Among the movie titles recently announced for preorder with Blu-ray SteelBook editions are a new sequel that’s not really a sequel, a cheeseball sci-fi film that’s about to get a sequel, and a quirky French romance that requires no sequel.
’10 Cloverfield Lane’
Available at: Best Buy
Release date: TBD
Region Coding: Paramount Blu-rays are almost always region-free
This is a strange choice of SteelBook case art for the ‘Cloverfield’ follow-up that doesn’t actually have much to do with ‘Cloverfield’. I haven’t seen the movie (which is set almost entirely inside an underground bunker), but it’s my understanding that it has something of a Hitchcockian thriller vibe. Perhaps that’s why the artwork seems to channel old Saul Bass posters. It’s interesting, but I’m not sure whether I like it for this particular movie or not.
Available at: Zavvi
Release date: May 30th, 2016
Region Coding: Unconfirmed, possibly locked to Region B
As a tie-in with this summer’s belated sequel, Fox will reissue Roland Emmerich’s 1996 alien invasion explosion-palooza with a brand new 4k remaster. Over in the UK, Zavvi will put the disc in a SteelBook. I’ve never been much of a fan of the film, but I have to admit that this is one damn fine-looking package.
It is not presently known whether the UK Blu-ray will be region-locked or not. (The Zavvi listing says “Region 2,” which isn’t even a Blu-ray specification.) Fox is erratic about region coding, so there’s a chance this may wind up locked to Region B.
Available at: Zavvi
Release date: May 9th, 2016
Region Coding: Locked to Region B
As much as I love Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s marvelous surreal love story – and as much as an argument can be made that this cartoonish case art is appropriate for the whimsical tone of the movie – this SteelBook doesn’t work for me. It crosses the line into being just a bit too goofy-looking. Frankly, that drawing of the title character on the back is downright creepy.
I would have much preferred that the images currently stuck in the interior of the case were used on the exterior front and back instead.