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how come new blockbuster movies still come in crappy packaging?

 
Old 08-19-03, 11:46 PM
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how come new blockbuster movies still come in crappy packaging?

its rare these days but i just saw 'cradle 2 the grave' at bestbuy...and its in one of those lame snappers (i think thats what they are called). why? that was a pretty big movie, right? i never saw it but im considering it for a blind buy eventually but i dont get why these huge movie companies are still releasing big name movies in crappy packaging...
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Old 08-19-03, 11:52 PM
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You're a DVDTalk Special Edition and you don't know this?!
Warner Bros owns (not pwnz) the company that makes the snapper. They have a vested interest in using them, it would be like Ford executives driving GMs otherwise.

And it's certainly not rare as WB puts a lot of titles every week. Nearly all of them in snappers.

They will be putting the Matrix sequels and T3 in amarays though.
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Old 08-19-03, 11:54 PM
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i never really paid attention to cases or any of that discussion stuff. i dont know the names of all the different kinds but i just noticed it today.

i guess i just dont own many WB movies or something.

thanks though.

(is there a link that describes the different cases and their names?)
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Old 08-19-03, 11:59 PM
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I don't really know of any, I just absorb information from lurking on these forums for years.
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Old 08-20-03, 01:37 AM
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can i get a quick tutorial?

i know snappers.

what are the regular good ones called?

are there others?
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Old 08-20-03, 01:56 AM
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Just call the other ones "keepcases" to be safe. There are different varieties of keepcases (Amaray and Alpha being the most common, I suppose).
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oh man this is tough. i need some cliff notes.
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You shouldn't worry about it. Just know there are 3 major ones. Snappers, which are the ones that Warner has in the cheap cardboard. They may be switching to keepcases (Matrix Reloaded, T3) but it's unconfirmed whether it's just for those releases are not. New Line used to use those as well.

Keepcases are your standard looking cases... slightly different types (like the button you push in the middle) but i wouldn't worry about it.

And the next frequent you'll see we call Digipaks, which ususally have the outer cover and then the fold out case inside, like Fight Club, X-Men 1.5, and what not.
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Originally posted by atari2600
oh man this is tough. i need some cliff notes.

I need some cliff notes, thinking of jumping off one because of those nasty snappers, bit you in your address. LOL
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Old 08-21-03, 01:29 PM
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This is what I don't understand. Ok, so Warner Bros. owns the company that makes snappers. Fine. Snappers clearly lost the battle, nobody else uses them any more. So here's what I don't get. Why doesn't Warner Bros. just have that company start making regular keepcases!!!!!!!!
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Originally posted by Ted The Bug
Why doesn't Warner Bros. just have that company start making regular keepcases!!!!!!!!
Because the patents fro keepcases are owned by another company, so Warner Bros. would have to pay those companies a small licensing fee for every case they made. By making a csae that they designed and own the patents for, they can save a few pennies per case, and that's on top of the fact that snappers are probably cheaper to make to begin with.

It's all about the bottom line.
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Originally posted by fumanstan
They may be switching to keepcases (Matrix Reloaded, T3) but it's unconfirmed whether it's just for those releases are not.
I keep seeing people mentioning The Matrix Reloaded as evidence that Warner's may be switching to keepcases. The fact is, The Matrix Reloaded will be a 2 disc set and 2 disc sets are never released in snappers. So that in no way indicates that Warner's is getting out of the snapper business.
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Old 08-21-03, 04:12 PM
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Warner Bros. released one 2disk set as a snapper. The second disc of JFKirector's Cut was in a netflix-sized envelope tucked into the cardboard flap.

After that fiasco they switched to digipacks for all 2disc sets
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What do they call those two disc cases that have two sides that open. Forrest Gump, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and The Doors were released in them.
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Originally posted by KTIK
What do they call those two disc cases that have two sides that open. Forrest Gump, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and The Doors were released in them.
Keep cases.
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Originally posted by Ted The Bug
Warner Bros. released one 2disk set as a snapper. The second disc of JFKirector's Cut was in a netflix-sized envelope tucked into the cardboard flap.

After that fiasco they switched to digipacks for all 2disc sets
Wasn't there more than one movie in the Oliver Stone collection that befell the same fate?
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Originally posted by Ted The Bug
Warner Bros. released one 2disk set as a snapper. The second disc of JFKirector's Cut was in a netflix-sized envelope tucked into the cardboard flap.

After that fiasco they switched to digipacks for all 2disc sets
Ok, Warner's currently doesn't release 2 disc sets in snappers.

The point is that I've seen people mention The Matrix Reloaded over and over and over again as possible evidence that Warners might be dropping snappers. Since it's a two disc set, that means nothing.
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What do they call those two disc cases that have two sides that open. Forrest Gump, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and The Doors were released in them.
Double-Alpha keepcase.
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Originally posted by MEJHarrison
Ok, Warner's currently doesn't release 2 disc sets in snappers.

The point is that I've seen people mention The Matrix Reloaded over and over and over again as possible evidence that Warners might be dropping snappers. Since it's a two disc set, that means nothing.
true...but the fact is this... Warner ALWAYS releases their two disc sets in DIGIPAKS...but now, all of the sudden for this release, they are switching to a two disc KEEP CASE... so it seems that they may start using the Keep Case for future releases...two disc or not...you never know... I think they'll stick with snappers, but it IS a step forward ...

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What do they call those two disc cases that have two sides that open. Forrest Gump, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and The Doors were released in them.

I have one like that in the 2 that are in "Swiss Family Robinson" 2 disc that I own.
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Any Given Sunday 2-disc also has the cheap cd sleeve.
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Old 08-21-03, 11:43 PM
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2 disc snapper cases are the worst! I have both JFK and Any Given Sunday, and I hate the idea of not only having the second discs in sleeves, but having to slip that sleeve into a slit in one of the pieces of cardboard!

Beyond that, the case barely stays closed because the second disc makes it too thick. I'd rather have a JFK "grassy knoll" tin for them!
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Old 08-22-03, 12:13 AM
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why doesn WB just invent a new case for dvds if they dont want to pay for the good kinds? it cant be that hard to do. its not like the other company can own all types of patents on dvds cases that arent snappers.

just come up with a new idea/design.
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Originally posted by atari2600
why doesn WB just invent a new case for dvds if they dont want to pay for the good kinds?
They did. It's called a snapper.
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Old 08-22-03, 03:14 AM
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no i mean if the reason they dont switch from snappers to the better ones is because of paying royalties or whatever, just invent a new kind of case which doesnt suck.
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