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Even for those who don’t particularly care for film, like me, Mondo Steelbooks add another dimension, that takes things out of the ordinary, and into the spectacular.

This is investment quality art for the steelbook collector.

Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X?

Who cares.

A 4k Blu-ray, especially with HDR becomes the center of everything important in one’s home.

In the past, many in foreign territories, Mondo Steelbooks have become an essential fashion accessory to one’s home theater. Domestically, a handful have become available as Best Buy or Target exclusives.

There’s something special about them.

With paintings going in the millions, or tens of millions of dollars, collectible cars also reaching multiple millions, you can own a limited edition of Paramount’s A Quiet Place – which also happens to be a really good film – for $28.

Best Buy special edition steenboks cost at least $5 more, which means that if you’ve not yet added that 4k A Quiet Place to your library, this is the way to go.

The packaging, and protective packaging is beyond the norm.

A Steelbook, encapusulated within what appears to be an acrylic sleeve, with the outer artwork combining with that on the steel surface to form a cohesive statement.

But there’s more to the quality.

Lest the outer acrylic shield be damaged in any way, it, in turn, is wrapped in a protective film.

These are lovely, well-designed products, that I’d love to see in use for a film’s initial 4k release, or alternatively offered as an upgrade product, mit out disc, for those who already own the beautiful Paramount 4k.

For those who may be living on another planet, A Quiet Place is number 38 in the series.

Now completists will have to find the earlier 37.

Rumor has it that Top Gun may be number 39, to coincide with the release of the new film. I’d love to see The Graduate and Rumor Has It released as a dual steelbook at number 40.

Image – 5

Audio – 5 (Dolby Atmos)

Pass / Fail – Pass

Highly Recommended

RAH

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I detect a whiff of sarcasm here.
 

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Why do I feel like Pinocchio before he became a real boy (my legs being pulled...;) ) ?

The most Artistic of these steelbooks was the Artisan Special Edition of Total Recall (1999)

Sans the chipboard "case" the steelbook would just roll around ...
The "Easy Open" steelbook was almost guaranteed to damage the enclosed disc :~
 

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Why do I feel like Pinocchio before he became a real boy (my legs being pulled...;) ) ?

The most Artistic of these steelbooks was the Artisan Special Edition of Total Recall (1999)

Sans the chipboard "case" the steelbook would just roll around ...
The "Easy Open" steelbook was almost guaranteed to damage the enclosed disc :~
I still own this!
 

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Why do I feel like Pinocchio before he became a real boy (my legs being pulled...;) ) ?

The most Artistic of these steelbooks was the Artisan Special Edition of Total Recall (1999)

Sans the chipboard "case" the steelbook would just roll around ...
The "Easy Open" steelbook was almost guaranteed to damage the enclosed disc :~
IMHO, these are the best steelbooks. The forbidden planet was quite deep and contains a miniature Robby the Robot, still wrapped in mint condition. The King Kong case is quite heavily embossed. Both are gorgeous. They were for DVD editions and did not cost and arm and a leg. They now contain my blu rays.
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IMHO, these are the best steelbooks. The forbidden planet was quite deep and contains a miniature Robby the Robot, still wrapped in mint condition. The King Kong case is quite heavily embossed. Both are gorgeous. They were for DVD editions and did not cost and arm and a leg. They now contain my blu rays.
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Have these too.
 

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IMHO, these are the best steelbooks. The forbidden planet was quite deep and contains a miniature Robby the Robot, still wrapped in mint condition. The King Kong case is quite heavily embossed. Both are gorgeous. They were for DVD editions and did not cost and arm and a leg. They now contain my blu rays.
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I Only have the Forbidden Planet one but it has the blu-ray inside ... now ;)
 

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I Only have the Forbidden Planet one but it has the blu-ray inside ... now ;)
I’m not positive, but I don’t think FB or KK were special editions. This was the way you bought the blu ray. They weren’t expensive.
 

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I’m not positive, but I don’t think FB or KK were special editions. This was the way you bought the blu ray. They weren’t expensive.
King Kong was definitely a special edition.
 

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Why do I feel like Pinocchio before he became a real boy (my legs being pulled...;) ) ?

The most Artistic of these steelbooks was the Artisan Special Edition of Total Recall (1999)

Sans the chipboard "case" the steelbook would just roll around ...
The "Easy Open" steelbook was almost guaranteed to damage the enclosed disc :~
I owned this one -- man, I hated that packaging.
 
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I Only have the Forbidden Planet one but it has the blu-ray inside ... now ;)
The original "Steelbook" Box was for the FP DVD with a mini-Robbie the Robot ...





I believe there was a thinner steelbook blu-ray released as a collector set (sans Mini-Robbie) ...


I purchased the blu-ray as a separate release in a standard case. I put the blu-ray in the tin for the DVD ... with Mini-Robbie... :cool:
 
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The original "Steelbook" Box was for the FP DVD with a mini-Robbie the Robot ...





I believe there was a thinner steelbook blu-ray released as a collector set (sans Mini-Robbie) ...


I purchased the blu-ray as a separate release in a standard case. I put the blu-ray in the tin for the DVD ... with Mini-Robbie... :cool:
The mini-Robbie is not as big as the picture would suggest. But the case is marvelous.
 

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The most Artistic of these steelbooks was the Artisan Special Edition of Total Recall (1999)
To be clear, the Total Recall DVD was a disc tin, not a SteelBook. Although both made of metal, they're very different. That Total Recall tin was extremely prone to dents if you so much as looked at it funny.

I owned this one -- man, I hated that packaging.
Agreed. It was pretty silly. Nearly as bad was the Basic Instinct "ice pick" DVD package - which I of course also owned.
 

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One of my personal favourites in the Steelbook category is Guardians of the Galaxy, which is embossed and made up to look like Peter Quill's Walkman. Genius.
 
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One of my personal favourites in the Steelbook category is Guardians of the Galaxy, which is embossed and made up to look like Peter Quill's Walkman. Genius.
I think the BB "GotG2" exclusive is the only steelbook I ever bought.

I've gotten some as review copies - such as the subject of this discussion - but "GotG2" is the only one I purchased. I wanted that 4K/3D combo!
 
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I have that one as well, embossed Baby Groot and all.
 
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I may end up picking up the steelbook version of this title as I do like the look of the steelbooks and they look nicer than the cheap plastic cases.

And I also own the same Total Recall, lol.

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