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John Latchem

Agent DVD Insider

, Managing Editor

A graduate of UCLA, John Latchem worked as a newspaper editor and did freelance work for such publications as The Hollywood Reporter before joining Home Media Magazine in 2005. He serves as editor of the reviews and TV DVD sections, as well as the annual Agent DVD consumer issue that coincides with San Diego Comic-Con International.
 

August 31, 2010
Sorting Out the Stores



Target trotted out plenty of exclusive goodies for DVDs released Aug. 31. Most significant was the exclusive availablity at Target of the DVD ($16.99) and Blu-ray ($22.99) for Universal’s documentary Babies (available elsewhere Sept. 28).

For the new Tyler Perry comedy Why Did I Get Married Too?, Target offered an exclusive deluxe DVD version. Also, copies of the sixth season of “House” came with an exclusive 45-minute Q&A.

Not to be outdone, Best Buy offered a bonus disc of its own with the new “House” DVD and Blu-ray sets, as well as a $5 CinemaNow gift card with the purchase of Sons of Anarchy: Season Two on Blu-ray.

Best Buy also offered exclusive Blu-ray versions of such movies as Anchorman, The Score and The Blair Witch Project.

Walmart, still hesitant to stock most TV Blu-rays in its stores, limited its exclusive offerings to including a digital copy with Nickelodeon’s new iCarly Space Out DVD.

By: John Latchem


August 24, 2010
TV Trinkets on Display



With the debut of the final season of “Lost” on DVD and Blu-ray Aug. 24, only Best Buy made a spectacle out of it.

In the ever-shrinking DVD section of its weekly ad circular, Best Buy devoted a half page to “Lost” products, including the sixth season on disc, a complete series set, T-shirts for $9.99 each and discounts of previous seasons sets of the series.

Best Buy offered season-six sets with an exclusive bonus disc containing 20 minutes of extras.

The third season of “Gossip Girl” also drew some attention on disc. Best Buy offered a bonus bracelet with the DVD set, while Target gave customers a $5 gift card.

Walmart limited its exclusive offerings to a special two-pack of new-release The Back-Up Plan with another Jennifer Lopez romantic comedy, The Wedding Planner. A store in Long Beach offered the two-pack at the same price as the standalone Back-Up Plan DVD, making for quite a bargain.

Walmart also introduced a new theme to its $7.50 catalog section, dubbing the films as part of a “Celebrity Series” tied to a particular star.

By: John Latchem


August 17, 2010
Dexter, Miley and Orson



Aug. 17 was one of those new-DVD days when whatever store you might walk into chose a different title for a prime promotional spot, as typically happens during a slow week.

The biggest title in Walmart’s eyes was the new Miley Cyrus romance The Last Song, as it was the only new release the chain bothered stocking Blu-rays for on shelves. In fact, in the new-release section of at least two Walmarts in Southern California, no Blu-ray alternatives were offered in the new-release section for any recent title.

Best Buy offered the new Dexter: The Fourth Season DVD and Blu-ray sets with an exclusive bonus disc containing the 40-minute “Dexter” panel from the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con International (though the sticker on the package misspelled it as “Comi-Con”).

Target put most of its efforts into promoting a title no one else has: Me & Orson Welles, offering 45 minutes of deleted scenes and other extras. Target also offered a $5 gift card with the purchase of Warner Home Video’s One Tree Hill: Season Seven.

By: John Latchem


August 03, 2010
Looking Out for ‘Wimpy’ Deals



For 20th Century Fox’s new DVD and Blu-ray of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Target decided to offer a $5 gift card to shoppers who bought the movie with any copy of one of the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” book series. The books were on sale for $9.76 each with a movie tie-in book at $10.46.

At Walmart Diary of a Wimpy Kid came with a bonus Garfield’s Fun Fest movie that works only on Vudu-enabled devices with an active Vudu account.

Walmart also had a $17 special edition of the faith-based To Save a Life DVD packed with the 96-page book Dare to Make a Difference in Your School and Your Life. The standalone DVD was $15 and Blu-ray was $20.

Walmart also had an assortment of sci-fi hits for between $7 and $9.

Best Buy gave away $5 CinemaNow gift cards with the purchase of Kick-Ass on Blu-ray.

By: John Latchem


July 27, 2010
Goodies From Best Buy


Best Buy's Red Hood Figurine


A few new titles released July 27 came with some exclusive offers from Best Buy.

Consumers who purchased Warner’s Clash of the Titans remake on Blu-ray at Best Buy received a free $5 CinemaNow gift card. Best Buy also had Clash of the Titans smartphone content available for download in the store.

For Warner’s Batman: Under the Red Hood, the latest direct-to-video animated movie based on the characters of DC Comics, Best Buy offered exclusive copies of the two-DVD set and the Blu-ray that came with a Red Hood figurine. The movie also was available to rent via CinemaNow for $2.95.

Target also offered a Batman: Under the Hood exclusive, but in this case it was a couple extra episodes of “Batman: The Animated Series” and “The Batman.” Those buying Batman: Under the Red Hood on Blu-ray on Amazon could get an exclusive litho cel for a few dollars more than the price of the title.

For Universal’s Repo Men, Best Buy offered an exclusive Blu-ray edition that also contained a DVD copy.

By: John Latchem



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