Also, after receiving a slew of Pop! Funko figure for my birthday, I found two on a clearance table at Barnes & Noble for $2 each. If they were all this price, I would never stop buying them.

Funko figures

FREE Movie Tickets – Machete Kills Carrie Escape Plan

Yay a good wave of FREE movie tickets has just hit including a one-day only ticket.

Machete Kills

* Machete Kills did not debut very well. AMC is offering a buy one ticket, get one FREE coupon on Machete Kills (coupon can be readily found online). Regal has upped that with a buy one ticket, get one FREE and get a FREE small popcorn with EACH ticket (no coupon needed). The caveat is that this is only good on Saturday, October 19th. Check with your local theater as this may be a nationwide promotion for most theaters.

Escape Plan

* Stallone and Schwarzenegger return in Escape Plan today. FREE tickets for this movie may be found on select copies of Red heat, Total Recall, The Expendables, The Expendables 2, The Cold Light of Day, Dredd, The Last Stand, Safe, T2, Sin City, Red, Man on a Ledge, Haywire, and the Rambo series of Blu-Rays at Best Buy.

Carrie

* The Carrie remake also opens today. FREE tickets to that may be scored off select copies of Amityville Horror (either), Carrie (original), Child’s Play, Donnie Darko, Haunting of Molly Hartley, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Jeepers Creepers, Kalifornia, Last House on the Left (original), Mirrors, The Omen (either), Poltergeist II, Return of the Living Dead, Species, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

FREE Movies, Target Ticket, Vudu, and UV

CinemaNow

I have previously described how you can get 10 FREE movies from Best Buy’s CinemaNow for your UV account. This option is still available – simply sign up for CinemaNow and link it to your UV account and Best Buy will let you select 10 FREE (standard definition) movies to own.

Target Ticket

Target is now jumping into the streaming game with Target Ticket and they will also give you 10 FREE (standard definition) movies for signing up and linking to your UV account. Target Ticket does require you to put a credit card on file though I used a Visa giftcard for that. In seconds, nine of the movies showed up in my linked Vudu account and I was ready to watch on TV (Mars Attacks didn’t show as yet).

Vudu

FREE Streaming Movies to Own

Vudu* Vudu is Wal-Mart’s version of Ultraviolet. Any Ultraviolet movies you have redeemed, usually through DVD or Blu-Ray purchases, may be played through this service. It is available on the PC, Roku, Xbox 360, PS3, and many smart TVs and Blu-Ray players. I have previously reported on Vudu’s offer of 10 FREE movies if you start a new account and that offer is still good.

Cinema Now* CinemaNow is Best Buy’s version of Ultraviolet. They have joined Vudu in offering ten FREE movies for signing up and linking your account to your Ultraviolet account. You can use both offers.

The movies from both offers are linked to your Ultraviolet account so not only would you own 20 movies for FREE but you could play them on either service.

Through the end of this month, Vudu is offering to convert one of your movies for FREE in their disc-to-digital program. Disc-to-digital conversions are done simply at your home computer. If you order more than 10 conversions at a time in August, Vudu will charge you half-price. This amounts (after the half off) to $1 for DVD to Standard or Blu-Ray (assuming you have a Blu-Ray drive, I don’t) to High Definition conversions and $2.50 for DVD to High Definition conversions.

I have used this program and it works fairly well. The copies are in good condition and play well BUT many movies are not available for this service and often it won’t read a disc correctly (especially if this disc is part of a set like the Die Hard Collection).

Best Buy $5 X-Men Blu-Rays and FREE Wolverine Tickets

I took advantage of Best Buy’s upgrade and save program recently. Turn in your old DVDs and receive a $5 coupon towards any Blu-Ray $9.99 and up. Normally I use this to pick up Blu-Rays for $5 and I try to stick to ones that have FREE movie cash on them. This week Best Buy has the X-Men films on sale for $5 (with the coupon) and they will have $10 towards the new Wolverine movie.

The WolverineI also picked up the limited edition steelbook of Scarface for $5. Not only did I get a Blu-Ray of Brian DePalma’s masterpiece of excess, with wonderful footage of my hometown of Miami but I also got a steelbook case, collector cards, and a DVD of the original Scarface (1932). I also got a bonus with one of my other movies.

Groundhog's Day

Groundhog Day came with a security sticker applied directly to the disc itself. Yikes! Now I have to make an extra trip to Best Buy this weekend. Groundhog Day is a comfort movie, one of those films I put in when my wife has had a particularly trying day. This will join Princess Bride, Grease, And Chicago in her cheer up box (once I get a replacement).