Update: I added the Toys’R’Us retailer exclusive below.
Cars 2 will be released in less than a week on Tuesday November 1. And since its the norm lately to offer highly anticipated releases in multiple formats, I thought I’d make a post on the different options available to you.
The cheapest option is to purchase a digital copy of the movie from iTunes for the low, low price of $14.99 for standard definition or $19.99 for one in HD. This is great if you’re agoraphobic or just really dig going completely digital.
The next option up is just a no frills DVD copy of the movie for $16.99 from Amazon. The only extra you get is the Toy Story short Hawaiian Vacation and a new Mater’s Tall Tales short Air Mater.
The Toys’R’Us version of the combo pack will run you $29.99 and may be a bit more appealing for us LEGO fans. It includes an exclusive bonus disc with “LEGO Cars 2 Animated Shorts, Videos with the LEGO Cars 2 Designer, LEGO Cars 2 Trailer and More!” You can check out the animated shorts and the LEGO Cars 2 trailer on the Cars minisite on LEGO.com. I wouldn’t be surprised if the all of the video content on the minisite made it onto the bonus disc.
Walmart’s exclusive package for the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack will run you $29.96 and you get a Finn McMissile die-cast car which all signs point to being a normal version that is currently clogging up the pegs at every toy aisle you walk into. So basicall you’re paying a $5 dollar premium for a $3 dollar toy on a bare bones combo disc release. The Toys’R’Us page doesn’t specify whether or not the bonus disc is in DVD or Blu-ray format. If the Pirates of the Caribbean LEGO shorts are any indication, then I would guess it would be on DVD but don’t hold me to it. I’ve been known to guess wrong.
At $31.99, the five-disc combo pack features the following: Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Combo, and a Bonus disc. You get the same shorts as the DVD and Blu-ray release as well as Nuts and Bolts: A Sneak Peek of Cars Land, World Tour – Interactive Map, deleted scenes, short documentaries, and set explorations from the different cities in the movie.
Target’s exclusive release of the movie is the five-disc combo, same as the one outlined above, but also features a snow globe that lights up. You pay a hefty premium for said globe, though, $49.99.
Amazon has their exclusive release, an 11-disc Director’s Edition monster set for $79.99 which has the following: Cars DVD, Cars Blu-ray, Cars Digital Copy, Cars 2 DVD, Cars 2 Blu-ray, Cars 2 Blu-ray 3D, Cars 2 Digital Copy, Mater’s Tall Tales DVD, Mater’s Tall Tales Blu-ray, Mater’s Tall Tales Digital Copy, and finally the Bonus Disc. The reason why it’s called the Director’s edition is that you also get a die-cast car of “John Lassetire”, a Cars character based on the director John Lasseter. Die-cast car aside, if you’re like me and haven’t yet picked up the first Cars movie on disc before, this might be a good deal for you.
Lastly, Amazon is also offering a $7 savings if you order Cars 2 combo pack along with another Pixar combo pack dvd. Wall-E looks like a good choice.
It seems contradictory that I would make such a post since I ended up hating it, but something compels me to buy it anyway. It might be the combo pack and the Amazon deal. I don’t know. I’m sick.