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7 Mar, 2017

Packaging Options for Disney's 'Moana'

(L-R): Best Buy's 'Moana' Steelbook and Target's 'Moana' storybook Blu-rays
(L-R): Best Buy's 'Moana' Steelbook and Target's 'Moana' storybook Blu-rays

A couple of retailers offered exclusive packaging for the Blu-ray edition of Disney's Moana.

Target offered a Blu-ray version of the animated film packaged in a 32-page storybook.

Best Buy had the Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray versions of the film available as Steelbook editions for $5 more than the regular editions of those versions.

Best Buy is also touting its Steelbook 3D Blu-ray edition of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, available April 4.


28 Feb, 2017

Some 'Strange' Exclusives

Best Buy's 'Doctor Strange' Steelbooks
Best Buy's 'Doctor Strange' Steelbooks

Marvel's Doctor Strange came to home video Feb. 28 with a few retailer exclusives.

Target offered an exclusive featurette, "Defying Reality: The Art and Visual Effects of Doctor Strange," redeemable through the Disney Movies Anywhere platform.

Best Buy offered the Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray of Doctor Strange in exclusive Steelbook packaging for $5 more than the standard equivalents.

The Blu-ray for Oscar best picture winner Moonlight, distributed on disc by Lionsgate, was in short supply at several retailers. Walmart didn't have it on store shelves, and both Walmart.com and BN.com listed the Blu-ray as unavailable online on the title's first day of release.


21 Feb, 2017

Best Buy Has Exclusive 'Bad Santa 2' Ultra HD Blu-ray

Best Buy's 'Bad Santa 2' UHD and Target's 'Hacksaw Ridge' Blu-ray Steelbook
Best Buy's 'Bad Santa 2' UHD and Target's 'Hacksaw Ridge' Blu-ray Steelbook

The first title for which a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition was leveraged as a retail exclusive is … Bad Santa 2. The comedy sequel, released on disc by Broad Green, is available in the 4K format only at Best Buy, and comes with special box art as well.

Among the other new releases, Target offered the Blu-ray of Lionsgate's Hacksaw Ridge in a Steelbook case.

 


14 Feb, 2017

'Thomas & Friends' Extraordinary Exclusive

Walmart's 'Thomas & Friends' Two-Pack
Walmart's 'Thomas & Friends' Two-Pack

While some big titles such as Paramount's Arrival hit shelves Feb. 14, none of them came with any retail exclusives.

The only noticeable exclusive among the new releases came at Walmart, which offered a DVD two-pack of the new Thomas & Friends: Extraordinary Engines with Thomas & Friends: Railway Friends, at $12.96.

Among other items of note, Best Buy did not have DVD copies of the Universal new releases Bleed for This and The Edge of Seventeen stocked in its brick-and-mortar stores. Only the Blu-ray combo packs were offered, which include the DVDs. Similarly, Best Buy didn't have the DVD version of Sony Pictures' Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, although the Blu-ray version didn't include a DVD.


7 Feb, 2017

'Justice League' Takes on 'Trolls' in Exclusives Battle

Target's 'Trolls' box art
Target's 'Trolls' box art

DreamWorks Animation's Trolls, distributed by Fox, and Warner's Justice League Dark arrived at retail Feb. 7 with their share of retail-exclusive options.

For Trolls, Best Buy offered the Blu-ray "Party Edition" with an exclusive graphic novel. Best Buy also included a graphic novel with the Justice League Dark Blu-ray gift set, which already includes a Constantine figurine.

At Target, the Trolls Blu-ray came with exclusive box art and a bonus disc containing an additional 20 minutss of material. Target offered a Steelbook case with the Justice League Dark Blu-ray.

Walmart had the Trolls DVD as a "party edition" similarly to the widely released Blu-ray version, and plugged two music videos with both the DVD and Blu-ray.

Walmart also had a DVD two-pack containing the first seasons of two HBO shows: "Eastbound & Down" and the newly released "Vice Principals."


31 Jan, 2017

Exclusive Packaging for 'Pinocchio'

Best Buy and Target 'Pinocchio' exclusives, Best Buy 'Jack Reacher Never Go Back' Steelbook
Best Buy and Target 'Pinocchio' exclusives, Best Buy 'Jack Reacher Never Go Back' Steelbook

A couple of retailers offered exclusive packaging for Disney's new Pinocchio: Signature Collection Blu-ray.

Target offered the Blu-ray combo pack with a 28-page storybook.

Best Buy offered the animated classic with special lenticular box art.

For Paramount's Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Best Buy had exclusive Steelbook cases for the Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray editions.

Walmart offered a DVD gift set of Universal's Barbie: Video Game Hero with a Princess Charm School DVD.


24 Jan, 2017

'Inferno' Fans the Retail Flames

Best Buy's 'Inferno' Steelbook and Walmart's Langdon trilogy DVD
Best Buy's 'Inferno' Steelbook and Walmart's Langdon trilogy DVD

Sony Pictures' Inferno, the third movie adaptation of the Robert Langdon novels, gave retailers a few options for promoting exclusive editions.

Best Buy had a special Steelbook case with the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition of the film.

Walmart had a DVD set of all three Langdon movies — The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons and Inferno — starring Tom Hanks as the professor frequently tasked with interpreting ancient clues to solve mysteries.

Another notable new release, The Light Between Oceans, a DreamWorks production distributed by Disney, seems to have some availability issues. Best Buy didn't have the DVD edition of the film stocked in its brick-and-mortar shelves, while Walmart stores didn't have the Blu-ray version. Amazon.com didn't seem to have any copies of its own on the Jan. 24 release date, with the title available there only through Marketplace sellers.

Among other deals, Best Buy had a selection of recent popular Blu-rays for $9.99 each. Target had a similar deal with $10 Blu-rays and DVDs.


17 Jan, 2017

'Surf's Up' Sequel Figures Into Promotional Plans

Walmart's 'Surf's Up 2' with WWE figure
Walmart's 'Surf's Up 2' with WWE figure

There wasn't much in the way of retail exclusives for Jan. 17 new releases.

Walmart offered a gift set for Sony Pictures' Surf's Up 2: Wave Mania, a direct-to-video animated sequel to the 2007 movie about surfing birds. With the new installment featuring a heavy tie-in with World Wrestling Entertainment and featuring several WWE Superstars voicing characters, Walmart's gift set paired the DVD with one of several WWE action figures.

Walmart also had a DVD of both "Surf's Up" movies.

Target offered a free year-long subscription to Entertainment Weekly with purchase of the Blu-ray of Universal's The Girl on the Train.


10 Jan, 2017

'Deepwater' in Steel

Target's 'Deepwater Horizon' Steelbook Blu-ray
Target's 'Deepwater Horizon' Steelbook Blu-ray

Lionsgate's Deepwater Horizon had the most notable retailer exclusive among the Jan. 10 new releases.

Target offered a steelbook edition of the Blu-ray of Deepwater Horizon, which is based on the true story of the 2010 disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Best Buy offered an exclusive Mr. Robot patch with the Blu-ray of Mr. Robot: Season Two. Best Buy didn't offer the DVD of the show in its brick-and-mortar locations.

Best Buy also had early availability of the Blu-ray of Star Trek: Enterprise — The Complete Series, through Feb. 13.

Walmart has a two-pack of DVDs for recent Sony Pictures releases Apple of My Eye and Lost & Found.


3 Jan, 2017

Notable But Low-Impact Titles Kick Off 2017 Retail Slate


The new home video releases the first week of 2017 didn't receive much fanfare at retail.

The two biggest titles in terms of domestic box office were a pair of Lionsgate releases that each made a shade over $20 million: Blair Witch, a belated sequel to the horror cult classic The Blair Witch Project, and Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, based on the James Patterson novel.

Not only were there no retail exclusives associated with the titles, but they were relegated to secondary status on new-release shelves. Best Buy didn't even stock the Middle School DVD in its brick-and-mortar locations. Most displays were still built around Sony Pictures' The Magnificent Seven and Warner's Storks.

Target did offer a sale of relatively recent DVD releases for $10. And Best Buy promoted a selection of TV shows on disc starting at $14.99.