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Teremei
11-14-04, 10:33 PM
I've noticed this new slimmer style box sets (I love Lucy Season 2), and I love em since they save so much space, and are very easy to access and open. I've also notices while walking through the store that the newer season box sets of Herc and Xena are much smaller than the older. I'm not sure if it's # of discs or just a new trend to make things smaller. But does anyone else notice this?

When did this happen. Does anyone have any news links about the smaller snap case style? I'm curious who started it and if it looks like the trend will continue.

::EDIT, had to change the title. It was misleading::

Dazed
11-14-04, 10:45 PM
I too love the thin cases. Hopefully this is a trend all box sets will be released in.

Im currently collecting stargate sg1 and the size of the boxes for just 5 dvds is taking way too much shelf space!!! Its almost to the point where ill have to go to ikea and get a second bookcase :)

bboisvert
11-14-04, 11:14 PM
There was recently an article in Video Store magazine (I think?) that basically indicated that studios may start moving toward the slimmer cases.

Basically, they are overjoyed that people seem to be buying pretty large DVD libraries. But, soon enough, average households are going to have more discs than they can easily store/display. They're trying to make it easy for the 'average folk' who don't have big media rooms to keep buying. :)

fumanstan
11-14-04, 11:16 PM
I'm not a big fan. They're tolerable when used for box sets, but one of my Family Guy discs has issues sitting on the hub. I'd hate to see them used on regular releases. Difficult to read the spines, and just feel cheaper.

PopcornTreeCt
11-14-04, 11:31 PM
They suck. Keepcases Forever!!

naitram
11-15-04, 12:08 AM
Ya I'm sorry - I think these are neat for the box sets of a series. I am collecting Homicide and I like them slim. The first one I got was the Honeymooners set last Christmas and thought it was the neatest.

But can you imagine having ALL of your DVDs this way? Try looking at a row of 200 of these and see how frustrating it would be to tell what the hell it is you own! ;)

bluesparrow
11-15-04, 02:21 AM
Originally posted by naitram
Try looking at a row of 200 of these and see how frustrating it would be to tell what the hell it is you own! ;)

But they'd make a very pretty single shelf. :)

Seriously, though, I agree they'd be somewhat awkward if they made up your entire collection but I'd love to have some blanks in that size to put some of the more cumbersome tv series(Farscape, Twilight Zone, Dr Who) that I have lots of single discs of. Those three'd save me half a shelf right there.

Don't suppose they sell extras yet though. Anyone know for sure?

CarlitoBrown
11-15-04, 02:39 AM
I think they're a Godsend.

I would probably own twice as many dvds if they all came in slims.

Epilady
11-15-04, 02:48 AM
I love the slim cases! They're so much easier to open as compared to the huge fold-out cases that annoy the crap out of me!

marty888
11-15-04, 07:40 AM
Originally posted by fumanstan

I'd hate to see them used on regular releases. Difficult to read the spines ...

I agree - fine for box sets, or something like the new <i>Hellboy</i>, but not for individual titles.

Drexl
11-15-04, 07:43 AM
Originally posted by bluesparrow
Don't suppose they sell extras yet though. Anyone know for sure?

Those $1.00 DVDs at Wal-Mart come in them, but that still seems high to be buying them just for the cases.

Yakuza Bengoshi
11-15-04, 07:52 AM
Originally posted by naitram
But can you imagine having ALL of your DVDs this way? Try looking at a row of 200 of these and see how frustrating it would be to tell what the hell it is you own! ;)

You mean like this?

http://www.animeondvd.com/images/other/thinpaknov2.jpg

steebo777
11-15-04, 08:22 AM
Originally posted by Yakuza Bengoshi
You mean like this?

http://www.animeondvd.com/images/other/thinpaknov2.jpg
HOT!!! :hump:

ShagMan
11-15-04, 08:37 AM
The slim ones are good for a box set (Hellboy), but I wouldn't want to have my whole collection in these... too hard to read the spines to see what I've got.

pro-bassoonist
11-15-04, 11:18 AM
anything BUT thincases.....keepcases are just fine with me.

Pro-B

TylerDurden_73
11-15-04, 04:20 PM
Originally posted by pro-bassoonist
anything BUT thincases.....keepcases are just fine with me.

Pro-B


What he said...

gutwrencher
11-15-04, 04:26 PM
to be honest....I really don't care what they come in. as long as the disc plays and lasts more than a few years...I"m in.

but then I don't have storage issues with my library. I have almost 1,800 titles filling up space right now but I also have room for another 1,000 easy. I like planning in advance.:D

and since our work truck blew it's engine....I doubt I'll be buying dvds for weeks if not longer. when it rains.....sometimes it floods.:grunt:

nightmaster
11-15-04, 05:38 PM
I like the slim cases myself. They beat the crap out of the fold out type box sets, and they are a nice space saver. Don't think I'd want my whole collection in slims but I'm definitely not averse to them.

slop101
11-15-04, 06:15 PM
Imagine Criterion's Gimme Shelter in a thin case. It couldn't happen - its booklet is thicker than the case. The thin cases are great for box sets, but for individual movies, I prefer the regular amarays.

Dawg
11-15-04, 06:23 PM
They would have been nice if the concept was practiced four years ago or so and then continued, but right now a large diversity of cases on the shelves would look damn ugly. Not to mention, for the most part, these particular cases are cheap looking.

Fok
11-15-04, 06:52 PM
For TV sets I don't mind the thin cases, take That 70s show, not bad packaging. Hell way better than South Park and married with Children.

As for single movies, I'd rather stick to the keep cases.

calhoun07
11-15-04, 08:18 PM
Did nobody here own LPs back in the day? You want to talk about a thin spine! And if you had a good LP collection, you know it wasn't impossible to read those spines. You get used to it. I used to think the thin spines on CDs would be hard to read after owning cassettes, but I got used to it. Your eyes adjust. It's amazing how much it's in your head when you decide that something is just going to be hard or difficult.

And in that pic posted above, I had no problems at all distinguising between the different titles on the shelves.

gutwrencher
11-15-04, 08:39 PM
Originally posted by calhoun07
Did nobody here own LPs back in the day? You want to talk about a thin spine! And if you had a good LP collection, you know it wasn't impossible to read those spines. You get used to it.

:thumbsup:

I once had over 2,000 LP's and I could tell what was what from across the room....based on spine color and art alone. it helped that I was as insane then as I am now when it comes to filing titles. I can find anything blindfolded.:D

RyoHazuki
11-15-04, 08:49 PM
Slim cases = No inserts = Dvdtalk decending into anarchy.

ChrisHicks
11-15-04, 08:58 PM
I have cabinets that wrap the entire perimeter of my extra bedroom. if I keep buying the way I do in a year or so I'm going to be adding aisles in the room created by more of the cabinets. I wouldn't mind the slim cases at all. or maybe I should build a nice 25 x 25 addition on my house.

Sonic
11-15-04, 09:14 PM
I too love the thin cases. I don't need no inserts for what? The menu is on the disc itself plus it's paper waste in the long run anyways.

-ant

Teremei
11-16-04, 12:07 AM
Originally posted by Sonic
I too love the thin cases. I don't need no inserts for what? The menu is on the disc itself plus it's paper waste in the long run anyways.

-ant

Right, and with no inserts you would no longer have to wonder IF there was supposed to be an insert or not. But anyways, I never said I liked them for movies. But TV shows and box sets, they are wonderful. I do not think they look cheap at all, and I much prefer my Lucy season 2 box set to my Hercules season 1. Same amount of discs, but Hercules is a mammoth. Lucy takes 2 seconds to retrieve, Herc takes about 10.

Teremei
11-16-04, 12:11 AM
Opps. Ok so I guess I inenvertantly said I wanted all of my DVDS to be the slimmer style. I used that figuratively.

pro-bassoonist
11-16-04, 01:20 AM
I DO NOT LIKE the think packs for a few reasons:

First I believe that they will lower the artistic value of some of the classic films (as already mentioned by slop). To limit the product, in this case the dvd, to a cheap looking piece of plastic (which mind you is already happening) where there is no freedom to create, add more to the dvd than just a case, and present a high quality product is just a stupid idea. If your only concern is space then we might as well argue that slim CD cases with no inserts is the best option. I dont think many would agree that beautiful works as the ones that Criterion puts on the market deserve a slim case.

I like to look at my films and enjoy the following:

1.Good presentation/transfer

2. Good (intelligently) designed and crafted cover work.

3. a case (with large SE...a box) that brings the ultimate satisfaction a film collectors wants...a package that compliments his/her beloved film...not degrades its value/presentation.

Hope this makes sense,

Pro-B

tylerwillis
11-16-04, 01:21 AM
I'm a thinpak whore.

ianholm
11-16-04, 09:04 AM
21 Jump Street seems to be the first set I have that uses thinpaks. It's pretty awesome. Four discs fit into a case about the size of a single keepcase. :up:

Chemical
11-16-04, 09:46 AM
I prefer the Warner Brothers Snapper cases!





































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bigrederik
11-16-04, 09:49 AM
i would love to see sets like the X-files in the slim line cases. I really hate the fold out case for 6-7 disc sets. it is just too cheap. I would buy empty cases for the x-files sets

RDYoung
11-16-04, 09:51 AM
I like thinpaks a lot. I've got about 30 mainstream titles to transfer, and probably about 50-60 of the dollar type movies that are left. I'm into the custom cover thing right now, and I'll probably try to create my own customs for the dollar movies.

I think my collection looks pretty good. The only ones I don't really do are the Disney movies and some of the bigger boxed sets.

r

rexinnih
11-16-04, 09:53 AM
Not a huge fan of the thin cases but as long as the movie inside is a good one, I'll be buying.

bahgee
11-16-04, 01:29 PM
Maybe a silly question, but would you also need new cover art for the slim cases or would the original fit?

J-Dubya
11-16-04, 01:58 PM
Originally posted by PopcornTreeCt
They suck. Snappers Forever!!

fixed

tylerwillis
11-16-04, 02:37 PM
bahgee,

If you use the old coverart, you need to slice off a little bit off of both sides to make it fit... I've done several hundred and only rarely have I come across an issue where it drastically affects the presentation of the coverart.


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