Merchandising: Best Buy Offers ‘Paranoia Agent’ Blu-ray Steelbook

Among the scant deals on new DVD and Blu-ray releases Oct. 13, Best Buy as usual had a few exclusive Steelbook editions of new titles.

Most notable was a Blu-ray Steelbook of Funimation’s Paranoia Agent: The Complete Series for $37.99.

The anime series focuses on a boy named Lil’ Slugger who attacks a series of seemingly unconnected victims with a golden baseball bat. As detectives attempt to find a link between the victims, they discover that the victims’ lives have somehow improved.

A regular Blu-ray edition of the show will be widely released Dec. 15.

Best Buy also offered a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook edition of Sony Pictures’ District 9, for $27.99.

Best Buy’s ‘District 9’ 4K Steelbook

Target was holding a buy-two-get-one-free sale on music, movies and books.

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Merchandising: ‘Tax Collector’ 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Exclusive to Best Buy

Best Buy’s ‘Tax Collector’ 4K Steelbook

The new releases for Oct. 6 saw more exclusive Steelbook editions from Best Buy.

Most notable, though, is that Best Buy has the exclusive 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of RLJ’s The Tax Collector. The 4K Tax Collector is available as a Steelbook combo pack containing 4K and regular Blu-ray discs for $19.99.

Among the Best Buy Steelbooks for catalog titles released during the week was Warner’s 300, a 4K combo pack for $29.99.

Best Buy’s ‘300’ 4K Steelbook

Best Buy also had 4K Steelbook combo packs for three Paramount movies at $24.99 apiece: Interstellar, Saving Private Ryan and Mission: Impossible — Fallout.

Best Buy’s ‘Interstellar’ 4K Steelbook
Best Buy’s ‘Saving Private Ryan’ 4K Steelbook
Best Buy’s ‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout’ 4K Steelbook

Elsewhere, Target offered 15% off all Disney movies on disc.

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Merchandising: Walmart Offers ‘Wonder Woman’ Gift Set; New Best Buy Steelbooks Include ‘Fury Road’

Walmart is selling an exclusive Blu-ray/DVD gift set of Warner’s 2017 superhero movie Wonder Woman that includes a wallet and slap bracelet for $14.96. It also comes with an $8 coupon for the sequel, WW84, whenever it opens in theaters (good through 2021).

The DVD catalog section at Walmart also offers a selection of Universal monster movies on DVD for $14.96 each with limited-edition glow-in-the-dark slipcases and exclusive Vudu digital copy.

Universal monster movie DVDs with glow-in-the-dark slipcases at Walmart

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Best Buy’s new Steelbooks for Sept. 29 include Warner’s Mad Max: Fury Road 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack for $29.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Evil Dead 1&2’ Steelbook

There are also two new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack Steelbooks from Lionsgate: 1978’s Halloween at $19.99, and an Evil Dead 1&2 double feature for $24.99.

Best Buy is also running a buy-two-get-one-free promotion covering dozens of titles, including Universal’s 1917 on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, and Parasite and The Photograph on Blu-ray.

Merchandising: Three More Best Buy Steelbooks Arrive, including ‘Rick and Morty’

Best Buy continues to crank out exclusive Steelbook editions of new releases during the pandemic, with three more arriving Sept. 22.

Best Buy’s ‘Rick and Morty: Season 4’ Steelbook

One was for the new Blu-ray release of Warner’s Rick and Morty: Season 4, for $27.99.

Best Buy’s 4K ‘Whiplash’ Steelbook

The other two were for catalog titles being re-released as 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo packs.

Warner’s Full Metal Jacket 4K Steelbook was offered at $29.99, while Sony Pictures’ Whiplash 4K Steelbook was $27.99.

Target offered a $10 Target gift card to shoppers who spendt $100 on select Apple gift cards.

Best Buy’s ‘Full Metal Jacket’ 4K Steelbook

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Merchandising: Best Buy Brings Out Several 4K Steelbooks

Best Buy released several exclusive Steelbook editions for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs released Sept. 15.

Among the Sept. 15 4K Steelbook releases:

  • Hocus Pocus, from Disney, $27.99;
  • Home Alone, from Disney’s 20th Century Studios, $27.99;
    Goodfellas, from Warner, $22.99;
  • 21 and 22 Jump Street in a two-movie Steelbook set, from Sony Pictures, $44.99.

 

In addition, Best Buy also released a standard Blu-ray Steelbook editions of the of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, from Disney’s 20th Century Studios, and 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street, from Warner. Both are listed at $14.99.

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Target offered 25% off select TV shows on DVD in stores and online.

Walmart offered early disc release of a couple of Warner titles slated for Oct. 6 everywhere else: the Blu-ray and DVD of Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite!, and the DVD of Happy Halloween Scooby-Doo!, the latest animated movie in the franchise. Both are also available early on disc for rental at Redbox kiosks.

Merchandising: Steelbooks Galore After Labor Day

Several Steelbook editions of new and catalog titles hit shelves Sept. 8, and not just at Best Buy, which is best known for offering the exclusive packaging variant.

Best Buy offered the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook of Lionsgate’s Ghost in the Shell at $19.99 to mark the 25th Anniversary of the anime movie.

A few titles from Universal Pictures also made their way to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray at Best Buy via the Steelbook, at $22.99 apiece: 47 Ronin, 2020’s The Invisible Man, and the 60h anniversary re-release of Psycho.

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Best Buy also offered an exclusive edition of Warner’s animated Superman: Man of Tomorrow, but it wasn’t a Steelbook. Best Buy offered a $29.99 gift set of the film that paired the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack with a figurine of the Parasite character.

Best Buy’s ‘Superman: Man of Tomorrow’ with Parasite figurine

To get Man of Tomorrow in Steelbook packaging, fans had to head to Target, which offered the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack of the movie in the collector’s packaging for $19.99 (though the box art was the same as the standard release).

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Another Steelbook offered through Target was Lionsgate’s Rob Zombie Trilogy Blu-ray set at $29.99, containing House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects and 3 From Hell.

Target’s ‘Rob Zombie Trilogy’ Steelbook

Target also offered an exclusive Jojo Siwa Party Pack at $19.99, a three-DVD bundle of Nickelodeon’s “Jojo Siwa” programs

Target’s ‘Jojo Siwa’ bundle

Speaking of Nickelodeon, Amazon had the Paw Patrol: Jet to the Rescue DVD Sept. 3, before other stores stocked in Sept. 8.

Merchandising: Gift Sets for ‘Goonies,’ ‘Beetlejuice’

Among the Sept. 1 new releases on DVD and Blu-ray, a couple of retailers offered exclusive editions of Warner’s new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray re-releases of 1985’s The Goonies and 1988’s Beetlejuice.

Amazon offered deluxe gift sets for each title at $49.99 apiece.

The Goonies collector’s set comes in treasure chest packaging and includes 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, regular Blu-ray and digital copies of the film; a replica of One Eyed Willy’s treasure map featured in the film​; five collectible pin-on buttons​; and an iron-on embroidered patch​.

The Beetlejuice collector’s set comes in a gift box made to look like The Handbook for the Recently Deceased, and includes 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, regular Blu-ray and digital copies of the film; a 4-inch embroidered glow-in-the-dark patch of Beetlejuice’s gravestone​; an insert of instructions for life after death emergencies with three pieces of collectible chalk;​ a replica of the “Betelgeuse” flyer featured in the film​; and a gift box.

Amazon’s ‘Beetlejuice’ 4K gift set

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Best Buy continued to promote its exclusive Steelbook editions of titles, including new 4K Steelbook combo packs for The Goonies and Beetlejuice at $29.99 apiece.

Best Buy’s ‘The Goonies’ 4K Steelbook
Best Buy’s ‘Beetlejuice’ 4K Steelbook

Target didn’t feature any DVD or Blu-ray listings in its online weekly ad, but it did have a video game promotion, offering a free “Bitty Boomer” Bluetooth speaker (valued at $17.99) with the purchase of Marvel’s Avengers on PS4 or Xbox One Sept. 4 at $59.99.

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Merchandising: ‘Max Winslow’ Hits Blu-ray at Walmart

The week of Aug. 25 again saw most notable new releases arriving on shelves without much in the way of retailer exclusives.

Walmart offered a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack of a young adult movie called Max Winslow and the House of Secrets, from Skip Stone Pictures. The story concerns five students who compete in a series of games to win a mansion from an eccentric billionaire (Chad Michael Murray).

Best Buy used its home entertainment Top Deals section to unveil preorders for more Steelbook Blu-ray editions it will offer in the future.

Among the new batch of Steelbook preorders includes a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of Warner’s Goodfellas, due Sept. 15; a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of Sony Pictures’ Whiplash, due Sept. 22; a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of Sony Pictures’ District 9, due Oct. 13; and a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of Warner’s V for Vendetta, due Nov. 3.

Best Buy also has an exclusive edition of Warner’s Superman: Man of Tomorrow animated movie on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Sept. 8, packed with a figurine.

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Once again, a number of Targets didn’t even bother stocking the new titles in a timely manner. A store in Tustin, Calif., had the shelf tags for the titles out, but left them empty well into the afternoon.

Merchandising: Best Buy Offers ‘Your Name’ Steelbook, Touts Preorders

Best Buy’s latest Steelbook, released Aug. 18, is a Blu-ray combo pack of the 2017 anime movie Your Name, from Funimation.

The chain’s exclusive Steelbook edition for $27.99.

Best Buy also used its home entertainment Top Deals section to highlight preorders for future Steelbook releases.

The lineup of upcoming Steelbooks includes:

  • Halloween (1978) 4K Ultra HD, Lionsgate, $19.99, Sept. 29
  • Full Metal Jacket 4K Ultra HD, Warner, $29.99, Sept. 22
  • Ghost in the Shell: 25th Anniversary 4K Ultra HD, Lionsgate, $19.99, Sept. 8
  • Back to the Future Trilogy 4K Ultra HD, Universal, $69.99, Oct. 20
  • The Invisible Man (2020) 4K Ultra HD, Universal, $22.99, Sept. 8
  • The Goonies 4K Ultra HD, Warner, $29.99, Sept. 1
  • Rick and Morty: Season 4 Blu-ray, Warner, $32.99, Sept. 22
  • Beetlejuice 4K Ultra HD, Warner, $29.99, Sept. 1
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show Blu-ray, 20th Century, $24.99, Sept. 15
  • Westworld: Season 3 4K Ultra HD, Warner, $49.99, Nov. 17
  • Hocus Pocus 4K Ultra HD, Disney, $27.99, Sept. 15
  • Psycho: 60th Anniversary 4K Ultra HD, Universal, $22.99, Sept. 8
  • Evil Dead 1&2 Double Feature 4K Ultra HD, Lionsgate, $27.99, Sept. 29
  • Mad Max: Fury Road 4K Ultra HD, Warner, $32.99, Sept. 29
  • 300 4K Ultra HD, Warner, $32.99, Oct. 6
  • Nausicaa: Valley of the Wind Blu-ray, Shout! Factory, $19.99, Aug. 25
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service Blu-ray, Shout! Factory, $19.99, Aug. 25

 

Walmart is offering catalog DVDs from Universal with a pack-on Universal-logo cinch bag.

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Merchandising: Best Buy Celebrates 25th Anniversary of ‘Casper’ With Steelbook

The latest catalog title to get a special Best Buy Steelbook exclusive Blu-ray is Universal’s 1995 family film Casper.

The film, a live-action version of the “Casper the Friendly Ghost” cartoons, is offered at Best Buy as a 25th anniversary Steelbook Blu-ray edition at $14.99. The movie version stars Christina Ricci and Bull Pullman.

Otherwise, the DVD and Blu-ray sections at the major retailers are starting to see some neglect as the pandemic wears on, simultaneously upping the profile of digital delivery while limiting the number of blockbuster new releases hitting shelves. A Target store in Tustin, Calif., hadn’t even bothered putting the new Aug. 11 titles on shelves as of late afternoon Tuesday.

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While Target hasn’t offered much in the way of DVD deals lately, it does have 20% off select books and 25% off vinyl records with the purchase of another record.