Merchandising: Best Buy Taking Preorders for ‘Strange World’ Steelbook

There wasn’t much of note among the Jan. 24 DVD and Blu-ray Disc slate to impact retail new-release displays.

Shelves at quite a few Southern California Targets and Walmarts continued to look neglected. Even when the displays had shelf tags for the week’s new releases, it was a fair question as to whether those slots being empty was less due to the store selling out its inventory and more a factor of the understaffed clerks not bringing the discs out to the floor to begin with.

The week’s biggest new title, Universal’s Violent Night, was even listed as available online only by Target’s website.

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Meanwhile, Best Buy continues to take preorders for upcoming Steelbook exclusives. The latest touted by the chain’s website was Disney’s Strange World, arriving Feb. 14. Best Buy’s 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack in exclusive Steelbook packaging is listed at $39.99.

The animated film follows a squabbling family of adventurers who journey to a far-off land in order to locate more sources of a plant that is their society’s key energy source.

Disney Sets Home Release Dates for Animated Family Adventure ‘Strange World’

The Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 61st animated feature, Strange World, will be coming home in time for the Christmas holiday — but just barely.

The animated family adventure, a theatrical flop that earned just over $30 million in North American theaters, will start streaming on Disney+ Dec. 23. It also becomes available for purchase or rent on all major digital platforms on that date.

Disc fans and collectors will have to wait until Feb. 14 to buy the movie on DVD, Blu-ray Disc or 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

Strange World follows a family of explorers, the Clades, as they attempt to navigate an uncharted, treacherous land alongside a motley crew that includes a mischievous blob called Splat; Legend, the family dog; and a slew of ravenous creatures. The voice cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal as Searcher Clade, a family man who finds himself out of his element on an unpredictable mission; Dennis Quaid as Searcher’s larger-than-life explorer father, Jaeger; comedian, actor, writer, filmmaker and musician Jaboukie Young-White as Searcher’s 16-year-old son, Ethan; Gabrielle Union as Meridian Clade, an accomplished pilot and Searcher’s partner in all things; and Lucy Liu as Callisto Mal, Avalonia’s fearless leader who spearheads the exploration into the strange world. Helmed by director Don Hall, the film is still playing in theaters.

Bonus features on the home releases include various documentaries, outtakes and four deleted scenes. Doc highlights include:

  • “Anatomy of a Scene: Creating A Strange World” — Learn about Walt Disney Animation Studios’ creative process through a single, visually stunning scene.
  • “Strange Science” — Jaboukie Young-White (voice of Ethan Clade) hosts an exploration of how Walt Disney Animation Studios artists were inspired by real science to create Strange World.
  • “Creature Feature” — Journey into the world beneath Avalonia and meet some of the creatures that inhabit this Strange World.
  • “The Hidden Secrets of Strange World” — Uncover the references and characters from other Walt Disney Animation Studios films hidden throughout the film, along with some fun facts and behind–the–scenes stories of how Strange World was made.



‘Black Panther 2’ Adds $64 Million Thanksgiving Weekend Box Office Revenue; Netflix’s ‘Knives Out’ Sequel Quietly Posts Strong Debut

Too bad Netflix doesn’t embrace the theatrical window instead of merely tolerating it. The streamer’s first major box office release, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, the expensive sequel to Lionsgate’s 2018 original Knives Out, reportedly generated upwards of $15 million across less than 700 screens over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend through Nov. 27.

Had the film, again starring Daniel Craig in the lead role of master detective Benoit Blanc, opened across 4,000 screens, it could have possibly won the weekend outright. But opening the movie at all exclusively in theaters was a major concession for Netflix and its co-CEO/chief content officer Ted Sarandos, who reiterated the service’s priority to its SVOD subscribers on the company’s Oct. 18 fiscal call.

“We’re in the business of entertaining our members with Netflix movies on Netflix. So that’s where we focus all of our energy and most of our spends,” Sarandos said at the time.

Netflix, which reportedly paid Knives Out director Rian Johnson $460 million for the sequel and third film’s release rights, bows Glass Onion on the platform Dec. 23.

As expected, Disney/Marvel Studios’ Black Panther sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, topped the weekend box office for the third time with an estimated $64 million in ticket sales. The follow-up to the 2018 original starring the late Chadwick Boseman has now topped $600 million in global ticket sales through three weekends.

Separately, Disney Animation’s Strange World debuted with an underwhelming $18.6 million in North American ticket sales, and $27.8 million globally. The tally is below Disney’s estimates of around $30 million, which when paired with low critical praise suggests a short theatrical run. That’s likely not a major concern for Disney, which is riding high with Black Panther 2 and the highly anticipated Avatar sequel release next month, Avatar: The Way of Water, on Dec. 16.