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Archive for January, 2007

Its time for another weekly update and I am excited… This week I want to involve many of you in a very special contest – and possibly help you earn some extra cash! Read on…

Also, I have not yet had the chance to do interview Redbox VP Greg Waring, but I will definitely get to it over the next few weeks. I need to get the time to fit into my schedule, and he the time to fit it into his. Keep a lookout for it over the coming weeks…

And, finally… are there new codes out there? Find out if the latest codes that have been added will work for you…

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News from Redbox – Jan 30, 2007

Warm up your winter with a redbox dvd!

And the nominees for sweetest new DVD release (available online) are…

First, there’s the Sony feature Open Season. The latest in a pattern of animated films that involve domesticated animals who return to (and go berserk in) their natural habitat: the great outdoors. This time around it’s the voices of Martin Lawrence as a bear and Ashton Kutcher as a one-antlered mule deer who bring the animals to life and makes kids giggle contagiously.

Next up, redbox gives you The Marine— or, as the bad guys quickly learn, the WRONG marine to mess with. In this action flick, diamond thieves kidnap the wife of a recently discharged marine (played by John Cena), who chases them down to get her back…and put that combat training to serious use. Robert Patrick also stars.

Sticking with the serious-action-from-men-in-uniform theme, returning this week is The Guardian. It’s got Ashton Kutcher playing a young Coast Guard recruit who’s put on the rescue team of a veteran guide, played by Kevin Costner, who recently lost his whole team. Redbox is talking conflict, above and underwater.

Also returning— and every bit as available online— is the latest installment in the gory series, Saw III. Jigsaw (played by Tobin Bell) returns to torture a new unlucky batch of people. But this time he’s got an apprentice (Shawnee Smith). An apprentice? Is that yet another Saw sequel redbox smells?

Don’t forget about all the inspirational power The Rock and Xzibit can muster up in Gridiron Gang. Get ready for the compelling story of a juvenile detention facility’s football team looking to show the world what they’re really made of.

And finally, Employee of the Month is still funny no matter what month it is. On the off chance you haven’t rented this one yet, allow redbox to sum it up: hilarious warehouse workers (Dane Cook and Dax Shepard) try awkwardly to win the love of the hot warehouse worker (Jessica Simpson).

Why not spread the redbox mojo around to more of your inner circle? There’s plenty enough to spread it thick and wide, so don’t worry. Like extra-crunchy peanut butter, natch. Just forward this email to a buck-a-night-new-release-DVD-loving friend or relative. Then tell them they can sign up for redbox emails at redbox.com. They’ll score a one night’s free rental of any DVD at any redbox location if they do. They can sign up for online rentals there, too. Won’t you be the big hero for suggesting it? Let redbox be the first to say, “nice job,” on looking out for the posse.

News from Redbox – Jan 23, 2007

Warm up your winter with a redbox party indoors!

Are you kidding redbox? It snowed WHERE? Well that’s just one more reason to grab one (or all) of these hot new releases and have your own party indoors. Get ’em online today.

First out of the gate this week is The Guardian. Starring Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher, it’s the story of a young man who tries to give his life direction by enlisting in the Coast Guard, and finds himself under the command of an aging rescue guide who lost his entire team in a horrific accident. For the dudes, it has lots of action. For the ladies, it unites heartthrobs past and present. Win-win.

Just when you thought the gory part was over and it was safe to open your eyes, BAM, here comes Saw III. The deranged killer, Jigsaw (played by Tobin Bell), is back for another round of sadistic games with tortured victims (this time around, played by Bahar Soomekh) and a new apprentice (Shawnee Smith). By this point in the Saw series, you probably know if this is your kind of thing or not.

Those are all available online. Or you could grab these previous releases. Shoot, grab all of them.

Returning strong from last week, there’s Employee of the Month. Throw Dane Cook and Dax Shepard in a warehouse and tell them to impress the company hottie, Jessica Simpson. Believe redbox, comedy will most certainly ensue.

Also back is The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. This movie starts at the beginning, when Leatherface was merely an aspiring-chainsaw maniac. Jordana Brewster, Taylor Handley and R. Lee Ermey star.

For something of the inspirational sort, don’t forget about Gridiron Gang, starring The Rock and Xzibit. The Rock plays the coach of a juvenile detention football team, looking for victories…and a little respect.

Finally, Crank is the story of an assassin who has to keep his pulse elevated to keep from being killed by a certain poison he’s been injected with. Sound exciting? Jason Statham works so hard, you’ll be worn out just watching him. No, it won’t count as your exercise for the day. Grab it online and hit the couch in your sweats…there’s nothing easier than that.

Why not spread the redbox mojo around to more of your inner circle? There’s plenty enough to spread it thick and wide, so don’t worry. Like extra-crunchy peanut butter, natch. Just forward this email to a buck-a-night-new-release-DVD-loving friend or relative. Then tell them they can sign up for redbox emails at redbox.com. They’ll score a one night’s free rental of any DVD at any redbox location if they do. They can sign up for online rentals there, too. Won’t you be the big hero for suggesting it? Let redbox be the first to say, “nice job,” on looking out for the posse.

Wow! The response to last Friday’s update regarding the “Know the Codes” card has been overwhelming. I appreciate all of the comments and the feedback. I replied to many of your comments, so if you have not had a chance to read over all the comments, definitely take a look at them on last weeks post titled “More people = More free movies”.

This week is bringing more exciting things for InsideRedbox, as well as the Redbox in general…

CHAT WITH REDBOX VP OF MARKETING

This week I was able to get in touch with Greg Waring, Redbox VP of Marketing, and got him to agree to an interview where he will answer some questions concerning the future of Redbox. With recent partnerships they have made, things are looking great for them, and for us. I suggested that Redbox should do as much as possible to keep us in the loop and get our feedback, so he agreed to do this interview.

Another thing he told me is that all of the Redbox management loves this website – they think of us as their biggest fans. So, to all of you who may be worried about Redbox shutting this site down – you can stop worrying now. They love us!

He also told me something else that I found quite funny – make sure you read the “Did you call Redbox?” section below to find out what it is, and why it is important…

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

This week the question of the week is designed to see what you all want to know from Redbox. I will take a handful of your questions and have Greg answer them during our interview, and then I will post the interview here on InsideRedbox.com.

Question: What is your #1 question/suggestion for Redbox?

The more comments we get on this one the better, so I can grill Greg on all the topics that are of interest to you, the Redbox customers.

Click here and scroll down to answer this week’s question.

DID YOU CALL REDBOX?

When I talked with Greg to setup the interview, he told me something that surprised me – and I thought was a little funny. He said that they get a lot of calls to their customer service number from people who seem to think this site is an official Redbox site – it is not.

He said that people are calling them and reporting how some of the codes listed on “their” site were not working. Of course, they don’t have any codes on their site, and I think their customer service people are a little confused! :)

So, to clarify: InsideRedbox.com is not affiliated with Redbox, McDonald’s or CoinStar. This website is an independent site operated by me for the benefit of Redbox users. By me, for you – not Redbox. OK? :)

I am currently working on a redesign of the site, and I will make this point more clear in the future. So, please stop calling Redbox telling them their codes aren’t working – just report that here on the Redbox Codes page. Thanks!

REDBOX CODES

I also asked Greg about the codes – and if they were planning on shutting them off anytime soon because it is costing them too much money. Want to know what he said? Well, you will have to wait for the interview, and everything will be made more clear. So, make sure you stay tuned for future updates…

If you are not registered to receive our weekly email update, make sure you register now using the “Insider Updates” box near the top right-hand side of this page. Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on this information.

If you haven’t read about the “Know the Codes” program, make sure you read more about it on our Know the Codes page. Lets keep those codes coming – more Redbox movies for all!

Click here for Redbox Codes.

That’s it for this week. Make sure you answer this week’s “Question of the Week” so I can get all the info you want to know out of Greg during the interview. Stay tuned for a future update to let you know when the interview is available.

Have a great week!

Michael
Founder, InsideRedbox.com

PS: If you have friends that use the Redbox (or that would if you would stop keeping it a secret from them!), make sure you tell them about the upcoming interview, and about the “Know the Codes” program. Click here to tell a friend (or five!) about us today!

News from Redbox – Jan 16, 2007

Middle of Winter.
Four Day Work Week.
Redbox sees at least four movies in your future.

Kick it off with the goofball comedy Employee of the Month. Dane Cook and Dax Shepard play a couple of seriously underachieving warehouse workers—that is, until they hear that the company babe (played by Jessica Simpson) will date whoever wins employee of the month. Dane Cook’s character decides to take on the goodie goodie, Shepard, to win the affections of a seriously hot Simpson.

Or maybe you want to be inspired in a different sort of way. Then check out Gridiron Gang. The Rock and Xzibit star in the story of a coach who teaches juveniles in detention to work together and believe in themselves by playing football. This movie isn’t short on heart. (Or muscle. You seen The Rock lately? Redbox needs to hit the gym.) You can grab it online today.

You know Leatherface is a chainsaw-wielding maniac. But did you ever wonder why? Did he not get that pony for Christmas? Too much teasing in gym class? Now you can find out by renting The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. It takes you to the all the way back, telling the story of a would-be serial killer and the kids he terrorizes (with Jordana Brewster, Taylor Handley and R. Lee Ermey).

Those are all available online. Or you could grab these previous releases. Shoot, grab all of them.

Crank is the story of an assassin who has to keep his pulse elevated to keep from being killed by a certain poison he’s been injected with. Sound exciting? Jason Statham works so hard, you’ll be worn out just watching him. No, it won’t count as your exercise for the day.

For a trip back to the picturesque magic of 19th century Vienna, grab The Illusionist. Edward Norton plays a magician who desperately wants to win the love of the high-society Jessica Biel. Redbox knows where he’s coming from.

Or for even more sci-fi, Steven Strait, Laura Ramsey and Sebastian Stan star in The Covenant—a good old tale about a secret legion of people with superpowers fighting an ancient evil.

Why not spread the redbox mojo around to more of your inner circle? There’s plenty enough to spread it thick and wide, so don’t worry. Like extra-crunchy peanut butter, natch. Just forward this email to a buck-a-night-new-release-DVD-loving friend or relative. Then tell them they can sign up for redbox emails at redbox.com.
They’ll score a one night’s free rental of any DVD at any redbox location if they do. They can sign up for online rentals there, too. Won’t you be the big hero for suggesting it? Let redbox be the first to say, “nice job,” on looking out for the posse.

Recently I have been thinking about something that I have received many questions about over the past year, and I wanted to address it directly. Is something I probably should have done a long time ago, but just haven’t. And, along with this comes a special program I have put together that I need your help with. More on that in a minute…

REDBOX NEWS

I think I will be changing up the format of my posts a bit, as well as possibly the frequency. I think I am going to write a post whenever there is some news to report, and then refer back to it in my weekly recap. Also, if you hear any news that I haven’t written about, send it my way by emailing “mail [at] insideredbox.com”.

This week I learned about another company similar to Redbox, that is actually just as big as Redbox. They are in mostly different markets, but have just as many kiosks. And, guess what, they have promo codes, too…

[I was going to tell you more about this company here, but I don’t want to take away from the important message I have below. So, look out for more information about this company in a few days. In the meantime, make sure you keep reading below…]

REDBOX CODES

OK, so a question I get asked a lot is “Where do these Redbox codes come from anyway?” Well, that is a good question, and it deserves a good answer…

Many people think Redbox codes come from Redbox (well, duh). But, they may come in a different way than you think. You see, Redbox just doesn’t give out codes to random people and that is how they end up on our site, but they actually put codes in their system that they don’t tell anyone about, and we get to discover them. Its a lot like an Easter egg hunt for free movies…

So, obviously the more people that try new codes, the more codes we are going to have to use. And, of course, the way for more people to try more codes, is for more people to know that they need to! So, what can you do about this?

1) You can try more codes yourself. Think of things related to the season, or to recent movies, events, etc… All of these are good candidates for Redbox codes. And then, next time you are down at the Redbox, try a few.

2) You can tell more people about InsideRedbox.com The more people that come to this site, the more free codes we are going to get. They will read this message, and do what you are doing, and therefore more free movies for everyone! Read “Know the Codes?” below for more info…

Now, some people ask me if this is illegal or something. That maybe Redbox doesn’t like us sharing codes, and that we are stealing DVDs. Let me just say, that Redbox loves all the publicity they can get, and giving out free codes is sure a great way to get more people using your service. If they didn’t want people getting free movies, they would stop creating codes!

Get your Redbox codes here.

Read on for the good stuff…

KNOW THE CODES?

So, because we all want more free movies, and Redbox wants more people to use their service, I am creating what I call the “Know the Codes” program. You love free stuff, right? So do your friends and neighbors. And, remember, if more people know about testing codes, we will all get more free movies.

So, how does this work, you ask? There are 2 simple ways you can participate in the “Know the Codes” program…

1) Tell people directly. This is easy enough. Call a friend. Tell your neighbor when you see them. Tell someone standing in line at the Redbox. Send out a few emails.

Just tell them to visit InsideRedbox.com, and let the website do the rest. These are all great ways to get the word out to people directly. And, #2 is even better…

2) Use the “Know the Codes” card. I have just created a cool little card you can stick on your local Redbox to let everyone who uses it know about our cool free movie club we have going here. You can simply print it, cut it out, and stick it on the Redbox, or you can write the short note on a 3×5 card (or whatever you want, really) and stick it on there. Whatever is easier for you.

Click here to get your “Know the Codes” card and start sharing the love today!

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

I anticipate a lot of comments/questions about what I have written above, so instead of the usual question, just leave a comment letting me know what you think about the “Know the Codes” program. I really want to hear from you.

Click here and scroll down to leave your comment.

So, that is it for this week. I know it was a long update, but there was a lot to say. I look forward to hearing from you, and to all of us getting more free movies in the future!

May your 2007 be great!

Michael
Founder, InsideRedbox.com

News from Redbox – Jan 9, 2007

It’s only week two of the new year, but it starts with a bang. In Crank, starring buff British action man Jason Statham, an assassin learns that an injected poison will kill him if he doesn’t keep his heart rate elevated. How’s he gonna do it? Oh you know, running, punching, kicking and certain other, uh, extra curriculars—in other words, the very opposite of what you’ll be up to watching from the recliner.

Or if you’re feeling a little nostalgic—oh, say, for 1800s Vienna—check out the fantasy flick, The Illusionist. Edward Norton plays Eisenheim, a magician trying to win the love of Jessica Biel’s character, a woman of very high social standing and pedigree (read: “way out of the boy’s league”). Paul Giamatti stars as the local inspector who’s onto Norton.

But hold it right there. Redbox needs to know if you caught these recent releases. They’e available online too, you know.

In a convincing dramatic turn, Natalie Mendoza stars in The Descent. It’s an intense story about six girlfriends who’s spelunking excursion goes horribly wrong when they have to battle their way through a race of monstrous humanoid creatures back to the surface. It will make you think twice about exploring any dark caves in your immediate future.

Or now that your holiday flying is over and done with, why not grab Snakes On A Plane? A group of poisonous snakes (don’t ask how they snuck through security) have invaded a plane, and Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies and others have to survive until they land.

The whole snake plane didn’t feel sci-fi enough for you? Rent The Covenant. It’s the tale of a society of people with supernatural powers who have to fight an evil force they created generations ago. Steven Strait, Laura Ramsey and Sebastian Stan star.

Finally, don’t forget Jackass 2. Johnny Knoxville, Bam and all your favorite amateur daredevils are back for more in this sequel to the popular movie and TV series.

Watch ’em. Watch ’em all. Redbox has gotta tell you, falling behind of the online rentals so early would be no way to start ’07.

Why not spread the redbox mojo around to more of your inner circle? There’s plenty enough to spread it thick and wide, so don’t worry. Like extra-crunchy peanut butter, natch. Just forward this email to a buck-a-night-new-release-DVD-loving friend or relative. You can even encourage them to visit redbox.com and sign up for online rentals. If they do their first one is free. Won’t you be the big hero for suggesting it? Let redbox be the first to say, “nice job,” on looking out for the posse.

Well, the holidays are now behind us, and its time to get back to work. I may miss the holiday season a little, but it is good to get focused again and get more done. Does is seem like the holidays are getting longer every year, or is it just me? This year the stores started the holidays the day after October. Next year will it start the day after Labor Day? Anyway, feel free to comment if you like…

In any case, now that the new year is here and I can focus again, you should see more posts and updates on the site. In addition, I will be launching a “sister” site to InsideRedbox soon. But, more on that later…

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

As many of you know, I have recently started collecting zip codes when you enter a Redbox code into the system. I did this to help keep better track of where codes are working/not working, since Redbox has been expanding so quickly. The old “Markets” list just doesn’t cover it anymore.

Anyway, looking at the zip codes I have received, as well as the old market data, I noticed something interesting. It seems that Redbox codes seem to be working/not working everywhere, and there don’t seem to be codes that only work in some markets/area. So, that brings me to this weeks question…

Question: Are the Redbox codes that are currently listed as working (basically the top 6 codes) good in your area? Also, do you use the “Codes by Market” feature on the codes page?

Your feedback will help me change the Redbox codes page for the better. Also, feel free to share anything else you might think about the codes page, too.

Click here and scroll to the bottom to answer this week’s question.

NEW DVD RELEASES

You can check this week’s “News from Redbox” post to read about the latest releases. And, as always, if you have seen any of these movies, please let everyone know what you think about it in the forum.

Click here to review a DVD.

REDBOX CODES

So, did anyone notice a code this season that gave more than 1 free rental? I didn’t get a chance to watch many movies, so I didn’t check. Let us know if you did.

As of today, it seems like there are 6 codes that are working all across the country. If you know about a code that is working that is not on the list, definitely add it into the system. Also, remember that the system can keep track of all of the codes you have already used for you, along with what credit card you used with the code. This way, you can get maximum usage out of the codes. So, check out the codes page right away…

Click here for the Redbox Codes page.

That is all for now. I hope that you all achieve any goals you have set for yourself this new year. Perhaps we can discuss some of those next week… Until then, have a great week!

Michael
Founder, InsideRedbox.com

A New Year’s resolution that you’ll actually keep.

For Samuel L. Jackson, there were just too many [doggone] snakes on that [dadgum] plane. You heard the catch phrase, now rent the movie. Snakes On A Plane stars Jackson and Julianna Margulies as passengers aboard a plane that—like you couldn’t guess—is overrun with poisonous snakes. Nothing like a title that tells you just what you’re in for.

Or you could skip the snake fiction and go for a little science fiction with The Covenant, starring Steven Strait, Laura Ramsey and Sebastian Stan. It’s simple really: four men belonging to a society of those gifted with supernatural powers must rid the world of an evil force they created generations ago. Good vs. Evil. Fantastic special effects. Super powers. What’s the hold up?

Those hot new releases are rentable online. But then, so are these hot recent releases. Take your pick.

Catch up with Johnny Knoxville, Bam and the rest of the stuntmen for even more absurd antics in the hilarious Jackass 2. Redbox laughed. Redbox cried. But mostly redbox gagged.

Something less silly, you say? Gotcha. Grab Descent, starring Rosario Dawson as a young college woman battling to put the pieces of her life back together after a brutal attack.

But wait, you’re telling redbox you STILL haven’t seen Invincible? Mark Wahlberg stars in this underdog tale of a regular old Joe who beats the odds and gets selected at a try out to play for the Philadelphia Eagles. Add it to your list.

Finally, you have to see Step Up. Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan play gifted dancers who come from opposite sides of the track to make sparks fly on the dance stage. And, you know, a few other places.

Brand new year. Brand new resolutions. Hey, good for you…just don’t forget about redbox’ brand new releases, each one available online.