Best Buy Removes HD DVD, Expands Blu-ray?

Posted by Dave Cowl on March 26, 2008 
Filed Under: Blu-ray, Format War, HD DVD, Retailers

bestbuy.jpgAfter seeing rumours that Best Buy was going to remove and send back all of its HD DVD titles early this morning, I decided last night to visit my local Best Buy to take a picture for a ‘before and after’ comparison.

To my surprise, when I got there I saw no trace of HD DVD – like it had never existed. So no ‘before’ picture for me.

I am not sure if my local store jumped the gun or if the HD DVDs were returned in more of a phased process as opposed to all at once, but nobody at my local Best Buy would have been able to get their Digital Video Essentials Basics disc.

We also got word today that other Best Buy’s did indeed pull their HD DVD stock this morning.

bestbuyshelves.thumbnail.jpgPlease respond in comments regarding what is happening at your Best Buy. One has to wonder how the future HD DVD titles from Warner will sell if the major retailers refuse to stock them. I would assume that the online retailers at least will stock HD DVDs to then end.

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13 Responses to “Best Buy Removes HD DVD, Expands Blu-ray?”

  1. TJ on March 26th, 2008 12:41 pm

    I work at a Best Buy in Texas, and our HD DVD sendback was today. I’m really looking forward to going in tomorrow and seeing no trace of HD DVD!

  2. burndive on March 26th, 2008 12:41 pm

    Best Buy in Tukwila, WA had their HD DVD section the same as always on the 25th. There were signs saying 30% off at the register, and the sticker prices were still just as exhorbant as they always are at BB.

  3. Ryan on March 26th, 2008 12:55 pm

    I hope ‘I Am Legend’ still hits the online retailers, as I had noticed before after “American Gangster” Best Buy had stopped re-stocking older, or getting newer titles in altogether. I’ve been ordering from Amazon, & DeepDiscount in addition to getting a few $10 titles at Best Buy just these last weeks.

  4. Jesterrace on March 26th, 2008 10:41 pm

    Glad I bought Superman II on monday. Yeah, I paid more than I should’ve for it but it was an impulse buy an nice to have it in hand instead of waiting for shipping/stocking issues. I love the prices at deepdiscount but man they must have slowpoke rodriguez doing their processing and shipping. I just received a disc today that I ordered on the 7th and shipped out on the 13th. The site said that it was in stock so I have no idea why it took so long.

  5. Frank on March 27th, 2008 4:53 am

    I, too, work for the big yellow tag. And yes, this week was the scheduled exit for HDDVD in ALL stores. As far as I can tell, even new releases have been discontinued……. there went my Justice League New Frontier :(

  6. Ryan on March 27th, 2008 5:52 am


  7. magnoliafan on March 27th, 2008 12:22 pm

    BB was overpriced anyway. And 30% is not much of a deal. I got Justice League New Frontier on HD-DVD at Fry’s for $13.99!!!

  8. Dave Cowl on March 27th, 2008 4:37 pm

    It appears that Circuit City will follow suit next week.

  9. James Segars on March 27th, 2008 11:35 pm

    Mine were all gone today, only a few on the end of one aisle… definitely sad.

  10. Russell Voeller on March 30th, 2008 8:45 pm

    Today March 30, 2008, I went in the Best Buy store in Memphis,and no HD-DVD’s were in sight. I was happy to see that. Blu-ray is the winner. yeah!!!!!!!!!! Also I hope The Kingdom, Billy Madison, The Jason Bourne Series, Jet Liís Fearless, Anchorman, Old School, Dawn of the Dead, The Fast and the Furious Franshie, Liar Liar, Happy Gilmore. ALL COME TO BLU-RAY in the Near Future!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But I can not wait till Matrix comes to Blu-ray, and Transformers!!!! Peace out.

  11. Russell Voeller on March 30th, 2008 8:47 pm

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  12. Dave Cowl on March 30th, 2008 10:56 pm

    I am sure that Paramount, Warner and Universal will be working hard on a schedule that makes sense for their HD DVD exclusive titles on to Blu-ray. I don’t doubt that Transformers, Matrix, Bourne, etc will do very well.

  13. Belard on March 31st, 2008 6:52 pm

    Just for old time sake…

    The HD-DVD Group’s press release: “While the Best Buy announcement says they will recommend Blu-ray, at least they will continue to carry HD DVD and offer consumers a choice at retail.”

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