Man of Steel Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart has it all: food, clothes, toys, sporting equipment, electronics… and soon they’ll add advance movie tickets. Warner Bros. is conducting a little experiment next month, as Wal-Mart will be the first place fans can buy advance tickets to see Zack Snyder‘s Superman film Man of Steel. On May 18, tickets will be available at select Wal-Mart stores for special advance screenings of the film taking place on June 13, a day before its scheduled June 14 opening. General advance ticket sales aren’t expected to start until May 21 or 22.

There will be a total of 6,372 advance screenings at 2,379 different theaters and each person will be able to buy four tickets for either a 2D or 3D screening. Each ticket will also include a special code to pre-order Man of Steel on Blu-ray or digital download as well an exclusive Man of Steel comic written by screenwriter David GoyerRead More »

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Redbox

I’ve become fascinated by the war going on between movie studios like Universal and Fox, Redbox and Netflix. The DVD is such an important part of the studio finance equation that these companies are jumping through all sorts of hoops to control how discs are disseminated to the public. Fortunately for us, those hoops are on fire, and the result is a little digital media circus played out before our very eyes.

One of the most entertaining stories of late is that Redbox has circumvented studio litigation by sending employees out to buy large quantities of DVD at retail. Fox and Universal won’t currently sell discs to the company, but Wal Mart will sell DVDs to anyone, including Redbox employees. But now Wal Mart and Target will only sell five discs to any one person during a specified window. And they’re going to enforce this…how? Read More »

Breaking: Wal-Mart wins Digital Movie Race

Breaking: Wal-Mart wins Digital Movie Race

Wal-Mart has become the first online digital movie download service to score contracts with all six major movie studios: Walt Disney, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Sony, 20th Century Fox and Universal. So far Wal-Mart is to be the only online retailer to carry all six big studios.
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