Most of us have a few movies in our collection that watch repeatedly. For my family, the list includes Scarface and Grease, and my daughter loves The Princess and the Frog and the Madagascar movies. On any “bored” day, we could pull out these movies and truly enjoy watching them, despite the fact that we’ve seen them all at least 10 times each. Do you have DVDs in your collection that are like this?
Well, now you can take those movies with you anywhere you go, thanks to a partnership between Walmart and Vudu. The new Disc to Digital service, also known as Walmart Entertainment, allows you to get digital copies of the movies you already own, which you can view on a variety of supported, internet-connected devices, including your desktop computer, laptop, iPad and iPhone. Of course, assuming your DVD comes with digital copy, you could always upload it onto said devices. But think about how much memory it would require to do that, and tell me that having your movies readily available in cloud storage isn’t a more palatable option.
To use the service, you’ll have to sign up for a Vudu account. The search the list of movies that are available for Disc to Digital transfer. To be fair, not all movies are available, but you can find a large number of popular titles from the following studios: Paramount Home Media Distribution, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Universal Studios Home Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Once you’ve determined that your chosen title is available, simply add it to your list and print the list out.
Finally, take your printed list AND your physical DVDs to the photo department of your nearest Walmart and get your digital copies! Yes, you do have to take the DVDs with you, but you get to keep them and take them back home with you. As shown in the image above, it will cost you $2 to get a standard definition movie, $5 to upgrade from standard to high-def, or $2 to get a high-definition digital copy of a movie that you have on Blu-ray.
I got digital copies of Grease, Scarface, The Italian Job (the remake), and Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa. Since this is a brand-new service, it took a while to find someone who knew how to help me, but thankfully, the staff in the photo department took my cell phone number and allowed me to do my grocery shopping while they worked their magic. Then, they simply called me when they were finished. Your DVD will be stamped to prove that you’ve already gotten a digital copy, but the stamp is very inconspicuous.
Take a look at video below to see how the selection process works and what happens after your movies are made available on the cloud:
As you can see, my daughter is thrilled about the idea that she can now watch Madagascar 2 on the iPad whenever she wants, and it will help distract her during long doctor visits and car rides. And although a lot of our favorites weren’t available, we’ll keep checking back to see if they have been added.
What are some of the movies you and your family can’t live without?
Disclosure: I am a member of the Walmart Moms program. I was provided with compensation for my time and effort in sharing their Fighting Hunger initiative with you — though I would have gladly shared this awesome cause with you for free. Participation is voluntary and as usual, all opinions are my own.