Merchandising: Secrets of ‘Fantastic’ Exclusives

All three of the major national home entertainment retailers offered exclusive editions for Warner’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, released June 28.

Best Buy offered its typical Steelbook edition for the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack, for $34.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ 4K Steelbook

Target offered the Blu-ray/DVD combo with a packed-in 16-page “Newt’s Journal” booklet containing beast sketches and more, for $27.99. In addition, all copies of the new “Fantastic Beasts” movie and the three-movie collection at Target came with an offer for a free 14-day trial of HBO Max. The promotion code must be redeemed by Aug. 2.

Target’s ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ Blu-ray with Newt’s journal

Walmart offered the Secrets of Dumbledore 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack in a collectible box styled as Newt’s suitcase, which included pop-up artwork when opened, for $39.96.

Walmart’s ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ 4K gift box

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‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’ Celebrates 30th Anniversary With 4K Ultra HD Steelbook

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the horror classic Bram Stoker’s Dracula by reissuing the film on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Oct. 4 in a limited-edition Steelbook with new special features.

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Bram Stoker’s Dracula revisits the classic and chilling tale about the devastatingly seductive Transylvanian prince (Gary Oldman) who travels from Eastern Europe to 19th-century London in search of human love. When Dracula meets Mina (Winona Ryder), a young woman who appears as the reincarnation of his lost love, the two embark on a journey of romantic passion and horror.

The new 4K Ultra HD edition includes the film presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, including the original theatrical English subtitle font for texted instances. Fans can enjoy Dolby Atmos audio + 5.1 + Dolby Stereo.

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New special features include the Annie Lennox music video for “Love Song For A Vampire” and the featurette “Blood Lines — Dracula: The Man, The Myth, The Movies.”

The film also will be reissued on regular Blu-ray Disc, sourced from the 4K master, with Dolby Atmos audio.

Merchandising: The Unbearable Weight of Massive Exclusives

There were no shortages of retailer exclusives tied to the June 21 Blu-ray release of Lionsgate’s The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.

The film stars Nicolas Cage as a fictionalized version of himself, who is recruited by the CIA to infiltrate the operation of a suspected international criminal who is also a huge movie fan.

Best Buy offered its typical Steelbook packaging with the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of Unbearable Weight for $34.99.

Walmart offered two exclusives for the film, both at $24.96. One was the 4K Ultra HD Combo pack with an exclusive slipcover with unique box art. The second was the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack with a pack-in T-shirt.

Walmart’s ‘Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent’ Blu-ray with T-shirt
Walmart’s ‘Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent’ 4K Slipcover

Target offered the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack with exclusive slipcover box art for $22.99.

Target’s ‘Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent’ Blu-ray Slipcover

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Separately, Target also had an exclusive edition of Universal Pictures’ new animated movie The Bad Guys, presenting a limited-edition of the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack with a filmmaker gallery book for $24.99.

Merchandising: Retailers Bite on ‘Morbius’ Exclusives

Among the new releases of June 14, each of the big three national home entertainment retailers offered their own exclusive editions for Morbius, Sony Pictures’ latest adaptation of its cadre of Spider-Man characters.

Best Buy offered its typical Steelbook treatment for the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of Morbius, for $34.99.

Walmart had the 4K combo pack with an exclusive enamel pin of the “M” in the Morbius title treatment for $29.96.

Walmart’s ‘Morbius’ 4K Blu-ray with enamel pin

Target had an “Exclusive Fan Art Edition” of the Blu-ray, with art progression collectible cards, for $24.99.

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Separately, Target was selling Blu-rays of each of the four “Hunger Games” movies from Lionsgate with exclusive box art slipcovers for $9.99 each.

Target’s ‘Hunger Games’ Blu-ray box art

Merchandising: Get a ‘Bourne’ Collection 4K Steelbook at Best Buy

The big retailers didn’t do much to promote the scant new releases of June 7, but Best Buy had a new 4K Steelbook boxed set of the “Bourne” action franchise starring Matt Damon.

The 4K Steelbook edition of Universal Pictures The Bourne Complete Collection could be had for $64.99. Best Buy’s website indicated copies were still available in stores as of Wednesday evening.

The six-disc set includes 2002’s The Bourne Identity, 2004’s The Bourne Supremacy, 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum, 2012’s The Bourne Legacy (a spinoff without Matt Damon, focused on a new character played by Jeremy Renner), 2016’s Jason Bourne (with Damon returning), and a bonus disc.

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Comedy ‘Good Burger’ Due on Blu-ray Steelbook July 19 for 25th Anniversary

The comedy Good Burger celebrates its 25th anniversary with a limited-edition Blu-ray Steelbook on July 19 from Paramount Home Entertainment. 

Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell reprised their roles from the sketch on Nickelodeon’s “All That” for this big screen romp directed by Brian Robbins (Varsity Blues). Following the antics of two teenagers trying to save the burger joint where they work, Good Burger was the first big screen adaptation based on characters from the Nickelodeon universe. In the film, when Mondo Burger’s high-tech hamburger haven opens across the street from the tiny Good Burger diner, Ed (Mitchell) and Dexter (Thompson) find themselves in a battle with big business.

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The film, originally released on July 25, 1997, also stars Abe Vigoda, Sinbad, Shar Jackson, Linda Cardellini and George Clinton.

The Blu-ray Steelbook includes the original “Good Burger” sketch from “All That” and access to a digital copy of the film.

 

Merchandising: Plenty of Exclusives for ‘The Batman’

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s The Batman arrived on disc May 24 with exclusive editions from each of the big three retail chains.

The reboot of the comic book franchise from director Matt Reeves stars Robert Pattinson as the caped crusader, as he investigates The Riddler (Paul Dano), who is murdering Gotham City government officials. It earned $369 million at the domestic box office.

Best Buy, per usual, offered the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of The Batman with Steelbook packaging for $34.99.

Best Buy’s ‘The Batman’ 4K Steelbook

Target offered the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack of The Batman with an exclusive slipcover offering unique cover art, plus an additional 15-minute featurette, “Gotham Planning,” about the design of the city in the film, for $26.99 (a $2 premium over the regular Blu-ray combo pack). Target’s version replaces the bonus disc in the combo pack with its expanded bonus disc.

Target’s ‘The Batman’ Blu-ray combo pack slipcover

Walmart offered a beefy gift set of The Batman Blu-ray and 4K editions: The disc case came housed in a bigger box containing special artwork and a tin sign of Batman’s chest logo, with a stand. It was $34.96 for the Blu-ray version and $39.96 for the 4K version, but the gift set seems to have sold out pretty quickly as it no longer appears in searches for The Batman on disc at Walmart.com.

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‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ Headed to Limited-Edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook June 14

The action classic Raiders of the Lost Ark will arrive June 14 in a limited-edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook from Lucasfilm and Paramount Home Entertainment. 

Director Steven Spielberg’s cinematic classic starring Harrison Ford as legendary hero Indiana Jones also stars Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott and Alfred Molina. In the film, Indy (Ford) and his feisty ex-flame Marion Ravenwood (Allen) dodge booby-traps, fight Nazis and stare down snakes in their incredible worldwide quest for the mystical Ark of the Covenant.

Available individually on 4K Ultra HD for the first time, the Raiders of the Lost Ark Steelbook is the first of four planned limited-edition releases of each “Indiana Jones” movie. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom will debut on July 12, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade on Aug. 16, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on Sept. 20.

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With packaging celebrating the iconic original theatrical artwork, the films are presented in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision and HDR-10 and Dolby Atmos audio. Each Steelbook also includes access to a digital copy of the corresponding movie, as well as a mini-poster reproduction.

Merchandising: Charting ‘Uncharted’ at Retail

May 10 marked the Blu-ray and DVD release of titles such as Sony Pictures’ Uncharted and Warner’s Dog. But an afternoon check of some stores around the Orange County, Calif., area indicated it was one of those weeks in which clerks were in no rush to stock the shelves with copies of them.

Displays at a Walmart in Westminster, Calif., and Target in Seal Beach, Calif., at around 3 p.m. on new-release day showed no signs that the titles even existed.

They were available on the chains’ websites, where the only exclusive edition appeared to be a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack at Walmart with some pack-in trading cards. However, Walmart’s website listed it as sold out, and it vanished from searches within a few hours.

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There is a Steelbook edition of the Uncharted 4K combo pack, though it doesn’t appear to be exclusive to Best Buy this time as nearly every retailer has it, though it is pricier than typical Steelbooks. Best Buy listed the Uncharted Steelbook at $59.99. Target had it as an online exclusive for $56.99. Amazon had it for $44.99.

The Uncharted Steelbook appears to be an American repackaging of an international exclusive from British retailer Zavvi. The American version also includes a replica of Nate’s ring from the film.

Merchandising: ‘Turning Red’ Turns Up With Exclusives at Retail

Disney’s latest Pixar animated movie, Turning Red, arrived on Blu-ray May 3 with a couple of exclusive retail editions.

Target offered the Turning Red 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray as an exclusive “Art Edition” with special box art and limited-edition decals for $34.99.

Walmart offered the Turning Red 4K combo pack with a pack-in enamel pin for $34.96.

Best Buy offered its usual Steelbook edition for Turning Red, applying the metal packaging and unique artwork to the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack, also for $34.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Turning Red’ 4K Steelbook

Separately, Best Buy also offered an exclusive Steelbook edition of the new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of the 2007 action film Smokin’ Aces from Universal for $29.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Smokin’ Aces’ 4K Steelbook

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