Walmart Rolls out the Red Carpet for The Amazing Spider-Man™ Fans Nationwide
Exclusive, Never-Before-Seen Footage, Augmented Reality App and Collector's Comic Book Set Available Only at Walmart
BENTONVILLE, Ark., June 7, 2012 -- Attention, Spider-Man™ fans! Weeks before the release of the highly anticipated summer movie The Amazing Spider-Man, in theaters July 3, Walmart, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Marvel Entertainment have teamed up for an unprecedented partnership to offer customers the ultimate Spider-Man experience at Walmart stores nationwide.
Throughout the month of June, movie fans will be able to experience, purchase and access the following exclusive offerings at Walmart:
"We're always looking for ways to bring innovative technology, exclusive content and interactive events to our customers," said Seong Ohm, senior vice president and general merchandise manager for entertainment, Walmart U.S. "Movie fans can rest assured that Walmart will have the broadest assortment of the Super Hero products they want – from special-edition movie releases to toys, food and apparel – all at an amazing low price."
"We're thrilled to partner with the world's biggest retailer to promote this much-anticipated film. We couldn't be more excited to be working with Walmart and Marvel on this groundbreaking and innovative promotional campaign," said Lexine Wong, Senior Executive Vice President, Worldwide Marketing, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. "With the scope of Walmart's North American distribution network, Sony Pictures is assured of having the broadest consumer reach on Blu-ray and in the digital arena."
Available now in Walmart stores across the U.S., customers can purchase more than 1,000 The Amazing Spider-Man licensed products from action figures and t-shirts to video games and home decor. A few items include, The Amazing Spider-Man:
"Our goal is to always enhance the moviegoers' experience and provide unique and innovative ways to interact with our Super Heroes," said Mark Rhodes, senior vice president of North American retail development at Marvel Entertainment. "This multifaceted program with Walmart in support of The Amazing Spider-Man does just that by offering fans an array of merchandise, interactive in-store elements and exclusive, never-before-seen content."
Walmart will also sell the new Blu-ray with UltraViolet™ editions of Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, and Spider-Man 3. The Spider-Man Blu-ray includes two never-before-seen bonus features "Spider Sense Over Movie Trivia Game" and "The Spider-Man Cutting Room." The Spider-Man 2 Blu-ray™ includes both the previously released theatrical and extended version of the film, with additional footage and fight sequences not seen in theaters. Each edition includes new collectible packaging.
For more information on The Amazing Spider-Man Secrets Unmasked Tour and Comic Book with Sneak Peek, visit http://www.walmart.com/spider-man or visit the iTunes App Store or Android Market to download the "Web-Slinger" App.
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About Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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About Marvel Entertainment, LLC
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit http://www.marvel.com.
About The Amazing Spider-Man
One of the world's most popular characters is back on the big screen as a new chapter in the Spider-Man legacy is revealed in The Amazing Spider-Man™. Focusing on an untold story that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story, the new film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, with Martin Sheen and Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay written by James Vanderbilt and Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves from a story by James Vanderbilt, based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach are producing the film in association with Marvel Entertainment for Columbia Pictures, which will open in theaters everywhere in 3D on July 3, 2012. The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance – leading him directly to OsCorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father's former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors' alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.
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