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THE SOUND OF MONEY

        

For Hicksflicks.com, April 25, 2014

When is a box set priced at $199.99 sold for $74? Well, not for very long.

Next Tuesday (April 29), Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is releasing a Blu-ray box set of six classic movie musicals by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II in a set titled "The Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection": "State Fair" (1945), "Oklahoma!" (1955), "Carousel" (1956), "The King and I" (1956), "South Pacific" (1958) and "The Sound of Music" (1965).

The latter two, "South Pacific" and "The Sound of Music," have been available in Blu-ray editions for a few years now but the other four titles are making their Blu-ray debuts with this set.

Fans of musicals are probably doing back flips over the news … until they see the price. And the fact that it's an Amazon exclusive, at least for now.

That means that whatever price Amazon sets, that's what you pay— unless you're willing to wait a fwe months or a year for the cost to go down.

When the set was initially listed for pre-order, the $200 retail price was discounted some 30 percent (Amazon's usual, though it sometimes drops 50 percent) to $140. Then for a short time it dropped way down to $74. If you were quick enough to pre-order it at $74, that's what you'll pay. If not, the price shot up a short time later to $140 again. And now, it's listed at $179.99.

Why all the price fluctuation? It's what the market will bear, of course, although dropping to $74 and then rising up again to $180 seems unusual. And unreachable for most of us.

I'm guessing a lot of people who might have purchased the set at $74 — or even at, say, $100 — will balk at the current price and choose to wait.

And your patience will be rewarded. Especially if you already own the Blu-rays of "The Sound of Music" and "South Pacific." The other titles will eventually be released individually in Blu-ray so you can pick and choose your favorites.

The box set will also eventually drop in price and it will also eventually be available on other sites and possibly on store shelves after the Amazon-exclusive contract runs out. The length of said contract has not been revealed, of course.

My personal faves are "Oklahoma!" and "Carousel," and I'd love to watch them in Blu-ray upgrades? And yes, I'm waiting, thank you very much.