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31 May, 2016

Steel for 'Gods of Egypt'

Best Buy's 'Gods of Egypt' steelbook case
Best Buy's 'Gods of Egypt' steelbook case

Lionsgate's Gods of Egypt was the title given the most prominent attention by retailers May 31.

Best Buy used the title extensively in its weekly circular ad, touting the 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray version and linking it to new UHD TVs and players from Samsung. Best Buy was also the only retailer with an exclusive edition of the title, offering a steelbook case with the 3D Blu-ray edition (for $3 less than the wide-release 3D Blu-ray of the film).

Target, on the other hand, didn't stock the Gods of Egypt 3D or 4K versions either on shelves or online, as of the end of the Tuesday release day. Walmart had both premium formats on its website, if not in stores.

Best Buy also offered 100 My Best Buy points for members of its loyalty program with preorders of Disney's Zootopia Blu-ray, which arrives on disc June 7.


24 May, 2016

Posing for 'Zoolander'

Target's 'Zoolander No. 2' exclusive Blu-ray
Target's 'Zoolander No. 2' exclusive Blu-ray

Paramount's Zoolander No. 2 was the only notable release May 24 to be offered with a retail exclusive.

That promotion came at Target, which offered exclusive box art for the comedy sequel and a 45-minute bonus disc.

Target also offered a $5 gift card with the purchase of a DVD of Sony Pictures' The 5th Wave with any book in the "5th Wave" series.

Best Buy offered a $10 gift card with the purchase of $50 worth of movies or TV seasons. The offer runs through June 18.

In the lead-up to the theatrical release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Walmart is selling off extra inventory of its exclusive gift set of the 2014 film on Blu-ray, which comes packed with miniature figurines of the four turtles.


17 May, 2016

Target Pushing Preorders for 'BvS,' 'Civil War'


Retailers didn't offer much in the way of new promotions for the May 17 new releases.

Target, however, touted a free $5 gift card with preorders of select films at Target.com/preorder. The list includes Disney's Zootopia, DreamWorks' Kung Fu Panda 3, Warner's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Marvel's Captain America: Civil War.

Best Buy offered a number of deals on catalog releases, such as a $10 gift card with $50 in spending on select TV seasons; buy two, get one free, or $11.99, on select recent Blu-rays; and two for $10 Blu-rays, or $5.99 each, on up to 60 catalog Blu-rays.


10 May, 2016

Some Packaging Options for 'Deadpool'

Best Buy's 'Deadpool' steelbook
Best Buy's 'Deadpool' steelbook

The big new title of May 10, Fox's raunchy superhero comedy Deadpool, came to retail with a few exclusive packaging options.

Target offered the Blu-ray with a special red case and a packet of eight postcards. Target also offered 10% off Marvel products in the electronics department trend section.

Best Buy had a version of the Blu-ray with special steelbook packaging.

Best Buy also offered a $10 gift card with $50 in purchases of select TV seasons.


3 May, 2016

New 'Wave' Finds 'Joy' at Retail


Fox's Joy and Sony Pictures' The 5th Wave offered a few exclusive promotions for consumers at retail.

Target offered Joy with an exclusive Blu-ray combo pack with a DVD verison of the film, plus 20% off any Huggable Hangers with the purchase of the film. The hangers which were invented by Joy Mangano, upon whom the film is based.

For sci-fi film The 5th Wave, Target offered the Blu-ray with an exclusive bonus disc with a Q$A with author Rick Yancey.

Walmart offered a two-pack DVD set of The 5th Wave and 2012.

For Lionsgate's The Choice, Target offered $5 off when the movie was purchased at the same time as any other Nicholas Sparks book or movie.


19 Apr, 2016

Best Buy Offers Exclusive 'Ip Man' Trilogy


Best Buy April 19 offered an exclusive Blu-ray of Well Go USA's 'Ip Man' trilogy with a steelbook case for $24.99, timed for the disc release of Ip Man 3.

Otherwise, there weren't many exclusives offered with new titles, with many displays still dominated by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Target is offering a $5 gift card with preorders of Fox's Deadpool on disc May 10.


12 Apr, 2016

A 'Justice League' Cover Highlights a Slow Week


With Star Wars: The Force Awakens continuing to dominate retail shelves, studios shied away from major new releases for the most part April 12, with the only notable exclusive involving the latest direct-to-video "Justice League" animated movie.

That exclusive came at Target, which offered a steelbook case for Warner's Justice League vs. Teen Titans.


5 Apr, 2016

An Awakening of 'Star Wars' Retail Exclusives

(L-R): Special 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' packaging at Best Buy, Target and Walmart
(L-R): Special 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' packaging at Best Buy, Target and Walmart

The home video debut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens April 5 brought with it a flood of merchandising displays tied to the movie, as well as several retail-exclusive editions.

Target devoted two pages in its weekly ad circular to "Star Wars," including a coupon for $10 off $50 of "Star Wars" merchandise and $25 off $100 in merchandise. Target billed its version of the film as a "double exclusive," as it includes both special fold-out packaging and exclusive bonus featurettes, including an interview with film stars Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. The bonus features are accessible digitally through the Disney Movies Anywhere redemption code.

Best Buy had the Blu-ray in a steelbook case with Kylo Ren on the cover. This kind of matches the earlier-released individual Blu-rays of the first six films, although the design is slightly different, mostly in how the titles are presented.

Walmart offered the Blu-ray with a special slipcover with fold-out BB-8 art, plus a Star Wars Galactic Connexions trading disc.

Toys "R" Us offered a free Kylo Ren decal with the purchase of the film on DVD or Blu-ray.

Stores also set up elaborate cardboard displays for the title, with Best Buy and Walmart showing off a large BB-8 with DVD shelves. Some Targets had a large cardboard display themed around the film's characters.

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29 Mar, 2016

Retailers Focus on Tarantino's Latest

Best Buy's 'Hateful Eight' steelbook
Best Buy's 'Hateful Eight' steelbook

Sandwiched between the disc debuts of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, March 29 proved to be a rather slow week for new home video releases. Still Anchor Bay's The Hateful Eight was available with a couple of exclusive retail editions.

The latest Quentin Tarantino film was available at Best Buy in an exclusive steelbook edition.

Target offered the Western with collectible lenticular packaging and an exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette.

Speaking of "Star Wars," Target is particularly ready for the April 5 DVD and Blu-ray arrival of The Force Awakens. Many Target stores have "Star Wars" merchandise displays set up next to the new-release section, as well as other decorations around the store, such as life-size Stormtrooper decals greeting guests at the front doors.


1 Mar, 2016

4K Blu-ray Makes Quiet Retail Debut

Best Buy's Ultra HD Blu-ray display
Best Buy's Ultra HD Blu-ray display

 The official debut of Ultra HD Blu-ray didn't get much fanfare at retail, with Best Buy the only big chain really promoting the new 4K format.

Some Best Buy stores have been selling the Fox UHD BDs for a few weeks, and a store in Costa Mesa, Calif., did set up a dedicated section for the titles, which expanded on March 1 to include Warner, Sony Pictures and Lionsgate titles, all for $29.99 each. Clerks on the floor, however, weren't very helpful in guiding customers toward it. One clerk, while standing less than 10 feet from the rack containing the titles, said the store hadn't set up a display, and suggested checking the UHD display in the TV department. A clerk there wasn't aware of a display either, suggesting a few titles were distributed with the new releases (they weren't), though one of the customers there was able to say where the actual display was, nestled next to the 3D Blu-ray section in a middle aisle.

In terms of retail exclusives for the weeks' new titles, Warner's Creed came with a steelbook Blu-ray at Target, while Walmart once again offered its bizarre extras-free DVD option without bothering to stock the regular edition, even though their vanilla version is the same price with different box art. Given how few extras were actually on the disc to begin with, it's a wonder why Walmart thinks such a thing is still a worthwhile exclusive, or why the studio bothers giving it to them.

Walmart also offered a two-pack of Sony Pictures' The Night Before DVD with a double feature DVD containing The Interview and This Is the End.

Another Walmart exclusive involved a special edition of Cinedigm's God's Not Dead, containing an exclusive preview of the sequel accessible through the Vudu.com streaming service. The DVD cost $12.96.

Target offered a couple of exclusive deals with some new kidvid titles. Those who purchased Universal's Barbie: Spy Squad DVD ($9.99) or Blu-ray ($14.99), or a $17.99 doll based on the movie, could get a free Spy Squad Pet toy valued at $3.99. And, Target gave a $5 gift card with the purchase of Nickelodeon's Paw Patrol: Brave Heroes, Big Rescues DVD ($7.99) with a $9.99 Air Rescue pup toy.