Geared towards comic book and genre fans, Agent DVD Insider scoops DVD and Blu-Ray release announcements and news, along with commentary from industry experts and fellow comic fans.
Target and Best Buy 'Now You See Me 2' Blu-rays
Lionsgate's Now You See Me 2 was the retailers' choice for the big exclusives among the Sept. 6 titles.
Target offered a special Now You See Me 2 Blu-ray combo pack with special box art and an exclusive bonus DVD containing 30 minutes of content: "The Horsemen Return" featurette and a "NYSM2 On-Set Diary" featurette.
Best Buy offered the movie's Blu-ray combo pack with special Steelbook packaging. Best Buy also offered the first film with a Steelbook case for $12.99.
Best Buy also offered a Steelbook for Warner's The Flash: The Complete Second Season.
Walmart offered a DVD set of Sony Pictures' Money Monster with a DVD of The Ides of March.
Best Buy's 'Arrow' Steelbook
Best Buy is selling an exclusive Blu-ray edition of Warner's Arrow: The Complete Fourth Season with a steelbook case.
The special packaging is just about the only retail exclusive linked to any of the Aug. 30 new releases.
Best Buy will also have a steelbook case for the upcoming Blu-ray of Warner's The Flash: The Complete Second Season, due Sept. 6.
Also, Best Buy will have an exclusive steelbook for Disney's Captain America: Civil War Blu-ray, arriving Sept. 13. Fans can preorder the exclusive steelbook version now.
Best Buy continued its promotion for a free $10 gift card with $50 in spending on select TV seasons on disc. The retailer also offered a three-for-$20 deal on select Blu-rays.
'Walking Dead: Season 6' covers at Best Buy and Target
All three of the major retailers offered exclusive promotions tied to Universal's The Huntsman: Winter's War and Anchor Bay's The Walking Dead: Season 6.
For Huntsman, Best Buy offered exclusive steelbook cases for the Blu-ray and Ultra HD Blu-ray editions. Target offered the movie with a 28-page booklet. And Walmart offered more than 30 minutes of exclusive bonus content.
With the latest "Walking Dead" season, Best Buy offered an exclusive lenticular Blu-ray cover. Best Buy also offered special lenticular covers on previous season as well. Target offered an exclusive steelbook case, while Walmart had an exclusive bonus disc with more than 70 minutes of footage from the Madison Square Garden fan premiere event.
For Lionsgate's Roots remake, Walmart offered the DVD and Blu-ray with two exclusive extras running more than 40 minutes.
Best Buy offered a metalpak case with the first season of Anchor Bay's "Ash vs. Evil Dead" on Blu-ray, and lenticular box art for Paramount's NCIS: Season 13. Best Buy also touted a deal for a free $10 gift card with the purchase of $50 or more of select TV seasons.
(L-R): Walmart's and Target's 'Angry Birds Movie' exclusives
Several exclusives arrived at retail Aug. 16, some of them based on Sony Pictures' The Angry Birds Movie.
For the animated adaptation of the popular mobile phone video game, Target offered a special "Red Edition" with fuzzy-eyebrow packaging, wearable eyebrows and more than 20 minutes of exclusive bonus content. In additionn, Target offered an instant $5 saving swith the purchase of the movie with a Lego "Piggy Plane" attack set (priced at $19.99).
Walmart offered a gift set containing the Blu-ray combo pack with a plush doll of the Red character.
Among other titles, a few retailers had some exclusives in the form of special early availablility. Best Buy had the Blu-ray of Paramount's South Park: Season 19, available everywhere else Sept. 6. Amazon.com had Sony Pictures' Community: The Complete Series boxed set, which comes with a "yearbook" guide book.
Best Buy offered a $10 gift card with the purchase of $50 or more on select TV seasons.
Aug. 9 was a slow week for new home video releases, but Target offered exclusives on a couple of titles.
Target gave a free six-pack of Pop Secret popcorn with the purchase of Warner's Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon on disc.
Target also had an exclusive collectible package for Warner's Supergirl: The Complete First Season.
Best Buy offered 100 My Best Buy points with preorders of the Blu-rays of Disney's The Jungle Book and Captain America: Civil War, Warner's The Flash: Season Two and Arrow: Season Four, and Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.
Best Buy's 'Killing Joke' Blu-ray with comic book
Retailers gave fans a few packaging options when choosing to pick up Warner's Batman: The Killing Joke.
Warner released the movie as a DVD, a Blu-ray combo pack and a Blu-ray with a Joker figurine.
Best Buy offered a deluxe version of the figurine gift set that also included a version of the Batman: The Man Who Laughs graphic novel.
Target offered the Blu-ray combo pack with a steelbook case.
Target also had exclusive covers for Sony Pictures' The Blacklist: The Complete Third Season DVD and Warner's Blindspot: The Complete First Season Blu-ray.
Walmart's 'The Boss: High-Roller Edition'
A few stores had exclusive promotions tied to Universal's The Boss, a comedy with Melissa McCarthy that arrived on shelves July 26, shortly after the theatrical debut of her Ghostbusters remake.
Best Buy offered a free T-shirt with the film's logo with purchase of The Boss Blu-ray. The shirt was offered on its own for $9.99.
Walmart offered a special "High-Roller Edition" Blu-ray with 30 minutes of exclusive bonus materials.
Among other offers, Best Buy had a 3-for-$20 deal on recent Blu-ray releases, and an $8 Jason Bourne movie coupon with the purchase of select titles.
Target offered Warner's Batman v Superman with a six-pack of Dr. Pepper.
BvS exclusives: Best Buy graphic novel and Steelbooks; Target's digibook; Walmart's DVD
Warner's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice arrived on shelves July 19 with several retail-exclusive packaging options from which fans would have to choose.
Best Buy packaged the Blu-ray combo pack in a hardcover graphic novel collecting Batman and Superman comic book adventures. It also had the Blu-ray in a steelbook case with reversable Batman and Superman covers.
Target offered an exclusive Blu-ray combo pack with a 64-page digibook package and lenticular cover art.
Walmart offered a single-disc DVD version with no extras and special box art.
'Allegiant' variants at Best Buy and Target
Best Buy and Target offered special packaging for Lionsgate's Allegiant for the film's home video debut July 12.
Target offered an exclusive deluxe edition of the third film in "The Divergent Series" containing special box art and a bonus disc with 30 minuts of extra footage.
Best Buy offered Allegiant with special steelbook packaging.
Best Buy also touted upcoming theatrical films with movie ticket coupons in tie-in DVDs and Blu-rays.
For the Ghostbusters remake, fans could get a $7.50 coupon for a movie ticket with the purchase of either the steelbook Blu-ray or 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of one of the two original films, the two-movie Blu-ray boxed set of the two originals, or the boxed set of the "Real Ghostbusters" animated series.
Also, $8 coupons for Star Trek Beyond were available in specially marked "Star Trek" DVDs and Blu-rays.
Walmart offered $10 in Vudu digital credits with the purchase of select Lionsgate titles, such as Divergent, The Hunger Games and The Expendables.
Walmart's 'Emma's Chance/The Dog Lover' DVD two-pack
Studios used the day after the July 4 holiday as a dumping ground for a number of low-profile DVD and Blu-ray titles, with Sony Pictures' fourth-season disc of "House of Cards" being the only title consistently available at most stores. Best Buy offered a $5 discount with the purchase of the new season with a previous season on disc.
In one sense, the biggest title of the week could be considered to be The Mermaid (Mei Ren Yu), a Chinese film that has earned $553.8 million at the global box office. But with just $3.2 million in U.S. theaters, the retail distribution of the Sony Pictures DVD and Blu-ray will likely maintain the film's Stateside obscurity. Of the major retailers, only Target had a slot for it on its shelves, for the DVD version. Best Buy's website indicates the title isn't available in its stores, while the Walmart and Barnes & Noble websites list it on DVD only as a double feature with Kung Fu Hustle.
Another potentially high-profile title, the Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light, starring notable "Avengers" actors Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen, was also scarce at retail. Best Buy didn't have the DVD version on shelves, Walmart kept the Blu-ray online only, and Target skipped stocking the title altogether.
The only retailer exclusive for the week was Walmart's DVD two-pack of Sony Pictures' Emma's Chance and The Dog Lover.