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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.