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SteelBook collectors, it’s time to break out your wallets again. Over in the UK, Disney has decided to reissue several notable cult favorites in metal case packaging. Get them while you can. These limited editions are all pretty likely to sell out during the preorder period.

UK retailer Zavvi recently posted listings for the following exclusive Blu-ray SteelBooks that are scheduled for release on September 23rd.

Here’s the 1982 classic ‘Tron‘:

I would have preferred a simpler design on the front, more like that back cover image. However, this definitely has an ’80s vibe that’s appealing. I’ve put in an order, even though I already bought the movie on Blu-ray previously as part of the double-bill with its sequel.

Fortunately, I never got around to buying ‘The Rocketeer‘ on Blu-ray. I’m glad I waited. This metal cover is gorgeous.

This case for ‘Dick Tracy‘ is simple but elegant. I like it.

I’m conflicted about ‘Starship Troopers‘, however. (While this is a Sony title in North America, Disney has international distribution rights.) As much as I love the movie, I’ve never been a fan of this poster art.

When the Blu-ray was released a few years ago, I made my own custom cover for the keepcase. I wish the SteelBook had used an image like this. I think I’ll stick with what I have on this one.

Zavvi has also uploaded listings for Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book‘ and ‘The Little Mermaid‘, allegedly with an even earlier August 12th street date. The retailer has not posted the cover art for either of those, though, and neither has opened for sale yet. (Don’t be concerned by the “Sold Out” indicator. When a title sells out, Zavvi pulls the whole page down as if it never existed. I’d recommend checking the site regularly until the preorders start.)

Unlike some of its competitors, Zavvi will ship to the United States.


Preorders have opened for ‘The Little Mermaid‘ (now listed with a September 2nd release date) and ‘The Jungle Book‘ (September 16th).


  1. Darn, I want The Little Mermaid & The Rocketeer. Josh, would it be too much to ask for an update once the pre-order starts? 🙂
    I never check zavvi.com, but I DO check The Bonus View every day.

        • Josh Zyber

          Huh. Maybe it really is sold out, then. I just confirmed that my preorder for Rocketeer is in place. Zavvi usually pulls the whole page down when an item goes out of stock, though.

          • Tim Andrews

            Looks like Rocketeer is back up for preorder. I asked this last time when you posted about the Zaavi Indy steelbooks, but you had never ordered from them at that point. Have you ordered from Zaavi since then? If so, how’s their packaging?

          • Josh Zyber

            Since then I received the Roger Rabbit SteelBook from Zavvi. It arrived safely, though I don’t remember the specifics of their packaging. I have Hellboy on the way now.

          • Zavvi-packaging for Steelbooks is nice. It’s slightly bigger than a DVD-case, in carton, with padded interior for extra protection.

  2. Timcharger

    The back cover of Starship Troopers isn’t revealed yet, no? You never know Josh, it just might be as awesome as your custom cover art. Let’s hope.

  3. William Henley

    Was going to order Dick Tracy, but then I found out that its Region B locked. Been looking at the possibility of picking up a Region B player. It also looks like there may be a hack for the PS3, but I don’t really know if its just for DVD or if its for Blu-Ray as well. I got a few Region 2 DVDs that I would like to play as well. Should have kept my cheapy $30 DVD player – it played everything

    • William Henley

      Dang it! Why region lock discs that you sell world-wide? Those steelbooks are beautiful for TJB and TLM! Half-tempted to preorder despite the fact that I won’t be able to play them

  4. ‘The Little Mermaid’ is now available for pre-order! A lucky find, because (as I stated before) I rarely visit zavvi.com.

    Pre-order now if you don’t want to miss this disc!

    Wow, I sound like a zavvi salesman.

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