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Posted Saturday, November 21, 2009, at 1:21 PM

I've bought two new DVDs (not used rental copies) in the past two weeks for a total of less than $12. And they were both movies I actually wanted to see!

The first movie was the summer blockbuster "Star Trek," which I pre-ordered for $9.98. Walmart.com has started an online price war with Amazon and Barnes & Noble for pre-orders of hotly-anticipated books and DVDs. The deep discount prices are only good for pre-orders; once the release date arrives, the prices jump back up to normal levels. And the prices aren't good at Walmart or B&N retail stores.

I loved "Star Trek," and have been looking forward to buying a copy ever since I saw it in the theater. When I found out that the book price war had been extended to DVDs, I jumped at the offer.

Then, this past week I bought "For Your Consideration," a comedy directed by Christopher Guest, in the bargain bin at Kroger for an astonishing $2, marked down even from the original bargain bin price.

I had not seen "For Your Consideration," which got middling reviews, but I love Guest's previous mockumentaries, "Waiting For Guffman," "Best In Show" and (especially) "A Mighty Wind," and I knew this movie had most of the same cast, improvising their lines as they did in the earlier films.

Guest's regular stock company includes his "Spinal Tap" bandmates Harry Shearer and Michael McKean, SCTV veterans Catherine O'Hara and Eugene Levy, John Michael Higgins, Ed Begley Jr., Fred Willard, Jennifer Coolidge, Don Lake and Bob Balaban. The people who have discovered Jane Lynch as the evil cheerleading sponsor in "Glee" need to see her hysterical work in the Guest movies, especially "A Mighty Wind."

Guest is also responsible for the DirecTV commercials featuring Lake, Begley and Higgins as inept cable TV executives.

"For Your Consideration" is a satire of Hollywood itself, telling the story of the cast of a low-budget independent film whose hopes are raised when rumors of Oscar contention begin to be spread.

"For Your Consideration" wasn't as good as "A Mighty Wind," but I still found it funny. O'Hara is the central character, as much as anyone can be the central character in this kind of ensemble comedy, and she's terrific as usual. Much was made of the fact that Guest had dropped his usual mock-documentary format, but in a way he really hasn't. The movie is punctuated by segments in which various characters appear on entertainment news shows, talk shows or newscasts, and those segments give the movie much the same rhythm and feel as the mockumentaries.

Anyway, I can't recall getting two enjoyable movies so inexpensively. What's the best new DVD you've ever bought for less than $10?

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I know a lady that sells new DVDs cheap. They are not bootleg or imports, but for the most part, older new releases that she buys in bulk. If you like, I can send contact info.

I have bought many DVDs from her for $3.00 - $5.00 that would have still been $20.00 at Wal-Mart.

I have never seen any of the movies you mentioned, but will look for them.

-- Posted by memyselfi on Sun, Nov 22, 2009, at 4:12 AM

The Traders Post across the street from the Sheriff's office sells great DVD's for $3.00 each. If you buy five, you'll get an additional movie free! Most are recently released and in great condition. You can't beat 6 flicks for $15.00!

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Sun, Nov 22, 2009, at 11:09 AM

I have bought 'previously viewed' movies and have never had a problem with them. I recently purchased "Australia" starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. It is a 3 hour movie but worth the time to watch, with a big bowl of popcorn. I got it at Rite-Aid for $7, and "The Day the Earth Stood Still" starring Keanu Reeves for the same price. It was o.k.; I still like the old black and white movie starring Michael Renie (made in 1951) the best.

-- Posted by ILoveRoses on Mon, Nov 23, 2009, at 9:52 PM

I'm a huge John Wayne fan and can find his best movies on Amazon.com, the price plus shipping is often under $10.00!

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Tue, Nov 24, 2009, at 3:13 AM

Tattos & Scars,

One Christmas after my wife & I had been married about 35 years I could not figure what to get my her. One day as I was browsing Wally World I came across a 2 pack of JW tapes for under $10. I knew that she loved the old B Westerns so my problem was solved! Come Christmas eve I placed my "Randy Rides Alone" and "Blue Steel" under the tree. The next morning she was delighted with her gift. When I opened mine I found she was having a problem getting me a gift also as she got me "Blue Steel".

That got us hooked into collecting the Duke's movies. The best info I have on him is that he appeared in a little over 150 movies, we presently have about 128 of them.

Have you heard if the family has released any more the past 10 years?

-- Posted by Brown Biscuit on Sat, Nov 28, 2009, at 10:00 PM

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