SteelBook Alert: A Long Bad Night with Eva Green Is Probably Still a Pretty Good Night

Robert Rodriguez’s long-awaited sequel to his cult hit ‘Sin City’ was expected to be a big blockbuster this summer. Unfortunately, the movie wound up fizzling at the box office. Hoping that fanboy audiences will feel compelled to buy it on Blu-ray anyway, the film’s distributors have prepared several collectible SteelBook options.

USA

Available at: Best Buy
Release date: November 18, 2014
Price: $24.99
Region code: Unconfirmed

Here in North America, Best Buy has an exclusive on this SteelBook case that plays off the material’s comic book origins. I like the design, but I find it puzzling that, despite highlighting six other characters, the actual “Dame” of the movie’s title is nowhere to be found in the artwork. Eva Green was the main focus of most of the movie’s other advertising.

I’m glad to see that the SteelBook includes both 2D and 3D versions of the movie. Too many SteelBooks neglect the 3D when available.

UK

Available at: Zavvi
Release date: December 15, 2014
Price: £23.99
Region code: Unconfirmed

The UK SteelBook from Zavvi also features the wrong dame. This one’s all about Jessica Alba’s abs.

Once again, both 2D and 3D versions are fortunately included.

I’m not a big fan of this case, because: 1) Alba’s was the least interesting character from the first movie, and 2) The design is too reminiscent of artwork used previously for the prior film. This rehash seems lazy and boring (a complaint many people had about the film itself – zing!).

Germany

Over in Germany, the 2D and 3D versions have been separated to their own unique cases. (From the product description, I’m not sure whether the 3D copy is bundled with 2D or not.)

Available at: Amazon Germany
Release date: January 30, 2015
Price: €18.99 EUR
Region code: Unconfirmed

Here’s Jessica Alba again, but at least the image has been stylized into a comic art design that looks pretty nice.

Available at: Amazon Germany
Release date: January 30, 2015
Price: €23.99 EUR
Region code: Unconfirmed

Ah ha, finally, Eva Green! At least, I think that’s supposed to be Eva Green, right? Sadly, it’s not a very flattering image. The actress looked a lot better in most of the movie’s other promotional materials. Never mind. I guess that’s Jessica Alba again.

Honestly, of all these options, the Best Buy version is my favorite. It will also be the least expensive and most convenient copy to buy – should I decide to buy the movie at all, which is still undetermined.

JUST LISTED – Canada

I don’t feel that this really merits its own new post, so I’ll just update this one. Future Shop in Canada has finally posted the artwork for its own exclusive ‘A Dame to Kill For’ SteelBook, and this one may in fact be the best-looking case for this movie.

Available at: Future Shop
Release date: November 18, 2014
Price: $26.99 CAD
Region code: Unconfirmed (Canda is Region A)

Future Shop’s product listing doesn’t say anything about 3D, which means that the Blu-ray inside is almost certainly 2D only.

Unfortunately, Future Shop will not ship to the United States. If you don’t live in Canada, you’ll need to find someone in the country willing to purchase and ship the disc to you.

16 comments

  1. Chris B

    Yeah I dig the Best Buy version the most as well. I loved the first movie but missed the sequel when it hit theatres this summer. I actually don’t even own the first on on BD yet so I may double back and pick up a steelbook version of that is I can find it at a reasonable price….I’m torn on the new one as well, probably give it a rent first and see if it’s worth owning.

    • Josh Zyber
      Author

      Shoot, I guess you’re right. I haven’t seen the movie yet and it’s hard to tell from that image with the band-aids or stitches or whatever those things are on her face. I’ve updated the post, thanks.

      • No problem. 🙂 It is tough to see who that is without having seen the film. It seems like an odd choice, too, that there’s not a version with Eva Green on the cover.

  2. William Henley

    Josh, have you been getting the steelbook and boxed set links I have been sending to you on FB? I have a couple more, but didn’t want to send them there if you are not receiving them. I can e-mail the stuff too.

  3. Timcharger

    If only the Eva Green white shirt silhouette poster was used…

    We might need to ask for a paper bag at the registers to buy that.

  4. The zavvi version looks nothing like the original version. The original was very comicy, with some abstract artwork. I actually would go with the zavvi edition.

    • Drew

      You contradict yourself, in this comment. You start by saying something negative about the Zavvi version, and then you say that you would go with it. Please clarify. Did you mean to say that you would go with the Best Buy version?

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