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onebyone 02-07-04 08:17 AM

I didn't get mine from Wal Mart, and mine had them too. This was the first time I saw this case. In other words, I too felt like a Boob because I was like, "what the hell" and couldn't figure it out for a few minutes. I thought it was defective or something. **Shakes head at self.**

matome 02-07-04 08:22 AM

LOL, So how long before these things fall off?

basaro 02-07-04 09:19 AM

I've seen these before on a friends dvd - might have been Bourne Identity, I'm not entirely sure.

I don't like them and I don't see the point of the tab.
If the tabs are there as a theft prevention alternative to security tape, they won't perform well.

For a thief:
It would be easier for them to open the two tabs than to peel off or cut three security stickers, thus creating more theft, and a need to develop even more security alternatives.

For a consumer:
After you buy it, get it home and open it, the security device is still there(tabs). At least with the security stickers, once you remove them, they're gone. The stickers are not getting in the consumer's way after they buy it, yet the tabs do.

It's not like the tabs make it hard to open, it just takes more time. And for what purpose?
Why is there a need to lock dvd cases? What's next, jewel case locks? Geez!

It's just another nuisance. Over-engineering kills me :(

bjh_18 02-07-04 10:38 AM

I remember the first dvd I picked up that had the tabs on the side - Narc. I kept trying to open it and open it, and it wouldn't budge. Finally I gave it one hard tug and the things popped off. Ever since then, I check to see if they're there.

Tazwolff 02-07-04 10:41 AM


Originally posted by TomOpus
I thought people only did this with porn DVDs :D
Practice makes perfect. ;)

Grizzly 02-07-04 09:19 PM

thank you for posting those photos, 00soul. i've wanted to see what it looks like (since i haven't gotten any DVDs with that packaging, LIT included). seems unnecessary.. not like other, regular cases fly open or anything.. and having something like that probably just makes those cases more expensive to manufacture and buy. nobody wins.

ProjectMayhem 02-07-04 09:27 PM

I got Lost in Translation at Wal*Mart and Best Buy (Widescreen) and they both had these tabs. Weird, considering I thought these were only available at Wal*Mart (I got Seabiscuit with these tabs, too. I also heard of others getting these). Now I'm assuming it will be a common thing. Sure as hell beats taking off two extra security seals, I'd say.

Jackskeleton 02-07-04 09:56 PM


Originally posted by TomOpus
I thought people only did this with porn DVDs :D
You obviously haven't seen the film or else you would remember the first few minutes of Scarlette ass on screen. ;)

MGBGT 02-07-04 10:17 PM


Originally posted by Jackskeleton
You obviously haven't seen the film or else you would remember the first few minutes of Scarlette ass on screen. ;)
LOL!!
I have to admit that even though it seems quite gratuitous for them to have Scarlett's butt (covered by see-through panties) staring at you at the beginning of the film, I'd be remiss in saying I didn't feel warmly welcomed!

Ron_Bangel 02-07-04 10:29 PM

I thought they were a totally useless waste of plastic so I removed them.

Tazwolff 02-08-04 12:52 AM

I think I'll take my cut-off tabs and send them back to Universal.

ChrisP 02-08-04 01:19 PM


Originally posted by basaro
For a thief:
It would be easier for them to open the two tabs than to peel off or cut three security stickers, thus creating more theft, and a need to develop even more security alternatives.

Actually, this would probably be more of a pain to the would-be thief. In my experience, the thieves will slash open the longest side of the dvd case and reach in and pull the disc out, leaving all the packaging behind.

The tabs are great because they are hard to open quickly if you're just trying to pry the case apart instead of actually opening it normally.

Me like!

paul.n3w 02-08-04 11:38 PM

I thought the tabs were annoying... I couldn't figure out why I couldn't open the case in an already darkened room :D

(And I bought my dvd with tabbed case at Best Buy)

jough 02-08-04 11:51 PM

Most thieves steal the entire wrapped package, case and all, anyway. The more enterprising ones carry handheld de-magnetizers to kill the security sticker.

Besides, most in-store theft comes from shrinkage (i.e. employees stealing). The security sticker is pointless for retailers, and annoying for consumers. They're only there to asuage retailers' fears about theft.

TomOpus 02-09-04 12:06 AM


Originally posted by Jackskeleton
You obviously haven't seen the film or else you would remember the first few minutes of Scarlette ass on screen. ;)
It sure was one of the great opening frames of a movie. I'm sure it'd make for nice wallpaper :)


Oh, I guess I should comment about the case. I got mine at Target and it didn't have the tabs.

jayson1017 02-09-04 11:11 AM

I was introduced to that style of dvd case with the Far From Heaven dvd.

darmok 02-09-04 11:12 AM

mine was purchased at J&R in NYC...and they had the new tablocks. they're a bit annoying (and overkill) for a regular single disc release. the first time i opened it, i didn't notice the locks, and almost broke the case after trying to pry the case open with both hands.

vegasbaby 02-09-04 11:14 AM

I can't believe I'm reading all this complaining about these tabs (here and in the LIT review thread).

C'mon, It doesnt take a brain surgeon, guys.

Wild Yams 02-09-04 12:39 PM


Originally posted by LasVegasMichael
Orange County has that as well. It works for me.

The fact that there is no insert, however......

You mean you don't count the ad for Kirin beer as an insert?
/sarcasm

javanut 02-09-04 01:06 PM

Mine is normal, too.

PixyJunket 02-18-04 06:59 PM

Dumb case.

ranspang 02-18-04 09:51 PM

Got mine at BB, and at first was stumped on how to open. Noticed right away that it was'nt security sealed on all 3 sides though. If this allows disc's to only be sealed on the top, i'm all for it. Security seals on all sides = satan

Dorsalphin 02-19-04 12:10 AM

Well, I figured I'd add my 2 cents as well. I had never seen one of these cases before, and I absolutely love it. I have a friend who has a two year old, and the kid just loves to get his hands on dvd cases and open them up. These tabs help make this dvd "little kid proof", and I'm all about that. Anyone with little kids running around know exactly what I mean.

fnordboy 02-19-04 09:09 AM


Originally posted by Jackskeleton
You obviously haven't seen the film or else you would remember the first few minutes of Scarlette ass on screen. ;)
[obligatory]:drool::drool::drool:[/obligatory]

fnordboy 02-19-04 09:12 AM


Originally posted by Dorsalphin
Well, I figured I'd add my 2 cents as well. I had never seen one of these cases before, and I absolutely love it. I have a friend who has a two year old, and the kid just loves to get his hands on dvd cases and open them up. These tabs help make this dvd "little kid proof", and I'm all about that. Anyone with little kids running around know exactly what I mean.
I agree that it is good little kid proof, but really this style of case should only be used on porn DVDs then. It is completely unnecessary on movies like LiT.


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