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20 Oct, 2015

Digging Up 'Jurassic' Exclusives

Walmart's 'Jurassic World' lunchbox
Walmart's 'Jurassic World' lunchbox

It came as no surprise that Universal's Jurassic World would arrive at retail with plenty of disc options for consumers, not to mention the array of retailer exclusives involved.

In addition to typical DVD, Blu-ray combo pack and 3D Blu-ray combo packs, the Jurassic World 2D Blu-ray was also available in a special round tin packaging, as well as part of four-movie DVD and Blu-ray collections.

At Best Buy, the Jurassic World Blu-ray came with a free T-shirt. Best Buy also offered the circular tin Blu-rays of the three earlier films for $11.99 each.

Walmart offered the Jurassic World Blu-ray with a tin lunchbox.

Target offered free popcorn and soda at the Target Café with the purchase of the Jurassic World Blu-ray, to which Target added 30 minutes of exclusive bonus content.

For the new 30th anniversary trilogy boxed set of the "Back to the Future" films, Best Buy offered pack-in mini-license plates.

For Fox's Paper Towns, Target offered a free $5 gift card with the purchase of the movie with any John Green book.

Amazon.com's listing for Paper Towns was unusual in that the Blu-ray was listed as out of stock the day of released, as well as offered at the full retail price of $39.99. This fits into a recent trend of Fox discs and digital releases not being offered for preorder on Amazon.


19 Oct, 2015

New on Disc: 'Murder, My Sweet' and more …


Murder, My Sweet (Blu-ray)

Available via Warner Archive
Warner, Mystery, $21.99 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley
1944.
The second screen version of Raymond Chandler’s Farewell, My Lovely, with its expressive photography and hop-headed dream sequences, is just what you want an RKO noir to be, even if decades of variations have scratched its luster (but just a little). The Blu-ray transfer is beautiful.
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An American Tragedy

Available via Universal Vault Series
Universal, Drama, $19.98 DVD, NR.
Stars Phillips Holmes, Sylvia Sidney, Frances Dee.
1931.
Josef von Sternberg’s only Paramount talkie not to star Marlene Dietrich attempted to adapt a 20th-century literary milestone of significant heft in both senses, though it fell into obscurity after George Stevens remade it as A Place in the Sun 20 years later.
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13 Oct, 2015

Special Covers for 'San Andreas,' 'Aladdin'


The big exclusives for the Oct. 13 new releases centered on special Blu-ray packaging for two titles: Warner's San Andreas and Disney's Aladdin: Diamond Edition.

Best Buy offered special lenticular box art for both the Aladdin Blu-ray and the Blu-ray combo pack of San Andreas (the 2D, not the 3D version). Best Buy's San Andreas also came with exclusive bonus content.

Target offered special storybook packaging for Aladdin with special box art for $24.99, $2 more than the standard Blu-ray edition. For San Andreas, Target had two versions of the 2D Blu-ray edition, one with a collectible movie card and the other with steelbook packaging.

Among other titles, Best Buy offered consumers who bought Lionsgate's Mad Men: Season 7 Part 2 a chance to buy the first part for $10.

In terms of preorders, Best Buy has $19.99 Blu-ray offers for two Universal titles: Minions comes with a lunch bag and Ted 2 comes with exclusive bonus content.


6 Oct, 2015

Perking Up the 'Avengers'

Best Buy's 'Avengers' Steelbooks
Best Buy's 'Avengers' Steelbooks

Special add-ons for Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron led the list of retail exclusives offered in the past week.

Best Buy offered special fans a choice of steelbook cases for the superhero film, with one themed around the character of Ultron and another themed around the character of The Vision.

Target offered the Blu-ray combo pack with a special "Bookending the Action" featurette redeemable online via a code in the package.

Disney, which distributes the film, also offered an exclusive online featurette with the Digital HD version of the movie, either purchased online or redeemed with the 3D combo pack.

Target also offered exclusive packaging for Paramount's Penny Dreadful: The Complete Second Season, and a 72-card fortune teller deck for Fox's American Horror Story: Freak Show.

Best Buy offered a $5 gift card with the purchase of Sony Pictures' Insidious: Chapter 3 at the same time as the disc of either of the first two movies. Best Buy offered the first two "Insidious" movies on Blu-ray at $9.99 each.

Looking at preorder offers, Best Buy has character cards with Disney's Inside Out Blu-ray for $29.99, a T-shirt with Universal's Jurassic World Blu-ray, at $19.99, and a bonus disc with Paramount's Terminator: Genisys Blu-ray.


29 Sep, 2015

A 'Spy' for Some Good Deals

Walmart's two-pack of 'Spy' and 'The Heat'
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.


22 Sep, 2015

Retailers Offering 'Pitch Perfect' Exclusives

Walmart's 'Pitch Perfect 2' gift set
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.



15 Sep, 2015

'Furious 7,' 'Cinderella' Provide Retail Opportunities

Walmart's exclusive 'Furious 7' Blu-ray
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.

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14 Sep, 2015

New on Disc: 'The Front Page' and more …


The Front Page

Kino Lorber, Comedy, $19.95 DVD, $29.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Adolphe Menjou, Pat O’Brien, Mary Brian.
1931.
Lewis Milestone’s early talkie of the Ben Hecht-Charles MacArthur stage hit is kind of a relic but an amusing one, and after several remakes and updates over the years, this Library of Congress restoration puts the movie back in its comfort zone, which is to say the same general time span in which the story takes place.
Extras: Includes a Library of Congress featurette and two radio adaptations (1937 and 1946, the first with Walter Winchell).
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Trader Horn

Available via Warner Archive
Warner, Adventure, $21.99 DVD, NR.
Stars Harry Carey Sr., Duncan Renaldo, Edwina Booth.
1931.
As the first non-documentary to take movie audiences into Africa on a major studio’s large dime, W.S. Van Dyke’s still entertaining not-quite creaker (a best picture Oscar nominee at the time) has a famous production history.
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8 Sep, 2015

Exclusives for 'Gotham,' 'Barbie'

Target's 'Gotham' Steelbook
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.


1 Sep, 2015

Taking a 'Fury Road' to Exclusive-Town

Best Buy's 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Blu-ray steelbook
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.