Merchandising: New Exclusives for ‘Injustice’ and a Slew of Steelbooks

Warner’s Injustice got a few retail exclusives Oct. 19, while Best Buy had a slew of Steelbook editions for some of the week’s new releases.

Walmart’s ‘Injustice’ DVD

For Injustice, the latest direct-to-video animated superhero movie based on DC Comcis characters, Walmart offered a $14.96 DVD edition, as the title was widely released only on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD discs.

Best Buy offered a Steelbook edition of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of Injustice.

Other Best Buy Steelbooks new for the week included Paramount’s Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray at $34.99; Universal’s Old 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray at 34.99; a re-release of Lionsgate Apocalypse Now 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray at $19.99; and a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of 1996 horror film Scream, from Paramount, for $25.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Scream’ 4K Steelbook

Target for the week offered a sale of up to 30% off Halloween books and movies.

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30th Anniversary ‘Terminator 2’ Steelbook Available Exclusively at Best Buy Nov. 23

Best Buy is releasing an exclusive 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of Lionsgate’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day in Steelbook packaging Nov. 23, timed for the film’s 30th anniversary.

The 1991 sci-fi actioner from director James Cameron picks up the story 10 years after the original The Terminator, which was released in 1984. Arnold Schwarzenegger once again plays a Terminator, a killing machine from the future, but this time is sent back in time to protect the young John Connor (Edward Furlong), who destined to lead the human resistance against future domination by Skynet, the future machine overlord that sends a new Terminator (Robert Patrick) to kill him. Meanwhile, his mother, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), decides to target the creators of Skynet in the past before their creation can take hold.

The Steelbook will feature all new artwork from artist Orlando Arocena and Tracie Ching, and includes a 4K disc, a regular Blu-ray and a digital copy.

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The 4K disc is reportedly a re-release of the 2017 edition, featuring the same transfer that was done by Studio Canal for that release, and the same bonus materials.

Included are three versions of the film — the theatrical edition, Cameron’s 1993 special edition that runs 16 minutes longer, and an extended special edition with another two minutes of additional footage. Extras include two commentaries, two deleted scenes with commentary, a 55-minute retrospective documentary, a half-hour archival making-of featurette, and the film’s trailers.

Merchandising: Retailers Break Out the ‘Space Jam’ Exclusives

The Oct. 5 Blu-ray Disc and DVD release of Warner’s Space Jam: A New Legacy brought with it exclusive editions at the major retail chains.

Target’s ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ Blu-ray with character cards

The film is a remake of sorts of the 1996 live-action/animation hybrid that paired Michael Jordan with Bugs Bunny in a cosmic basketball game, with the new version starring LeBron James.

Walmart’s ‘Space Jam’ DVD two-pack

Best Buy offered its typical Steelbook edition, selling the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of Space Jam: A New Legacy in the metal casing for $34.99.

Target offered the Blu-ray/DVD/digital combo pack of the film with exclusive packaging and character cards for $26.99.

Walmart offered a DVD two-pack of both ‘Space Jam” movies for $22.96. The Blu-ray version was a wide release.

Best Buy also released another notable Steelbook exclusive during the week — a $19.99 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of 2000’s American Psycho starring Christian Bale.

Best Buy’s ‘American Psycho’ Steelbook

Family Drama ‘Wonder’ Due in Target Exclusive Blu-ray Steelbook Nov. 16

Lionsgate will release the family drama Wonder in a Target exclusive Blu-ray Steelbook Nov. 16.

The real Auggie Pullman (photo from August Pullman Twitter account)

Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, Wonder follows the story of the Pullman family, whose youngest child, Auggie, is a boy born with a facial deformity, a combination of Treacher Collins syndrome and a hemifacial microsomia. When Auggie enters mainstream elementary school for the first time, his extraordinary journey in the fifth grade at Beecher Prep unites his family, his school and his community.

Nominated for the 2017 Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling award, the film stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. The release features all new artwork from artist Flore Maquin.

Special features include a commentary track, several featurettes and a music video.

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Merchandising: ‘3 From Hell’ Steelbook at Best Buy

With few major new releases Sept. 28, Best Buy offered a couple more Steelbooks.

One was a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack Steelbook edition of Lionsgate’s 3 From Hell, at $19.99. The 2019 film directed by Rob Zombie is about three murderers who return to cause mayhem and destruction for anyone and everything that cross their paths.

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Also released was a Blu-ray Steelbook of Funimation’s Darling in the Franxx: Season 1 at $38.99. The anime series depicts a cruel future where teenagers live brief, loveless lives in an oppressive system. But a chance kiss between a girl with Klaxosaur blood and a fallen prodigy named Hiro ignites a spark, one that unleashes their passion and burns the world to the ground.

Best Buy’s ‘Darling in the Franxx’ Blu-ray Steelbook

 

Kurosawa’s ‘Ran’ Available on 4K Ultra HD Steelbook Exclusively at Best Buy

Director Akira Kurosawa’s Ran will be released Nov. 16 on 4K Ultra HD Steelbook from Lionsgate, exclusively at Best Buy.

Kurosawa’s (Rashomon, Seven Samurai) samurai epic blends King Lear, 16th century feudal Japan, and his own notions of loyalty and honor to tell the story of aging Lord Hidetora, whose decision to bequeath his kingdom to his three sons sparks a power struggle that leads to chaos and madness.

Winner of the 1985 Oscar for costume design, Ran is being release with new artwork from artist Zi Xu as well as the special feature “Ran: The Restoration.”

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Jean-Claude Van Damme’s ‘Street Fighter’ Due Dec. 7 in Limited-Edition Blu-ray Steelbook From Mill Creek

The Jean-Claude Van Damme actioner Street Fighter will be released on limited-edition Steelbook Blu-ray Dec. 7 from Mill Creek Entertainment.

Based on the popular video game franchise, the 1994 film stars martial arts superstar Van Damme (Double Impact, Kickboxer) as Col. Guile, who leads an international strike force against the mad Gen. M. Bison (Raul Julia). Bison, who has hatched an evil plan for world domination, takes dozens of relief workers hostage and gives the world only 72 hours to respond to his twisted demands. In that time, Guile must find the captives and confront Bison in a battle for the fate of the free world. Along the way Guile recruits intelligence officer Cammy, reporter and martial arts expert Chun-Li, two young con men Ken and Ryu, and a sumo wrestler E. Honda.

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The film also stars Ming-Na Wen (“The Mandalorian,” Mulan, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”), Damian Chapa (Under Siege, Blood In, Blood Out), Grammy award-winning artist Kylie Minogue (Moulin Rouge!, San Andreas), Byron Mann (The Big Short, Skyscraper) and Wes Studi (The Last of the Mohicans, Heat, Avatar).

Licensed from Universal Home Entertainment, the title includes new bonus content including new interviews with writer-director Steven E. De Souza, producer Edward R. Pressman, composer Graeme Revell, actress Ming-Na Wen and actor Damian Chapa plus multiple archival bonus features. Mill Creek is also including a collectible Bison Dollar inside.

Merchandising: ‘F9,’ ‘Cruella’ Among Slew of Exclusives

The new Sept. 21 home video releases saw several exclusive editions arrive at retail.

For Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s F9: The Fast Saga, Best Buy offered its typical Steelbook edition with the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc combo pack for $34.99.

Best Buy’s ‘F9’ 4K Steelbook

 

Target’s exclusive for F9 was a Blu-ray combo pack with 10 collectible character art cards for $26.99.

Target’s ‘F9’ Blu-ray with character cards

Walmart didn’t have an exclusive for F9 on its own, but did release an exclusive nine-movie “Fast & Furious” DVD collection, for $44.96.

Walmart’s ‘Fast & Furious’ 9-Movie DVD collection

For Disney’s Cruella, Best Buy offered a Steelbook of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack for $34.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Cruella’ Steelbook

Target’s Cruella exclusive was a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack with two limited-edition foil-edged prints, for $34.99.

Target’s ‘Cruella’ 4K combo pack with art cards

Walmart offered the Cruella 4K combo pack with exclusive box art and a code for a Disney Classic Stories: Cruella eBook for $29.96.

Walmart’s ‘Cruella’ 4K box art

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Best Buy also had exclusive 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook combo packs for Disney’s Unbreakable, at $28.99, and Warner’s A Clockwork Orange, at $33.99.

Best Buy’ ‘Unbreakable’ 4K Steelbook
Best Buy’s ‘A Clockwork Orange’ 4K Steelbook

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Target held a promotion offering 30% off select Halloween-themed books and movies. Target also had the DVD of The Nightmare Before Christmas: 25th Anniversary Edition discounted to $6.

Merchandising: ‘Black Widow,’ ‘Boss Baby’ Get Exclusive Treatment

Two big Sept. 14 releases — Disney’s Black Widow and Universal’s The Boss Baby: Family Business — arrived at retail with a couple of exclusive editions.

For Black Widow, the Marvel Cinematic Universe entry could be had at Target with a filmmaker booklet packed into the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack for $34.99. However, copies of the exclusive may be at short supply in some locations, and by Tuesday night it wasn’t listed on the chain’s website either.

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

Best Buy’s ‘Black Widow’ 4K Steelbook

Amazon.com, which often has issues offering Disney discs, didn’t take preorders for any of the Blu-ray Widow discs and didn’t have a listing for them on release date, aside from some foreign editions listed by third-party sellers.

DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby: Family Business was available at Target with a filmmaker booklet packed with the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack at $24.99.

Walmart’s ‘The Boss Baby: Family Business’ Blu-ray with puzzle

Walmart had the Blu-ray combo pack packed with a 63-piece puzzle for $24.96, just two bucks more than the wide-release version.

Among other promotions for the week, Best Buy also offered a 4K Steelbook combo pack of Warner’s The Shawshank Redemption at $31.99.

Best Buy’s ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ 4K Steelbook

Meanwhile, Target held a sale offering select Blu-rays from Disney’s Pixar for as low as $15.

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Scorsese’s ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Coming to 4K Ultra HD Dec. 14

Director Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street arrives on 4K Ultra HD for the first time Dec. 14  from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Scorsese), Best Actor in a Leading Role (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jonah Hill) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Terence Winter), the 2013 film earned more than $390 million worldwide.

DiCaprio plays a young, hungry and corrupt stockbroker in the story of Wall Street excess. In addition to Hill, the supporting cast also includes Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner and Jean Dujardin.

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The 4K Ultra HD release features a new film transfer supervised by Scorsese. The disc includes access to a digital copy of the film and previously released bonus content, including “The Wolf Pack,” “Running Wild” and “The Wolf of Wall Street Round Table.”

The Wolf of Wall Street will also be available on 4K Ultra HD in a limited-edition Steelbook.