My local B&N had them behind the counter. About 5 copies that I saw. No anti theft anything. Grabbed one and paid downstairs. Perfect condition.Be aware that the stock in B&N stores will likely be damaged, due to their use of the dreaded "Spider-wire" anti-theft contraptions.
The staff member I spoke to there said three other customers had refused to accept their pre-orders due to the condition, and was expecting more complaints. For some stupid reason, they had attached the Spider-wire to all copies they received — even the ones that were pre-ordered and kept behind the counter!
Good to know, since the Evil A has it for 50% off now, and I just ordered one.I purchased two copies of this release - one from Amazon and one directly from Criterion. Both arrived in perfect condition. The manufacturer is shipping these in a specially designed box.
For anyone who may have missed the previous Criterion sales, Amazon has the Godzilla Showa-era set for $112.49 today: