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5 Dec, 2017

Walmart Gives Minion Backpack With 'Despicable Me 3' Blu-ray

Walmart 'Despicable Me 3' Blu-ray with backpack
Walmart 'Despicable Me 3' Blu-ray with backpack

Among numerous retail exclusives for Universal's Despicable Me 3 Dec. 5, Walmart offered a gift pack of the Blu-ray with a minion backpack.

Best Buy offered a Steelbook Blu-ray for Despicable Me 3, as well as a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray collection of all three "Despicable Me" movies.

Target offered a deluxe-edition Blu-ray of Despicable Me 3 with 20 minutes of exclusive bonus content, character cards and tattoos.

Best Buy offered the Blu-ray of Lionsgate's American Assassin with Steelbook packaging.


4 Dec, 2017

New on Disc: 'Gidget' and more …


Gidget (Blu-ray)

Available via ScreenArchives.com
Twilight Time, Comedy, $29.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Sandra Dee, Cliff Robertson, James Darren, Arthur O’Connell.
1959. The retro beach-time confection of Sandra Dee’s career-maker just gets by as a time-killer if you missed your beach time this summer.
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Junior Bonner

Kino Lorber, Drama, $19.99 DVD, $29.99 Blu-ray, ‘PG.’
Stars Steve McQueen, Robert Preston, Ida Lupino, Ben Johnson, Joe Don Baker.
1972. A lot of people revere Junior Bonner, which features a lovingly constructed Jeb Rosebrook screenplay that director Sam Peckinpah fleshes out with a couple of show-stopping extended set pieces, but it could have used an ad campaign that sold its maker’s most gentle movie as a family drama and not another of the rodeo sagas that were flooding the market at that time.
Extras: Offering the commentary are definitive Peckinpah experts Nick Redman, Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons and David Weddle, who long ago established themselves as the go-to crew on Sam-related voiceovers, no matter which distributor is behind the home release.
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28 Nov, 2017

'Despicable Me' Exclusives Among Preorder Offers

Best Buy 'Despicable Me 3' exclusives
Best Buy 'Despicable Me 3' exclusives

Among continuing sales offers in the wake of Black Friday, retailers touted preorders for upcoming home videos such as Despicable Me 3, coming Dec. 5.

Best Buy is offering a Steelbook Blu-ray for Despicable Me 3, as well as a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray collection of all three "Despicable Me" movies.

Target is offering a free $5 gift card with preorders of the Despicable Me 3 Blu-ray.

Among other deals, Target has holiday movies, music and books priced at $8 and $10.

Walmart offered DreamWorks' Trolls Holiday DVD with an exclusive digital copy and sticker sheets bundle.

Target started offering a 4K UHD version of its exclusive Stranger Things: Season 1 Blu-ray combo pack.


21 Nov, 2017

'Hitman's Bodyguard,' 'Valerian' Steelbooks at Best Buy

Best Buy's 'Hitman's Bodyguard' and 'Valerian' Steelbooks
Best Buy's 'Hitman's Bodyguard' and 'Valerian' Steelbooks

Best Buy offered exclusive Steelbook editions of Lionsgate's The Hitman's Bodyguard and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

Walmart offered a mini "The Art of the Film" book with the Valerian Blu-ray.

Most stores were otherwise preparing for Black Friday sales.

Target offered holiday-movie DVDs priced at $4 and $6, and had select recent DVDs for $9 each.

Best Buy offered DVDs and Blu-rays at $3.99, $4.99 and $6.99 price points, plus $K Ultra HD Blu-rays at $9.99 each, and gift sets starting at $24.99.


20 Nov, 2017

New on Disc: 'Lost Horizon' and more …


Lost Horizon: 80th Anniversary Edition

Sony Pictures, Romantic Fantasy Adventure Drama, $19.99 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Thomas Mitchell, Edward Everett Horton, John Howard.
1937. The appeal of the story of this Frank Capra gamble of love is one of emotion over mind, as a British diplomat and an eclectic group of fellow passengers crash-land in reachable distance from a living paradise whose name the movie and James Hilton’s source novel put into the language: Shangri-La.
Extras: Includes a commentary from the 1999 DVD edition.
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Hell on Frisco Bay

Available via Warner Archive
Warner, Drama, $19.99 DVD, $21.99 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Alan Ladd, Edward G. Robinson, Joanne Dru, Paul Stewart, William Demarest.
1956. Warner Archive’s new Hell on Frisco Bay Blu-ray has two things going for it beyond a decent dose of cosmetic handsomeness and a robust mono soundtrack: its recent rareness and a terrific Edward G. Robinson gangster performance.
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17 Nov, 2017

DEG Honors Innovative Women


In a month that saw such depressing news about women’s plight in Hollywood (and indeed in many other arenas), it was gratifying to attend an event inspired by one of the most brilliant women to ever grace the screen. Hollywood legend Hedy Lamarr not only starred in such film classics as Samson and Delilah, The Strange Woman and Tortilla Flat, but she was also a lifelong inventor who pioneered “frequency hopping,” which became the foundation for technology utilized by the cell phones we carry daily, among other things.

To honor her, DEG: The Digital Entertainment group created an award to recognize and commemorate female industry leaders, and Nov. 15 in Santa Monica, Calif., the group presented the inaugural Hedy Lamarr Award for Innovation in Entertainment Technology to Geena Davis. Davis is the founder and chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which works to dramatically increase the percentage of female characters and reduce gender stereotyping in media targeting children 11 and under.

“She was just so extraordinary and so incredible that I can hardly even begin to fill her shoes, so I am extremely humbled and grateful for this award. What an honor!” Davis said of Lamarr. “She was a pioneer and a patriot and a heroine.”

She noted that “technology has become a huge part of my institute’s success.”

The institute is using data analysis developed at the University of Southern California and funded by Google to quantify the disparity in treatment of females and males in children’s entertainment.

“I am very confident in predicting that the percentage of female characters in TV and movies made for kids will dramatically improve within just a few years,” she said.

The DEG also recognized three scholarship recipients with the Hedy Lamarr Achievement Award for Emerging Leaders in Entertainment Technology: Johanna Baumann of the University of Michigan; Carolyn DiLoreto of USC and Cherylynn Lima of Smith College.

Nominations are now open for the 2018 awards.


14 Nov, 2017

'Atomic' Exclusives

'Atomic Blonde' Best Buy Steelbook and Target artwork
'Atomic Blonde' Best Buy Steelbook and Target artwork

A few retailers offered exclusive packaging for Universal's Atomic Blonde upon its home video release Nov. 14.

Best Buy had Steelbook packaging for both the Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray editions.

Target had special box art with its Blu-ray slipcover, plus collectible Atomic Blonde art cards.

Among other titles, Walmart offered a DVD two-pack of The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature with a DVD of the first The Nut Job.


7 Nov, 2017

'Cars 3,' 'Westworld' Get Steelbook Treatment

Best Buy's 'Westworld' and 'Cars 3' Steelbook Blu-rays
Best Buy's 'Westworld' and 'Cars 3' Steelbook Blu-rays

Best Buy Nov. 7 offered Steelbook editions for the Blu-rays of Disney's Cars 3 and Warner's Westworld: Season 1.

Other Cars 3 retailer exclusives included Target's Blu-ray with storybook packaging, and Walmart's Blu-ray with three bonus Mater short cartoons.

Sony Pictures offered a deluxe gift set of the Blu-ray of The Crown: Season 1, but Amazon was the only retailer where it was readily available.


6 Nov, 2017

New on Disc: 'Take a Good Look' and more …


Take a Good Look: The Definitive Collection

Shout! Factory, Game Show, $69.97 DVD, NR.
Stars Ernie Kovacs, Edie Adams, Cesar Romero, Hans Conried.
1959-60. It was almost a dead certainty that a game show that further took advantage of Ernie Kovacs’ additional standing as a video pioneer would end up being largely performance art.
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The Sea Wolf

Available via Warner Archive       
Warner, Adventure, $17.99 DVD, $21.99 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Edward G. Robinson, John Garfield, Ida Lupino, Alexander Knox, Gene Lockhart, Barry Fitzgerald.
1941. This best and best-known of many preceding and subsequent screen versions of Jack London’s popular novel suffered the kind of ignominy that certain other Warner hits did when they proved popular enough to re-issue — severe cutting for double features. The footage was lost until this notably seamless Blu-ray restoration, taken from an unearthed 35mm source.
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31 Oct, 2017

Best Buy Offers 'Dark Tower' Steelbook

Best Buy's 'Dark Tower' Steelbook
Best Buy's 'Dark Tower' Steelbook

Halloween was relatively light on new releases, and thus retailer promotions on home video, for the week.

Among the only notable retail exclusives was at Best Buy, which offered a Steelbook edition of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of Sony Pictures' The Dark Tower.

Best Buy is also taking preorders for its exclusive Steelbook Blu-ray of Disney's Cars 3, due Nov. 7.