32 comments

  • By Drew
    February 13, 2013
    04:49 PM

    Beautiful. The cardboard packaging always feels so elegant. A first day purchase for me.
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    • By Jason
      February 13, 2013
      08:43 PM

      Absolutely beautiful! I was hoping for this!! A trick for keeping your cases in great condition: I make an incision in the plastic so as to release the inner packaging only. The plastic remains on the outer cardboard casing and protects it. I've done it with Godzilla, Night of the Hunter, BBS Story, David Lean Directs Noel Coward, etc.
  • By Daniel T. P.
    February 13, 2013
    04:52 PM

    I much prefer these lovely cardstock packages....they are absolutely gorgeous. And very classy. And they're durable. Maybe you should stop sitting on yours, insider8?
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  • By Joseph Volino
    February 13, 2013
    05:02 PM

    I love it that you guys have started to extend the artwork into the packaging and design. Ofcourse - the booklets - were always great... but this is something extra. I'm a vinyl record collector - so - for me - cardboard - isn't something that I see as less durable. When a DVD arrives to me - I put it in a plastic sleeve and then on my shelf - in alphabetical order - with the rest of my DVDs. The only way the case will get damaged is if my house starts on fire.
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  • By Michael English
    February 13, 2013
    05:05 PM

    Personally, I prefer plastic cases, but I'm okay with digipaks. I like digipaks more when they contain DVD releases with four or more discs, BD releases with three or more discs, or both releases with an oversized booklet.
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    • By Michael English
      February 13, 2013
      05:06 PM

      Also, despite these specifications, I still do love the packaging of On The Waterfront.
  • By PT Rappel
    February 13, 2013
    05:11 PM

    I have the old standard DVD set of Brazil, and the blue plastic slip sleeve is clear enough so you can see the covers of the 3 hard cases inside (except for the middle one of course!) It is my favorite Criterion packaging to date. I also like the cardboard stock cases because of the sharp artwork that is possible. I don't have any problems with durability because I treat them like gold. That being said, Criterion could investigate alternate packaging, like the Brazil sleeve, in the future. But I don't buy Criterion releases for the packaging as much as the content.
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  • By Colin Morgan
    February 13, 2013
    05:15 PM

    Really bummed I'm going to have to wait until July to pick this up.
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    • By Charles
      June 04, 2013
      06:41 AM

      50% off right now at Best Buy. Amazon is matching, go for it now...
  • By Joseph Bridges
    February 13, 2013
    05:27 PM

    I've had the various digipack releases since they came out. I have never, and I emphasize NEVER, had any problems with wear and tear. I have hundreds of Criterion releases and if you keep your digipack on the shelf (where they belong) between viewings and not on the coffee table where you kid plays with it or in stacks on the floor where people may step on them or your dog my use them as a toy, they will stand up with everything else.
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  • By Alex de Campi
    February 13, 2013
    05:39 PM

    By the way the art on the cover and interiors is by Sean Phillips, who is amazing. See more of his stuff here: http://surebeatsworking.blogspot.co.uk/
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  • By Anthony
    February 13, 2013
    06:53 PM

    Awesome. I've been waiting since this title was announced. I'm excited it's so close!
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  • By Dennis
    February 13, 2013
    07:01 PM

    How about trying what Warner Bros has done on their 5 disc collections? They use the digi packaging but put a clear plastic slip case around it for protection. Sort of the opposite of the Eclipse release packaging.
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  • By Sidney
    February 13, 2013
    07:32 PM

    I can't until wait until Tuesday 19th! I had already added "On The Waterfront" to my wishlist since it was first announced.
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  • By Jacob
    February 13, 2013
    08:37 PM

    I feel like I should qualify my comment a bit. From an aesthetic point of view, I think digipak is the format of choice. But, realistically, seeing as I live in Canada and do not have access to any retail locations that sell physical copies of Criterion releases, I have to order them online and have them shipped. I cannot tell you how many times I've ordered digipak releases, only to have them arrive with visible cosmetic damage. Even if it's as small as, say, a squished corner, or a dent/tear of some kind, it's REALLY annoying when I want my copies as pristine as possible. Like many of you, I treat my collection like priceless antiquarian artifacts. I know this is totally a shipping issue, and not some inherent fault in the digipak format. It just happens to be the case that the regular BD/DVD cases can better stand the abuse that is the postal service... :/
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    • By Jacob
      February 13, 2013
      08:39 PM

      Ignore that awful and unintended pun...
  • By Eric
    February 13, 2013
    09:14 PM

    Very glad you're going back to using Digipaks with some of the BD releases. I was really bummed when stuff was being released exclusively in the plastic cases; they just don't look as nice, or as special.
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  • By insider8
    February 13, 2013
    11:03 PM

    You guys are hilarious. I said nothing about wear and tear. I said they LOOK and FEEL cheap. In the Qatsi set I got the spines were all shifted and don't lay nicely flush in the box. The same goes for the original Last Emperor Blu-ray I got. I happily paid the $5 to get a real case for it. Go out and find any of the original Criterion Blu-ray releases in the cardboard cases and you'll see what I mean. Inferior in every way.
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  • By Davin
    February 13, 2013
    11:22 PM

    I don't dislike these digipacks from Criterion, but I really wish the cases were a sturdy cardboard similar like the packaging in the Alien blu-ray set. Also, as mentioned elsewhere here, I also do not like that they are larger than their plastic counterparts.
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  • By freshy
    February 13, 2013
    11:48 PM

    I have nothing against the cardboard cases. In fact I quite like them. The art of this one however... not crazy about the art, nor the color gray. IMO it looks boring and unappealing. I love the movie though. With that price tag I might have to wait for the Amazon or B&N sale but I'll get it for sure.
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  • By Patrick
    February 14, 2013
    07:05 AM

    Definitely a contender!
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  • By Alex
    February 14, 2013
    09:54 AM

    I like the digipaks and this particular package design. My votes count double because I'm a designer. Who is the illustrator and who is the designer, Criterion?
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  • By Django
    February 14, 2013
    11:08 PM

    I know we are basically paying for packaging has collectors/film fanatics and that's part of why we love Criterion so much. However I often wish these packages could find a way to be elegant and leave less of a footprint. The eclipse series is nice in it's minimal packaging and i would love it if Criterion Blu ray and dvds came in Slim line cases like those used on the eclipse series. They would be using less plastic and they would also take up less space.
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    • By Ictus75
      July 21, 2013
      06:18 PM

      But that's not the point of a Criterion release! I want an extravagant work of art that I can hold and marvel at. Otherwise I would just buy some boring regular release at 1/3 the price! You can always buy some slim line cases and put your Criterions in them if you want…
  • By DavidDR
    February 18, 2013
    03:51 AM

    I can see what you mean about the digipaks. But on another note, I'm beginning to hate the run-of-mill blu-ray plastic cases. The plastic always wrinkles. And it's boring.
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