A love letter to the '80s classics that captivated a generation, Stranger Things is set in 1983 Indiana, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.
In mid-July 2016, the Netflix service debuted a show that hit fans like a ton of bricks. Stranger Things
was widely acclaimed, by viewers and by critics. Everybody was talking about this everywhere (especially social media), and the show was nominated for 19 primetime Emmy Awards, winning 5 of them. The cast includes Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Matthew Modine, Cara Buono, and Shannon Purser. A second season, adding more cast members including Sean Astin, Will Chase and Paul Reiser, will debut on Netflix this October 27th.
A Reddit.com user, "/u/KnightFall47" (who appears to be a Target employee, but doesn't outright say so), has posted word there, in Stranger Things subreddit
and also in DVD Collection subreddit
, that on Tuesday, October 17th
, for $24.99, Target will EXCLUSIVELY release Stranger Things - Season 1: Collector's Edition
as a Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack! The four-disc set will also include a collectible Stranger Things
poster, folded inside the packaging.
This above-named redditor (whose user history shows they've been using Reddit for more than three years) links to photos they took, uploaded to the Imgur picture-posting service, of the title arriving at the Target store location this person is at. There are 3 images: front, rear, and spine. The above-quoted description is transcribed from the back of the box. The package design, harkening to the '80s-themed series, is the same design of VHS releases from that same era...right down to "VHS hi-fi" logos on the lower right front corner, and the spine bottom! But a sticker on the front's top right, and on the box rear's lower left, reveals that the package actually includes Blu-ray Disc and DVD disc versions of the 8 episodes of Stranger Things - Season 1
The title is not yet found on Target.com; we're not certain if this will be an in-store-only item, or if it will be sold through the website as well. While most programs shown on Netflix are produced and owned by other studios (examples: Orange Is The New Black
comes from Lionsgate; House Of Cards
comes from Sony; Daredevil
and Jessica Jones
both come from Disney-owned Marvel), Stranger Things
is one that is actually owned by Netflix themselves...and Netflix seems to be the studio releasing this Blu-ray/DVD combo set of Stranger Things - Season 1: Collector's Edition
. For those who aren't able to purchase from the Target chain, we hope that a version of this is made available through other sellers in the future. Right now, however, we have no word on that. Actually, we would have had no advance word on THIS Target-only release, except for the Reddit post. Our thanks to "/u/KnightFall47" for doing that, and also to longtime reader (and good friend, and fellow redditor) Wesley Mead for being the first to email us about this stuff!
Here are cropped and scaled-down copies of the images from "/u/KnightFall47"; please see their Reddit post(s) for the original photos in their original resolutions: