When you buy a Blu-ray player, you will most likely get yourself some free Blu-ray movies included. In the US and Australia, qualifying players used to get 5 free Blu-ray movies (usually out of a choice of two dozen movies). These offers expire and re-appear from time to time, so check out the links below to see if there is currently an offer available in your area. In the UK, a current offer (valid until end of March 2008) is available where if you purchase a Sony Blu-ray player, you get both the Spider-Man and Pirates of the Caribbean trilogies (so 6 movies) for free. These offers are updated all the time, and some might have expired by the time you read this. Always check with the retailers (eg. Amazon.com) as well to see if they have some special offer in addition to manufacturer offers.
This site was originally created to provide special Blu-Ray limited time promos.
Content is from the site's archived pages.
AN ASIDE: My parents are collectors of fine art, admire contemporary furniture designs particularly from Italian manufacturers, travel constantly, have the most recent cell iphones, read from a kindle, yet have no idea what a Blu-ray or Blu-ray Disc is. When I tried to explain that a Blu-Ray disc was one of the two major High Definition disc formats (the other being HD-DVD) that were introduced to consumers in 2006, or that is was designed to supersede the DVD format, (by 2008 HD-DVD was officially discontinued, leaving Blu-ray as the "king of the hill" as the high-definition disc alternative to DVD) and is capable of storing several hours of video in high-definition and ultra high-definition resolution, I get blank smiles with a "That's nice, dear." On the other hand if I were to show them a website that sells Italian designer dining tables or suggest we visit a showroom that offers a number of well known Italian furniture designers' collections they would perk up, eager to go. And because they were central to helping my brother recover from a year long bout of alcoholism, they are very familiar with certain obscure therapies. I never heard of Baclofen until I saw a prescription for it in our medicine cabinet and asked. My mother responded as if everyone should know, "You weren't aware that they now use Baclofen to treat alcohol abuse?" Turns out that it stops the craving for alcohol and is therefore very effective in stopping the urge to drink - little did I know! This is an obscure drug! But Blu-Ray? I actually thought EVERYONE knew what that was since it is a very common video disk standard and we even have some disks next to the tv. But I am determined to introduce my parents to Blu-ray and I plan to do it by appealing to their love of classical music. Jump ahead to 2018. Blu-ray players (AKA Blu-ray disc players) should be an integral part of the home theater experience. A Blu-ray player not only plays Blu-ray discs, but also play DVDs and CDs, and most can also stream content from the internet, as well as from local PCs and media servers. Also, with the introduction of Ultra HD Blu-ray, video and audio quality of home theater experience are elevated further. I think a Sony UBP-X800 or a Samsung UBD-K8500 HDR UHD Blu-ray Disc Player might be in the works for Christmas! It would so cool in their so modern Italian designer living room.
Blu-ray’s new attack on HD DVD: 5 movie freebies
The Blu-ray Disc Association has announced a free movie promo meant to drive …
Jacqui Cheng- 6/28/2007, 12:17 PM
The Blu-ray Disc Association is going for HD DVD's throat with a new promotion announced this week that will give purchasers of new Blu-ray players five free Blu-ray movies. Any Blu-ray player is eligible, including the Sony PS3. The promotion begins July 1 in the US, and lasts through the summer until September 30.
The five movies will come from a list of 21 titles, including choices like Pearl Harbor, Black Rain, Underworld, and Transporter
- The Guardian
- Chicken Little
- Corpse Bride
- Blazing Saddles
- Kiss of the Dragon
- The Phantom of the Opera
- The Devil's Rejects
- The Italian Job
- The Last Waltz
- The Omen (2006)
- Resident Evil: Apocalypse
- Hart's War
- Stir of Echoes
- Underworld: Evolution
They're not exactly the year's greatest blockbusters, but the BDA hopes you'll think a deal's a deal. Customers won't be able to get the movies at the time of purchase; they'll have to send in a coupon via mail and have the movies sent to them. More information will be available via the promotion sitewhen it launches this weekend.
The Blu-ray movie promotion follows similar promotions put forth by the HD DVD camp. Toshiba offeredthree free movies with the purchase of an HD DVD player just before Christmas last year, and in May, Toshiba offered several rebates off its Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD players combined with anotherfive free movie promotion.
The promos have apparently gone over wellfor HD DVD—as the HD DVD camp saw a spike in sales afterwards—and Blu-ray doesn't want to miss out. Not that they have much to worry about; Blu-ray movies have seen strong salesthis year, at least in comparison to HD DVD's sales for the same period. The format also recently got a ringing endorsement from Blockbuster, which announcedearlier this month that it would begin carrying (only) Blu-ray movies in its retail stores. Although Blockbuster had previously been renting out both HD DVD and Blu-ray movies, Blu-ray rentals "significantly" outpaced HD DVD rentals and the company said they wanted to stay on top of the demands of its customers. This means that Blu-ray has won at Blockbuster unless something major happens.
Blu-ray hopes that the results of their own free movie promotion will be similar to those of HD DVD, which could provide just enough of a boost in sales to take an even more noticeable lead in the HD wars. Although standalone sales of Blu-ray players seem to be lagging behind thoseof HD DVD, when PS3s are accounted for, the player has a much wider reach. And Blu-ray has a stronger backing from Hollywood than HD DVD. But even with these bragging points, actual numbers still show thatneither format exactly has the masses behind it. Sales are still so small in comparison to the overall DVD market that any moderate shift in support for either side can change who surges ahead.