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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Walmart+ Members Getting Early Access to Black Friday Deals

Walmart has announced the return of its month-long savings event, “Black Friday Deals for Days”  — this time with something extra for Walmart+ members.

Paying Walmart+ members will receive early access to online Black Friday events throughout November — an opportunity to shop all the deals four hours earlier than the scheduled start times for all three events.

“We continue to build Walmart+ to be the ultimate life hack for our customers,” said Janey Whiteside, chief customer officer for Walmart U.S. in a statement. “That means we’re there for our customers during the everyday with key benefits like free unlimited delivery from stores and free shipping with no order minimum, but it also means we create extra excitement for them during the big moments, like Black Friday. We’re excited for our Walmart+ members to be first in line for the hottest Black Friday deals out there.”

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As it did last year, Walmart will spread out its Black Friday savings to three events throughout November to offer customers the sale prices. Each savings event will begin online at Walmart.com and continue with the same deals in Walmart stores.

“Our customers count on us to deliver an amazing Black Friday experience with the best prices year after year, and this year we’re making it even bigger and better with more ways to shop and more of every item,” said Scott McCall, EVP and chief merchandising officer for Walmart U.S. in a statement. “The team has worked hard to prepare for another outstanding holiday season, and no matter how or where our customers choose to shop — from the shelf in a store, ordering online and picking it up curbside or having it delivered to their front door — they can depend on us for a safe and convenient shopping experience.”

Walmart will have more of every event product available so as many customers as possible can take advantage of the season’s best deals, according to the retailer. Walmart customers will discover savings on new items from top brands, such as Samsung, Reebok, Apple and Keurig, and deals on hundreds of exclusive items that can only be found at Walmart and Walmart.com, according to the company.

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Deals beginning online Nov. 3 and continuing in stores Nov. 5, include savings on toys and electronics during its first Black Friday event. Starting online at Walmart.com on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. EST, customers can purchase items such as a 55-inch TCL 4K Roku TV for $228, the L.O.L. Surprise! Amazing Surprise Doll set for $64 and the always popular Keurig K-Compact for $35. The first set of deals also features Walmart’s tire savings events, including Goodyear tires at $20 off with a free tire balance. Deals continue in stores starting Nov. 5 at 5 a.m. local time. Walmart+ members get early access to deals from 3 p.m. EST to 6 p.m. EST on Nov. 3.

Deals beginning online Nov. 10 and continuing in stores Nov. 12 include sales on apparel, home goods, hardlines and more. Deals start online at Walmart.com on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. EST and continue in stores beginning Nov. 12 at 5 a.m. local time. During the second sale, customers can take advantage of savings on items such as an exclusive Blackstone 22-inch Griddle with a hard cover and carrying case for $117, Walmart’s exclusive HP i3 Laptop for $279, and a Shark EZ Robot Vacuum for $288. Walmart+ members get early access to deals from 3 p.m. EST to 6 p.m. EST on Nov. 10.

Walmart will wrap up the month with a third event that “will bring its biggest, best savings of the season for the most exciting shopping day of the year,” according to the retailer.

Customers can shop thousands of deals available right now on Walmart.com, plus Black Friday savings on select items starting Oct. 18 at 8:15 p.m. EST, while supplies last, according to the retailer. Early Black Friday deals include:

  • Ninja 4QT Air Fryer at $69
  • 55” TCL Smart 4K UHDTV at $298
  • Bounce Pro 14’ Trampoline at $184
  • LEGO 442-piece Classic Bricks on a Roll at $20

 

The Walmart+ membership is $98 a year or $12.95 a month. In addition to early Black Friday savings, Walmart+ members also get free shipping with no order minimum on items shipped by Walmart, free delivery from store, Rx for Less, and mobile Scan and Go to make shopping even faster.

Netflix, Walmart Partner to Sell Streamer’s Original Series Merchandise

Netflix and Walmart Oct. 11 announced the launch of the Netflix Hub at Walmart, making the world’s largest retailer a primary online destination for the streamer’s branded original series merchandise.

The Netflix Hub aims to showcase some of Netflix’s most popular shows in its first digital storefront with a national retailer. Netflix currently sells branded merchandise in select Target stores.

“We’re proud to partner with [Netflix] on this new adventure that will let our customers dive even deeper into their favorite stories and characters,” Jeff Evans, EVP of entertainment, toys and seasonal for Walmart U.S., wrote in a blog post.

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Over the next few months, consumers will find products in a variety of categories, including music, apparel, toys and games for Netflix shows such as “Stranger Things,” “Nailed It!” and “CoComelon,” and new shows like “Ada Twist, Scientist,” among others.

Merchandise includes:

 

CoComelon

 

Nailed It!

  • Baking Kits ($15.98) – Walmart Exclusive; Available in stores

 

Squid Game

  • T-shirts variety of styles ranging in price and coming soon.

 

Stranger Things

 

The Witcher

 

Waffles + Mochi

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

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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Walmart Ups Q2 Revenue, Online Sales to Reach $75 Billion by End of Year

July retail sales may have slipped due to Delta variant concerns, according to the U.S. Commerce Department, but don’t tell that to Walmart.

The world’s largest retail chain Aug. 17 reported a 5.3% increase in U.S. store revenue to $98.2 billion in the second quarter, ended July 31, compared with $93.2 billion in the previous-year period. Online sales increased 6%, and are projected to reach $75 billion by the end of the year. Overall net income fell 34% to $4.28 billion, from $6.48 billion a year earlier.

One of the nation’s largest sellers of movie DVDs and Blu-ray Discs, Walmart does not break out packaged-media sales data. The company last year sold the Vudu transactional VOD platform to Comcast-owned Fandango — the latter melding it with FandangoNow under the Vudu brand name.

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“We had another strong quarter in every part of our business,” Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said in a statement. “We grew market share … we’re finding innovative ways to commercialize our data and build technology. We have a unique ecosystem of products and services designed to serve customers in broader, deeper ways.”

Disney Touting ‘Cruella’ Limited-Edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Retailer Exclusives

Best Buy’s ‘Cruella’ Steelbook

Walt Disney Studios has revealed limited-edition retailer exclusives for its upcoming 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc release of the live-action film Cruella, starring Emma Stone. The movie has generated $222 million at the global box office, including $85.7 million domestically.

The movie releases on packaged media nationwide Sept. 21 with exclusive editions at Best Buy, Target and Walmart. The three versions are now available for advance orders on the retailers’ websites.

Target’s ‘Cruella’ 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

The Best Buy release includes a limited run of the film packaged in a collectable Steelbook case.

The Target version features two gold-foiled exclusive lithographs designed by Poster Posse artist Nicky Barkla and Bella Grace.

The Walmart release includes an e-book. Bonus features on all three versions include deleted scenes, bloopers, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and cast interviews, among other features.

Walmart’s ‘Cruella’ 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Set in 1970s London amid the punk rock revolution, Cruella follows a young grifter named Estella (Stone), a clever and creative girl determined to make a name for herself with her designs. She befriends a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they are able to build a life for themselves on the London streets.

One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman, a fashion legend who is devastatingly chic and terrifyingly haute, played by two-time Oscar winner Emma Thompson (Howards End, Sense & Sensibility). But their relationship sets in motion a course of events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella.

Merchandising: ‘Batman: Long Halloween — Part Two’ Exclusives Arrive

Warner’s Batman: The Long Halloween — Part Two arrived on shelves Aug. 10 with a couple of exclusive editions from retailers.

Best Buy’s ‘Batman: The Long Halloween — Part Two’ Blu-ray Steelbook

Best Buy offered its usual Steelbook edition of the Blu-ray Disc of the animated superhero movie at $26.99.

Walmart’s ‘Batman: The Long Halloween — Part Two’ DVD

The movie was widely released only on Blu-ray Disc, so Walmart, like it did with the first film, offered an exclusive DVD version, priced at $16.44 online.

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Batman: The Long Halloween is a two-part animated direct-to-video superhero film produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment. Batman: The Long Halloween — Part One was released digitally and on disc on June 22. Part 2 was released digitally on July 27, two weeks before its disc release.

Warner Bros. says it will issue a combined version of the film in 2022.

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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