With the release of Suicide Squad, the summer 2016 movie season is starting to wind down. Soon, viewers will be looking forward to bringing their favorite blockbusters home, and just about every major tentpole released between the months of May to August will be available in time for the holiday shopping season. The studios are well aware that there's great interest in home media, and typically offer a wide variety of packaging options for their biggest films to satisfy the tastes of any consumer.
These days, no time is wasted, and Blu-rays can usually be pre-ordered at or around the same time a movie makes its way into theaters. Earlier this year, Warner Bros. started advertising the R-rated extended cut of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice before many got a chance to see it at the multiplex. There were versions that included exclusive figures of DC's two titans, illustrating the appeal of a collector's edition for fans. It should come as no surprise then, that Suicide Squad and Star Trek Beyond are both going to come out with their own packages, offering viewers additional goodies.
First up is Amazon's Suicide Squad sets, which follows the store's template from the previously mentioned Batman V Superman release. There are two iterations listed: one that includes a Deadshot figurine, and another with a Harley Quinn statue. Each goes for a steep price of $116.99, but given that Floyd Lawton and Harley were two of the most well-received and popular characters from the film, there should be many interested in purchasing a copy of their own. No release date has been given at this point. Check out images of the Blu-rays below:
Though Star Trek Beyond could not match the box office prowess of Suicide Squad, the threequel's status as one of the best reviewed films of the summer (read ours) will ideally encourage those who didn't see it on the big screen to watch it at home. For those who are already sold on getting Beyond on Blu-ray, Amazon has come through with another exclusive gift set, which comes with three different versions of the film in HD (4K, Blu-ray 3D, and 2D) and a model of the U.S.S. Franklin, a ship that plays an integral role in the movie's plot. The set costs $49.99. As is the case with Suicide Squad, the release date is currently unknown. See a picture of it below:
These are bound to be just one instance of retailers selling fun exclusives for Star Trek Beyond and Suicide Squad, as there's already word of a Beyond Steelbook coming to Best Buy. It will be interesting to see if any of these versions have their own set of bonus features (in addition to the standard set) to give cinephiles one more reason to shop with them. It's become something of an industry tradition for there to be differences between the various editions of the same film, so it wouldn't be surprising if that were the case here.
Star Trek Beyond and Suicide Squad are both now playing in U.S. theaters. They will be available on Blu-ray soon.