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June 1, 2008

The Outer Limits of Fargo

Filed under: Annoyances,Movies — Tom @ 3:31 pm

Last week, Circuit City had one of those sales where a number of DVDs are marked down to some ridiculously low price, in this case, $3.99. Fargo was among the few decent movies in piles of absolute dreck, and I decided that this was the time to finally pick up this classic. Well, it turns out that it was not my time to do so, for the gods bid against me here. Pick it up I did, the one and only copy to be found, but when I got home later and opened it, what greeted me inside was not Fargo but . . . The Outer Limits? Well, I’m not alone, apparently. Here’s a dude who had exactly the same thing happen to him. Coincidence? I doubt it – my guess is that this sale was spurred on by some kind of production error where a small batch of discs got into the wrong cases, and they don’t know in how many it happened, but they know it happened in these certain movies, so drop the price, sell them off at a loss, and maybe a few people will complain and want the real disc while most will say “eh, it was $4. Big deal.” Well, cheap bastard that I am, I will be complaining to MGM* – I’ve waited ages to get this so I’m going to get it, dammit. I took it back to Circuit City and their policy is “even exchange only” – but since they only had the one copy, and it appears to be sold out in every other store. So keep that in mind. Best Buy isn’t the only crap-ass store around. Moral of the story: open those cheap DVDs in the store with someone watching, just in case.

*Except there appears to be NO WAY to actually contact the behemoth. Nice. Buyer beware.



  1. yep same thing happened to me, funny thing is I work at circuit city. I know at our store at least (in Utah) we were aware of this problem early and we were able to exchange the “defective” Fargo, with the real Fargo to all customers. Our next shipment after the faulty one had good copies inside. I thought it was just our district but I guess MGM must have sent a huge shipment of “defective” DVD’s.

    Comment by Will — June 30, 2008 @ 11:54 pm | Reply

  2. Ha! Got Fargo (from Circut City in Boston) for xmas, opened it up, popped in the DVD player and what do you know, The Outer Limits…. yup, it’s going back today. Exchange is fine, as long as I get what I paid for!

    Comment by Boston — December 27, 2008 @ 1:37 pm | Reply

  3. Yup, have seen it before so didn’t open until several months after opening. Denver CO

    Comment by Christopher Frank — January 21, 2009 @ 6:50 pm | Reply

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