Fox Bows Two-Year Anniversary ‘Deadpool’ Blu-ray With Special Goodies in Time for Sequel’s Release

Just in time for the theatrical debut of Deadpool 2 May 18, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment released a Deadpool: 2-Year Anniversary Edition Blu-ray April 24, featuring all-new packaging and an assortment of limited edition collectibles, including stickers, car decals, temporary tattoos and a set of paper dolls.

In addition to the extras with the national release, Best Buy will offer an exclusive 4K UHD Steelbook with new cover art and exclusive patches.

Also, May 15 at Walmart, Deadpool will photobomb the cover art of a collection of Blu-ray films, including Edward Scissorhands, Logan, War for the Planet of the Apes, Predator and Revenge of the Nerds.

Select Blu-ray titles at both Walmart and Best Buy will also include Fandango Movie Money, a coupon that can be applied toward the purchase of tickets to see Deadpool 2 in theaters. The Movie Money program runs through June 28.

Bonus materials on the Deadpool: 2-Year Anniversary Edition Blu-ray are the same as the original home media release from two years ago, and include deleted/extended scenes with optional audio commentary by director Tim Miller; a gag reel; “Deadpool’s Fun Sack”; audio commentary with Miller and Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld; audio commentary with Ryan Reynolds and writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese; “From Comics to Screen…to Screen”; and galleries of concept art, storyboards, costumes, pre-vis and stunt-vis.

Amazon on Top in Harris Reputation Poll

Amazon took the top spot in the 2018 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient Rankings.

Disney ranked high at No. 5, and Netflix, at No. 21, beat out fellow tech giants Google and Apple, ranked Nos. 28 and 29, respectively.

Among mass merchant/consumer electronics retailers, Costco (No. 17) topped Best Buy (No. 46), Target (No. 49) and Walmart (No. 69).

According to Harris, the Reputation Quotient is “technically designed to understand how a company is perceived in modern culture.” The measure takes the top most visible companies (for good or bad reasons) and evaluates them across six dimensions of corporate reputation attributes to arrive at a corporate reputation ranking. If a company is not on the list, it does not necessarily suggest that they have either good or bad reputation, but rather they didn’t reach a critical level of visibility to be measured.

The Weinstein Co., which has been embroiled in executive Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual assault scandal, and Takata, with its infamously defective airbags, came in last on the list at Nos. 99 and 100, respectively.

Walmart Q4 Entertainment Sales Strongest of the Year

Walmart Feb. 20 reported low single-digit increase in same-store entertainment sales during the fourth quarter (ended Jan. 31), driven by the winter holidays. It was the strongest entertainment quarter in the fiscal year. Walmart doesn’t disclose actual revenue figures.

Entertainment includes electronics, toys, cameras and supplies, photo processing services, cellular phones, cellular service plan contracts and prepaid service, DVD, Blu-ray Disc movies, music CDs, video games and books.

Company shares fell more than 10% ($10.67) after the world’s largest retailer reported ecommerce quarterly growth of 23% — down from 63% a year ago. Indeed, the company is pulling out of ecommerce operations in Brazil.

“We were a bit lower … [in e-commerce],” said CFO Brett Biggs, who attributed the decline in part to operational and replenishment issues.

It was the largest stock drop in more than two years – largely reflecting Wall Street concerns whether Walmart can keep pace online with ecommerce behemoth Amazon.

But not everyone is concerned.

“I think it might be an overreaction,” said Bloomberg gadfly Sarah Halzack.

Specifically, Halzack reiterated Walmart is calling for 40% fiscal 2019 ecommerce growth, which she suggests underscores Q4 growth as an anomaly.

“I think it’s important to note that this is stronger growth being seen by many of their retail peers,” Halzack said.

The analyst believes that much of Walmart’s stock growth in the past year was fueled by support for the retailer’s ecommerce operations, which included the acquisition of Jet.com.

“Over the past three quarters, we saw these ecommerce gains above 50% and those were clearly something of a cocaine hit for investors. A way to make them feel good,” Halzack said.

 

 

 

 

F.Y.E. Holiday Sales Slump 12%

The For Your Entertainment (f.y.e.) retail chain Jan. 4 reported a 12% decrease in winter holiday sales to $72 million for the nine-week period through Dec. 31, 2017, compared to $81.8 million in the previous-year period.

One of the last (primarily mall-based) entertainment retail chains in operation, f.y.e. saw segment revenue drop 21% when factoring in 7% decline in operating stores.

Corporate parent Trans World Entertainment Corp. said f.y.e. sales were further impacted by an underperforming box office, lower mall foot traffic, in addition to declining market demand for packaged media, among other factors.

“This negatively impacted our lifestyle categories as well,” CEO Mike Feurer said in a statement.

The CEO said f.y.e remains in the midst of “continued structural challenges” while redoubling efforts to differentiate entertainment merchandise and consumer experience.

“[We remain] focused on rightsizing our expenses and inventory levels,” he said.

Meanwhile, ecommerce subsidiary etailz.com, while sells merchandise largely through Amazon, saw revenue increase 42% to $36 million from $25.3 million last year.

Consolidated sales decreased 7% to $108 million, compared to $116.1 million last year.

For the 11 months in the fiscal year, consolidated sales increased 26% to $406 million from $322 million. F.Y.E. sales declined 15% to $248 million from $291.7 million. Etailz.com revenue topped $158 million.