9 ways to save on films, cinema and DVDsCut the cost of movie watching

28 February 2011

Colin Firth, Oscar nominee for The King's Speech

Colin Firth winner of the Best Actor award at this year's Oscars for his critically acclaimed performance in The King's Speech

To celebrate The King's Speech's tremendous showing at this year's Oscars, Which? shows you nine great ways you can save money whether going to the cinema, renting DVDs or watching films online.

1. Free at Cineworld

Cineworld cinemas have teamed up with BAFTA to show a selection of award-winning recent films including The Social Network and Inception for free between 25 February and 3 March. All information about time and locations can be found at the Cineworld BAFTA Tour website. 

2. Cheap movies for the kids

Most of the big cinema chains such as Vue, Odeon and Cineworld all have cheap kid's screenings on Saturday and Sunday. And adults get to go free. Vue and Odeon both have kid's tickets from £1. If you can avoid buying popcorn, it's a great saving. 

3. Find a cheap DVD at Find-DVD

If you are looking for the best prices on DVDs, then head over to DVD comparison site Find-DVD. By comparing prices across a variety of online outlets, we found we could save well over £10 on new release Despicable Me if you buy from Amazon as opposed to the most expensive retailers.

4. Free blockbusters

If you want to see free film previews, then sign up to SeeFilmFirst and Momentum Screenings. The sites send emails with opportunities to see films weeks advance of their actual release. Screenings take place all over the UK. 

5. Cheapest Best Buy DVD player

If you buying cut price DVDs then you want a good quality and good value DVD player to play them on. The Philips DVP 3520/05 is our best value Best Buy from around £25. The Which? experts said that picture and sound quality were both 'very good'.

6. Cheapest Best Buy TV

You'll also need a great value-for-money TV to watch your DVDs on. Look no further than the Samsung LE32C530, which is great value for around £280.

7. Orange Wednesdays

The adverts that Orange are currently showing before the main feature may be annoying but Orange Wednesdays is a great way to save money. If you are an Orange mobile or broadband customer you can get 2 for 1 tickets at cinemas nationwide every single Wednesday.

8. Take a free DVD rental trial 

Online DVD rental sites such as Lovefilm, Tesco and Blockbusters all give you free trials for signing up to their services. This is a great way of watching new DVDs for free but be warned, you have to give your credit card details, so cancel in time unless you want to continue with the paid-for service.

9. Watch movies free online

There are loads of sites where you can watch movies for free. These include Blinkbox, Crackle and Indiemoviesonline. The movies may be a little old but there are some great films available.


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