Best Buy Oct. 15 offered a Steelbook edition of Sony Pictures’ new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray version of the 2004 Hellboy movie.
Otherwise, a slow week for new releases didn’t yield much in the way of retailer promotions.
Target offered a number of Halloween-themed titles for sale on disc, such as Disney’s Hocus Pocus on DVD for $5 and Blu-ray for $10; The Nightmare Before Christmas Blu-ray for $10; DVDs of the first two “Hotel Transylvania” movies for $4 each and the DVD of the third movie for $10; and Paramount’s DVD double feature of The Addams Family and Addams Family Values for $5.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release 2004’s Hellboy on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Oct. 15.
Directed by Guillermo del Toro, the film adapts the Mike Mgnola Dark Horse comic book about a demon rescued by the Nazis and raised to become a defender against the forces of darkness. Ron Perlman stars as Hellboy alongside a cast that includes Selma Blair, Doug Jones and John Hurt.
The Hellboy 4K disc includes both the theatrical and director’s cuts of the film, each newly remastered in 4K resolution from the original camera negative with exclusive Dolby Atmos audio, along with the original theatrical 5.1 audio. The 4K disc also includes a new introduction by del Toro; the new “To Hell and Back” retrospective, featuring a new interview with del Toro; three audio commentaries featuring del Toro, Mignola and the cast; the documentary “The Seeds of Creation”; and theatrical trailers.
A regular Blu-ray disc included in the combo pack will include a remastered theatrical version of the film, deleted scenes with optional commentary, makeup and lighting tests with commentary, VFX How To’s, “A Quick Guide to Understanding Comics” with Scott McCloud, “Right Hand of Doom” set visits and factoids, Q&A Archive: Comic-Con 2002, Mike Mignola pre-production art, animatics, board-a-matics, multi-angle storyboard comparisons, TV spots, photo galleries and more.
The new releases of July 23 included a few retail exclusives for Fox’s Alita: Battle Angel and Lionsgate’s Hellboy remake.
Best Buy offered Steelbook editions for the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo packs for both films, with Alita listed at $34.99 and Hellboy at $29.99. The Alita Steelbook, which like the standard-edition 4K included a 3D version of the film, was marked as sold out on the Best Buy website.
Target also offered a Steelbook for Hellboy, packaging the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack in a “limited-edition double-sided Steelbook” for $24.99.
For Alita, Target packed special versions of the Blu-ray ($22.99) and 4K/3D Blu-ray ($32.99) with a USB-charging wristband that appears to be iPhone compatible.
Walmart sold a limited-edition Alita “Motorball” Blu-ray gift set that included a Funko Pocket Pop! keychain for $29.96.
For the Hellboy Blu-ray combo pack, Walmart offered a digital graphic novel.
Among preorders, Best Buy is offering a Steelbook 4K UHD Blu-ray boxed set for the first four “Avengers” film for $149.99. Best Buy’s website doesn’t list a release date, although Disney releases Avengers: Endgame on Blu-ray Aug. 13.
Lionsgate will release the Hellboy reboot digitally July 9, and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc July 23.
Based on the Dark Horse comic book created by Mike Mignola, the film finds the half-demon superhero Hellboy (David Harbour) called to the English countryside to battle a trio of rampaging giants and finds himself confronting an ancient sorceress (Milla Jovovich). The film also stars Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim and Thomas Haden Church.
The film earned $21.9 million at the domestic box office.
The home video editions will include deleted scenes and previsualizations. The Blu-ray and digital versions will also include the three-part making-of documentary “Tales of the Wild Hunt: Hellboy Reborn.”
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray will include Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio.
Lionsgate will be re-releasing the two “Hellboy” animated movies, 2006’s Sword of Storms and 2007’s Blood & Iron, as a double feature on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray April 2.
The films feature Guillermo del Toro, director of the the 2004 live-action film (and its 2008 sequel) as creative producer, and the voice cast features the actors from the films reprising their roles, including Ron Perlman as Hellboy, Selma Blair as Liz, Doug Jones as Abe Sapien and John Hurt as Professor Bruttenholm.
In Sword of Storms, The Bureau of Paranormal Research & Defense (BPRD) investigates a folklore professor who becomes unwittingly possessed by the ancient Japanese demons of Thunder and Lightning, but a cursed samurai sword sends Hellboy to a supernatural dimension of ghosts, monsters and feudal mayhem.
In Blood & Iron, Hellboy, Liz Sherman and Abe Sapien investigate the ghost-infested mansion of a publicity-hound billionaire, uncovering a plot to resurrect a beautiful yet monstrous vampire from Professor Bruttenholm’s past.
The combo pack will include Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos sound.
Bonus materials include audio commentaries on both films featuring Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and the filmmakers, and several behind-the-scenes featurettes.
The new live-action reboot of the franchise, starring David Harbour as Hellboy arrives in theaters April 12.