This week’s poll is for the SteelBook collectors among those of you who still buy movies on physical media. How often, if at all, do you find yourself buying movies in metal case editions even if you don’t like the artwork?
SteelBook collecting can be a powerful compulsion. I’ve found myself buying movies I wouldn’t normally have much interest in watching just because they came packaged in nice-looking SteelBooks. Especially when it comes to movie franchises, I have also frequently been compelled to buy even the poorest installments just to ensure that I have a complete set. Honestly, I don’t foresee a day where I’ll ever want to sit and watch the first two ‘Harry Potter’ movies again, but I simply can’t own SteelBook copies of the other six without them.
However, the current Pop Art fad puts a wrinkle in my collecting habits. More and more, I’ve found myself passing on SteelBooks that I might otherwise be inclined to own, just because I think they’re ugly. That has happened a couple of times recently, with ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter‘ and ‘Logan‘. I already own all of the previous ‘Resident Evil’ movies and most of the ‘X-Men’ franchise in SteelBook form, and my SteelBook shelf feels like it has a couple of big holes without these two. (Quibble if you must about whether the ‘Logan’ case really qualifies as Pop Art or just comic book art, but it’s a cartoonish design that looks just as ugly in my eye.)
Fortunately, the latest ‘Resident Evil’ is scheduled to receive a better-looking SteelBook in the UK. I have a preorder in for that. Sadly, no such option exists for ‘Logan’. I can only hope that the movie gets reissued in a nicer SteelBook at some point in the future.
How strong is your SteelBook collecting urge?