Sony Releasing ‘Gattaca’ 4K Ultra HD Steelbook March 23

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the 1997 sci-fi movie Gattaca on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray March 23, 2021, in limited-edition Steelbook packaging.

Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Alan Arkin and Jude Law star in the thriller about an all-too-human man who dares to defy a system obsessed with genetic perfection.

The 4K edition has been remastered from the original camera negative. The Steelbook cobo pack includes 4K, regular Blu-ray and digital copies of the film. Blu-ray extras include deleted scenes, a blooper reel and the featurette “Welcome to Gattaca.”

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Merchandising: ‘Total Recall’ Among Latest Best Buy Steelbooks

Best Buy Dec. 8 continued its practice of offering a slate of exclusive new Steelbook editions to make up for an otherwise dull Blu-ray and DVD release slate.

Best Buy had a Steelbook edition of Lionsgate’s new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of Total Recall, at $18.99.

Also new is Best Buy’s Steelbook for the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition of HBO’s Westworld: Season 3, even though the standard release came out Nov. 17. Best Buy’s Steelbook was listed at $46.99 upon release.

Best Buy’s ‘Westworld: Season 3’ Steelbook

Best Buy also has a Blu-ray Steelbook of Funimation’s My Hero Academia: Two Heroes, a movie that first arrived on Blu-ray in March 2019. The Steelbook edition, offered for $25.99 by Best Buy, will apparently be widely available Feb. 21, according to Amazon.

‘My Hero Academia: Two Heroes’ Steelbook

Other chains weren’t so quick to line up exclusives following Black Friday. The lineup of top titles each week has gotten so anemic it seems that many of the big chains have left their DVD and Blu-ray shelves in a state of neglect, not even bothering to update the displays for weeks at a time without anything major to hit the shelves.

Outside of Best Buy, the most notable home video deal was that Target offered 20% off movie, TV show and book boxed sets.

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Merchandising: Several ‘Middle-Earth’ 4K Gift Sets Available at Best Buy

For the home video titles released Dec. 1, Best Buy again offered exclusive Steelbook editions for several of them.

Among the biggest were Steelbook 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray boxed sets for Warner’s “Middle-Earth” fantasy series — “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogies, at $119.99 each. The boxes had both the theatrical and extended versions of each film on 4K Ultra HD in their own Steelbook case, plus a larger Steelbook box for the trilogy.

In addition, The Lord of the Rings 4K Ultra HD trilogy was also offered as a $149.99 gift set with a collectible ring on a necklace.

Best Buy’s ‘Chernobyl’ 4K Steelbook

Other new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbooks for the week include HBO’s Chernobyl at $39.99, and Paramount’s Arrival at $34.99.

 

Best Buy’s ‘Arrival’ 4K Steelbook

Also, as a holdover from Black Friday sales, Best Buy is selling Steelbook movies for as low as $7.99.

 

Meanwhile, Target is offering up to 30% off holiday music and movies.

Target also has an exclusive $129.99 DVD set of Modern Family: The Complete Series.

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Merchandising: ‘Mulan’ Makes Its Way to Retail

Disney released its live-action Mulan on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Nov. 10, having announced the street date just four days before. The film famously bypassed theatrical distribution due to the coronavirus pandemic in lieu of several PVOD options tested by the studio.

The disc version arrived with a couple of retailers offering the typical kind of exclusive editions they usually do.

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At Target, the Mulan 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack was offered as a limited-edition with a pack-in gallery book for $34.99.

Best Buy offered its usual Steelbook edition for Mulan, with a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack priced at $34.99.

Best Buy’ ‘Mulan’ 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook

Interestingly, discs of the new Mulan were not listed at Amazon.com prior to their release date, and even after, the only copies that show up in searches are offered by third-party sellers.

Among other promotions, Best Buy is giving fans of HBO’s “Westworld” a chance to preorder the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook of the third season and get Steelbooks of the first two seasons for $9.99 each. According to the Best Buy website, however, the season one Steelbook is sold out. The season three Steelbook is listed with a Dec. 8 street date, although the non-exclusive versions of the season arrive in all stores Nov. 17.

Target was running a buy-two-get-one-free mix-and-match deal with movies, books, music, video games, board games and craft activities.

 

Merchandising: Best Buy Unleashes ‘Rambo’ Steelbook Set

Lionsgate’s much-anticipated 4K Ultra HD Steelbook boxed set of the five “Rambo” films finally arrived at retail Oct. 27 exclusively at Best Buy.

The set, priced at $94.99, contains individual Steelbook cases for all five films inside a larger Steelbook box, and includes 4K and standard Blu-ray discs, plus a digital copy for each film. As an added bonus, a digital copy of the previously unreleased extended cut of the fifth film, Rambo: Last Blood also is included, with a note from director and star Sylvester Stallone.

A check of shelves at a Best Buy location in Costa Mesa, Calif., the afternoon of Oct. 27 found no copies had yet been stocked on the floor. A clerk pulled about eight copies out of the back room, and most had some sort of damage in the form of dents to the Steelbook cases, likely sustained during shipping.

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Also noticeable at the store: most of the shelves allotted to packaged media such as DVD and Blu-ray were empty and stocked to about 25% capacity.

For the week, Best Buy also offered a Blu-ray Steelbook of the My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising movie from Funimation, for $27.99.

Best Buy’s ‘My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising’ Steelbook

‘Fatima,’ ‘Friendsgiving,’ ‘Rambo’ Steelbook Collection Top Slate of New Disc, Digital Releases

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Fatima, Lionsgate’s Friendsgiving and Warner Bros.’ Tom & Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale top the slate of new releases available for for home viewers beginning Oct. 27.

Other new releases consumers can now watch at home include Warner’s Toys of Terror and a Steelbook collector’s set of all five “Rambo” movies on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Lionsgate, available exclusively at Best Buy.

Fatima, which is being released on DVD only two weeks after its digital debut, is a historical drama  based on the story of one of the Catholic Church’s most fabled places of pilgrimage. In 1917, outside the parish of Fátima, Portugal, a 10-year-old girl and her two younger cousins witness multiple visitations of the Virgin Mary, who tells them that only prayer and suffering will bring an end to World War I. Word of the sighting spreads across the country, inspiring religious pilgrims to flock to the site in hopes of witnessing a miracle.

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Friendsgiving becomes available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD three days after its initial release for digital purchase and on VOD. Produced by Ben Stiller, the comedy finds Abby (Kat Dennings) looking forward to a laidback Thanksgiving with her best friend Molly (Malin Akerman). But plans for a quiet turkey dinner go up in smoke when they’re joined by Molly’s new boyfriend and her flamboyant mother (Jane Seymour). Soon come party crashers, including Molly’s old flame, a wannabe shaman, and a trio of Fairy Gay Mothers (Wanda Sykes, Margaret Cho and Fortune Feimster).

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Tom & Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale on Oct. 27 debuts in a new special-edition Blu-ray and DVD. The 2007 animated holiday film finds the iconic cartoon characters in a dazzling winter wonderland, brought to life through holiday magic and Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music. The film also is available for digital purchase.

Toys of Terror becomes available for digital viewing only ahead of its Jan. 19, 2021, disc release. The movie, which seeks to re-create the nostalgia of stop-motion holiday specials, stars Dayo Ade and Kyana Teresa as David and Hannah Cashman, who have promised their family a fun Christmas getaway. But when they arrive at a grand old house in the snowy woods of Washington and are greeted by a familiar construction foreman, the kids realize their parents plan to make it a working vacation, renovating the place in the hopes of flipping it. Alicia (Verity Marks) and her young siblings (Saul Elias and Zoe Fish), though annoyed, find themselves distracted after they find a stash of old toys in an abandoned playroom of the creepy mansion. Before long, they seem to be inseparable from their new playthings, much to the consternation of their nanny (Georgia Waters), who senses that something in the house is not quite right.

Rambo: The Complete Steelbook Collection arrives in stores Oct. 27 and features all five films in the popular Sylvester Stallone action franchise in individual Steelbook cases housed in a larger metal display box. Stallone plays John Rambo, a Vietnam War veteran haunted by his experiences and fighting for justice. The set includes 1982’s First Blood, 1985’s Rambo: First Blood Part II, 1988’s Rambo III, 2008’s Rambo and 2019’s Rambo: Last Blood. The combo packs include regular Blu-ray and digital copies of the films as well.

Each film includes bonus features ranging from deleted scenes, trailers, exclusive featurettes and commentaries.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

‘Ultraman Taro’ Bowing on Blu-ray Jan. 12 From Mill Creek

Mill Creek Entertainment will bow the next release from the “Ultraman” superhero library — Ultraman Taro — on Blu-ray as both a special edition Steelbook and in standard packaging Jan. 12.

It’s the North American debut of the series, which has never been broadcast on TV or available on any home entertainment format.

Ultraman Taro is the sixth entry in the “Ultraman series,” premiering in Japan in April 1973.  After being scouted to the Earth defense team ZAT (Zariba of All Territory), young boxer Kotaro Higashi is severely injured during a Kaiju attack. At the chasm between life and death, Mother of Ultra appeared and saved Kotaro by merging his life with a young Ultra Hero, thus giving birth to the sixth Ultra Brother — Ultraman Taro.

Ultraman Taro took a kid-friendly approach, introducing several new monsters and aliens inspired by folklore. Classic Ultra heroes, such as Ultraman, Ultraseven and Zoffy, also return to assist the powerful but inexperienced Taro as he learns the ropes of being an Ultra Brother.

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The Steelbook and standard Blu-ray releases of Ultraman Taro will each contain high definition video for all 53 half-hour episodes with DTS-HD Master Audio of the original Japanese soundtrack with English subtitles.

Digital redemption will also be available via Mill Creek’s streaming service, movieSpree.

Mill Creek has licensed the entire available “Ultraman” back-catalog via international distribution company Indigo Entertainment, from the team at Tsuburaya Productions.

Merchandising: Retailers Bring ‘Back to the Future’ Exclusives

Universal Pictures’ new Back to the Future Trilogy boxed set arrived Oct. 20 with exclusive editions from Best Buy and Target.

Best Buy, as usual, offered a Steelbook edition of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray version of the trilogy, at $64.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Back to the Future Trilogy’ Steelbook

Target offered a gift set of the regular Blu-ray, at $42.99, which included a levitating hoverboard replica.

Target’s ‘Back to the Future Trilogy’ gift set

The 4K version of the hoverboard gift set was available from Amazon for $69.98.

The other notable exclusive for the week came at Target, which offered a Steelbook edition of The Twilight Saga from Lionsgate, for $29.99.

Target’s ‘Twilight Saga’ Steelbook

Target also offered 30% off select Halloween movies and books.

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Merchandising: Best Buy Offers ‘Paranoia Agent’ Blu-ray Steelbook

Among the scant deals on new DVD and Blu-ray releases Oct. 13, Best Buy as usual had a few exclusive Steelbook editions of new titles.

Most notable was a Blu-ray Steelbook of Funimation’s Paranoia Agent: The Complete Series for $37.99.

The anime series focuses on a boy named Lil’ Slugger who attacks a series of seemingly unconnected victims with a golden baseball bat. As detectives attempt to find a link between the victims, they discover that the victims’ lives have somehow improved.

A regular Blu-ray edition of the show will be widely released Dec. 15.

Best Buy also offered a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook edition of Sony Pictures’ District 9, for $27.99.

Best Buy’s ‘District 9’ 4K Steelbook

Target was holding a buy-two-get-one-free sale on music, movies and books.

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Shout! Factory Slates Home Dates for Anime Heist Film ‘Lupin III: The First’

GKIDS and Shout! Factory have announced home release dates for Lupin III: The First, a 2019 Japanese 3DCG comedy action-adventure heist anime film based on the “Lupin the Third” franchise.

The film will first be available for digital download on Dec. 15, followed by a Jan. 12, 2021, release in a Blu-ray Disc + DVD combo pack, as a standalone DVD, and as a Blu-ray Steelbook.

In Lupin III: The First, the iconic “gentleman thief” Lupin III returns with his colorful underworld companions as they race to uncover the secrets of the mysterious Bresson Diary, before it falls into the hands of a dark cabal that will stop at nothing to resurrect the Third Reich.

The release will be presented in both the original Japanese version and a new English dubbed version, featuring the return of the English cast that has voiced previous Lupin films and series.

Bonus features exclusive to the Blu-ray include interviews with director Takashi Yamazaki and the Japanese voice cast.

The Steelbook edition also includes a 16-page booklet featuring character concept art.

Fans who order the Blu-ray + DVD combo pack or SteelBook copies from ShoutFactory’s main website will receive an 18×24-inch lithograph, while supplies last.