Exchange any DVD for discounted Blu-ray movies, TV shows

By on October 28, 2010, 3:00 PM
Last year, Warner launched an initiative dubbed DVD2Blu that allowed customers to trade select DVD titles for Blu-ray versions. The studio charged $7.95 to $9.95 per exchange, and while that was generally cheaper than retail, the program was limited to Warner's own films. Broadening its reach, the company has recently updated its offering to include virtually all DVDs. "Qualifying DVDs include any Warner Bros. or non-Warner Bros. pre-recorded discs that contain professionally produced film content purchased at a regular retail or e-commerce store (excluding adult content," reads the promotion page. In other words, seemingly any studio-made movie bought at retail qualifies -- barring porn.


There are currently 105 Blu-ray titles to choose from on the DVD2Blu site, including both movies and TV shows. A few names include Blood Diamond, Gran Torino, Pan's Labyrinth, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, as well as seasons of Fringe, Nip/Tuck, Smallville, Chuck and other shows. Prices range from $4.95 to $19.95 per trade with $4.95 for shipping (free shipping on orders over $35). The exchange process isn't quite as fast as buying the videos outright, but Warner says you should receive your Blu-ray discs in three to four weeks.




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taea00 said:

What no HD DVD offers? I'm conflicted on this deal. With digital media taking off and being able to stream from places such as Netflix, I feel Blu-ray is going to meet an early demise. Thought, if you already have your dvds backed up somewhere, then you're paying $5 to get new movies while retaining the old ones. Not that I'd ever condone such a thing. The higher priced Blu-rays probably wouldn't be worth it though, giving them your dvds PLUS paying $20, plus shipping and handling? I think I'd rather wait 6 months to purchase that new Carebears movie.

Richy2k9 said:

hello ...

this deal doesn't seem cool, but with blu-ray quality, picking one against a DVD version is a sure win, well you must have also the Blu-ray player, the HD TV, huh ... what else !? ... humm ... that's fine, the quality is there & the price is not far from a DVD if you know where to buy :P

cheers!

posermobile89 said:

3-4 weeks sounds excessively long and would prolly deter alot of average movie buffs away from this

mpribe said:

Looks promising. I might have to take them up on this.

frodough said:

would worth my time going over the titles if the selection is any better. wouldn't some have some top IMDB titles on it. this offer makes those dvd sales in wally world quite a deal

jtickner1 jtickner1, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Physical media isn't going anywhere. If it were to go suddenly, a huge consumer base would die instantly. I really don't know how people can prefer digital media. The process of buying something physical is a lot more rewarding in my opinion, you have an item that you can actually hold, among other things. The only time I find myself buying digital copies over physical copies is when Steam has something insanely cheap.

Anyway, this is pretty cool. I'm going to check it out.

ReMonster said:

Not to mention jtickner1, the quality of a blueray is much higher vs streaming digital. It might not matter to some people, but the quality of the destruction is what makes action movies great. Monotone explosions and pixelated gun fights aren't that attractive.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I have a few of these, but doubt I'll do the upgrade even though I have a blu-ray player. We're not talking about a collection of off-the-charts awesome Academy Award winning movies here. Plus the upscaling that a blu-ray player does on regular DVD's looks pretty decent anyway.

Eddo22 said:

This is a pretty good deal if you must have the blue-ray version.

Superpeter Superpeter said:

I gotta trade in my movies AND pay money?? Its possible to catch most of those titles @ around 10$ prices for bluray anyway. Doesn't sound that great to me

topcoach said:

Does anyone know if this deal is available to Canadians?

topcoach said:

topcoach said:

Does anyone know if this deal is available to Canadians?

I just found out, this deal is not available to Canadians.

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Seems pretty neat, especially if you have older movies since newer ones are definitely overpriced. Looks like you'd need at least eight to make it worth it imo and I'm not sure if you couldn't find some of these older movies discounted somewhere online in Blue-ray. I'll give the industry props though for at least trying something different.

@taea00 No doubt that digital streaming & distribution is the future it's just likely going to take longer then needed with the way ISP are attempting to turn back time on bandwidth. So Blue-ray will still have its place, but I highly doubt it will ever surpass DVD's overall.

Mushroom said:

Select ANY DVD....from this list.

JMMD JMMD, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I think I'll just keep renting from Netflix. There's no movie I like enough that I have to own a copy. Only things I buy would be a concert.

grvalderrama said:

This should come handy for the family business. I've got around 3000 DVDs, from which 700 might be from Warner, more or less. And believe me, I'm proud to say that my business is 1 of the 800 videos clubs that have only original material in Argentina. =)

Well, bravo Warner, I hope this program reaches my country!

SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

I just found out, this deal is not available to Canadians.

Try inetvideo.com for pretty cheap blurays in Canada. No this isn't a spam, I have no affiliation with them, I just know that they are based in Canada and have cheap prices for a lot of movies.

xcelofjkl said:

Do they accept VHS?

klepto12 klepto12, TechSpot Paladin, said:

meh dvd's are old news now i personally love blue ray movies.

IamBD said:

I've used this before and while it seems fine, I am disappointed with their selection. Trick R Treat isn't even offered.

Timonius Timonius said:

topcoach said:

topcoach said:

Does anyone know if this deal is available to Canadians?

I just found out, this deal is not available to Canadians.

Sigh....If only these deals were available outside of the 'center of the universe'...

ruzveh said:

Techspot havnt provided with any link and location where we cna buy them from

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Round and round we go, where we stop nobody knows......

This really never seems to end. First we have to buy all the same s*** over again from VHS to DVD. Now, they're doing us a "big favor" stepping us up to format three. So, I suppose when "Super Blu-Ray" hits the store shelves, maybe they'll offer us a deal on that too. I case you haven't been counting, that will be the fourth time you'll be expected to buy the same s*** again. And most of it, will be coming from the same masters!

OK, you really have to look yourself in the eye and say, how many times can you watch the same thing over and over, and how many times are you going to be stupid enough to buy it?

Then too there's this. If the RIAA had it's way, they'd sell you the same song over and over, for each different device you have, whether you've purchased the CD or not.

So, this is all part of the same general ripoff....!

I've used this before and while it seems fine, I am disappointed with their selection. Trick R Treat isn't even offered.
Wow, what a setbeck.....

sMILEY4ever said:

Mushroom said:

Select ANY DVD....from this list.

Fake promotions are win.

Anyways, a dvd for a blu-ray is quite a deal.

Recipe7 Recipe7 said:

Not a bad deal! I still don't want to give up my DVD collection for a few blu-rays though.

Guest said:

I use streaming, download, DVD AND Blu-ray, if something is worth it, like say a movie or Drama that I really love, I'll always get it on Blu-ray, it's easy to transport, all my friends have one, and they're just better.

cardriverx said:

"Physical media isn't going anywhere. If it were to go suddenly, a huge consumer base would die instantly. I really don't know how people can prefer digital media. The process of buying something physical is a lot more rewarding in my opinion, you have an item that you can actually hold, among other things. The only time I find myself buying digital copies over physical copies is when Steam has something insanely cheap. "

In another few years, when we have fast enough internet speeds to stream 1080p, physical content will be a thing of the past.

Why would you want to waste time and gas going to a store when it can instantly stream it to your TV? Or, pay LESS than at the store, and download it to your harddrive. Then you dont worry about the disc scratching, getting lost, or not working correctly with your player. Heck, you would no longer need to spend the money for the player.

Thats a win in my mind. Just look at how great Steam is doing with games.

flocka said:

streaming blu-ray!! is it possible?

Guest said:

Great deal for people who are not tech savvy and like to give money away. Do people still buy movies?

Richy2k9 said:

hello ....

being a frequent buyer & a member on a US site, i do get region-free blu-ray at good prices, i'm mostly waiting for some IMAX 3D documentaries, while also waiting for a decent 3D TV to be released.

as for TV series, if smallville would be released in a collector pack for the whole 10 seasons, i may consider, but for sure if they remastered 80s TV series like Airwolf & Knight RIder - I'm IN :P

cheers!

princeton princeton said:

The shipping costs sort of make it useless though...

hitech0101 said:

Nice deal that's all i have to say.

Guest said:

Any videphile worth her salt will already have the Blu-ray supermaster edition of their fave movies anyway. I know I do. SO it makes this kinda redundant. As someone else alluded too its not vailable outside USA anyway. Plus the shipping costs and the fact you can prolly get a fair few of good movies discounted elsewhere. Documentaries FTW, IMAX Home cinema for the Best. Good try but include Star wars, Term 2 etc LaserDisc versions as well

AbsolutGaloot said:

That's neat and all, but with everything trending towards streaming I can see Blu-ray being just a neat thing that happened before everyone could live stream their HD media to wherever.

matrix86 matrix86 said:

great...so now we need to trade our dvd players for blue-ray players and our regular TVs for HD TVs...

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

great...so now we need to trade our dvd players for blue-ray players and our regular TVs for HD TVs...

With that being said, I don't think I'd hold my breath waiting for that promotion.

Although, Newegg had Blu-Ray drives for 40 bucks in the last Email promo. By the time it clicked for me, they were sold out: [link]

kaonis92 said:

xcelofjkl said:

Do they accept VHS?

lol!

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