Black Friday is the best day of the year for movie buffs to find great deals on DVDs and Blu-Rays.Â Since most of the 2010 Black Friday ads have already leaked to the internet, we know that this year’s post Thanksgiving shopping spree will be no different.Â Based on the currently available ads, here are the best 2010 Black Friday DVD and Blu-Ray movie deals (my personal recommendations are marked with *).
Stay Up Late for $5 Blu-Rays at Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart is rewarding insomniacs by making their Black Friday DVD and Blu-Ray deals available starting at 12:01 a.m. Friday, instead of the traditional 5 a.m.Â Among their most notable deals are a selection of quality Blu-Rays for only $5 each.Â The selection includes:
- The Dark Knight*
- Batman Begins*
- Gran Torino
- Angels & Demons
- Ice Age and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
TV on DVD Deals
Black Friday provides TV fans a chance to get full seasons of their favorite shows on DVD for significantly cheaper than their usual price.Â Several major retailers are offering cheap DVD seasons, including:
- Friends. Seasons 1-10, $9.99 each
- Sex and the City, Seasons 1-6, $9.99 each
- The Big Bang Theory, Seasons 1-3, $9.99 each
- The Office, Seasons 2-5, $9.99 each
- The Simpsons, Seasons 1-5, $9.99 each*
- Weeds, Seasons 1-5, $9.99 each
- Breaking Bad, Season 2, $14.99*
- Community, Season 1, $14.99
- Smallville, Seasons 1-9, $9.99 each (until 11 a.m.)
- The Tudors, Season 3, $14.99
- Community, Season 1, $12.00*
- Sons of Anarchy, Season 1, $12.00*
- True Blood, Season 1, $12.00*
Cheap Stocking Stuffers
DVDs make great stocking stuffers (or cheap gifts for that special someone you don’t love enough to spend a lot of money on).Â Best Buy is offering several newer releases for only $3.99 each, including The Blind Side, 300, My Sister’s Keeper and the 3-disc American Gangster Collector’s Edition.Â However, Wal-Mart beats them by $1, offering several classics for only $1.96 each, including:
- 17 Again
- 27 Dresses
- The Bourne Identity
- The Bourne Supremacy
- The Bourne Ultimatum*
- Casino Royale*
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
- The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King*
- Sex and the City
Avoid the Rush with Amazon
Amazon is hands-down the best source for Black Friday DVD and Blu-Ray deals, in my opinion.Â Not only do you get to avoid the early morning chaos by shopping from home, but Amazon matches the lowest movie prices from other advertisements, plus adds their own unique deals.Â In addition, Amazon isn’t waiting for Friday and is currently selling DVDs and Blu-Rays for other stores’ Black Friday prices.Â Plus, shipping on Amazon is always free for orders totaling over $25.
I won’t be venturing out Friday into the cold early morning to fight rabid deal-hunters, but will definitely wake up at the crack of 10 and pick up a few Blu-Rays online.
If you don’t mind picking up used movies, Half Price Books is having a 20% off sale on Black Friday, theoretically making their large selection of movies 70% off retail prices (though their used movies are always slightly more than half of what you’d pay for them at a traditional retail store since they base their prices on the manufacturer’s suggested retail price rather than the actual going rate).
Frys has not yet released their Black Friday Ad, but in years past they have featured excellent movie deals (despite their aesthetically disastrous website).