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: ‘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 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: ‘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: New ‘Justice Society,’ Steelbook Exclusives

After weeks of minimal to modest new home video release slates, several of the May 11 titles had retailer-exclusive variants.

Best Buy’s ‘Justice Society: World War II’ 4K combo pack with figurine

Warner’s animated Justice Society: World War II had a couple. Best Buy offered the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition with a pack-in Flash figurine for $33.99. Meanwhile, with the direct-to-video movie being widely released on Blu-ray and 4K formats, Walmart was the only retailer with the DVD edition, at $14.96.

Best Buy offered Steelbooks of three catalog titles arriving on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

One was a Steelbook of Universal’s Shrek: 20th Anniversary Edition, at $22.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Shrek’ 4K Steelbook

Another was a Steelbook for the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of 2004 horror film Saw, at $18.99. The Saw re-release is timed for the May 13 theatrical premiere of the newest franchise installment, Spiral.

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The third involved the 4K Steelbook combo pack of 2001’s The Fast and the Furious, which was a wide release from Universal, but Best Buy offered it as a gift set packed with character cards and a collector’s booklet, at $27.99, about $5 more than the widely released version.

Merchandising: ‘Dirty Dancing,’ ‘Speed’ Steelbooks Available

May 4 saw the release of a couple of retail-exclusive Steelbook editions.

Best Buy offered a Steelbook of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of Speed, from Disney-owned 20th Century Studios. The price was $27.99, $3 more than the wide release version of the title.

Best Buy’s ‘Speed’ 4K Blu-ray

Target didn’t offer a Speed exclusive, though a number of stores in the Southern California area neglected to stock the title on the new-release shelf. The stores had copies available, they were just left in the back room.

On the other hand, Target did offer an exclusive Steelbook Blu-ray edition of 1987’s Dirty Dancing, for $16.99. It came a week after Best Buy’s Steelbook exclusive of the 4K Blu-ray edition.

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Merchandising: ‘Nomadland’ Homeless on Blu-ray

Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures perfectly timed the Blu-ray release of Nomadland for April 27, two days after the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony at which the film won the Oscar for Best Picture.

However, copies of the film were nowhere to be found at major retail shelves on the day of its release. Target, Walmart and Best Buy all relegated the Nomadland Blu-ray to their online store. It received worse treatment at Amazon, which didn’t even list it until the day it came out, and even then only as available from third-party marketplace sellers (meaning Amazon isn’t selling it directly — likely another casualty of the e-commerce behemoth’s long-running disputes with Disney over physical media availability).

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Best Buy at least paired the Nomadland Blu-ray with a deal to get a month of Internet TV service Philo for $1, a savings of $19 off the regular $20 monthly fee. The Blu-ray itself costs $22.99, bringing the total deal to $23.99.

The only other notable exclusive for the week also came at Best Buy, which offered a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook of 1987’s Dirty Dancing for $19.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Dirty Dancing’ 4K Steelbook

Merchandising: Best Bay Touting Preorders for ‘Justice Society’ and New Steelbooks

The week of April 20 saw another light slate of new DVD and Blu-ray releases hitting shelves. With no current exclusives on display, Best Buy is taking preorders for some upcoming ones.

Arriving May 4 will be Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of Speed, available with Steelbook packaging at Best Buy for $27.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Speed’ 4K Steelbook

Due May 11 is Warner’s Justice Society: World War II, offered at Best Buy as a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack with a pack-in Flash figurine for $33.99.

May 18 sees the release of Best Buy’s Steelbook edition of Universal’s National Lampoon’s Animal House 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for $22.99.

And June 8 Best Buy will release Paramount’s and Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones 4-Film Collection as a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook set for $99.99.

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Merchandising: Best Buy Letting Fans Vote on Future Steelbooks

There weren’t many new titles hitting shelves April 13, so Best Buy touted a number of home entertainment promotions on its Website instead.

Among them is the Steelbook Collector Hub, a page to provide information about the special metal packaging that often forms the basis for Best Buy retailer exclusive editions. In addition to links for shoppers to buy and preorder Steelbook copies of hit movies, the page is also asking fans to vote on which titles Best Buy should release as 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbooks in the future.

In one vote, fans can choose between Lionsgate’s The Hurt Locker and La La Land. The other vote is between Sony Pictures’ Drive and The Guns of Navarone.

There’s also a section for fans to vote on which title previously released as a Steelbook that Best Buy should release again with the collectible packaging. Titles include 2004’s Hellboy, Total Recall, Rambo: Last Blood, 1995’s Jumanji, The Dark Tower, 1978’s Halloween and Atomic Blonde.

The Steelbook page also includes a section profiling a Steelbook collector with a brief Q&A.

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‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ 35th Anniversary Blu-ray Steelbook Coming June 8

Paramount Home Entertainment June 8 will release a special 35th anniversary Blu-ray Disc Steelbook edition of the comedy classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Also out that day from Paramount will be Blu-ray Disc Steelbooks of Pretty in Pink and Some Kind of Wonderful.

Writer-director John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off debuted theatrically in June 1986. The film follows a high school student’s wild adventures in Chicago during a day off from school.

The new limited-edition Steelbook will include access to a digital copy of the film, as well as a documentary on the making of the film, a class photo album, and other legacy bonus features.

Matthew Broderick stars as charming high schooler Ferris who, with his girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara) and best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck), ditches school to enjoy one perfect day as a kid with no responsibilities.  In 2014, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, which serves as a compendium of films that have been judged to be culturally, aesthetically or historically important.

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Also from John Hughes are Pretty In Pink, which also celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, and Some Kind of Wonderful. Both films were written by Hughes and directed by Howard Deutch. The Steelbooks include access to digital copies of the films, as well as previously released bonus content.

Pretty in Pink is a 1986 romantic comedy film about high school romance, and social life, that stars Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer and the late Harry Dean Stanton. It is named after a song by British new wave band the Psychedelic Furs and is considered a “Brat Pack” movie, a name given to a group of young actors who often were cast together in 1980s coming-of-age films,

Some Kind of Wonderful, released theatrically a year later, in 1987, also revolves around social life in high schools. The cast includes Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Lea Thompson.