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.

Goodbye Target Ticket, We Hardly Knew Ye

Target Ticket

Bizarrely, Target entered the UV/video on demand realm excessively late. Vudu (backed by Wal-Mart) is clearly the 800-lb gorilla in the UV market. Unfortunately iTunes, which is rapidly becoming irrelevant, refuses to sign on with UV. Same with Amazon which, adding insult to injury, has discontinued their download ability for those who “own” titles through them.

Target’s service was pretty terrible from the start. It didn’t have an ability to sort through owned films if you owned more than a couple dozen. This made the interface a nightmare for heavy users. They tried a handful of very half-hearted promotions and, predicatably, have now abandoned their service.

This still leaves plenty of UV providers (Vudu, M Go, Flixster, CinemaNow). Best Buy’s CinemaNow has never been much of a competitor to Vudu. They suffer from many of the same problems that plagued Target Ticket. Naturally Target has chosen them to carry on the films people owned on Ticket.

CinemaNow

I followed Target’s instructions and migrated my movies to CinemaNow and linked up with UV. They were unable to transfer one of the films so they issued me a $24 credit with CinemaNow.

Thank you for choosing Target Ticket for your digital entertainment. We hope that you’ve enjoyed your movies and TV shows with us. Target has made the difficult decision to end the services offered on Target Ticket effective March 7, 2015. After that time, Target Ticket will no longer be accessible on any device applications, gaming consoles, tablets, smartphones or the web.
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Your eligible Target Ticket titles and credit are available to transfer to CinemaNow on March 7, 2015.
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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).

Anchor Management – The Retailing of Ron Burgundy

Anchorman 2

 

I’m not a huge comedy fan but I did enjoy Will Ferrell’s Anchorman. I think their ad campaign for the sequel, Anchorman 2, is impressive. Everywhere I go I see Ron Burgundy shilling products such as the Durango.

Anchorman

My daughter picked up the Anchorman: Rich Mahogany Edition at Wal-Mart. Let me tell you that is an incredible deal. For less than $20, you get the Blu-Ray of Anchorman with loads of special features, the digital version of the movie (Vudu), a T-Shirt, a FREE pint of Ben & Jerry’s from Wal-Mart, a booklet, and a FREE ticket to Anchorman 2.

Ben & Jerry

If you go to Target and buy 3 specially marked packages of Ben & Jerry’s, you get a FREE ticket to Anchorman 2. Ben & Jerry’s even has a special Ron Burgundy flavor, Scotchy Scotch Scotch!

Top all of that off with Regal Cinemas showing a double feature of Anchorman and Anchorman 2 tonight. I’m trying to decide whether to take off and go in a couple hours. I have a lot of work to do but I do love a double feature and my wife is busy.

cya!

FREE Christmas Movie Tickets

First Best Buy pushed them, then Target, and now finally Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart just set up an endcap in their movie section for DVDs and Blu-Rays that have FREE movie tickets on them. As always make sure you get one with a sticker on it.

Free Birds

* FREE Free Birds/ Walking with Dinosaurs/ Secret Life of Walter Mitty movie ticket w/ purchase of select DVDs. Choose from X-Men set, X-Men First Class, Home Alone set, Night at the Museum set, Percy Jackson/Eragon two-pack, Skyfall, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, A Good Day to Die Hard, Safe Haven, Act of Valor, Ice Age: Continental Drift, We Bought a Zoo, Life of Pi, Taken 2

* FREE Ender’s Game ticket on Push, The Three Musketeers, Source Code, and The Darkest Hour

Anchorman 2

* FREE Anchorman 2 ticket on Anchorman

* FREE any movie ticket (up to $7.50) on Jack Reacher and G.I. Joe Retaliation

About Time

* Target also has a FREE movie ticket promotion for About Time on copies of Love, Actually

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 Movie Tickets from Target

Normally Best Buy rules in the world of FREE movie tickets but Target has jumped in with both feet in their latest ad. Please note: all promotions require a sticker on the front of the movie – don’t buy if the sticker isn’t present.

Despicable Me

* Buy Hop, The Lorax, ParaNorman, or Despicable Me on DVD and get a FREE 2″ Minion figurine as well as $7.50 movie cash for Despicable Me 2

Madagascar 3

* Buy Madagascar 3 or other DreamWorks animation (Shrek, Kung Fu Panda) and get $7.50 movie cash for Turbo

MI: Ghost Protocol

* Buy Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, Top Gun and get $7.50 in movie cash for World War Z

* Buy Columbiana, Black Hawk Down, The Patriot, District 9 and others and get $10 in movie cash for White House Down

* Buy The Bourne series, Jurassic Park series, Battleship, Savages, End of Watch and receive $8 in movie cash for R.I.P.D. or Kick-Ass 2. Note: This is Fandango cash so you must be able to use Fandango for this one.

* (Not in ad but seen at Target) Percy Jackson: Lightning Thief, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Night at the Museum, Eragon have $8 movie cash for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

* (Not in ad but seen at Target) X-Men ($10-15) and Wolverine ($10) Blu-Rays have $10 movie cash to go see The Wolverine.

* (Not in ad but seen at Target) Braveheart, Gladiator, 300, Clash of the Titans, Troy, The Matrix have $8 movie cash ($5 for DVDs) for Pacific Rim, The Conjuring, and We’re the Millers