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New Fox Digipaks: CAST AWAY, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, THE ABYSS, others?

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Paul.S, Sep 13, 2003.

  1. Paul.S

    Paul.S Producer

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    Although Peter Staddon referred to this in chat over a year-and-a-half ago, Fox's newly re-packaged 2-disc sets are apparently just now finally hitting shelves. I recently spotted The Abyss and Cast Away (at Best Buy) and The Sound Of Music (at Costco) in attractive, colorful Digipaks. In other words, these 2-disc titles--formerly in either the 'fat' or standard width 2-disc Amarays--are now packaged like the 2-disc Fight Club. ID4 was also announced for re-packaging, but I haven't come across it yet in stores. (The announcement of Digipak packaging of course followed word in I think early spring of 2002 that these titles were being "discontinued." They were then replaced with $19.99 single-disc versions sans nearly all supplements.)

    I'm hoping someone who has purchased the Digipak Abyss or Cast Away who also had the original 2-disc release can comment on the contents of the two releases. I want to make doubly sure that the contents are identical before re-purchasing the new, more attractive packaging. Interestingly, although the new Cast Away packaging gets the aspect ratio right (it is a 1.85 movie and was labeled 2.35 on the original release), the audio is no longer listed as DTS ES or DD EX. (Also, let me know if you have interest in buying a mint condition Abyss and/or Cast Away original 2-disc release.)

    Also, since Fox's "Five Star Collection" brand has been discontinued (go figure; the re-packaged Sound Of Music does *not* feature that moniker), please chime in if you've heard anything about whether or not Speed, Die Hard or M*A*S*H will also be similarly re-packaged. I PMd and e-mailed Staddon about this in March 2002 shortly after the chat in which he mentioned this, but did not receive a response. Will also be interesting to see if other Fox 2-discers like From Hell get this re-packaging.

    Paul
     
  2. Dave H

    Dave H Producer

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    Paul,

    These are the same releases as the originals. I think they dropped the ES and EX so it wouldn't confuse certain customers into thinking they needed another format on their receiver.
     
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    Paul, did I read your post correctly? You're buying these again because of the packaging, even though the discs are identical?
     
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    Simon:

     
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    Sounds like he's interested in consistent packaging. I am also. That's why I think snappers should be discontinued. All single discs should come in keepcases. Double discs should be packaged differently, however. He also mentioned that he wanted to sell the original, so he wants to replace his packaging with the more consistent packaging.
     
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    These were on sale at Best Buy about 1-2 months ago @ 2 for $25.
     
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    Brian:

     
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    Planet of the Apes (2001) was also in the deal and has been repackaged. Haven't paid much attention to Sound of Music, but for the most part, the new covers look pretty darn spiffy. Not a fan of Cast Away's new cover. It's just a still of Tom Hanks with fire and looks rather cheap.
     
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    I liked the original Castaway cover better and I think the 2-disc Armaray was nice.
     
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    Anyone been able to find cover shots for these yet?
     
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    DVD Planet has the covers for all five.
     
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    Would be nice to stay focused on differences in contents (if any) and not devolve into debate over (de)merits of the different covers/packaging. [​IMG]

     
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    Best Buy is selling them for $20 a pop.
     
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    I am incredibly disappointed that Fox did not use this opportunity to give SOUND OF MUSIC a new transfer. This duplicate re-issue will mean another five year wait before we can hope for an improved edition, I guess.
     
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    Thanks for the reply, Brian.

    -p
     
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