Best news i've read all day, Finally i Can pick up shawshank! WB needs to realize that they should either drop digibooks alltogether or release both kinds packaging right from Day 1, let the consumer decide rather then being forced to wait a year for the normal packaging
Im not so sure "fancier" is the correct description for Digibook packaging- Id say "flimsier" or, maybe, "epic fail." I'll be loading up my Wonka onto ebay, maybe even JFK (I can wait for the eventual re-release of that one). In late October, I'll unload Shawshank to prepare for the incoming upgrades. I still am not a fan of the new Shawshank art though- looks like Tim Robbins' neck is the Titanic, yet floating in the air like Madam Leota at the Haunted Mansion.
I'm waiting for One flew over the cuckoo's nest in a regular case, I might even skip the new edition coming out later this year because it appears to be in a giant box and I have no use for packaging like that. 300 is the only digipak i own so one day I hope it also comes in a normal case
The first Digibook I owned was "North By Northwest" and I hated how awkwardly it looked out of place on the shelf next to the other Blu-rays.
Since then however I have added the Digibooks for "Clash of the Titans" (1981) and "Doctor Zhivago"
Have been looking to get Shawshank cheap but now I guess I can wait. I think the $9.99 cheaper price tag says it all. There may be a fan base for digibooks but for those of us that either don't like them or could care less, the packaging is certainly just a way to boost the price and keep it high.
Fortunately the consumer wins again (finally) for these great catalog titles... Hooray Capitalism!
To be honest . . . I like the Blu-ray books - I have all of them that have been released so far (24 total) and much like 'DrrnHarr' I keep them separate from the standard Blu-ray cases - I feel it adds to the materialist essence of my collection . . . plus I actually read and like the information provided in the books - Can't wait for Seven, Exorcist, King Kong and as far as I know Rocky Horror will be available in both book and standard . . . to each his own I guess - I'm just happy that they are released on Blu-ray in the first place!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't even get me started on the fact that several films have yet to even be rumored to make the 'final transition'!!!! But that's not what this thread is about . . . I say lets keep the Blu-ray books around - they are fun and add that little bit of punch to the shelves!!!!!!!
on a side note: it did annoy the hell out of me when I first started to line them in alphabetical order but once I made a special shelf for just Blu-ray books I was much calmer . . .
Verbal, for some of us, its not just the fact its in different packaging... many of us who avoid digibooks could care less. However its the fact that titles released solely in digibooks have list prices around $10 more than what the same movie may go for in regular cases and don't have the standard price drop after their release like other movies.
For example, Willy Wonka has been out over 10 months now and is still listed on Amazon for $24.99. Shawshank has been out over 20 months and other than a quick sale last November has never dipped below $20.
For some of us its tough spending that kind of money on catalog titles, regardless of how good the movie and/or transfer may be. With the list price on both of the above mentioned films being $24.99 we can probably expect to see them release for cheaper than they've ever been in digibook form. So for those of us who could care less about the extras included in digibook packaging this is a huge win!
While I already have Shawshank and Wonka(I really like Digibooks). I am glad they are releasing those movies in standard cases for people who dislikes Digibooks. They should have had it from the very begining. So people had the choice.
Me, I LOVE Digibooks--They're pricey, and I have to wait for used copies to dip on Amazon, but they're what used to be found in theaters: Souvenir programs (which you used to be able to buy in the lobby, as recently as Star Wars and E.T.)
It just feels more like a Home Theater to have a shelf full of souvenir movie programs, with the actual -movie- included.
OK - for those of you complaining about the price, here's an idea - don't buy BLU-RAYS! If you're that damn cheap that you have to wait for a used Amazon.com copy, why don't you don't you just find the same DVD version in a bargain bin at your local Wal-Mart? Maybe Blu-ray is not the format for you if you're on a budget?
When it comes to buying these movies, I never really expect them to be cheap (except something like Wrong Turn 3). Digibooks are wrong because they don't look good in your movie library. I have OCD and I am proud of it. Pick one case format and stick with it. I mean, they don't make spice racks with different sized glass containers. All hail order...death to Digibooks!
I am so glad that WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY is being released in a standard case! Keep them coming, please. I wasn't really interested in purchasing SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION but might now consider it because it's being released in a standard case too.
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