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DVD Thinpak and other Slim Cases

Discussion in 'DVD' started by John Berggren, Mar 18, 2003.

  1. John Berggren

    John Berggren Producer

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    Will DVD cases as we know them change?

    From Reuters' StudioBrief:

     
  2. Shaun

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    Is this similar to the packaging used for Columbia/TriStar's Panic Room Superbit DVD?
     
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  6. Charlie Essmeier

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    A single DVD case is thicker than a single laserdisc cover, and I don't have any trouble reading the laserdisc titles on the spines.

    I'd welcome any improvement over current DVD packaging, including the introduction of a laserdisc-style cardboard cover.

    My preference from day one would have been jewel cases, but those didn't last long.

    Charlie
     
  7. David Lambert

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    They are starting this trend with the box sets, yes. I can name a few right off, not the least of which are the Image releases for Twilight Zone, and the Fox releases coming up of Futurama and Family Guy (see Ron's review of the latter posted today, for the things "in action").

    But I've got contacts at a couple of packing plants, and it sounds like this is heading for use on individual releases as well. They are in the process of retooling lines to use this sort of packaging as an option. I didn't ask about details, as it's a "friend of a friend" thing in each case. But yes, sounds like they are coming.

    For my part, that's fine. I already have so many DVD's that the space they take up is quite, uh, considerable. If everything had been in ThinPaks all along then I would be in quite a bit better shape right now! [​IMG]

    I mean, what's wrong with the idea? Since inserts are kind of being slowly eliminated anyway, then what's the point of thick packaging? These thinner packages also seem to eliminate rattlers, since the disc doesn't have enough room to come off the hub. Of course, that might mean more damage in an impact, but the thinner cases can be wrapped in thicker styrofoam for shipping!
     
  8. Patrick Mirza

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    I ran out of space about 200 DVDs back. Now I have them lying everywhere and it drives me nuts. I still have room for laserdiscs, and they number 800+. I, for one, welcome thinner packaging.
     
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    I like this idea.

    Inserts are nice, but I rarely read them more than once. I think it would be a good idea to have a slipcover for the thinpack which had the chapter listing or a booklet glued into the design.
     
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    LOL :b The amount of movies consumers will buy is directly proportionate to the quality (picture, sound and content) of said DVDs. These guys have GOT to give their heads a collective shake. [​IMG]
     
  11. Rhett_Y

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    Bring on the new slimmer cases...I am all for it...

    R~
     
  12. LarryH

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    Good grief! I really don't have any opinion on this style of case, but I'm really annoyed to have yet another style come out. I wish they could have settled on one style from the start - and most importanatly one that keeps the DVD on its spindle but allows you to get it off without bending it double. Sigh.
     
  13. Qui-Gon John

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    Don't like it. I want the keepcase to be the standard!
     
  14. Gabe D

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    Columbia House has been using these for their exclusive TV show releases for a while. I've got several of them, and it is fairly hard to read the printing on the spine.
     
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    I have the new Twilight Zone sets using these cases and I gotta say - I like 'em. I can read the spines just fine. If these had been used from the beginning, I wouldn't be looking at buying new DVD shelving right now... [​IMG]
     
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    It looks like they are plastic, like a jewel case. Can anyone clarify that?

    If that is the case I want nothing to do with a case that cracks, shatters and is prone to broken hinges.
     
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    I guess this is what A&E used on the Shackleton set. I think that's the only one I have like this.

    They don't seem too bad to me, especially for box sets which do take up too much space sometimes.
     
  18. David Lambert

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    Yes, the Shackelton set was the first retail release to use them.

    The thinpaks are made of the same plastic as a keepcase, but thinner, and rather flexible. Not the type of shatterable plastic used on jewel cases. No worries about damage to them, and no hinges either.
     
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    I like it...sign me up! I am out of room on my 400+ dvd's
     
  20. Ted Lee

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    it looks like the kind of plastic used in my band of brothers packaging. i don't recall for sure, but it does seem pretty durable.

    i'm all for these thin cases. there's no need for these cases to be so darn thick, especially when the insert consists of one or two thin pieces of paper.

    plus the clear plastic could make for some cooler design elements...especially in the inside!
     

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