Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has revealed that it is planning to release Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained as a Limited Edition SteelBook in the United Kingdom. The SteelBook will be available for purchase online and in shops across the country on June 3rd.
The exact technical specs and supplemental features to be included with this release are yet to be detailed.
Set in the South two years before the Civil War, Django Unchained stars Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive.
Sold! I live in Sweden but I buy most of my disc from the US(still more titles, better artwork, more extras, etc) but when it comes to steelbooks, I buy them from the UK. Eureka, Arrow, Second Sight and Sony have all provided my collection/shelf with a more robust, more stylish and less plastic look.
I imagine the higher availability of steelbook titles in Europe is something of a reward/ bait for our continued adoption of physical media. For the UK at least it's the fact our broadband just isn't as advanced as it should be, so streaming and on demand services haven't reached the availability levels we would like. Also as the DVD and early Blu-ray take-up figures showed the saturation of physical media is comparatively higher than in the US where streaming and per episode releases are a much more viable option. Here on this penal colony in the Atlantic we still demand to fill our shelves with material goodness hence the 14mm boxes we employ to house our Blu-rays. Hell, we still release TV shows on twice the number of discs we need just so we can fill our shelves that much quicker. Go easy on us America, we're finally getting all the good things we could only read about in the back of Marvel Comics