This week, Warner Bros. re-released ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ (previously available in a Digibook, and then in a standard Blu-ray keepcase) into a new “Ultimate Collector’s Edition” box set. This follows a number of similarly elaborate disc packages such as ‘Ben-Hur‘ and ‘Citizen Kane‘. Are you the type of collector who buys up these fancy disc packages, or do you eschew the box sets and Digibooks in favor of simple, straightforward cases? Or do you throw away the packaging altogether and toss the discs into binders or a multi-disc changer? Vote in our poll after the break.
I’ve always had a collector’s mentality. The physical presence of a good disc package is a big part of the appeal for me. After all, any individual disc will spend more time sitting on my shelf than it will being played on my HT screen. So why not have it look good on the shelf? In the DVD days, I often imported fancy, swag-filled box sets for films like ‘Amélie’ and ‘Kill Bill’ from other countries. The movie is stored in a leather-bound book? Bring it on! It comes with an action figure and soundtrack CD? Sign me up!
These days, because I’m running short on space, I’ve had to pare back on my purchases of bulky box sets, unless I really love the movie. However, I’m still a sucker for a good Digibook or Steelbook.
How about you? Is fancy disc packaging a selling point for you, or a big turn-off?