Warner Home Video has announced the Blu-ray release of the New Line title Se7en (also known as Seven) for September 14. This Blu-ray edition, supervised by director David Fincher, will come in DigiBook form, with a 32-page booklet containing information and photos on the making of the movie, and a special look at its alternate endings.
Special features include:
Four audio commentary tracks:
Stars commentary, with director David Fincher and actors Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman
Story commentary, with Fincher, author Richard Dyer, screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker, editor Richard Francis-Bruce and New Line president of production Michael De Luca
Picture commentary, with Fincher, director of photography Darius Khondji, production designer Arthur Max, editor Richard Francis-Bruce and author Richard Dyer
Sound commentary, with Fincher, sound designer Ren Klyce, composer Howard Shore and author Richard Dyer
Exploration of the opening title sequence from multiple video angles with various audio mixes and two commentary tracks
Production design and still photographs with commentaries
The Notebooks: Full motion video details "John Doe┤s" writings
Why are they continuing to ruin good movies with digibooks!!! Enough already if your gonna do something stupid like this put one out in a standard case as well!!! Been waiting a long time for this and now I will have to wait even longer for them to put this out properly!!!
Glad to see this in Digibook, but I wish they had made some new extras for the Blu-ray. The extras here (reproduced from the 2-disc DVD) are quite poor. Many of Fincher's other films have gotten better treatments (Ben Button, Zodiac, Panic Room...). I think that this even drops some of the DVD extras (?)
Reason I hate digibooks, is because they stick out like a sore thumb in the collection. Some of us just want a nice uniform collection. I like the fact that blu ray cases are slim, compact and shorter than dvd cases. Then comes a digibook and looks stupid on the shelf, unless you throw them at the very end of the bookcase or shelf.
That's all. If they reduced the height to standard blu ray case, I'd be ok with them.
Love the look of the digibook. While I agree its not easy to sort these in with the rest of your collection they're really built more for display purposes. I can't wait to place this next to my Shawshank and N by NW and 300 digibooks.
I'm happy that this will finally be out on BD, but I agree about the crappy digibooks. I personally just print out a new cover from the internet and put it in an extra blu-ray case ( I had to do this for Poltergeist and Falling Down as well). What is the point of them really? Once you read the material, are you ever really going to go back and look at it again? And if they must produce the digibook version, why not make it the same height as other BDs?! We should at least have the option of buying either a standard BD case or digibook version.
I don't like the Digibooks because Warner uses them as an excuse to keep the prices jacked up on catalog releases. The re-released Digibooks now in standard Blu packaging are selling for $8-$10 cheaper, just because they took away 32 pages of color photos.
So does everyone hate Digibooks simply because they're bigger than regular BD cases? OCD much? I think it gives the films an extra special look, as if the studio actually cared about a quality product for once.
As a UK purchaser, I too love digibooks, and actually order more expensive US region free editions over boring normal UK blu ray cases.
You want to see the cover art for our forthcoming UK version, it is the same as the really old single disc DVD..rubbish.
Day one purchase for me
A lot of the complaints on here about the digi-book format are fairly weak.
1. some of you are complaining about the size difference between the digi-book and regular Blu-Ray cases, yet you also take the time to mention your very own fix for that "problem" by either placing digi-books at the beginning or end of your collection to separate them from the regular cases or you mention making/printing new covers and placing them in empty regular cases...why complain about it if you've got a personal fix for it?
2. the other main complaint seems to be pricing. there's a few easy fixes for this as well...order the movie(s) from Amazon, it's usually cheaper than retail stores anyways as far as new releases go, or just hold of on purchasing it for a lil' while! I was just at Best Buy yesterday and they had the 10th Anniversary Digi-Book Edition of 'The Matrix' for (if memory serves) $13.99. Someone mentioned an $8-10 difference in pricing...I can't think of any titles priced THAT much different between regular packaging digi-book (though, please...show examples, perhaps I just haven't seen it personally).
Personally, and this goes back to my DVD collecting days as well, I have always enjoyed when there was some kind of booklet to go along with the movie...whether it be those simple 8-page booklets that were in a bunch of MGM DVDs or even the 32 (or more) page booklets that come with just about every Criterion release. Granted, the key is to make sure that the printed materials aren't pointless and don't simply repeat something that's shown in one of the video features on the disc(s).
I also own the Criterion Laserdisc Box set and the special Edition DVD
The New BLU-RAY special edition I would love to get But Warner Keeps Putting out the Crappy DIGIBOOK packaging. Come on Warner we don;t like them.It is time enough to stop Releasing
this kind of packaging. I am asking everyone to Contact WARNER BROS to ask them to stop
Releasing Movies with DIGIBOOk Packaging.
You also suggest holding out a little while for the price to drop. This brings up my point. The price on these will never drop, except maybe a weekly sale. Amadeus is one of the oldest Digibook releases and it is STILL priced at $27.
Real disappointed that this is a Digibook. Want none of those in my collection. I will wait one month longer and buy the UK edition which is a standard case and since it's WB it will be region-free. For all other Digibook haters out there, here's the link: http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Seven-Blu-ray/11243/
Fair enough. I've personally held off on any versions of both Amadeus and Goodfellas, given the complaints about their transfers and such.
But one thing I didn't figure into my point of view on the difference of pricing between the digi-books and the regular cases is a simple matter of materials. It costs more to put out the digi-book, hence the higher price.
However, I do think it's a bit silly of the studios to put out a digi-book edition alone then wait however long before releasing the same disc as a regular case edition...they should put them both out at the same time, let the public pic what they want.
Same goes for any studio putting out new releases with the digital copy and dvd versions... Personally, I just want the Blu-Ray. i don't port any movies for any portable devices or even for my computer and I'd wager I'm not alone in that respect...yet plenty of times, I'm forced to pay extra for 1-2 extra discs of repeated material that I simply do not use or need.
To anyone complaing about Digibook prices, I have never paid more than $20 for any of mine. Not to mention just last week I paid $10 each for JFK, Bonnie & Clyde & Falling Down. I've only seen a few titles not drop lower than $20, but that isn't the norm. I personally cannot wait for this, I love Digibooks!
This issue with DIGIBOOK packaging has nothing to do with transfers
I have a few of them in my collection but the main reason is that they fall apart and its made of cardboard and the inner hub that holds the disc comes loose to easy so my disc fall out when i open them
a digibook for this...? looks like i'll finally have to deal with my hatred for digibooks. i love Seven just way too much to wait for a standard release, and the special features and booklet seem stellar.
It should be quite a stunner in Blu-ray! I still remember seeing it on the big screen at the Chinese in Hollywood, and how the audience (including myself, of course) was glued to our seats from the opening credit sequence! It was definitely something very new and brave in cinema. I'm not to thrilled about the "digibook" look; however, that won't stop me from purchasing it.... (Is "The Game" out on Blu...??? I can't recall....)
Just so you are all aware, this will NOT be how the film apeared in theaters. It has been digitally warmed so that it no longer has the cool blacks and murky grays. For whatever reason, maybe just because he could, Fincher changed the color scheme of the entire film to oranges and yellows. I think it looks weird and definitely takes away the amazing effect of the silver nitrate processing that made it look so cold and sharp.
Still an amazing film, but I don't know what I'll do about this release.
iap738- JFK was part of walmart's 3 for $30 sale going on. It is no longer listed in this sale, but it is for the other one they have (3 for $45). They have Bonnie and Clyde still available, and I remember they had Falling Down and JFK on the list a few days ago. Amadeus is listed in the 3 for $45 sale, but it is not the digibook.
Here's a link: http://www.walmart.com/ip/3-for-30-Blu-ray-Bundle/14291665
They also have a 3 for $45 sale going on (just search "3 for $45" on their site). Both of these sales were mentioned in the Hot Deals-Movie and TV Deals section of the forum.
I'm stoked to see Se7en get the digibook treatment. I'll wait for a price drop or sale, but I'll be adding it to my digibook collection. I really don't get all the hate for them, but I can understand how it is not possible to simply swap out the case if it gets damaged. I've had some for several years now, and I have no problems with them. I'll probably write Warner Bro's and THANK THEM PROFUSELY for this release, and I welcome more digibooks. They obvsiously sell, or WB would stop releasing them. If you are a fan of them, keep an eye out on wbshop.com. They have a buy 2 get 1 blu free sometimes or other sales, and with promo codes, you can get digibooks for around $15.00.
Another great movie I will not be buying thanks to crapbook. I still haven't even picked up my favorite movie of ALL time "North By Northwest" because I refuse to support the format. It's snap cases all over again. They look stupid and won't last like a nice plastic keep case.
Gideon, you compared digibook prices and stated that digibook versions for both Goodfellas and Amadeus were more expensive than the regular version, and yet you failed to mention you were comparing two-disc digibooks to 1-disc keepcases.
If you look The matrix blu-ray up on Amazon you'll find out the digibook is priced at $13,49 while the regular case version is priced at $24,98.
Day 1 purchase for me. Digibook or not, it should be totally worth the blue. Only wish they used the silver Nitrate version. That's one of the reasons I kept the Criterion Laser Disc around. Also note that the commentary is different too on the Criterion disc.
I'll wait and keep watching the New Line Platinum Series DVD set. It looks great upconverted on my 1080p TV, and has more features than the Blu-ray. Maybe this will get the treatment it deserves someday. Until then, no multiple copies for me.
Actually the only thing that appears to be missing is Mastering For The Home Theater and the DVD-ROM Content, although that stuff may be online due to BD Live. I too wish that the Digibook was the same design as the interior of the 2 disc Platinum Series.