There wasn’t much in the way of major new DVD and Blu-ray releases June 29 aside from some high-profile catalog re-releases and a few TV shows making their way to disc, but nothing that came attached to any retailer exclusives.
Best Buy’s Top Deals section for home entertainment for a second week displayed a banner touting “Hot Films for the 4th of July,” linking to a selection of patriotic and war movies timed for America’s Independence Day holiday.
The offerings included the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition of 1996’s Independence Day for $13.99, the 4K edition of 2019’s Midway for $14.99, The 4K collector’s set of Apocalypse Now for $19.99, the Hacksaw Ridge 4K Blu-ray for $12.99, the Black Hawk Down 4K Blu-ray for $18.99, Zero Dark Thirty on Blu-ray for $5.99, and National Treasure on Blu-ray for $5.99, among others.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Batman: The Long Halloween — Part One arrived June 22 with a couple of exclusive editions offered by retailers.
For the wide release, only a Blu-ray version with digital copy was available on disc, and the film was also released for digital purchase. Best Buy offered a Steelbook edition of the Blu-ray with digital copy for $24.99.
Walmart offered a DVD-only version for $14.96. Many Southern California Walmart locations, however, didn’t have copies on street date, and a clerk at a store in Tustin, Calif., said they hadn’t even received their shipment of that week’s new releases.
The week’s new releases were readily available across the street at Target, which didn’t have any big exclusives.
A couple of retailers offered exclusives tied to Warner’s Godzilla vs. Kong for its Blu-ray and DVD release June 15.
Best Buy offered a Godzilla vs. Kong 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack in Steelbook packaging for $36.99.
Walmart offered a $24.96 Godzilla/Kong 3-Film Collection containing DVDs of Godzilla vs. Kong, Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Kong: Skull Island.
New Steelbook editions of Lionsgate’s 2015 crime drama Sicario also were making the rounds. Best Buy had a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack in Steelbook packaging for $21.99, while Target had a $19.99 Steelbook edition of Sicario on Blu-ray with a digital copy.
Target also ran a by-two-get-one-free promotion timed for Father’s Day on movies, books, video games, board games, activity sets and puzzles.
Copies of the new Indiana Jones four-movie boxed sets were hard to come by on their June 8 release date.
Paramount’s new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and standard Blu-ray boxed sets were released to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark, but many fans reported a hard time finding them at retail. Some Amazon buyers reported being informed the online retailer didn’t have copies of the 4K version in stock yet.
Target listed the 4K edition of the Indiana Jones collection as an online exclusive at $86.99, while touting the standard Blu-ray set as in stores at $39.99 in its weekly ad circulars, though shoppers reported little luck in finding any.
Store locations in Santa Ana and Tustin, Calif., didn’t even have shelf tags for it.
Bill Hunt of TheDigitalBits.com posted on social media that a clerk at his local Southern California Target store said that since they didn’t stock the 4K version, they were worried that just putting the Blu-ray edition on shelves would confuse customers, so they kept it in the storeroom.
Some shoppers reported a bit better luck at Best Buy, finding a handful of the exclusive $99 Steelbook version of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray set (which included a digital copy, but not standard Blu-ray versions). Unsurprisingly, many shoppers took to social media to say the set was sold out in their area, though Best Buy’s website indicates it is still available online at at many locations.
A Walmart in Tustin didn’t have the four-movie set, but did have a new Blu-ray and DVD version of just Raiders of the Lost Ark (reportedly just a repackaging of previously released disc configurations). The Blu-ray (with digital copy) is readily available at most online retailers for around $14.99, but the DVD version is a Walmart exclusive at $9.96.
Distribution of boxed sets and catalog titles as reportedly become more problematic for studies of late due to the closure of many disc replication facilities the past few years as the disc market has contracted. Warner reportedly had similar shortages of its “Lord of the Rings” 4K sets late last year, while more recently Paramount has also reportedly had supply issues with its Mommie Dearest Blu-ray.
With a light slate of new releases June 1, Best Buy instead focused on preorders of upcoming releases and deep discounts of catalog titles with a prominent Father’s Day tie-in on the chain’s website.
With Father’s Day coming up on June 20, BestBuy.com’s home entertainment Top Deals section leads off with a “Bring home the action for Father’s Day” banner, highlighted by a few Blu-rays of Marvel movies. The link to the sale brings up an assortment of action, sci-fi, war movies and Westerns.
Separately, Best Buy is touting a sale on Lionsgate Steelbook Blu-rays for as low as $9.99 each.
The new June 1 release of Universal’s 30th anniversary Backdraft 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook combo pack was being sold by Best Buy only in its stores for $19.99, but wasn’t listed at BestBuy.com yet.
A couple of retailers offered exclusives for Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc upon its release May 18.
Target offered a $34.99 gift set with exclusive box art and collectible lithographs featuring illustrations by production designer Paul Felix.
Best Buy offered its typical Steelbook edition for the Raya 4K Blu-ray, also at $34.99. The disc also qualified buyers for Best Buy’s promotion to get the first month of a Philo subscription for $1.
Prior to its May 18 release on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray by Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution, Raya had become available for digital purchase April 2 following its debut in theaters and via Premier Access with an added charge for subscribers to the Disney+ streaming service.
On May 18, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution announced a partnership with AsianBossGirl on a “Weekend of Raya” event on Saturday, May 22, and Sunday, May 23. Coinciding with Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the partnership will honor and highlight the cultures of Southeast Asia as well as the AAPI artists and filmmakers that helped to bring the film to life. Weekend activities include:
A retelling of Raya’s epic adventures as told in the “Raya and the Last Dragon” Little Golden Book will be adapted as a Southeast Asian shadow puppet performance and by Girl Tales, a podcast that features strong female characters in reimagined fairytales. Fans can watch the shadow play on the Disney Movies YouTube channel and stream the podcast during the weekend.
An Instagram cooking demonstration hosted by Omsom co-founders and sisters Vanessa and Kim Pham along with Raya and the Last Dragon star Kelly Marie Tran. The virtual cooking class can be viewed on Instagram (@omsom) on May 22, at 11 a.m. PDT.
A step-by-step cooking demo with Pepper Teigen, who will be whipping up a batch of coconut pancakes, a family favorite from her New York Times Bestseller The Pepper Thai Cookbook. The video will be available on Instagram (@pepperthai2) the morning of Saturday, May 22.