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Walmart's 'Ted 2' gift set
With the holiday shopping season picking up, four big titles hit retail Dec. 15 and each had a variety of retailer exclusives to entice customers — Paramount's Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, Universal's Ted 2, and Fox's Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and the Fantastic Four reboot.
Each of the four was available with a special steelbook case — Rogue Nation, Scorch Trials and Fantastic Four at Best Buy and Ted 2 at Target. Best Buy also offered a steelbook of a collection of all five "Mission: Impossible" films for $39.99, and a steelbook of the first Maze Runner for $14.99. Shoppers who bought both "Maze Runner" steelbooks could save $5.
Best Buy offered Ted 2 with a tie-in promotional opportunity to buy a plush talking Ted doll for $4.99 with purchase of the film on Blu-ray. (the bear on its own is priced at $9.99).
Target offered photo-book packaging with the Blu-rays of Rogue Nation, Scorch Trials and Fantastic Four. Rogue Nation also came with an exclusive bonus disc containing featurettes about the film's stunts.
Walmart offered a DVD two-pack of the "Maze Runner" movies and a Blu-ray gift set of Ted 2 with a "Legalize Ted" T-shirt.
Best Buy ran a sale on HBO and BBC titles, with buyers receiving a $10 gift card for spending $50 or $25 for spending $100.
Amazon seemed to be having some inventory issues with Ted 2, Scorch Trials and Fantastic Four, listing Blu-rays (and the Ted 2 DVD) as available in a few days or as out of stock. This comes in the wake of Amazon dropping preorders for many Fox titles.
'Minions' Exclusives: Target's metal case, Walmart's water bottle set, Best Buy's lunchbag
It comes as little surprise that Universal's Minions and Marvel's Ant-Man would arrive at retail with a number of exclusive options.
Most of the buzz surrounded Minions, with the biggest deals coming from Target, which offered a number of exclusive packaging options for the Blu-ray combo pack (non-3D). Consumers could choose from three different box art variants for $18.99, or a deluxe metal case version for $22.99. The metal case touted 40 minutes of extra content and a $5 Minions-themed Target gift card. Target also had the Blu-rays of the two "Despicable Me" movies for $10 each.
Best Buy offered a free lunchbag with the purchase of a Minions Blu-ray, while Walmart offered a Blu-ray gift set containing the non-3D combo pack and a water bottle.
For Ant-Man, Best Buy had a steelbook case for the 3D Blu-ray, while Target offered online access to the featurette "Ant-Man: The Biggest Little Hero in the M.C.U."
Target also had the DVD and Blu-ray of Hannibal: Season Three with a collector's booklet, as well as a $14.99 Blu-ray two-pack of Home Alone and Home Alone 2 with a knit cap.
Best Buy's upcoming 'Fantastic Four' steelbook Blu-ray
The last month of the year begins with a light slate of new releases, but big promotions on preorders for upcoming titles.
Best Buy touted steelbook Blu-rays on preorders for upcoming titles such as Fox's Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Fantastic Four, and Paramount's Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation. Best Buy also has a lunch bag with Universal's Minions. The preorders are $19.99 each and come with $5 in Best Buy Rewards credits.
Best Buy also has a steelbook of the James Bond: The Daniel Craig Collection.
Another promotion at Best Buy involved Microsoft's Halo: Fall of Reach DVD and Blu-ray, with a 20% savings for Best Buy Gamers Club members.
Walmart had a special DVD two-pack of the first seasons Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's "Angry Birds: Stella" and "Piggy Tales."
Best Buy's and Target's 'Terminator: Genisys' covers
Retailers Nov. 10 doubled down with exclusives for Paramount's Terminator: Genisys and Universal's Trainwreck.
The fifth "Terminator" movie came with a variety of packaging configurations from which consumers could choose (not an unusual strategy for Paramount). Best Buy offered the 2D Blu-ray combo pack with a lenticular cover and more than 90 minutes of exclusive behind-the-scenes content. Target offered the Blu-ray with a steelbook case. Walmart offered the Blu-ray packed with a copy of the original "Terminator" film.
For Trainwreck, Best Buy offered the Blu-ray of the raunchy comedy with 30 minutes of exclusive deleted scenes. Target offered a one-year subcription to Entertainment Weekly. Walmart offered the Blu-ray in a gift pack with a T-shirt.
Among other titles, Best Buy offered a $20 gift card with the purchase of both the first season of "Better Call Saul" and disc and a Best Buy-esclusive DVD set of the first three seasons of "Breaking Bad" that came with six coasters.
Disney's Inside Out arrived at retail Nov. 3 with several exclusives.
Target offered the latest Pixar animated film with 20 minutes of exclusive content and deleted scenes included with the Blu-ray combo packs, such as a "Drawing With Your Inner Child" featurette.
Best Buy offered The Blu-ray versions of Inside Out with five character cards.
Best Buy also offered $10 discounts on a couple of TV titles new to disc when purchased with earlier seasons: Fox's A.D. — The Bible Continues when purchased with The Bible on DVD or Blu-ray, and Anchor Bay's Black Sails: The Complete Second Season when purchased with the first season.
Speaking of A.D., Amazon, possibly as a result of other ongoing irregularities with Fox titles, wasn't directly selling the ttile on its debut date, but did have copies available via its third-party Marketplace sellers. Amazon listed its own availability the next day but posted the Blu-ray version at full suggested retail price.
As for "Black Sails," Target offered the second season with exclusive steelbook packaging on both the DVD and Blu-ray.
With the new Blu-ray steelbook editions of the first and second seasons of "Game of Thrones," Target offered $10 off a tie-in POP figure ($8.99) with the purchase of one of the seasons (at $39.99 each).
Warner announced that Target would have exclusive availablility of The Lego Movie: The Special Special Edition ($19.99), featuring a bonus Blu-ray disc with more than two hours of new special features, including a commentary, deleted scenes, "How It Should Have Ended" clips and more. All the new bonus features are also available digitally on iTunes Extras and Vudu.
Target's 'Pixels' Blu-ray covers
Sony Pictures' video game comedy Pixels came with special box art at Target and Best Buy.
Target skipped offering the 3D Blu-ray comedy of the Adam Sandler starrer, instead offering a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack with a choice of lenticular covers based on different video game characters.
Best Buy offered the Pixels Blu-ray with a metal case and Pac-Man box art, the same basic art that Target offered in its Pac-Man lenticular.
Walmart tied Pixels to a promotion offering 50% off select movies at the Vudu streaming service.
Walmart also offered a gift set for Universal's Barbie & Her Sisters in The Great Puppy Adventure DVD with a plush puppy.
Among the latest preorders, Best Buy offered Paramount's Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation with a steelbook case for $19.99, and the 3D version of Marvel's Ant-Man with a steelbook case designed to look like a computer processor for $29.99 with a $5 deposit.
Walmart's 'Jurassic World' lunchbox
It came as no surprise that Universal's Jurassic World would arrive at retail with plenty of disc options for consumers, not to mention the array of retailer exclusives involved.
In addition to typical DVD, Blu-ray combo pack and 3D Blu-ray combo packs, the Jurassic World 2D Blu-ray was also available in a special round tin packaging, as well as part of four-movie DVD and Blu-ray collections.
At Best Buy, the Jurassic World Blu-ray came with a free T-shirt. Best Buy also offered the circular tin Blu-rays of the three earlier films for $11.99 each.
Walmart offered the Jurassic World Blu-ray with a tin lunchbox.
Target offered free popcorn and soda at the Target Café with the purchase of the Jurassic World Blu-ray, to which Target added 30 minutes of exclusive bonus content.
For the new 30th anniversary trilogy boxed set of the "Back to the Future" films, Best Buy offered pack-in mini-license plates.
For Fox's Paper Towns, Target offered a free $5 gift card with the purchase of the movie with any John Green book.
Amazon.com's listing for Paper Towns was unusual in that the Blu-ray was listed as out of stock the day of released, as well as offered at the full retail price of $39.99. This fits into a recent trend of Fox discs and digital releases not being offered for preorder on Amazon.
The big exclusives for the Oct. 13 new releases centered on special Blu-ray packaging for two titles: Warner's San Andreas and Disney's Aladdin: Diamond Edition.
Best Buy offered special lenticular box art for both the Aladdin Blu-ray and the Blu-ray combo pack of San Andreas (the 2D, not the 3D version). Best Buy's San Andreas also came with exclusive bonus content.
Target offered special storybook packaging for Aladdin with special box art for $24.99, $2 more than the standard Blu-ray edition. For San Andreas, Target had two versions of the 2D Blu-ray edition, one with a collectible movie card and the other with steelbook packaging.
Among other titles, Best Buy offered consumers who bought Lionsgate's Mad Men: Season 7 Part 2 a chance to buy the first part for $10.
In terms of preorders, Best Buy has $19.99 Blu-ray offers for two Universal titles: Minions comes with a lunch bag and Ted 2 comes with exclusive bonus content.
Best Buy's 'Avengers' Steelbooks
Special add-ons for Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron led the list of retail exclusives offered in the past week.
Best Buy offered special fans a choice of steelbook cases for the superhero film, with one themed around the character of Ultron and another themed around the character of The Vision.
Target offered the Blu-ray combo pack with a special "Bookending the Action" featurette redeemable online via a code in the package.
Disney, which distributes the film, also offered an exclusive online featurette with the Digital HD version of the movie, either purchased online or redeemed with the 3D combo pack.
Target also offered exclusive packaging for Paramount's Penny Dreadful: The Complete Second Season, and a 72-card fortune teller deck for Fox's American Horror Story: Freak Show.
Best Buy offered a $5 gift card with the purchase of Sony Pictures' Insidious: Chapter 3 at the same time as the disc of either of the first two movies. Best Buy offered the first two "Insidious" movies on Blu-ray at $9.99 each.
Looking at preorder offers, Best Buy has character cards with Disney's Inside Out Blu-ray for $29.99, a T-shirt with Universal's Jurassic World Blu-ray, at $19.99, and a bonus disc with Paramount's Terminator: Genisys Blu-ray.
Walmart's two-pack of 'Spy' and 'The Heat'
Several new releases Sept. 29 were connected with discount offers at various retailers.
For Fox's action-comedy hybrid Spy, Walmart offered a DVD two-pack of the film with another action-comedy hybrid starring Melissa McCarthy, The Heat.
Best Buy also tied The Heat to Spy, but in the form of a $5 discount when both titles were bought together. Best Buy offered The Heat at $7.99 on DVD and $9.99 on Blu-ray.
Best Buy also offered exclusive lenticular box art on the 3D Blu-ray edition of Fox's Poltergeist remake, and offered a $5 discount when the disc was purchased with a tie-in catalog title.
Target offered a $10 discount when the disc of Sony Pictures' Outlander: Season One Vol. Two was bought with an "Outlander" paperbook priced at $8.49.
Stores were also busy plugging their exclusives for the Oct. 2 release of Marvel's Agengers: Age of Ultron, with Target offering exclusive bonus content and Best Buy listing themed steelbook Blu-ray cases for the characters of Ultron and The Vision.