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23 May, 2016

New on Disc: 'Too Late for Tears' and more …


Too Late for Tears

Flicker Alley, Mystery, $39.95 Blu-ray/DVD, NR.
Stars Lizabeth Scott, Dan Duryea, Don DeFore, Arthur Kennedy, Kristine Miller.
1949.
This arguably definitive Lizabeth Scott performance and more were saved from extinction by UCLA’s Film and Television Archive working with the Film Noir Foundation to juggle various imperfect sources. Scott is such a piece of work here that one can only chuckle at her character’s rabid greed after this so-called housewife flukes her way into a tempting situation that immediately swallows her up and ends up destroying lives.
Extras: Includes an informative but infectiously wry commentary by historian/writer/programmer Alan Rode; a making-of short; cool production photos and press-book ads; some on-screen nuts-and-bolts regarding the restoration; and a background essay.
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The King and Four Queens (Blu-ray)

Street 5/24/16
Olive, Western, $29.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Clark Gable, Eleanor Parker, Jo Van Fleet, Barbara Nichols.
1956.
Looking a little weary on the range, Clark Gable took his one stab at producing a movie with this easy-to-tolerate Raoul Walsh trifle.
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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.


25 Apr, 2016

New on Disc: 'Jackie Robinson' and more …


Jackie Robinson

PBS, Documentary, $24.99 DVD, $29.99 Blu-ray, NR.
2016.
It’s a challenge to think of anyone who’d be more appropriate to receive the Ken Burns treatment than the man who carved out a place for himself both before and after he integrated Major League Baseball.
Extras: This home-viewing keeper includes interviews with key production personnel about how Jackie Robinson came to be, plus additional interviews not used in the documentary proper.
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Try and Get Me!

Olive, Drama, $24.95 DVD, $29.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Frank Lovejoy, Lloyd Bridges, Kathleen Ryan.
1951.
Except for some preachy soap-boxing that does its best to undermine inherent dramatic punch at every turn, this is one of the toughest and least compromised movies from the entire noir era.
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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.


11 Apr, 2016

New on Disc: 'The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates' and more …


The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates

Street 4/26/16
Criterion, Documentary, $29.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray, NR.
1960-64.
The four JFK-oriented documentaries here are Primary, Adventures on the New Frontier, Crisis and Faces of November. This is one of those home releases where viewers should take the mammothly rewarded time to watch all the bonus features.
Extras: In addition to still-gripping background material on how the once unlikely Kennedy presidency came to be, there’s a lot of interview footage with the filmmakers, plus outtakes.
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The Gong Show Movie (Blu-ray)

Shout! Factory, Comedy, $24.97 Blu-ray, ‘R.’
Stars Chuck Barris, Robin Altman, Jaye P. Morgan.
1980.
Chuck Barris (playing himself) questions whether or not his career as a game show host has been worth the time and effort — due, in part, to all of those novelty acts who insist on auditioning for him when he’s standing at the urinal.
Extras: Includes a commentary by pop culture historian Russell Dyball.
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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.

Walmart

Target

Best Buy


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.