Buffy R1 packaging - not nearly as good as R2

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  1. PhilipG

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    File this under "trivial details you wouldn't care about if your day was less boring". [​IMG]
    Differences between the R1 & R2 Buffy season one sets:
    R2: embossed silver Buffy logo on cover
    R1: Buffy logo is white, non-embossed
    R2: package unfolds to reveal a crucifix. As you unfold each disc, the disc details for it are revealed on the back of the next disc sleeve (really cool).
    R1: standard X-Files foldout
    R2: 28 page glossy b/w guide to season one, containing detailed synopses, quotes, facts and trivia
    R1: 12 page glossy colour guide to season one, containing brief synopses and basic production credits.
    R2: The Hepburn "I Quit" music video
    R1: strangely absent. Many can live with this. [​IMG]
    Interestingly this comes at the same time as the Star Trek packaging differences, with R2 getting snazzy "medkit" cases, and R1 getting relatively dull-as-nails boxes.
    However, back to Buffy, and the R1 video/audio came out superior in my head-to-head test (importantly, there is no PAL-speedup in the R1 version - so much better!).
    Comments, anyone?
     
  2. Michael St. Clair

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    To be honest, I really don't care about the packaging. To me, it's always about the content. I'd never buy an import for the packaging, the material and media quality would have to be better.
     
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    Hmm. I never notice the PAL speedup. But IIRC you get some interview snippets with Joss talking about some episodes which *is* extra. The Buffy version of I Quit. Well, yep, the original video wasn't that good and the song's hardly inspired so - HEYHO! [​IMG]
    The crucifix isn't that good be honest.
    More importantly (third time I'm posting this point today - maybe I'll just stick it in manufacturer feedback too [​IMG]) SRP is $40 I thought. That means R1 will now be about 17.99 on mailorder over here but the R2 will be £40.
    If Fox keeps this up I guess I can be bothered to wait another year to get my mitts on Buffy S3 for a reasonable price, considering it's not widescreen.
    I'm guessing they'll DEFINITELY have to do a better job on S2 R1 - bad chapter stops and some horrific encoding, plus their original scratchy packaging. [​IMG]
     
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    I have all the region two BUFFY sets they released so far, so I'm not really too upset about the region one packaging. But you're right, the region two set looks nicer, and the booklet from the R2 version is full of fun trivia that should have been included with the domestic edition. I'm really puzzled as to why the booklet was dropped in favor of the flimsy insubstantial insert included with the R1 box.

    -Jerry
     
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    I know it's partly because Artisan has recently raised the bar so high for television series with their TWIN PEAKS set, but I'm not in the least satisfied with Fox's work on BUFFY. Yes, this is a small thing, but certainly indicative of a lack of care.

    Although Buffy's my favorite show on TV right now, I haven't ordered season 1. I hope they put a little more effort into Season 2 (my favorite season).
     
  7. Frank Anderson

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    Cool packaging = keepcase w/ booklet

    I haven't seen any cardboard that holds up better than plastic.
     
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  10. Michael St. Clair

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    Given the price of Star Trek TOS, Farscape, and the shotgun approach of R1 releases like South Park and Friends, I consider the way these releases (specifically, Buffy and ST:TNG) are being handled to be a gift.

    If they were charging what some other studios are charging for TV series (and/or releasing scattered episodes), you bet I'd be criticizing the packaging.
     
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    Personally, I don't care...I'm just thrilled to have the show on DVD!

    But when I first read about the R2 packaging, I thought, "that's kinda cool, but I'm going to have to unfold that monstrosity on the floor or something just to get a disc I need!" It's hard enough for me to clear off enough space in my junky apartment to open the X-Files sets up!
     
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  13. PhilipG

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    Ian, not really. You open up one flap to get disc 1, another for disc 2, and a third for disc 3. Just as much surface area as R1's, except that two more flaps (the bottom of the crucifix shape) can unfold with extra info & pix. Can't find anywhere with a photo, but it kind of looks like this:
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    [​IMG]
    Perfect example of why to use 3 disc keepcase.
     
  15. Christian Preischl

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    Hi,

    FYI, the booklet from the Region 2 Season 1 Discs is just an excerpt from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Watcher's Guide. I guess that's why there was American spelling.

    Chris
     

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