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'Dora Rocks' exclusive DVD at Target
A holiday schedule that pitted both Christmas and New Year’s on a Tuesday, the traditional day for new releases to hit shelves, caused a fair degree of havoc with the release schedule. Most studios took whatever titles they had for the end of the year and slotted them on the nearest Monday or Friday. Even so, most of the retail attention was on clearance sales to make room for the new year.
Among the exclusives for the first week of 2013, Target offered a Dora the Explorer: Dora Rocks DVD at $12.99. Best Buy offered an exclusive Blu-ray/DVD combo pack of Cosmopolis, as well as a selection of underwater 3D documentaries on Blu-ray for $24.99 each, such as Coral Reef 3D and Amazing Ocean 3D.
Walmart offered $7.50 coupons in select Warner Blu-rays good for discounts to see Warner movies in theaters through Feb. 12.
In addition, Walmart offered the exclusive DVD of Comedy Central's Tosh.0: Cardigans Plus Casual Jackets, offered at $12.95, and Sony Pictures' Resident Evil: Retribution DVD packed with the original film for $19.95.
Walmart's 'Total Recall' steelbook
The Dec. 18 round of new releases brought plenty of opportunities for savings and exclusive goodies for observant shoppers, with most of the retail focus on Sony Pictures’ Total Recall remake.
Target offered the Blu-ray combo pack of the film with 40 minutes of exclusive bonus content.
Meanwhile, Walmart had a steelbook case of the Total Recall combo pack, which was sold out online. A Santa Ana, Calif., store actually was sold out of all copies of the film.
Target also offered a $5 savings when Fox’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days was purchased with any “Wimpy Kid” book.
Likewise, Target offered a $5 discount with the joint purchase of Universal’s Pitch Perfect with the film’s soundtrack. Target presented the soundtrack with four bonus tracks.
Best Buy had a promotion for HBO shows and miniseries, offering 50% off HBO titles and including a free “True Blood” bonus disc with purchase.
For the Dec. 21 releases, Best Buy offered an exclusive steelbook case with the Resident Evil: Retribution Blu-ray.
With the holiday shopping season in full swing, retailers are breaking out the exclusives to promote hot new titles.
Target promoted four new titles in its weekly ad circular and offered exclusives with all of them. Most prominent was Ted, packed with a talking bottle opener and a bonus disc of a half-hour of exclusive content. Target’s Ice Age: Continental Drift Blu-ray combo pack came with 50 minutes of exclusive content, its version of The Bourne Legacy came in a steelbook case, and its copies of the first season of HBO’s “Girls” came with 80 minutes of commentary.
Best Buy offered a Ted plush doll for $4.99 (regularly $9.99) with the purchase of the film on DVD or Blu-ray. Best Buy’s Bourne Legacy Blu-ray included 30 minutes of behind-the-scenes content, and a $5 savings when purchased with a previous “Bourne” Blu-ray. And the chain sold the 3D Continental Drift with a Mammoth Christmas 3D movie.
Walmart offered the Continental Drift Blu-ray combo with a pirate Scrat plush and the Ted Blu-ray with a Thunder Buddies T-shirt.
Best Buy's 'Dark Knight Rises' Display
Dec. 4 saw the release of two titles that drew considerable attention at retail: Warner’s The Dark Knight Rises and Disney’s Blu-ray of Finding Nemo.
Best Buy offered an exclusive 35-minute documentary called The Dark Knight Reborn, featuring footage from the entire trilogy. The bonus content came with Best Buy’s BD combo pack steelbook of The Dark Knight Rises and marked copies of The Dark Knight Trilogy.
Walmart offered an exclusive two-disc DVD special edition of The Dark Knight Rises, containing the bonus content and the Batmobile documentary available only on the Blu-ray everywhere else.
Adding to the mix at Best Buy was a $5 discount on Mattel Dark Knight Rises merchandise with purchase of the movie.
Target offered an exclusive digibook edition of The Dark Knight Rises Blu-ray combo pack, featuring booklet packaging.
For Finding Nemo, Target offered an $8 discount when purchased with another eligible Disney Blu-ray.
Best Buy touted a $5 coupon for the 3D Finding Nemo at www.FindingNemoCoupon.com/BestBuy. Also, Best Buy offered exclusive Nemo or Squirt plush dolls at $4.99 each with the purchase of the Blu-ray or Nintendo DS/3DS game.
Best Buy's 'MIB 3' steelbook Blu-ray
The new releases for Nov. 27 were overshadowed in retail promotions by the Nov. 30 release of Sony Pictures’ Men in Black 3.
Best Buy offered the Men in Black 3 Blu-ray combo pack in exclusive steelbook packaging for $19.99. Plus, shoppers could save $5 when any version of MIB 3 was purchased with Pitbull’s Global Warming album, which features the “Back in Time” song used in the film. Best Buy also offered $7.99 Blu-rays of the first two films.
Target offered the MIB 3 BD combo pack with an exclusive gadgets bonus disc for $22.99, and gave a $5 savings when MIB 3 was purchased with Sony’s Sparkle, out the same day.
Walmart offered the MIB 3 BD combo with an exclusive aliens bonus disc.
Other Best Buy deals included a free Mickey Mouse Christmas plush with the purchase of two select Disney titles, and early CinemaNow viewing of a Dark Knight Reborn documentary with preorders of Warner’s The Dark Knight Rises.
Target offered the ParaNorman BD combo pack with three exclusive mini-posters.
Walmart.com listed copies of Lionsgate’s new Step Up Revolution DVD packed with a dance workout DVD based on the film.
Walmart's 'Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups' with leash
While the impending Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday sales dampened the impact of the Nov. 20 new releases, a few retailers still found ways to promote them.
For example, Best Buy offered a $5-off coupon for Disney’s Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups Blu-ray (www.SantaPupsCoupon.com/BestBuy), offered at $22.99 without the discount.
Best Buy also offers a $5 coupon for the Dec. 4 release of The Dark Knight Rises with the purchase of steelbook Blu-rays of Batman Begins or The Dark Knight at $9.99 each.
Disney’s Cinderella: Diamond Edition finally arrived in a DVD-only configuration, but Best Buy offered it at $16.99, the same price it offered the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack of Cinderella.
Target offered a $6 savings with the joint purchase of the Cinderella DVD ($16.99) with the Santa Pups DVD ($16.99) or Blu-ray ($22.99).
Walmart offered the Santa Pups Blu-ray/DVD combo pack in a gift set with a dog collar and leash.
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Best Buy's 'Brave' lunchbox
The latest Pixar hit from Disney, Brave, hit shelves Nov. 13 and predictably attracted most of the retail attention for the week, encouraging a variety of promotions.
Target had an exclusive book with the Brave Blu-ray/DVD combo for $19.99. In addition, Target offered a $7.50 savings with the joint purchase of a Brave Blu-ray and a selected Disney Princess doll (Brave’s Merida was listed at $12).
Walmart offered the Brave BD/DVD pack with a plush of Angus the horse.
At Best Buy, the 3D Blu-ray combo pack of Brave was $27.99, but for an additional $2 shoppers could pick up the 3D version with an exclusive lunchbox.
Best Buy also offered $5 off select Brave merchandise with in-store purchase of the movie. Listed items included wall decals and phone pouches.
Sticking with the Pixar theme, Best Buy offered a limited-edition collectible Blu-ray case with preorders of Finding Nemo, due Dec. 4. A $7.50 deposit was required.
Best Buy also has an exclusive unrated version of the new Nitro Circus 3D, $12.99 on DVD and $17.99 on Blu-ray.
When watching the “Indiana Jones” films (on the new Blu-ray boxed set, of course), maybe you’ve wished you could see artifacts such as the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail in a museum.
Well, now you can.
Taking to heart Indy’s famous line, "It belongs in a museum," the National Geographic Society presents a new exhibition devoted to the exploits of everyone’s favorite fictional treasure hunter: “Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archeology.” It’s running now through April 21, 2013, at the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, Calif.
The exhibit, produced by Montreal’s X3 Productions, includes dozens of famous props, production sketches, models and costumes on loan from the Lucasfilm archives, side by side with real historical artifacts from the Penn Museum.
This is a great exhibit, especially for Indiana Jones fans, and offers a thorough examination of the archeology profession that is glamorized in the films.
It begins with a greeting by Harrison Ford and a booth containing the famous Indiana Jones costume, complete with fedora and whip.
The display floor is divided into sections based on each film, with adjacent annexes devoted to real-life archeological displays. So you can gaze at the golden beauty of the Ark of the Covenant from Raiders of the Lost Ark, then step into the room next door to learn about the real-life adventures of archeologist Sir Leonard Woolley.
Or you can stand before a 10-foot tall Crystal skeleton at the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull display, and turn a corner to read about the real Nazca culture in Peru.
Props of the main artifacts from all four "Indiana Jones" films are on display. (L-R): The Ark of the Covenant from Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Sankara Stones from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, the Holy Grail from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and the crystal skull from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
And when it’s over, guests can learn about artifacts from their own regions. At the Discovery Science Center, that meant the archeological history of Orange County, Calif.
Perhaps ironically, the Cross of Coronado that inspired Indy’s museum quote in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is not one of the props on display.
The museum gives each guest a portable video player and headset to explain the significance of certain objects and their role in the films.
Guests are guided throught the exhibits by a personal video companion. if you pose for a picture, don't forget to take the headphones off!
There’s also a series of games to collect missing pieces of a virtual artifact by scanning a checkpoint with the player, with the results displayed on a status board at the end. And then, before you leave, there’s an interactive “Indiana Jones” play area for the kids.
The Discovery Science Center is the first American stop for “Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archeology” after an international tour that included stops in Montreal and Valencia, Spain. Tickets are $10 ($8 for museum members), in addition to museum admission rates ($14.95 for adults, $12.95 for children and seniors). For information, visit DiscoveryCube.org.
Future tour stops will be listed at IndianaJonestheExhibition.com. If it comes to your town, be sure to check it out.
Walmart's 'Amazing Spider-Man' Gift Set
Whatever new releases hit shelves Nov. 6 were overshadowed by the imminent arrival of Sony Pictures’ The Amazing Spider-Man three days later. The Friday release of the superhero flick dominated most marketing materials in the lead-up to its release.
Best Buy touted its exclusive steelbook case with the 3D Blu-ray combo pack of the film, offered at $27.99. The chain, which promises to match any competitor’s price, offered the 2D Blu-ray combo pack at $19.99, the DVD at $16.99 and Blu-rays of Sam Raimi’s earlier “Spider-Man” films at $7.99 each.
Target offered an exclusive A Hero Will Rise bonus disc with the 2D Blu-ray combo pack at $22.99.
Walmart has a gift set of the 2D Blu-ray combo pack with a Spidey mask DVD case. It’s listed online at $24.96.
In other promotions, Best Buy highlighted a $100 savings for the Blu-ray of Entourage: The Complete Series, offered in its first week at $139.99 marked down from a regular price of $239.99. In addition, shoppers could save $5 off any Arthur Christmas Blu-ray by printing a coupon at www.ArthurChristmas.com/BestBuy. The 3D Blu-ray combo was offered at $29.99 and the 2D Blu-ray combo at $22.99 before the discount.
Best Buy also touted 35% off all HBO titles, as well as $10 movie cash with James Bond Blu-rays, offered at $9.99 each.
Target offered the Arthur Christmas 2D Blu-ray combo pack with an exclusive reindeer plush for $22.99. Target also had an exclusive Adventures in Lalaloopsy Land DVD with a doll for $9.99.