All-Time Worst DVD Packaging

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  1. Carabimero

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    I would love to get a list going of the absolute all-time worst DVD packaging. What incited me to start this thread? I just got I DREAM OF JEANNIE - The Complete Series. Oh, this one takes the cake. Even worse than The Flintstones Complete Set Packaging.

    GENIE discs are supposed to come in this bottle but it is a flimsy cardboard shell with the bottom torn off, and the discs are in one of those "designed-to-scratch DVDs" accordian-like cardboard things. As an insult, they put the episode synopses on these individual so-called collector cards and don't give you anything to keep the cards in but an oversize box with cardboard filling in the bottom. How do I find an episode? Flip through all the cards? Play Solitaire? I guess I'll put a rubber band around them and go print out an episode guide off the Internet and cross index my discs now. Geez. I have nothing better to do, right? Lucky I keep my DVDs in wallets. If I didn't, this set would have driven me to it (Star Trek sets drove me to it years ago).

    Even put together in one box, sparkling on the shelf, this looks horrible. I bought it because I got a great price of $88 for all the seasons (and season one is in color so I will have to turn down the color on my TV--lovely).

    It wins my vote for all-time worst packaging (I'm sure one even worse will come along shortly).

    I could list about two dozen others but I think it's more interesting just to pick the all-time worst and highlight it.
     
  2. MattHR

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    A few of my least favorites:

    The Simpsons: S11 (cardboard accordion version)
    The Simpsons (plastic head versions)
    The Munsters: S2
    Most Star Trek sets
    Battlestar Galactica (Cylon head)
    Curb Your Enthusiasm
    Sex and the City (season sets)
    Strangers With Candy
     
  3. Tim Tucker

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    Oh, where to begin?
    • Those spindles that Sony uses for some of their complete series sets.
    • Last year's Ford at Fox set with the DVDs held on by rubber buttons in a cardboard binder.
    • Those bendy spine digistacks Warner used on Babylon 5, Smallville and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. that seem designed to fall apart with use.
    • The Alfred Hitchcock Premiere Collection spiralbound book that scratches and warps the DVDs.
    • and any set with hubs that just will not let go of the DVD. [​IMG]
    I could go on...
     
  4. Ockeghem

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    I wasn't too crazy about the complete series packaging for Sliders. In fact, it was the deciding factor in my choosing not to purchase it.

    I would agree with this to a degree, especially with the North American casings. But the U.K. packaging is in my estimation far sturdier, and IMO more aesthetically pleasing. And if I had had a choice in the matter, I would have used the TNG boxes as well for the TOS sets rather than distribute them in the communicator-shaped boxes, which I don't care for very much.
     
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    I rarely (almost never) worry about the packaging but The Simpsons: Season Eleven is terrible.
     
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    I was hoping for one shining example of how awful DVD packaging could be with the painful details of why it's so awful.
     
  7. Wezzo

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    Dave at TVShowsonDVD.com did a great job of summarizing just why The Simpsons S11's packaging is so, so bad. Read it here.
     
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    Wow! And I thought "Wanted: Dead or Alive" S1 and "The Outer Limits" (original series) were bad. But this...is DVD packaging from the depths of hell.
     
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    Another vote for THE SIMPSONS Season 11.
     
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    There's sets that just plain bug me, but aren't technically bad. One of my least favorites is the U.K.'s Are You Being Served? complete series set. It consists of 14 discs; each of them has its own standard dvd case. The problem is that 14 discs takes up a LOT of room on a shelf. They could have produced a box that was about 1/3 the size for those 14 discs. I finally got fed up with all the room it was taking up; I took out all 14 discs and stuck them in a disc binder.

    Another crapfest is the O.C. season one (original printing.) This one had about 6 or 7 discs that came in these FAT plastic trays, and you opened the case like a big fat flipbook. Again, the only reason I hate it is that it takes up too much space. Luckily, they made a second printing that was much thinner. Everwood season one is also the same kind of fat.

    But, oh my--for my money Simpsons Season 11 is the worst dvd packaging in the history of the Planet Earth. And I hope it remains so--they couldn't come out with something worse, now could they??
     
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    I would have to say:

    The Monkees 1st and 2nd Seasons-They are both in a card-board box in the shape of a record-player that easily splits down the sides and the actual DVD's are in individual card-board 'records' that scratch the DVD's to the dickens. For the price of these DVD's, they could afford to put these in decent packaging.

    The Munsters Season's 1 & 2; The packaging is so terrible I don't even feel like explaining it. One season is actual ok, but the one in the shape of Hermans head is awful.
     
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    The complete What's Happening comes in a box, but when you open it up, it's got a vacuum molded spindle half full of dvds with a corrugated cardboard spacer on top.

    Pictures of the monstrosity here.

    Poor Shirley Hemphill is probably spinning in her grave!
     
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    That What's Happening disc is Sony's new cost-cutting measure to clear out inventory for the few shows that make it to completion. They did it for Good Times, Sanford and Son, Soap, and NewsRadio too. So if you need to compile a list of those spinning in their respective graves you can add deceased cast members from those shows.

    Best Buy now has lunch boxes for first seasons of several Sony orphans (Fantasy Island, Silver Spoons, and the first seasons some shows to make it past the first releases: Diff'rent Strokes, The Facts of Life and The Partridge Family). First of all, if the discs aren't selling, how is a crummy lunch box going to move units instead of getting sent back so that they're taking up three times as much space as before? I haven't used a lunch box since kindergarten, and I think by now everyone who wants these shows has them.

    But The Simpsons S11 takes the cake. The discs are nearly impossible to get out or put back in. The plastic heads were bad enough (aesthetically and functionally), but nothing compares to this atrocity.
     
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    with the recession hitting, people are more prone to bringing their lunch to work. Why wouldn't an overgrown kid want to have a Charlie's Angels lunchbox at their desk?
     
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    My vote has to go to the M*A*S*H: Martinis and Medicine Collection.....sure the package looks nice covered in army green fabric but those lousy cardboard slide in slots for the DVDs are so damn tight you might as well be shoving the discs in trays lined with sandpaper.....it's that bad! Needless to say, scratches are the norm for this set. Really poor decision by FOX to package them this way. [​IMG]
     
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    While the "disc-on-disc" format has to be one of the worst, I don't mind it as much when it's single-siders you're dealing with (as with "Hardcastle and McCormick" #3). I do mind it, however, when that method is used for double-siders. Why, you might ask? First, when the discs are double-sided, a "disc-on-disc" method (this format is used for #3 of "Dallas" and #2 of "The Waltons," both of which are doubles) makes it more aggravating, since not only do you have to deal with tightly locking hubs (which are usually used in a disc-on-disc format), you also have to worry about getting fingerprints on the surfaces while trying to pry the discs loose, therein adding to the worries of possibly making your discs unplayable.

    And yes, it is true-- though I'm not really a "Simpsons" fan, the packaging method that was used for #11 has to take the cake as one of the worst (the head packages for several others of that series rightly deserve dishonorable mention as well).
     
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    Brady Bunch shag Complete series. An interesting idea but it doesn't work. About 8 of my DVDs were scratched with smears of glue. After months I'm still trying to get Paramount to replace more than one of the damaged DVDs. I wonder why they didn't just put the previous slip cases in a large shag covered holder. [​IMG]

    Also, the classic Andy Griffith show complete set with amazing artwork printed all over...cardboard sleeves?!!! CARDBOARD SLEEVES!!!!! WTF!
     
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    I had to return several of my Monkee DVDs to Rhino for replacement. They send me 2 copies of each damaged one. [​IMG] those guys are high!
     
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    The Simpsons Season 11 "accordion" sleeve AND the Krusty outer sleeve.

    Any Simpsons set with the clamshell "head" packaging (made that mistake only ONCE).

    The "Sex and the City" season sets (not only is it impossible to get the spines to line up with your other cases, but the plastic can actually cut your fingers when extracting a disc).

    The Penn & Teller "Bullsh*t" sets. There's nothing wrong with each individual season's packaging by itself, it's just each season uses a completely different packaging.


    All the early Warner season sets were like that (Smallville and La Femme Nikita among others). They seemed rather sturdy at the time, but MAN, they take up a lot of space...

    The other side of the coin is that the yearbook edition of "Freaks and Geeks" and the recent complete "Charmed" limited edition (which clocks in at about 10 pounds) are fantastic...
     
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    Paper bags are cheaper.
     

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