It was £50 at the time to be fair, way too much. There was a possibly erroneous pre-order deal through Woolworths where it was £25 but they didn’t honour every order. It never really went ‘cheap’, ever. I got mine in 2010 for a tenner on massive staff discount when I worked in a DVD shop – it was from the huge shipment seized from Sony DADC after the Woolworths/2|entertain collapse, which is most commonly believed to have been burnt in the 2011 fire but was actually seized and auctioned for a pittance to the MBL distribution group, who both owned and supplied to our shop. Got Just The Smegs for a quid as well from the same haul, plus a few dozen other things, mostly for stupid prices like 32p.
Can I say in my defence that at the time I didn’t know the depressing backstory of these giant pallets of BBC DVDs that were stored in our warehouse under the shop, nestled in the hidden underground streets under the Arndale. (It’s very Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles down there.) But yeah, I thought it was a more legit arrangement than ‘stolen by bailiffs’.
I have a copy of the Region 4 Bodysnatcher collection. Here’s the output from VLC on a Linux computer for one of the disks:
libdvdnav: Using dvdnav version 5.0.3
libdvdnav: DVD Title: BBCDVD2346
libdvdnav: DVD Serial Number: 375258ea
libdvdnav: DVD Title (Alternative):
libdvdnav: DVD disk reports itself with Region mask 0x00f50000. Regions: 2 4
The DVD Title seems to match the Region 2 release found on a quick internet search, and as can be seen it claims to be both Region 2 and Region 4.
I’ve been trying to get hold of Bodysnatcher for years and only just this week managed to find a UK copy on ebay for a reasonable price. If you set up an alert for UK only sales it filters out all the Aussy versions.
It seemed expensive at the time for a boxset of episodes I technically already had, but now I do wish I’d got it back then.
Speaking of BBC DVDs that disappeared into price-inflated obscurity at the turn of the decade, I just managed to get hold of Mine All Mine at long last. Lots of rare discs seem to be falling in value so it’s a good time to mooch for what you thought you’d missed out on.