Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Amazon Knows Me (or so they think)

I wandered over to Amazon to see if I could purchase the 1930 version of "Holiday" starring Mary Astor (for the upcoming Mary Astor Blogathon). Bad luck - they don't have it.
Amazon thinks I should be watching a lot of Carole Lombard
But, while I was there, I clicked on to "My Amazon" at my favorite and addictive internet shopping site, just to see what they think I should be watching (and buying). I'll spare you the books, cosmetics and electronic devices they also recommend and stick to the movies.

Seems they know me pretty well, but not as well as they think. Here are a few DVDs they suggest for my pleasure:

1. The Carole Lombard - The Glamour Collection (Hands Across the Table/ Love Before Breakfast/ Man of the World/ The Princess Comes Across/ True Confession/ We're Not Dressing) (1931)

Amazon thinks I need this because I purchased a few William Powell films. Seems Carole and Bill are still linked.  

Price: $10.83 on Amazon Prime. To buy or not to buy?

2. The Organizer (1963) starring Marcello Mastroianni

Now, I have never heard of this film, but it was recommended because I purchased Chaplin's "Modern Times." 
Price: $13.99 on Amazon Prime. To buy or not to buy?

3. Speaking of William Powell, Amazon really wants me to have his films. Here's a tasty collection they recommend:

Price: $32.38 on Amazon Prime. To buy or not to buy?

4. Powell makes an appearance again, but this time the recommendation is a 4-pack Harlow.

Price:$11.99 on Amazon Prime.  To buy or not to buy?

5. Oh Amazon - you are so smart! You remembered I loved Garbo's silents. Here's a tasty temptation:

Price: $19.93 on Amazon Prime. To buy or not to buy?

I admit it was all quite tempting, but here's what I decided:

1. Carole Lombard Glamour Collection: BUY! While these are not my favorite Lombard films, the price is awesome and the collection might make for a nice giveaway someday.

2. The Organizer: BUY! A new-to-me film starring the glorious Marcello. I am sold.

3. The Philo Vance Murder Collection: Pass. While it looks yummy, it is a little too expensive.

4. The TCM Harlow 4-Pack: Oh, I am such a sucker: BUY!!

5. The Torrent: I am so ashamed. Not only is this a BUY, but I added this Garbo silent collection (Flesh and the Devil, The Mysterious Lady & The Temptress)  to my cart:

Only $7.49 with Amazon Prime!

Amazon Prime - I couldn't live without you! (Well you and my DVR and my Kindle and my hair dryer and the sleep timer on my TV remote).

18 comments:

said...

Oh, the modern marvels! I was pretty impressed by the price of the Carole pack, and also had never heard about the Marcello movie.
I'm starting to use Kindle for PC, now I'm curious to see what Amazon will recommend to me!
Kisses!

cometoverhollywood.com said...

Wow! That's an awesome deal for the Carole Lombard set-I had no idea it was so low priced. Might have to check that out :)
I agree, the Philo Vance was rather pricey

FlickChick said...

Hi Le - oh I love mt Kindle! Amazon is amazing! I love their book selections for me. I've gotten some good reads from their suggestions.

FlickChick said...

Jessica - all of those prices are Amazon Prime prices. The Carole Lombard collection is #26.98 if you don't have Prime, but $10.29 if you do. It costs $79 a year, but if you are a regular Amazon shopper you get great discounts, free shipping and lots of free streaming videos.

Samantha said...

I love amazon prime and it really does know you. Good deals also.

Silver Screenings said...

This is a great idea for a post. I think you made some terrific choices. Happy Viewing!

Christian Esquevin said...

Good for you FlickChick. These are good picks and smooth recommendations from Amazon - or should I say Flick Chick picks trick pix.

FlickChick said...

Thanks, Samantha. And thanks for turning me on to Amazon Prime.

FlickChick said...

Silver Screenings - another awesome thing is that I had the DVDs in 2 days. Now I just have to find the time to watch them!

FlickChick said...

Christian - great headline! Do you write for Variety?

Dawn Sample said...


1. Carole Lombard Glamour Collection. There are a couple of good flicks on there. I bet you will want to keep it for yorself.:)

The TCM Harlow 4-Pack. Is a must for any chick flick collection. :)

The Garbo silent collection, is on my wish list.

FlickChick said...

Dawn - I can't wait to dive into those Garbo silents.

Classic Film and TV Cafe said...

Marvelous idea for a post! I had to look up Marcello's film to learn the connection with MODERN TIMES (both deal with factory workers?). Personally, I'm all for the PHILO VANCE set as I own all the S.S. Van Dine novels. (The movie interpretation most like the Vance of the books was Warren William in THE DRAGON MURDER CASE...that's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.) Howe do you like the free movies available on-demand through Amazon Prime? I am thinking of subscribing.

FlickChick said...

Rick - you can't go wrong with Warren William as Phil Vance - I completely agree. As far as the free streaming videos, Amazon give a good selection and the quality is good. My problem is that I don't have enough time to take full advantage. But I LOVE the discounts - I think they are well worth it (I have moved from buying nook and DVDs to coffee and other stuff - which I am sure is their intent). Plus - everything is at your door in about 2 days. I am hooked on my new BFF, Amazon Prime!

Elizabeth Boyde said...

The 1930 "Holiday" w/ Mary Astor -- oh please, if you ever do find that, give a shout!

And, you did make some great choices. You tempt me to follow your lead. :)

FlickChick said...

Elizabeth - I did find the 1930 version of Holiday - but on an obscure site and I am still waiting for it. As for Amazon, all of my purchases arrived with 2 days. Now I need to get comfy on the couch and watch them!

Patricia Gallagher said...

Did you enjoy the Lombard set? I have it and our movie group watched all the films. We especially liked "Hands across the Table" and "The Princess Comes Across". We discussed them some time ago (it's all in my blog), but do spend some time on those!!

Patricia Gallagher said...

Did you enjoy the Lombard set? I have it and our movie group watched all the films. We especially liked "Hands across the Table" and "The Princess Comes Across". We discussed them some time ago (it's all in my blog), but do spend some time on those!!