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Warner Bros. bad...VERY bad packaging to their recent SEs... (1 Viewer)

donnie_d

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first, let me just say THANKS to warner bros. for all the good releases they've given us during 2007...from The Blade Runner set to the Kubrick SEs...second, let me just say it and say LOUD.....as a serious DVD collector,DVD packaging DOES matter to me...and iam sure it does to many ppl as well.

now do you guys remember when Warner Bros. used to package their SEs in very cool digipacks...like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest SE and Once Upon A Time In America SE? those days are gone...what do you get now? a very cheap Amaray cases,what a shame.

i was shocked when recent SEs were released like The Green Mile SE and Deliverance SE..both in very cheap amaray cases... NOT EVEN a slipcase!!!!!!!!!! does Warner Bros.actually realize that many of us actually waited for these SEs for YEARS to be released and yet all we get is a cheap amary case.is that how you treat your movies now Warner Bros.?!

i don't think movies like The Green Mile and Deliverance are have less quality than movies like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest or Once Upon A Time In America.

don't get me wrong, i do understand that Warner Bros. did this to reduce the prices to as much as they can.but there's a HUGE difference between trying to reduce the price and being cheap.


with that being said...i hope Warner Bros take this in consideration for their upcoming SEs like L.A Confidential.... less than special digi pack is rejected.i was happy to know they are going to release an ultimate collector’s set for Bonnie and Clyde though...now THIS IS how you treat a classic.



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Zack Gibbs

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:rolleyes:...

If there's a problem with the packaging, meaning it's defective in some way, then I'd understand. I don't see anything wrong with using standard DVD cases. They work fine and match all the others on the shelf.
 

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I like that the new SE seem to appear straight on the 2/$30 rack and become an instant bargain. CHEERS WARNERS!
 

WadeM

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I like slipcovers and digipacks, but I wouldn't go so far as to say Amaray cases are "VERY bad"--just not what I prefer. I have to admit that there is a slight feeling of disappointment when I see "Special Edition" and the packaging outside of those words don't reflect that. So, I agree with your basic point, but just not to that extreme.
 

MarcoBiscotti

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I'll take a simple well designed keep case with original artwork any day over fancy digipak and oversized fanboy crap. It saves cost, is cheaper to produce, looks just as nice, fits better on shelves and offers better storage for large collections, is more accessible and convenient for simple viewings, saves cardboard and is more environmentally friendly... plus slipcases are just frivolous and wastes of paper and printing inks that offer nothing more to consumers and generally just reproduce the cover image anyways so what's the point? Warner Bros. is doing just fine and I hope they keep it up! And where were you when they released their top-notch S.E. of Rio Bravo this past summer? Warner Bros. is doing just fine in all regards!
 

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I want everything in an Amaray style case. I keep about 20 genuine Amaray cases around just so i can swap out the cheap cases and use the original insert art. I hate the overlapping digipacks Warner is so in love with. Thank god snappers are gone. The bane of my life was the snapper! Everyone should have a bane in their life. :)
 

MarcoBiscotti

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And I hope future Special Editions of LA Confidential and Cool Hand Luke and all the other big titles slated for '08 come in simple 2-disc KEEP CASES with original artwork and nothing more. Not only does it save cost but it ends up saving the studios cost in the long run because if you've ever come across one of these unsold SE's from six years ago like Unforgiven or Amadeus or whatever as leftover stock on shelf in retail that hasn't sold, they are usually no better for the wear and generally beat up looking and chances are won't entice as many purchases. Regular amaray will look the same as it did on release day and will hold up longer in your collections as well. They're also much easier to replace if need be and again, easier to catalog by spines for large collections. ALL release should be amaray keep cases and I wish all studios followed a set standard.
 

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I don't have a problem with Warner's DVD packaging. Only thing that's missing is a decent insert in their amary case releases. You should be complaining about Paramount. It's just glaringly obvious that they simply don't care about their DVD product. Paramount no longer uses disc art, nor do they include inserts, and their two disc releases are packaged in those cheap cases with the discs on either side. Heck, they still don't let you skip their opening logos and warnings.
 

Stephen_J_H

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I'm voting for keepcases here. I'm secretly hoping that someone like Ric Easton is working on cover art for the 5 disc Blade Runner so that I can get rid of the overlapping digipak.
 

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I wasn't happy about the overlapping digipacks for the Katharine Hepburn collection and rushed out to buy Bette Davis Vol 1 and Vol 2 before as has been stated in the press release they change the design to the same as Vol 3. I have no idea what design Vol 3 will be but have a hunch it will be the cheap overlapping kind. Give me the old fashion big and bulky keep cases any day for the convience of accessing the movies. The Thin pack design is fine as well. I don't like having to unfold a book in order to get to a movie such as in the Universial Marx Brothers design and would pick the WB Marx Brothers good old fashioned single dvd cases stacked in a box any day of the week. I think my favorite design is the the slim cases for box sets such as the Gary Cooper Vol 1 collection. I don't like those cardboard slip cases and toss those in the trash as soon as I can as they hinder me from being able to open up a case in a hurry. They normally have the same picture on them that is on the dvd case and can't see any point as to why they put them on.
 

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It's all about the movie, folks. "Special Edition" to me should refer to the supplements, not the packaging. Slipcovers are just a waste. Amrays rule! :-D
 

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I've lost count of the number of redundant cardboard slipcases I've removed and put in the re-cycling bin. They add nothing to the release when they just repeat the artwork already provided with the amary case. I didn't have a problem with the 2-disc digipacks that Warner were using a few years ago, although I marginally prefer the current use of the amary case with the extra hinged tray, as it's slightly more economic in shelf space. As others have said, once they stopped using those awful snapper cases, I was quite happy.

The other peeve I have (not with Warner) is those special editions that come with a backing sheet loosely stuck to the back of the case with just a couple of bits of latex-like glue. What are we supposed to do with that apart from pulling it off? I think 'Taxi Driver' was the most recent example of this that I bought.
 

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Count me as another who much prefers WB's current amaray packaging and finds redundant slipcovers completely pointless.
 

donnie_d

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pffff... i knew this thread will be flooded with pretintious snobs, 50 plus geeks and warner bros. employees.
 

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