Mondo Cane Collection Box Problems

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  1. EdwardKarlinski

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    I just got this set in the mail yesterday and was surprised to find it packaged in a box made of cheap, brittle plastic. The plastic had cracked in multiple places and the back flap would not close. I have had to return it for replacement. This is quite a disappointment considering that Blue Underground priced this product at $149.95. For that amount of money, I expect decent packaging. Has anyone else had problems with the packaging?
     
  2. John Watson

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    Most of what passes for special packaging is crap, I still laugh to think the cheap balsawood box the Wickerman came in is regarded as a collectible [​IMG]

    Hope you enjoy Mondo world tho, if you can at least get a box that isn't just broken...
     
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    Apparently the plastic box was just fine; what went awry was the shrinkwrapping. Because the shrinkwrap went on hot, it caused some kind of chemical change in the box, causing it to become very brittle. The word over at Mobius is that BU is looking into making some replacement boxes; keep checking their website or email them.
     
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    I got an e-mail response from Blue Underground.

     
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    Has anyone seen any news about this problem elsewhere?
     
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    For what it's worth, I got the exact same e-mail response.

    If they're sending out a standard reply, it must mean it's a widespread problem, and I have faith enough in Blue Underground to correct it.
     
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    Well, it is good to know that others have written Blue Underground and received replies. I really love this set, and don't want to take pot luck exchanging it for another copy from Deep Discount DVD, since the liklihood is that the packaging will still be damaged. At least I can enjoy these great transfers while I am waiting to see what happens. I have only watched Mondo Cane so far, but it was great. I loved the menu.
     
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    I do hope Blue Underground will be offering replacent cases of sorts for this....as yet i'm still waiting for any kind of e-mail response from them to an e-mail i sent last week.

    My case..was cracked all along the very top and the corner of the case had completely snapped off.

    I contacted DVD Pacific from whom i received the boxset and according to them due to the limited nature of these sets they are unable to supply me with a replacement case so all hope really rests in BU addressing this situation.

    Like you have highlighted earlier i would have expected something more sturdy for the cash that has to be outlayed to purchase this set.

    I just hope with problematic instances of their last two latest releases..ie..the Circus Of Fear disc and now this..that this isn't indicating a downturn in the quality control over at BU...mind you..may give people another target as opposed to Anchor Bay.
     
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    Well, I am still amazed at how few people have slammed Blue Underground for their barebones release of Snuff. It didn't even have a menu or scene access. If this had been done by a major studio, the fanboys would have been tearing them apart, but Blue Underground is worshipped, so when they do this, the fanboys rave about what a clever thing it is. Personally, I don't count the Circus Of Fear problem, as that seems to have been a manufacturer's error, but the choice of the cheap brittle plastic for this Limited Edition set of the Mondo Cane Collection is strike two for Blue Underground. They are getting careless and exercising poor judgment. If unchecked, this will get worse, especially if fanboy worship allows egos to grow large.
     
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    I thought it was actually cool to sort of recreate the Snuff experience. And that was definitely their intention.

    My Mondo box had a small crack. I actually thought that box itself was very nice and sturdy. I think the combination of filling the box with thinpacks and shrinkwrapping it caused the problem. When filled with thinpacks, the top and bottom panels bend easier than if it had regular amarays in it.
     
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    That is an interesting point. The weight of the thinpacks may add to the stress. But that plastic is brittle to begin with when exposed to temperature changes.
     
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    Well, actually my primary complaint is that Snuff was not even given a barebones DVD treatment.Menus and scene access are expected minimums on all DVD's. Would you suggest that all companies release low demand films sans menus as scene access?
     
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    No, we're just saying that BU tried to do something with the disc that tied into its supposed under-the-counter status in a thematic manner. Clearly, from the extras and care that Blue Underground lavishes onto its titles (even the most socially unacceptable ones), it's not a case of laziness. They were trying to do something different. It didn't work for you. Sorry. [​IMG]
     
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