At least one retailer has quietly reached an arrangement with a major studio to sell its Blu-ray titles a good month before other stores. If you’re down with actor Simon Pegg—the hilarious star of Shaun of the Dead
and Hot Fuzz
—you can buy both of those Universal titles on Blu-ray right now at Best Buy even though the official street date is September 22. Similarly, Starz Entertainment’s Grace
has been available at Best Buy on Blu-ray since August 25 even though the rest of the world has to wait until September 15 to get it. Neither studio is commenting about its relationship with Best Buy, but we think any attempt to spark excitement in the format is a good thing. Plus, if you had to pick only one brick-and-mortar retailer to get a jump on Blu-ray, it might as well be the one with the big blue buildings. Now that’s a Blu-light special.