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.
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.
The new sci-fi thriller Moonfall arrived on Blu-ray Disc and DVD April 26 from Lionsgate, and each of the big three retailers had an exclusive edition of it.
The latest film from director Roland Emmerich focuses on a pair of former astronauts and a conspiracy theorist who somehow become humanity’s last hope for stopping the moon from plunging into the Earth.
Best Buy, as usual, trotted out Steelbook packaging for the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc version of the film, at $34.99.
Target had a version of the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack with special lenticular artwork on the slipcover.
Walmart didn’t have a special collectible per se, but did offer a $19.99 two-pack of the Moonfall Blu-ray with a Blu-ray the 2009 Nicolas Cage-starrer Knowing, a much better film about a potential apocalypse. Knowing was probably chosen for the two-pack to take advantage of the proximity to the theatrical release of the self-referential Cage film The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, which opened April 22 and also is distributed by Lionsgate.
The April 12 Blu-ray release of Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home was heralded with exclusive editions at each of the big three retailers.
Best Buy offered its typical Steelbook packaging for the Spider-Man: No Way Home 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack, for $34.99.
Walmart offered the $27.96 Spider-Man: No Way Home 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack with a slipcover containing exclusive box art. The slipcover also erroneously listed 90 minutes of extras including deleted scenes, based on the studio’s preliminary plans for what would be included on disc. The final release version has 80 minutes of extras and no deleted scenes.
Target offered the Spider-Man: No Way Home 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack with exclusive box art and collectible fan art cards, for $27.99.
Separately, Target also included with its general Easter sale select Easter-appropriate movies on DVD for $4 or $7.50.
Best Buy, Target and Walmart each offered an exclusive edition for the March 15 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc release of Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ West Side Story remake from director Steven Spielberg.
Best Buy, as usual, offered the 4K combo pack in Steelbook packaging for $34.99.
Walmart offered the 4K combo pack for $34.96 with a limited-edition fabric poster packed into it.
Target’s exclusive was one it has typically offered with Disney releases of late, packing the 4K combo pack with exclusive box art and two foil-etched prints for $34.99.
Also available at Target this week was a new DVD from PBS Distribution: Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Kindness Collection, featuring 30 episodes of the classic educational kids series spanning 1979 to 1991 for $14.99.
The big studios didn’t release much in the way of major new titles on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 1.
The most notable releases were Universal Pictures’ awards darling Belfast, and Warner’s Blu-ray release of the decade-and-a-half-old “The Batman” animated series.
Unlike the previous week, which had at least four headliners, the paucity of newcomers didn’t inspire many of the big chains to restock their shelves. A number of Targets and Walmarts in Orange County, Calif., had new-release displays that were virtually empty.
In fact, Target didn’t even have the Belfast DVD or Blu-ray listed on its website. However, copies of the Oscar nominee were eventually spotted on shelves at several Target locations.
And Best Buy’s website, which usually promotes preorders during slow weeks, wasn’t touting much of anything aside from recent releases and catalog Steelbooks.
Retailers offered several exclusives among the Feb. 22 new releases. The most prominent were tied to Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ The King’s Man, director Matthew Vaughn’s prequel to his “Kingsman” spy action franchise.
Target offered the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of The King’s Man with exclusive box art and a limited-edition gallery booklet for $34.99.
Walmart’s 4K combo pack of The King’s Man came with a DVD bonus disc of two exclusive featurettes for $32.99.
Best Buy’s King’s Man exclusive was a Steelbook boxed set of The Kingsman Collection containing 4K Steelbooks of all three “Kingsman” movies for $58.99.
Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Eternals arrived at retail Feb. 15 with exclusive editions from each of the three major national home entertainment retail chains.
The 26th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe casts the history of Earth in a different light as 10 alien protectors visit the planet thousands of years ago to protect humanity from hostile predators called Deviants, while also guiding the advancement of civilization through the ages.
Best Buy offered its typical Steelbook edition of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of the film for $34.99.
Among other exclusives during the week, Best Buy offered a 4K Steelbook combo of Lionsgate’s La La Land for $19.99.
Separately, some copies of The Beatles: Get Back Blu-ray from Disney were spotted in the new-release section at a Target in Orange County, Calif. The title had been slated for a Feb. 8 release but was recalled due to a technical glitch. Apparently some shops didn’t get that memo. The new release date hasn’t been announced.