Merchandising: A Bag for ‘Madea’

Among the new releases for June 4, Walmart offered Lionsgate’s A Madea Family Funeral on Blu-ray with an exclusive pack-in tote bag for $19.96.

Most retail promotions for the week, however, focused on sales of catalog titles, many with a Father’s Day theme.

Best Buy’s weekly ad showed a selection of DVDs and Blu-rays starting at $6.99 under the banner “These are dad favorites.” Titles included a John Wayne collection, Jaws and The Dark Knight Trilogy.

A Target in Tustin, Calif., wheeled out a DVD/Blu-ray kiosk with Father’s Day signage and such titles as Glass, Get Out, The Mule and The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.

Target also had select 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc titles for as low as $15 each.

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Merchandising: Best Buy Bringing ‘Aladdin,’ ‘Cinderella’ Steelbooks

Best Buy is taking preorders for Steelbook editions of a couple of future Disney releases.

First is a Steelbook of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc combo pack of the live-action Aladdin, which just opened in theaters. It has no home release date yet but is listed at $34.99.

Next is a Steelbook of the Signature Collection Blu-ray Disc re-release of 1950’s Cinderella, arriving June 25 at $29.99. The same day Best Buy will also release a Steelbook of a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of director Kenneth Branagh’s 2015 live-action version of Cinderella at $34.99.

Best Buy also has preorders for $34.99 Steelbooks of Fox’s 4K/3D Blu-ray combo pack of Alita: Battle Angel, due July 23, and the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of Paramount’s Pet Sematary remake, due July 9.

The Steelbook preorders were among a slew of promotions listed by Best Buy in its weekly ad for what otherwise was a light slate of new releases during the Memorial Day week. Instead of exclusives for any of the May 28 newcomers, Best Buy mostly pushed Blu-ray and DVD catalog titles for notable franchises such as “Star Wars,” (“Stock Up on the Saga”) and “X-Men” (with Dark Phoenix due in theaters June 7.

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Best Buy also touted a selection of action movies in a Father’s Day promotion, starting at $6.99 under the banner of “His Kind of Movies.”

Paramount Has Western, War, Classic and Action Titles for Father’s Day

Paramount Home Entertainment has announced gift ideas for Father’s Day, June 16.

For the Western fan, the studio has True Grit, starring John Wayne in his only Oscar-winning performance. The film, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, is available on digital. Also for the Western fan is the Ultimate Classic Western Collection, with nine classics, True Grit (1969), The Shootist, Shane, Hud, Chuka, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Will Penny, Johnny Reno and Posse, available on DVD.

For war buffs is Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, available on 4K Ultra HD, as well as 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, available on 4K Ultra HD June 11.

For the classic film lover is Best Picture Academy Award winner Forrest Gump, celebrating its 25 anniversary this year, available in a newly remastered two-disc Blu-ray and on 4K Ultra HD. Also, due on Blu-ray June 11 is The Godfather Trilogy: Corleone Legacy, a collection of director Francis Ford Coppola’s epic masterpieces packaged with new collectibles, including a Corleone family tree. Another classic collection available now on DVD is the Paul Newman 6-Movie Collection, with Road to Perdition, Fat Man and Little Boy, Nobody’s Fool, A New Kind of Love and Twilight.

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Available now on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray for action fans is the Mission: Impossible 6-Movie Collection. Also available now on Blu-ray in the action genre is the Bumblebee & Transformers Collection, a six-movie collection that includes all five “Transformers” films plus the latest entry in the franchise, Bumblebee. Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Season One, the first season in the new series that is a contemporary take on Clancy’s character, will be available on Blu-ray and DVD June 4.