If you’ve read my recent Blu-ray review (or any of the other discussion of the topic on the web), you should know by now that Paramount has made the frustrating and consumer-unfriendly decision to divide up the bonus features for the Blu-ray release of ‘Star Trek into Darkness‘ among multiple retailer exclusives. Many fans have (justifiably) expressed outrage at this move. Others are apathetic about it. Where do you stand? Which edition of the movie will you buy, if any at all?
I did my best in my Blu-ray review to detail which retailers are getting which exclusives. Some (Amazon, Walmart and Future Shop) simply have unique packaging. Others (Best Buy and Target) contain exclusive featurettes that you can’t get anywhere else (and are different from each others’).
As a reviewer, I’m in a different position than those of you who have to go out and buy the disc. I already received a screener of the standard 3D edition from the studio. Based on how poor the supplements on that copy are (nothing but superficial promotional fluff), I expect the retailer exclusive featurettes to be more of the same. Personally, I would not go out of my way to collect them. If the content turned out to be more compelling, I might have to reconsider.
On the other hand, as a metal case collector, I’ve asked a friend of mine in Canada to pick up the Future Shop SteelBook (which is nicer than the Walmart version, in my opinion) for me. I can certainly understand why a completist collector might want to buy every copy of the movie available, even if the content isn’t so great.
I can also understand why someone might find the principle of this issue so galling that they’d want to boycott the movie entirely.
What’s your plan for this? Which copies (if any) will you buy? You may vote for multiple options in the poll if you need to.