Wow, now that I have it this package is even more of a disaster than I anticipated. I have no problem with the concept of the design but the execution is just miserable. Seems to me they could have done a Homer head with cardboard instead of this flimsy, unwieldy plastic. Kudos to Fox for offering an alternative because this is a mess.
There is an even greater reason to love it in Canada, the bilingual stickers all peel off nice and easy, for people who think Homer's head would look bad on their shelves you should see what a mess bilingula spines are. Especially something like Blade II, which is just Blade II in French, so what do they do, write it once up and once down, looks real nice.
I hope we get stats of units sold vs. replacement boxes ordered.
How exactly do you play all the deleted scenes on their own? THe only thing I can do is play them while the episode plays and the icon comes on the screen. When the deleted scenes are played this way though, it causes the DVD to revert back to the beginning of the first episode on the disc. Is this an error?
[Comic Book Store Guy]"Worst DVD packaging ever![/Comic Book Store Guy]
Actually, I was willing to give the new package a fair chance, even after hearing about the replacement packaging offer. But after getting it home and opening up, I absolutely hate it. Besides being flimsy and not matching the other sets (which I could live with), it is the most awkward thing to take apart to get to the disks, with lots of pieces and parts that will eventually get lost or damaged. Uggh...I hope they go back to the old packages for subsequent releases.
I haven't gotten mine yet, so I don't yet know for myself how flimsy the plastic is, but...
I love the head design(s), but want the alternate box(es) ANYWAY, just to have them (or have the option to change my mind...) so I'll mark 'Just like free stuff' in the Reason poll...
I do love free stuff.
Three bucks to ship... yeah... that's okay... an extra fifteen bucks for five boxes isn't too much to tack on... but they're going to do DIFFERENT designs for 11-15 and 16-20, are THEY going to need two variations, too, or...?
When you come to think about it -- the SimpsonsBox website and the people needed to field the 800-number phone calls are big wastes of time and energy, and are both needless expenses on FOX's part. I wonder why they just simply didn't use the 800-# insert in the S.6 set as both a proof-of-purchase item and an actual order form, with a section on the form to enter your name & address (plus instructions on cost and where to mail it)? That would have been much simpler, and certainly MUCH less labor-intensive from FOX's POV.
Instead, the phone # and/or the website data accomplishes the very same thing that my suggested alternate avenue accomplishes, but with a lot more people involved to answer the constant phone calls.
An odd approach to an offer like this, IMO. Seems like they wanted to create as much needless work for themselves as possible. Most curious. (But I applaud FOX for offering the other box. That was sweet of them indeed.)
OK, I just picked this up, and I don't have too much of a problem with the packaging (it's neat, but rather flimsy, and the way to hold the discs themselves needs work), but WHY the hell is there absolutely NO shrinkwrap on this thing??? It's going to be obscenely easy for shoplifters to get the discs out and make off with them, and I can only imagine how these things are going to look in stores that like to put price stickers and alarm tags on them! I bought mine at Target which didn't stick anything on it, but these are gonna look like hell at places like Suncoast.
I was thinking the same thing when I first picked it up but I guess they think that it's not much less protected than any other DVD. Granted the plastic slides off but shrink wrap is pretty easy to get off too and you still have the plastic secutirty tags on the side of the box. I guess we'll know how many copies are stolen if Season Seven has shrink wrap over the top of it too.