Warner Releasing Supersized ‘Death and Return of Superman’ Animated Movie

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release The Death and Return of Superman on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digitally Oct. 1.

The 166-minute movie is the combination of the previously released DC Universe animated movies The Death of Superman and Reign of the Supermen.

The comprehensive The Death and Return of Superman Complete Film Collection Gift Set will include never-before-seen footage, 45 minutes of new bonus features and an exclusive pack-in Steel figurine.

An adaptation of the “Death of Superman” comic book storyline from the 1990s, the movie features Superman sacrificing himself to stop Metropolis from the rampage of an unstoppable alien menace named Doomsday. In his absence, four new super-powered individuals arrive to carry on the legacy of Superman, while the disappearance of his body leads to speculation that he may still be alive.

The voice cast includes Jerry O’Connell as Superman, Rebecca Romijn as Lois Lane, and Rainn Wilson as Lex Luthor.

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The home video will include the new featurette “Long Live Superman,” a look at how the iconic character has become a symbol for hope across the world.

Returning extras from the previously released disc of the individual movies include the featurettes “The Death of Superman: The Brawl That Topped Them All” and “Lex Luthor: The Greatest Nemesis,” plus bonus cartoon episodes “Dark Victory: Parts 1 & 2” from “Legion of Superheroes,” “Heavy Metal” from “Superman: The Animated Series,” and “Panic in the Sky” from “Justice League Unlimited.”

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack will include The Death and Return of Superman on both a 4K Blu-ray disc with HDR and a regular Blu-ray disc, plus a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray version of Superman: Doomsday, the abridged version of the story that served as the inaugural DC Universe animated movie in 2007.

Merchandising: The Retail Reign of the ‘Supermen’

Best Buy Reign of the Supermen with graphic novel.

Superman fans had a few options for picking up Warner’s new Reign of the Supermen animated movie on Blu-ray.

Target Reign of the Supermen Steelbook

Best Buy offered the new movie with copies of the graphic novel The Death of Superman upon which the movie is partly based. The chain offered the graphic novel edition at $22.99 for the Blu-ray and $32.99 for the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, a $3 premium over the standard editions of the title in each format.

Target offered Reign of the Supermen in Steelbook editions. The Target Steelbook cost $29.99 for the 4K version and $19.99 for the standard Blu-ray, but is marked as sold out online and at many stores.

However, Steelbooks are typically better known as Best Buy’s path to an exclusive. Accordingly, Best Buy offered 4K UHD Blu-ray Steelbook editions of Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms at $34.99 and Lionsgate’s Hunter Killer at $32.99.

Best Buy The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Steelbook

Other promotions offered by Best Buy during the week include a two-for-$10 deal on select Fox Blu-rays, or $7.99 each; 4K Ultra HD movies starting at $9.99; select Sony Pictures titles, including Steelbooks, offered through a buy-one-get-one-free deal; and a Kingdom Hearts 3 video game tie-in touting Disney movies with the tag-line “Play your favorite characters.”

Target’s weekly ad pushed HDTVs in time for the Super Bowl.

Meanwhile, the Walmart in Tustin, Calif., seems to be trying out a new arrangement of the home video section in its electronics department. The area recently unveiled a new aesthetic for its end-cap displays, complete with a yet-to-be-stocked section to be devoted to digital-edition redemption gift cards.

New home video layout at a Walmart in Tustin, Calif.