Vudu Offering Exclusive Clips, Gift Cards, Game Discount for ‘Rise of Gru’ Debut

Vudu is offering fans exclusive behind-the-scenes clips of Steve Carell at Vudu and Fandango.com as Universal and Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru debuts on the transactional digital service. 

The title is available for premium digital purchase and rental.

Vudu is also providing a guide to activities, games and crafts, including activity sheets that feature instructions for making a Minions pet rock and how to create an origami ninja star, minions badges and minion popsicle stick puppets, as well as access to coloring sheets and a banana split recipe.

Vudu is also offering seven Minions: The Rise of Gru-themed gift cards.

In addition, for a limited time, consumers purchasing Minions: The Rise of Gru on Vudu will get a discount code good for 50% off the new Exploding Minions family game, the Minions-themed version of the popular Exploding Kittens, featuring new cards and illustrations. Here’s how to play the game and see here for details on the offer.

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Vudu Offering Horror Sale for Friday the 13th

Fandango’s transactional VOD service Vudu is offering sales on scary movies over the weekend starting Friday the 13th.

On Friday, May 13, only Vudu is offering a special sale of the original eight-movie bundle (“Friday the 13th” parts one through eight) in HDX for $13 (the HDX bundle is worth more than $100, according to Vudu). The sale ends at midnight PT on May 13.

Vudu is also slashing prices on top horror films, including The PredatorHereditaryA Nightmare on Elm StreetHalloween Kills and more with the Vudu Slasher Sale.

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Vudu Mounts Sale on More Than 100 Focus Features Films

As Focus Features’ The Northman arrives on Vudu May 12 and Downton Abbey: A New Era arrives in theaters May 20, Fandango’s transactional VOD service Vudu is hosting a sale on more than 100 other titles from the Focus Features library, celebrating 20 years of indie filmmaking.

The sale ends May 23.

This year’s Oscar winner for Best Original Screenplay, Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast, is available for sale at $12.99, while features such as Downton Abbey, The Card Counter, The Sparks Brothers, Wolf, Blue Bayou, Stillwater and Last Night in Soho are available at $9.99 each. Other titles, such as Promising Young Woman, Let Him Go, Harriet, On the Basis of Sex, Emma, Kajillionaire, Never Rarely Sometimes Always and The High Note, are on sale at $6.99 each.

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Vudu is also hosting a “Mix & Match” bundle sale, where customers can choose two qualifying Focus Features titles for the total price of $9.99. Qualifying titles include:

  • Atomic Blonde
  • Atonement
  • BlackKKlansman
  • Boy Erased
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Burn After Reading
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • The Danish Girl
  • Darkest Hour
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Harriet
  • In Bruges
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • Milk
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Phantom Thread
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Tully
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Vudu Offering Deal for ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Theatrical Tickets

Vudu is hosting a special movie ticket offer toward seeing Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick on the big screen.

Vudu customers can receive a $5 promo code towards a Fandango movie ticket for Top Gun: Maverick with the purchase of participating titles on Vudu. Titles include previous Tom Cruise classics, such as the original Top Gun, Mission: Impossible, Mission: Impossible II, Mission: Impossible III, Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation and Mission: Impossible — Fallout.

The deal runs through May 30.

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Vudu Offering Discount on Anime Series ‘Hunter x Hunter’

Vudu is hosting a sale May 6-9 on the popular Japanese animated television series “Hunter x Hunter.” 

Anime fans can purchase the complete “Hunter x Hunter” series (seven seasons, 148 episodes) as one bundle for $99.99 (regularly priced at $270 for all 7 seasons) through the end of the day May 9.

The series is based on Yoshihiro Togashi’s manga series.

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PBS Bows Discount Deal on PBS Kids, PBS Documentaries and PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channels

PBS Distribution has announced an early Black Friday through Cyber Monday deal for the PBS Masterpiece, PBS Documentaries, and PBS Kids Prime Video Channels. Each channel will be available to new subscribers at a subscription rate of 99 cents per month for two months beginning Nov. 23 and running through Nov. 29.

The standard subscription rate for the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel is $5.99 per month with an Amazon Prime membership. The standard subscription rate for the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel is $3.99 per month with an Amazon Prime membership. The standard subscription rate for the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel is $4.99 per month with an Amazon Prime membership.

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The PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel offers British and international dramas such as “Masterpiece: All Creatures Great and Small” and “Masterpiece: Sanditon,” mystery-thriller series such as “Professor T,” and “Masterpiece: Miss Scarlet and The Duke,” as well as award-winning series from around the globe through “Walter Presents.” On the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel, viewers can stream the entire library of Ken Burns programs, including the new “Muhammad Ali” docuseries. Also available, Frontline’s “A Thousand Cuts” featuring Nobel Peace Prize-winning journalist Maria Ressa as well as films from “American Masters,” “Independent Lens,” “Nature” and “Nova.” On the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel, viewers can explore more than 1,400 hours of learning adventures for kids and watch PBS Kids series such as the newly launched series from Sesame Street’s Sonia Manzano, “Alma’s Way.” Other series include “Donkey Hodie,” “Wild Kratts,” “Arthur,” “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “Odd Squad,” “Hero Elementary,” “Elinor Wonders Why,” and the Peabody award winning series “Molly of Denali,” among others.

Best Buy Black Friday Deals Start

Best Buy Oct. 19-22 is offering hundreds of Black Friday deals available on tech, including everything from headphones to laptops and TVs.

Deals include $599 for a Samsung 70-inch 4K Smart TV ($150 savings), $169 for Beats Studio 3 headphones in matte black ($180 savings), Chromebooks as low as $99, Windows laptops as low as $189.99, and $540 savings on Samsung appliances.

Deals are covered by a Black Friday Price Guarantee, which means the price won’t go lower before Black Friday, according to Best Buy. Best Buy will automatically refund My Best Buy and Best Buy Totaltech members the difference. If the price goes lower before Black Friday and customers are not a member of My Best Buy or Best Buy Totaltech, they can still be reimbursed by visiting their local store or contacting the Best Buy customer care team and requesting a price match under our Price Match Guarantee, according to the chain.

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At Best Buy, Black Friday starts a week early on Nov. 19. Best Buy stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25. Customers who would still like to shop that day can shop on BestBuy.com or through the Best Buy app.

Kaleidescape, Sony Mount Joint Promotion

Kaleidescape, designer and manufacturer of home movie servers and players, has mounted a joint promotion with Sony Electronics offering a $3,000 discount to customers purchasing a Kaleidescape system alongside one of four Sony projectors: VPL-GTZ380, VPL-VW5000ES, VPL-VW995ES or VPL-VW915ES.

“This joint promotion with Kaleidescape underscores our unwavering commitment to provide the finest in 4K HDR entertainment,” Jeff Goldstein, head of custom integrator channel sales at Sony Electronics, said in a statement. “Besides being an incredible deal, this incentive ensures that our customers will get the very best from their premium Sony projector.”

Kaleidescape delivers reference-quality 4K HDR movies at the source, optimizing for the highest resolution, dynamic range and contrast capabilities of Sony’s high-end projectors, according to a company press release. With more than 12,000 movies and shows to choose from within its interface, Kaleidescape employs proprietary metadata to adjust Sony’s projectors to display every movie in native aspect ratio.

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“Sony is synonymous with 4K innovation and shares Kaleidescape’s vision for delivering the finest picture and sound quality,” Kaleidescape CEO Tayloe Stansbury said in a statement. “When you combine Sony’s finest projectors with Kaleidescape’s exceptional products, like the newly released Terra movie server with 48TB storage, the result is a 4K HDR experience you can’t take your eyes off.”

A streaming device cannot maximize a high-end projector’s innovative capabilities and stops short of delivering the best possible viewing experience, according to the press release. In contrast, a Kaleidescape system is designed to play 4K HDR movies with a video bitrate four times higher while reproducing lossless audio at up to 10 times higher than any streaming device.

FandangoNow Launches Labor Day Sale

Digital service FandangoNow is running a Labor Day Yard Sale with 800 movies available to own at sale prices.

It’s the biggest sale of the summer for Fandango’s transactional video-on-demand service.

The sale includes family-friendly titles such as The Peanuts MoviePaddington, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Ice Age, Rio and Charlotte’s Web, plus films such as Best in Show, The Color Purple and Happy Gilmore available for purchase at $5 each.

The sale also includes 4K Ulta HD titles, such as Bad Boys for Life, Jaws, E.T., Jumanji, Bloodshot, Top Gun and Knives Out, available to own at $10 each.

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HBO Max Offering Discount

HBO Max Sept. 4 is bringing back its “Save for 12” promotion, allowing new and returning customers to sign up for HBO Max for $11.99 per month (discounted from $14.99 per month) for a year (a $36 savings).

The limited-time offer is available to new customers as well as returning subscribers whose accounts have lapsed, through Sept. 25.

“We are always looking for ways to enhance our customer experience, so as we head into fall we felt it was the perfect time to pair the incredible lineup of original programming available on HBO Max with an offer that provides customers with even more value,” Andy Forssell, EVP and GM of WarnerMedia and direct-to-consumer, said in a statement. “We are lucky to work with the level of talent that is part of our WarnerMedia family, and with series like ‘Raised By Wolves’ from Ridley Scott and HBO’s ‘Lovecraft Country’ from Misha Green, J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele, there is truly no better time to get HBO Max.”

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To sign up for the offer, customers can visit HBOMax.com, select “Get the Deal” and complete their sign up.

In addition, new and returning customers who sign up for HBO Max on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV and via Google, Hulu, YouTube TV, Xfinity, RCN, Grande Communications and Wave are also eligible forv“Save for 12” promotions operated by those partners during the available window.