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***The Official Omnibus Consolidated IS WARNER ABANDONING SNAPPER CASES? Thread***

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Jeff Kleist, Mar 10, 2003.

  1. Scott Kriefall

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  2. Josh Sieg

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    I say all companies release DVDs in plastic bags. That would save TONS of space.
     
  3. Chris Farmer

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    I loathe jewel cases with a passion, even more then the snappers. The plastic is incredibly brittle, I've had more hubs disentegrate on me, and the hinges break incredibly easy. I've had well over a dozen jewel cases break while they were just sitting in my CD spinner, literally, either the cover crack, or the little plastic bits of the hub fall off, or all of the above. Nice surprise when I take a CD out for hte first time in months (I ripp all mine to high quality AAC so as not to risk damaging the CD, so I only use the physical CDs in the car) and find that the jewel case it was in has become almost useless. I hope they never stick DVDs in those.
     
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    Although I am not a fan of using a traditional CD jewel case for DVD's. I must admit to kind of liking the new style jewel case that Warner and others use for DVD-A's. The cases are slim, yet sturdy. I especially like the hubs and how the case latches closed. You can fit many more of these on a shelf than a keepcase or a snapper. I would seriously consider buying a DVD in this case if it was offered.
     
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    I also have a soft spot for snappers, although the general lack of overall casing standardization bugs me.

    The snapper, to me, seems a bit more upscale with better artwork and paper quality while having plastic edges for durability.

    Keepcases, with their flimsy or non-existent inserts, seem to scream 'cheap'.

    I do buy a lot of used DVDs, however, and the keepcases are easier to clean-up (remove stickers and dirt).

    When buying a used snapper, 'what you see is what you get'.
     
  9. Mark Zimmer

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    I think CD jewel cases are getting more and more fragile. Of the last 10 CDs I bought, the tabs broke off about half of them very quickly. That used to only happen after significant abuse, but now just opening the case seems to do it. [​IMG] Are the mfrs trying to save money by reducing the thickness of the plastic?

    At least no one has suggested bringing back the nasty Polydor drawer cases. Those things are so terrible! I still have 3 of them in my collection and hate to watch the discs for fear of damaging them. I should just replace them with keepcases, I suppose.
     
  10. Cees Alons

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    Mark,

    Like you, I have three of those too. I keep a sturdy glossy paper inside to help the DVD slide in/out without damage.

    Cees
     
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    First, it was Australia. Now according to R2 Project (www.r2-dvd.org), the Snapper is about to die in Europe as well. Hopefully, the US can't be far behind! [I say 2 down with only one to go because I don't know if other regions, or if R2 - Japan uses any snappers at all, although the Warner discs that I have from Japan don't.]

    Let's let Time Warner know that we don't want this infestation here either! Email, call, write, shout, sky write, broadcast, telepathy, or whatever method will work to get your voice across. Let them be hear by us! Why should the rest of the world be so lucky? Warner Bros is the only ones using it, and their sister companies and other licencees have all ceased using this abomination of a DVD holder. They admit to having complaints, so what's the holdback...? Start the conversion!

    Now, if they would only handle the switch from snappers that way they did in Australia....

    Here's to hoping!

    Bill
     
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    Its its not dying, its gotta be at least a possiblity. I guess they have a new policy of selectively releasing films in Amaray cases, as the new Matrix Reloaded will not be in a Snapper. Thats a start!!!
     
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    I have a couple of R1 Warner titles in keepcases...recently.
     
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    ^ which ones?

    Also, Warner Brothers in Asia still uses snappers.
     
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    Niche titles...
     
  16. Jeff Kleist

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    Both distribution items not directly under the control of WHV
     
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    As title.
    And I apologise if this has been raised before, no doubt it has.

    Although I live in England, I buy R1 DVD's, mostly.

    Warner own the rights for Friday the 13th part 1 in the UK, and have just released a truly excellent version, which is the most uncut print I have seen (certainly more than Paramounts R1 affair) and contains a commentary track, featurette & trailer.
    Supplied in a rather neat amaray case.
    It appears they have abandoned the snapper altogether in the UK.
    Yet, I recentley received Where Eagles Dare, Tightrope, The Rookie from the States, all in snappers.
     
  18. James Reader

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    I belive some time ago, the story was the factory that made snappers was being closed / was already closed.

    I guess each division is just getting through their outstanding stock.

    Personally, I'll miss them. [​IMG]
     
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    They can't say good-bye too fast for me [​IMG]
     
  20. Joshua Clinard

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    I do hope this is true. It would seem to be the case, as some of thier most high profile releases, are being released in snappers. Matrix Reloaded and Terminator 3 are two that I know of.
     

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