Merchandising: Best Buy Presents ‘The Thing’ Steelbook

A dearth of big new releases Sept. 7 left few options for retail exclusives, though a few catalog titles were released in new Steelbook editions.

Best Buy offered an exclusive 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of Universal Pictures’ 1982 horror movie The Thing from director John Carpenter for $25.99. Based on the 1938 John W. Campbell Jr. novella Who Goes There?, the science fiction horror film follows a group of American researchers in Antarctica who encounter a parasitic extraterrestrial life-form that assimilates, then imitates other organisms.

Also available were 4K combo pack Steelbooks of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window and Vertigo, also $25.99 apiece. The murder mystery Rear Window (1954) stars James Stewart as a voyeuristic neighbor with Grace Kelly as his girlfriend, and the film noir psychological thriller Vertigo (1958) also stars Stewart, this time as a retired police detective with vertigo investigating a mysterious woman.

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Target ran a sale with 15% off TV show DVDs such as the complete series of “Schitt’s Creek,” “The Nanny,” “Friends,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” Downtown Abbey” and “Band of Brothers,” as well as season one of “The Golden Girls” and season two of “Yellowstone.”

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