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It's October, which means that the holiday season isn't all that far off — why not take advantage of some choice Blu-ray deals and get a few gift purchases out of the way? Our Blu-ray/DVD roundup a preorder bundle, as well as deep Blu-ray discounts. Plus, our daily Blu-ray disc deals page has tons of swell gift ideas, too!
Is It Worth It?: Take the red pill and jump into the world of the Matrix with Neo, Morpheus, Trinity, and Agent Smith (many Agent Smiths) — and save money in the process. Amazon.co.uk is offering The Complete Matrix Trilogy on Blu-ray for at-checkout price of $13.51 (£8.33). That's the lowest total price we could find by $16. It includes The Matrix, Matrix Reloaded, and Matrix Revolutions as well as tons of special features, including four commentaries, 83 featurettes, and one feature-length documentary. (This item is listed as region-free, but some extras and special features may not play on U.S. devices.)
Is It Worth It?: There will be no shortage of fast and / or furious things at your home if you snag this deal. It includes all five (yes, they have made five) Fast & Furious movies for just $20.30 (£12.50) at checkout. The boxed set includes special features for all five films too. However, be aware that it's unclear if these discs will play on US Blu-ray players.
Is It Worth It?: The Amazing Spider-Man was a massive hit — the third-highest grosser of the summer of 2012 — and you can now preorder the Amazing Spider-Man Combo Pack on Blu-ray, which comes with a bonus DVD as well as a limited edition DVD case in the shape of Spidey's mask, all for only $24.96. It's scheduled for release on November 9.
Is It Worth It?: One nice aspect of the new Blu-ray regime is that it's often free of the hassle of "Region 1," "Region 2," and all that nonsense. Now there are discs you can watch in England and in the U.S., just like how screenwriters intended, and which also means that means you can pounce on unusual discounts abroad. For instance, Amazon.co.uk is selling the Reel Heroes Box Set — a 4-disc set including Wanted, Scott Pilgrim vs The World, Hellboy II, and Kick-Ass — on Blu-ray for $11.43 (£7.08) at checkout. With $4.97 (£3.08) for shipping, that's still nearly $30 less than the equivalent product(s) purchased in the U.S. (This item is listed as region-free; note that while the movies will play on U.S. Blu-ray players, it's possible that the extras and special features will not.)
Is It Worth It?: Amazon has turned its Blu-ray section into the best bargain bin ever, offering terrific movies like Lost in Translation, Platoon, and The Usual Suspects on Blu-ray starting at $7.99. We are looking to relive the terror of the ingeniously devised Freddy Kruger in A Nightmare on Elm Street on Blu-ray for just $7.99. In addition to Freddy's terrifying dream invasions, you get two commentary tracks and three featurettes, not to mention the top-quality visuals that Blu-ray ensures.