Showing posts with label Disney. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Disney. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Disney Movie Club

Recently, I joined the Disney Movie Club to expand my Marvel, Disney, and Pixar Blu Ray collection.  Right off the bat, you get 5 movies for $1, if you use a referral link (which is better than the standard offer of 4 for $1.)  Before joining, I did some research and found many negative reviews about the club.  I would sum up the issues as follows:

- There is a monthly movie that is offered to members.  If you do not respond, Disney automatically charges you and mails the movie out.  The club offers both online and mail in response options.  If you stay on top of it, which is easy to do by logging in online when the email notification shows up, it is easy to avoid an automatic purchase.

- The club requires you to buy 4 movies at regular price ($19.95 or more) and with the additional shipping cost, those purchases can be pricey.  There are additional discounts available (for example, buy 1, get one 40% off) that even out the cost of the pricey purchases (it is basically $50 out the door for 2 Blu Ray discs including shipping, which is similar to purchasing at other retailers.)

- The shipping is slow, especially compared to Amazon Prime.  If you set your expectations for the shipping to be slow, it ends up being no big deal and a nice surprise when they show up.

- The movies show up with and without slip covers, and it seems to be random.  In my first batch of movies, the following had slip covers: Captain America: First Avenger, Thor: Ragnarok, Beauty and the Beast, and Monsters Inc. (Monsters Inc. was purchased additional to my initial offer.)  These movies did not have slip covers: Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Iron Man 2, and Doctor Strange.

If this already sounds good, then use my REFERRAL LINK to sign up, but I do have more tips for you to maximize becoming a member in the Disney Movie Club.

1) When you first sign up, pick your first 5 and begin the checkout process.  There is an offer to add two more movies at a discounted rate.  DO THIS.  It counts as 1 of your 4 required movie purchases, and your total ends up being less than $30 for 7 movies.

2) I decided to pre-order Avengers: Infinity War and did the buy one get one at 40% off.  Because Infinity War isn't out yet, the club charged me $20 for my additional movie and sent it out.  The split shipping charge will work out in my favor later when Infinity War ships and charges me in August.  Using this pre-order seems to be a good tactic to spread out required purchases, and I will likely use it for Solo as well.  If you know you're going to purchase movies anyway over the next two years, then purchasing them through the Club isn't too much more expensive than other retailers, and you get the bonus of the initial free ones.

3) Use the Disney Movie Rewards!  I never realized that the digital codes doubled as rewards in addition to redeeming the digital movie version of the film.  It does require an additional online account, but it's worth it.  Most movies include 150 points, so your first 7 movies should get you over 1,000 points.  If you have movies you've previously purchased, check in the cases and see if you still have the digital codes or rewards codes.  I ended up having around 4,000 points and got Brave (2000 points) and Ratatouille (1325 points) Blu Rays for a total of $4.23.

I've been very pleased so far, and I haven't had problems turning down the monthly offer through my online account.  If you are want expand your Disney movie collection and plan to buy movies anyway (I tend to buy most new Marvel and Star Wars movies), the club ends up being a good deal.  Make sure to use the REFERRAL LINK to get 5 movies for $1 instead of just 4 and enjoy!

I will update as time goes on or if I find any snags with the process.  So far, so good, though!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tron: Legacy Review

Ever filled out a fraud report for your credit card?  Well, I just did and it makes me feel like Jodie Foster in "The Accused."  Ok, that's WAY too strong of a comparison, but I do feel very invaded personally.  Apparently, some jerkweed used my credit card number to get a cash advance from a B of A in Southern California.  Considering, I don't bank at B of A, never go to their ATMs or bank locations, and haven't been to Southern California in a few years, it felt none too great that this happened.  Luckily, my credit card company was understanding and gave me a credit and had me fill out the aforementioned fraud report.  I also put a fraud alert on my Social Security number just to be sure.  If I ever catch this thief, I will have my vengeance. In this life or the next!!!

Enough of that.  Let's talk about "Tron: Legacy."  Why?  Well, because I had some tacos and beer from the local restaurant "Tacos & Beer" and then went to see the new "Tron" movie.  I'll keep the spoilers to a minimum- hopefully.

Right off the bat, the absolute best part of the movie is the soundtrack.  Daft Punk created a highly retro but thumping soundtrack that really pits you in the 1982 mind frame.  I don't even typically listen to that kind of music, but I will be acquiring the "Tron: Legacy" soundtrack.  It is quite good.

The second thing on the list of good things about this movie is the immersive environment of "The Grid."  This is where all the famous disc throwing and light bike racing occurs.  The special effects are well done and, to be honest, the color coding of good guys and bad guys made it easy to tell who was who.

The third thing that I enjoyed where the women in the movie.  Excellent job with the casting!  I remember the blond girl from being Vince's lame hippie girlfriend on "Entourage" but she is much hotter in this movie.  I suppose a skin tight suit and no wheat-grass shots helped out quite a bit.  I don't think I've ever seen the dark haired actress that played Quorra, but she was quite hot as well.  Between the ladies and the special effects, this was an easy movie to look at.

Jeff Bridges and Garrett Hedlund both did a strong job with the material they were given.  Of course, we're talking about a sequel to a 1982 cult Sci-Fi classic that is now supposed to be a big blockbuster.  This type of movie could get ridiculous in a hurry, but it was fairly well grounded.  It also helped that about 90% of the movie takes place at "The Grid" unlike the original that takes FOREVER to get to the cool computer game parts.  The movie is a bit cheesy, but if one is looking for Sci-Fi entertainment, this is not a bad way to go.

Some of the bad things I won't mention because they are pretty deep into the movie and I don't want to give anything away.  Let's just say there is an unjustified change of heart by one of the characters that makes no sense near the end of the movie.  It doesn't kill anything for me, but I definitely thought, "That's odd..."

They also build up what they define at the beginning of the movie as "The Miracle" and talk about how it will change politics, religion and the very fabric of humanity.  Pretty bold statements for something that will never even be close to being explained during the movie.  My problem is that they mention it multiple times, almost beating the audience over the head with this idea, and the movie makes never had any intention of answer or even hinting at how this was possible.  I know the script writers also wrote for LOST, but damn guys- so many questions with no answers doesn't work as well in this type of a movie.

Overall, I would say I was entertained.  My BIGGEST gripe is not with the movie, but with the movie industry.  I saw the movie in 3D.  I paid the extra surcharge for the glasses and was it really worth it?  Not at all.  2D would've been fine.  By the way, thank you for encouraging me to "Be Green and Return My Glasses After The Movie."  SCREW YOU.  I will not.  And do you know why?  If you really wanted us to "Be Green," there would be a way for us to buy our own 3D glasses, bring them to the theater and avoid the surcharge.  Since you FORCE the audience to buy the glasses every time, I will not be recycling my glasses.  Once you stop this money making scheme, I will be more than happy to bring my own glasses and enjoy a "Being Green" discount.  Jerks.

TRON: LEGACY final grade: B+ (Entertaining, great special effects, decent story- unnecessary 3D.)