1. The snapper is clearly dead, but what's next?

    CD cases? Keepcases? Paper? Plastic? Slimcases? Oversized?

    Despite disc size, is the packaging going to be different so people don't get confused between three (!) formats?

    The trend now seems to be towards cheaper packaging (LD probably had the most opulent packaging, love those gatefolds).

    DVD packaging seems to be going down-hill (naked shell with disc + pizza coupon).

    When I get upgrades on 'The Thing' and 'Dazed and Confused', I'm definitely keeping the old packaging and selling off my old disc in the new case.

    Wondering if some HD adopters will keep their DVD packaging and just 'upgrade' the disc.
  2. Jeff(R)

    Jeff(R) Second Unit

    May 14, 1999
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    I think that new formats should stick primarily to the keepcase size and use clear unambiguous labeling to differentiate between the formats.

  3. Dave Poehlman

    Dave Poehlman Producer

    Mar 8, 2000
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    That's an interesting question. The current cases were designed to match the height and depth of a VHS tape and to differentiate them from CD's.

    I would think they would want to continue along those lines... perhaps an even slimmer case to make the distinction visually obvious. Or, using the current keepcases but cast in a bright blue plastic to denote a blu-ray disc is inside.
  4. Patrick McCart

    Patrick McCart Lead Actor

    May 16, 2001
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    Patrick McCart
    I think they should put BluRay and HD-DVD in snappers.
  5. MarcoBiscotti

    MarcoBiscotti Producer

    Sep 2, 2003
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    I hope they establish more of a consistency among releases and between studios.

    Standard single sized amaray keepcase packaging and double-slim amarays, etc. for general releases and hopefully a standard cardboard box-set packaging to house these same discs for multi-set collections.

    It would be nice to not have the assortment of digipack and cardboard snappers and deluxe oversized non consumer-friendly box sets, dozen different color keepcases, etc.

    Wouldn't it be so much nicer to be able to simply line up EVERY SINGLE DVD you ever bought on your shelf display with convenient and good looking standard sized black or white keepcases so that you could essentially have a library of thousands of movies easily catalogued and neatly arranged at your disposal?

    I highly doubt it'll ever happen but wouldn't that be nice!

    I initially was attracted to the exclusive packaging offered on occassion for certain releases, but I not hate all of that. I even wish the studios would stop wasting money on pointless slip covers and put the extra cents towards enhancing the existing cover art or possibly adding an extra trailer or something to the DVD...
  6. Joe Bernardi

    Joe Bernardi Supporting Actor

    Oct 24, 2000
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    Joe Bernardi
    IMHO, all DVDs of whatever format should come in slimcases, allowing us to store more in the same space, and allowing the studios to sell us more to fill up our empty space.

    It's a win-win solution!
  7. TravisR

    TravisR Studio Mogul

    Nov 15, 2004
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    The problem with the slimline case is that it's too slim to be easily read by the costumer. [​IMG]
  8. MikeEckman

    MikeEckman Screenwriter

    Jan 11, 2001
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    Personally, I dont think there will ever be a unified packaging theme. Studios will continue to use whatever form they want. My guess is, they will be similar to current DVD packaging, but there will be inconsistent differences.
  9. If the next format is able to include everything on one disc, this may lead to a slimmer (read: cheaper) packaging style.

    Similar to current TV slimcases, but with thicker plastic to prevent disc theft.

    They might use case latches...hate those things.

    I also suspect inserts/booklets are history.

    If the cases are clear, however, you might get interior art/text/photos on the back of the cover slip.

    I've already started 'scalping' DVD inserts/booklets since reissues tend not to have any.

    This started with Animal House, Rain Man, Fifth Element, Star Trek SEs, and many others.

    At this point, I hold on to everything till the reissue is out, then I decide what to trade in and what to carry over to the new release.

    I'd like to think HD formats will provide better packaging, but who knows?

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