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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.
Walmart's 'Pitch Perfect 2' gift set
Fans of Universal's Pitch Perfect 2 had plenty of options for picking up the DVD or Blu-ray with a special retail-exclusive add-on.
Best Buy offered a free T-shirt with purchase of Pitch Perfect 2 on Blu-ray. Those who bought the Blu-ray were also offerd a special price on the first film of $7.99 for the DVD or $9.99 for the Blu-ray.
Target offered a special deluxe edition of Pitch Perfect 2 with 30 minutes of exclusive bonus content. Fans could save $5 by buying both the movie and soundtrack CD at the same time.
Speaking of the soundtrack, Walmart offered a Pitch Perfect 2 gift set with a pack-in eight-song CD sampler.
Among promotions for other movies, Target offered a $10 discount with the purchase of both Furious 7 on disc and a tie-in RC car toy.
Walmart's exclusive 'Furious 7' Blu-ray
Retailers had some good choices to offer exclusives to consumers Sept. 15 in the form of Universal's Furious 7 and Disney's live-action Cinderella.
For Furious 7, Best Buy offered an exclusive steelbook Blu-ray case, plus the previous films as Blu-ray steelbooks for $9.99 each. Target had the Blu-ray with a five-track soundtrack sampler CD, while Walmart offered a limited-edition Blu-ray combo pack with exclusive box art and bonus content.
For Cinderella, Best Buy had a Blu-ray combo pack with lenticular box art. Target offered the Blu-ray with 15 minutes of exclusive bonus content, the featurettes "Becoming the Prince" and "Something Magical."
Best Buy also offered a $10 savings with the purchase of both the fist season of "Empire" on disc and the show's soundtrack album.
In addition, Best Buy offered Blu-ray steelbooks for nine James Bond films for $11.99 each and a Daniel Craig collection steelbook for $19.99.
Target's 'Gotham' Steelbook
Retailers Sept. 8 brought out exclusive offers for Warner's Gotham: The Complete First Season and Universal's Barbie in Rock ’N Royals.
Target offered "Gotham" with a steelbook case for both the DVD and Blu-ray editions. Best Buy offered an exclusive bonus disc with the DVDs and Blu-rays of the first season.
For Barbie in Rock ’N Royals, Target offered a free mini doll with purchase of the DVD or Blu-ray.
Best Buy offered $10 off with the purchase of both seasons of "The Goldbergs" on DVD from Sony Pictures. The second season was released on disc this week.
Best Buy's 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Blu-ray steelbook
Warner's Mad Max: Fury Road drew the most retail attention Sept. 1, which isn't surprising since it was the biggest theatrical to hit disc in a week filled with new TV on disc releases.
Best Buy offered the Blu-ray combo pack of Fury Road with an exclusive steelbook case.
Target had the Fury Road Blu-ray packed with an exclusive 64-page comic book.
Target also offered exclusive deals with new TV on disc content. For Paramount's Scorpion: Season One DVD, Target offered 47 minutes of exclusive behind-the-scenes material. Target also offered an exclusive bonus disc with Paramount's Madame Secretary: Season 1, featuring 40 minutes of extras including a set tour.
Walmart, as it usually does for high-profile new releases, offered a bare-bones DVD edition of Fury Road with different box art and no extras. Given that Walmart stores didn't even offer the regular version, and that the stripped-down version was priced similarly to the full version at other stores, Walmart's decision to offer just the vanilla version seems strange (Walmart didn't even mark the version it was selling as an exclusive). About the only thing Walmart's exclusive will accomplish is preventing its customers from realizing they could have a version of the movie with several bonus featurettes for about the same price.
Continuing the topic of Walmart head-scratchers, several stores around Southern California have been putting embargoed "Star Wars" merchandise on shelves weeks before the Sept. 4 "Force Friday" unveiling of new merchandise surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens (in many cases, the clerks don't seem to even know the items shouldn't be on display yet). This includes new toys and branded clothing, but the fact that they are on public display was seen to cause some confusion as eager fans kept trying to buy the items, only to have them ring up as "Sale Not Allowed," leading to befuddled cashiers and managers wondering what was going on as the checkout line continued to grow.
Best Buy's 'Walking Dead' Season 5 Cover
Another season of "The Walking Dead" on disc means more retailer exclusives for the hit show.
Best Buy offered special lenticular covers on the Blu-ray editions of all five seasons.
Target offered the Blu-ray of the fifth season in a steelbook case with exclusive bonus content, a "Walkers in the Water" featurette.
Walmart offered the season five Blu-ray and DVD with a pack-in Funko toy of Daryl.
For other titles, Target offered a $5 savings with the purchase of both the Lego Batman 3 video game with Warner's Lego DC Super Heroes: Justice League — Attack of the Legion of Doom movie.
'The Blacklist: Season 2 — The Red Edition' at Target
The hot new TV shows of the past season are starting to make their way to disc, so it's no surprise that retailer exclusives for Aug. 18 tended to focus on them.
Target offered a special "Red Edition" of both the DVD and Blu-ray versions of Sony Pictures' The Blacklist: The Complete Second Season, which came with special lenticular box art and an exclusive villains dossier.
Best Buy offered an exclusive Blu-ray edition of Paramounts' NCIS: The 12th Season, which came with two exclusive featurettes. Best Buy has the Blu-ray early, with the HD edition going wide at retail Sept. 15.
For "The Blacklist," Best Buy offered a $10 gift card with the purchase of both seasons of the show on disc.
Best Buy also continued its offer of a free $10 gift card with $50 in TV on disc purchases, or $25 with $100 in spending on the category.
Target has early availability of Warner's Peanuts Emmy Honored Collection ($19.99), which won't be widely available until Sept. 15.
Looking at the latest preorder offers, Best Buy has Jurassic World with a T-shirt and Avengers: Age of Ultron with ah steelbook case. The preorders are $19.99 each and also come with 100 My Best Buy points.
Best Buy's 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Blu-ray steelbook
If the new releases don’t offer much excitement in terms of retailer exclusives, there’s always future titles to look forward to.
Best Buy has preorder specials for a number of titles, including Warner’s Mad Max: Fury Road, which is now available via Digital HD. The disc doesn’t come out until Sept. 1, but Best Buy is offering a Blu-ray steelbook on preorder for $19.99 with digital availability now.
Best Buy also has preorders for Warner’s San Andreas ($24.99, with lenticular Blu-ray art), Universal’s Furious 7 ($19.99, with steelbook Blu-ray) and Disney’s Cinderella ($26.99, with lenticular Blu-ray cover).
Target touted preorders forUniversal’s Furious 7 and Pitch Perfect 2, and Disney’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, with a $5 gift card.
Target also had a buy-one-get-one 50% off deal on select movie and TV titles.
Best Buy offered a free $10 gift card with the purchase of $50 worth of TV shows on disc, or a $25 gift card with a $100 TV on disc purchase.
A couple of cinema’s biggest franchises are receiving a major home video marketing push before their latest installments hit theaters this fall. In particular, the six live-action “Star Wars” chapters and nine James Bond films will be re-released on Blu-ray in special steelbook packaging.
You’ve seen the steelbook around — that special metal packaging with special box art designed to stir up interest from collectors. Using steelbooks to re-package catalog titles is as commong as using them as retail exclusives for new releases.
The common thread here is that 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is behind the distribution of both collections, working with Disney on “Star Wars” and MGM on Bond.
The 23 official Bond films are being re-released on Blu-ray and in special boxed sets Sept. 15, in advance of the Nov. 6 theatrical release of Spectre, the 24th film in the series.
Nine of the films will be available as limited-edition Blu-ray steelbooks with box art inspired by their opening title sequences. This assortment includes the most recent films starring Daniel Craig as Bond — Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall — as well as six films featuring the villainous SPECTRE organization — From Russia With Love, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever and For Your Eyes Only.
In addition, all 23 films will be available as part of The Ultimate James Bond Collection boxed set, which includes a 24th slot for Spectre (expected on Blu-ray early next year), as well as digital copies of all the films, a bonus disc containing the previously unavailable on disc 90-minute Everything or Nothing documentary, and a pocket-sized James Bond 50 Years of Movie Posters book.
To promote the upcoming film, the boxed set will also include two new featurettes based on interviews with renowned Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade — “The Shadow of SPECTRE” concentrates on the history of SPECTRE, and “The Story So Far” recaps significant moments from the three Craig films.
This collection will be sold exclusively at Amazon.com.
Collections for each actor to play Bond also will be released on Blu-ray and DVD with new artwork showcasing the actor. (even George Lazenby and his one film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, gets the collection treatment.)
The new Bond Blu-ray and DVD collections organized by actor and number of films:
The “Star Wars” steelbook Blu-rays arrive Nov. 10, in the lead-up to the hugely anticipated Dec. 18 theatrical release of Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens.
The steelbooks for the first six episodes will include a different character for each film. Aside from Yoda on Episode II, they’re all bad guys, interestingly enough — Darth Maul for Episode I, General Grievous for Episode III, Darth Vader for Episode IV, an Imperial Stormtrooper for Episode V and the Emperor for Episode VI.
Preorders for the “Star Wars” steelbooks begin Aug. 7. These look to be re-releases of the previously available discs, which include commentaries from George Lucas and the cast and crew.
In addition, the nine-disc Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray collection will be re-released Oct. 13 with new Darth Vader box art. The bonus discs contain more than 40 hours of previously released bonus material, including deleted scenes.
(L-R): Best Buy and Target exclusive 'Insurgent' covers.
Lionsgate's Insurgent, the sequel to last year's teen dystopia Divergent, offered no shortage of retail exclusives upon its disc debut Aug. 4.
Target offered a Blu-ray combo pack with a DVD version, exclusive box art and a bonus disc containing 45 minutes of additional behind-the-scenes material.
Best Buy offered steelbook packaging for the 3D Blu-ray combo pack and offered the steelbook Blu-ray combo pack of Divergent for $17.99.
Walmart offered DVD and Blu-ray gift backs of both Divergent and Insurgent packaged together.
Best Buy is taking $19.99 preorders for the Blu-rays of Furious 7 and Pitch Perfect 2, both from Universal. Furious 7 comes with a steelbook case, while Pitch Perfect 2 comes with a T-shirt.