Merchandising: Best Buy Steelbook Preorders Include ‘Cruella,’ ‘F9’

Without any exclusives for the Aug. 24 new releases, Best Buy touted a slew of upcoming Steelbook editions available for preorder.

Among the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbooks listed at Best Buy’s website are Zack Snyder’s Justice League, due Sept. 7 at $35.99 from Warner; Disney’s Cruella, due Sept. 21 at $34.99;  Universal’s F9: The Fast Saga, due Sept. 21 at $34.99; Warner’s Space Jam: A New Legacy, due Oct. 5 at $35.99; and Paramount’s Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins, due Oct. 19 at $33.99.

Catalog titles getting Steelbook editions include Universal’s Vertigo, the 1958 Alfred Hitchcock film, as a 4K Steelbook Sept. 7 at $26.99; Disney’s Unbreakable, a 4K Steelbook due Sept. 21 at $29.99; Lionsgate’s 3 From Hell, a 4K Steelbook due Sept. 28 at $19.99; Lionsgate’s American Psycho 4K Steelbook due Oct. 15 at $19.99; and Paramount’s Friday the 13th 8-Movie Collection Blu-ray Steelbook due Oct. 12 at $59.99.

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Walmart offered an exclusive $22.96 DVD set of the three “Conjuring” films, as the third film, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, arrived at retail Aug. 24 from Warner. Only the Blu-ray set of the trilogy was widely released.

Target during the week held a summer movie sale, with titles as low as $10, including Spider-Man: Far From Home, Venom and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Blu-rays, and Hotel Transylvania 3-Movie DVD Collection, all from Sony Pictures. Disney’s Soul and Raya and the Last Dragon were offered at $15 each.

Merchandising: ‘Batman: Long Halloween — Part Two’ Exclusives Arrive

Warner’s Batman: The Long Halloween — Part Two arrived on shelves Aug. 10 with a couple of exclusive editions from retailers.

Best Buy’s ‘Batman: The Long Halloween — Part Two’ Blu-ray Steelbook

Best Buy offered its usual Steelbook edition of the Blu-ray Disc of the animated superhero movie at $26.99.

Walmart’s ‘Batman: The Long Halloween — Part Two’ DVD

The movie was widely released only on Blu-ray Disc, so Walmart, like it did with the first film, offered an exclusive DVD version, priced at $16.44 online.

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Batman: The Long Halloween is a two-part animated direct-to-video superhero film produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment. Batman: The Long Halloween — Part One was released digitally and on disc on June 22. Part 2 was released digitally on July 27, two weeks before its disc release.

Warner Bros. says it will issue a combined version of the film in 2022.

Merchandising: ‘Luca’ Exclusives Hit Shelves

Disney released Pixar Animation’s Luca on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on Aug. 3, drawing exclusive editions from Target and Best Buy.

Target offered the 4K combo pack of Luca with exclusive box art and pack-in lithograph art cards for $34.99.

Best Buy, as usual, offered the 4K combo pack in Steelbook packaging for $34.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Luca’ 4K Steelbook

Walmart offered the Luca 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with exclusive box art and a code for a Disney Classic Stories e-book at $32.96.

Walmart’s ‘Luca’ 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with e-book

A few days before street date, Disney announced a partnership with Postable to promote the film’s release on home platforms.

Timed with International Friendship Day, the promotion allowed fans to send physical postcards featuring movie characters Luca, Alberto and Giulia, with four greeting options each showing appreciation for companionship, adventure and acceptance.

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Set in a seaside town on the Italian Riviera, Luca is a coming-of-age story about a young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer. Luca shares his amazing adventures with his friend Alberto. But their fun is threatened by a deeply held secret: They’re sea monsters from a world below the water’s surface.

Disney first released the film June 18 exclusively to Disney+ subscribers for free.

Merchandising: Get a ‘Quiet Place 2’ Steelbook at Best Buy

Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part II was the most notable Blu-ray/DVD release of July 27, and sure enough Best Buy offered an exclusive Steelbook edition for it.

Best Buy’s 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of the horror sequel was offered for $34.99.

Separately, Best Buy is running a promotion timed to the theatrical debut of Disney’s Jungle Cruise July 30, offering other Disney live-action movies such as the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films for as low as $5.99 on Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays for $17.99 each.

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Merchandising: ‘Spiral’ Steelbook at Best Buy

The list of new releases for July 20 wasn’t too extensive, with the only notable theatrical release making its way to disc being Lionsgate’s Spiral: From the Book of Saw.

In fact, some Southern California Target and Walmart locations didn’t even bother updating their new-release shelves with the latest entry in the “Saw” franchise.

Best Buy offered a Steelbook edition of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack, at $29.99.

Best Buy also began a summer movie sale in which shoppers can buy one movie from a select list and get a second for 50% off.

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Merchandising: ‘Mortal Kombat’ Steelbook at Best Buy

As is often the case, the only real retailer exclusives for the new home video releases of July 13 were a couple of Steelbook editions offered by Best Buy.

Most notable is the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack Steelbook for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Mortal Kombat, offered at $34.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Snatch’ 4K Steelbook

Best Buy also had a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook for Sony Pictures’ Snatch, offered at $25.99.

Target ran a promotion giving a discount of 30% off select movies.

Some Walmarts in Southern California continue to have supply issues, as a store in Tustin had none of the week’s new releases on display well after 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Walmart did have an exclusive three-movie DVD collection of the new Mortal Kombat movie with the 1995 version and its 1997 sequel.

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Merchandising: New Best Buy Steelbooks Include ‘Space Jam’

Without much to rely on in terms of new releases this week, Best Buy trotted out a wave of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbooks for catalog titles.

Chief among them is Warner’s Space Jam at $31.99. The studio released the 4K version of the 1996 film in anticipation of the July 16 release of the sequel, Space Jam: A New Legacy.

Other 4K Steelbooks available at Best Buy starting this week include three Universal Pictures’ titles for $24.99 each: Howard the Duck, Mortal Engines and Scott Pilgrim vs the World.

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Best Buy also touted a promotion selling 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs of Marvel Studios movies at $17.99 each, in anticipation of the July 9 release of Black Widow.

Digital retailers such as Vudu have been selling the Marvel movies in UHD for $7.99 each.

Merchandising: Best Buy Focused on July 4 Sale

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.

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Merchandising: ‘Batman: The Long Halloween’ Exclusives Hit Retail

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Batman: The Long Halloween — Part One arrived June 22 with a couple of exclusive editions offered by retailers.

Best Buy’s ‘Batman: The Long Halloween — Part One’ Blu-ray Steelbook

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’s ‘Batman: The Long Halloween — Part One’ DVD

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.

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Merchandising: ‘Godzilla vs. Kong,’ ‘Sicario’ Steelbooks Arrive at Retail

Walmart’s ‘Godzilla/Kong’ DVD three-pack

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.

Best Buy’s ‘Sicario’ 4K Steelbook
Target’s ‘Sicario’ Blu-ray Steelbook

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.

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