Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man - that bad?

hi there

i was quite surprised to open up my email at verk this morning and be greeted with the news that The Amazing Spider-Man is the subject of what i believe the kids of the interwebnet call a "fire sale". it would seem that, a little over a couple of weeks since it was released, certain online retailers are rather keen to sell off whatever stock they have.

here's a screenshot thingie of it over on the site takealot where they have it at more or less half the price of it on release.

and an identical price for it is available over on loot, as you can see below.

those of you rather keen to pay the full release price for the disc can of course simply pop over to kalahari, where you can pay a good deal more and as a bonus be subjected to their ratrher curious interpretation of what does and does not constitute "24 hour delivery".

i would imagine, indeed assume, that anyone who purchased this on the day of release some three weeks ago will be mildly annoyed at seeing this. i certainly was about a year ago when i purchased the excellent films Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and Narnia : The Dawn Treader at the full price, only to see them to drop in price to less than half (!) that a month later. with the movie companies prone to bleating about how interwebnet piracy and pirate DVDs are "killing the industry" it makes it most strange that they would endorse a move like this that just angers those of us who appreciate and prefer to have the genuine article in our collection, making one feel like purchasing or otherwise obtaining a less than legit copy is the way to go.

that said, it could be the case that a bit of Nigel Tufnel's Clam Caravan is on the go here, and the price has dropped simply because they have not sold a single copy between them. it is a release that, after discussing with my (considerably) better half, i am skipping for a start.

earlier this year i gave as lenient and diplomatic review as i could to the film mostly due to my cousins and Uncle seemingly enjoying it a good deal more than i did. for all the merits of the production (and here i am thinking Martin Sheen, Denis Leary and Sally Field) there's no avoiding the sense that the film just falls flat and never feels like repeat viewing would be worthwhile. as elements of it are far, far too dark for the boys, it is not like i would be prepared to buy it - even at this reduced price - for the boys to busy themselves with.

apologies to anyone reading this that really, really loved the film. the evidence, however, suggests that i am far from alone in thinking this film was a little bit of a wasted effort.

be excellent to each other!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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