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A Few ‘Terminator’ Surprises

1 Dec, 2009 By: John Latchem

(L-R): Target's and Best Buy's 'Terminator' exclusives

With stores transitioning into full holiday shopping mode following Black Friday, Dec. 1 saw a sparse new-release slate topped by two major films, both sequels — Terminator: Salvation and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.

With 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment offering Museum in a special Monkey Mischief DVD configuration in addition to the regular DVD and Blu-ray releases, most retailers looked to the fourth “Terminator” film as fodder for exclusives.

Target had the most notable exclusive, offering a two-DVD special edition set at $22.99, which includes the director’s cut, a few featurettes and a digital copy. Otherwise, the only way to get the director’s cut is on the wide-release Blu-ray version, which also includes the theatrical cut and several extras. The regular Terminator: Salvation DVD has the theatrical cut and no extras.

Best Buy offered a $34.99 version of the Blu-ray that comes in an exclusive Terminator endoskull case. The No. 1 consumer electronics retailer also had the Terminator: Salvation — The Machinima Series spinoff at $4.99, or free with purchase of the Terminator: Salvation video game ($19.99).

Wal-Mart didn’t have any exclusive editions, but a check of several Southern California stores revealed some pricing anomalies. A Wal-Mart in Huntington Beach had the Terminator: Salvation DVD for $14.96 and the Blu-ray for $19.96, while a store in Long Beach had the DVD for $19.96 and the Blu-ray version for $15.96.

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