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View Poll Results: What Criterion Packaging do you Prefer?
Clear Plastic Cases 276 66.35%
Cardboard Digipaks/Packaging 72 17.31%
I have no preferences 68 16.35%
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Old 02-17-2014, 04:15 PM   #21
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For the love of god, plastic cases.

Criterion's digipacks seem like they will eventually start falling apart, or at the very least will start to look "beat up" if they spend any time on a shelf. Plus they are not the same size (are they DVD size?), so they can't even be shelved alongside standard cases. Some of these dual-format releases take as much space as a small box set. It's rediculous.
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Old 02-17-2014, 04:16 PM   #22
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I was okay with the digipacks when they came along every once in awhile for certain releases like Godzilla or The Battle of Algiers. But since Criterion went to dual format, they have become the norm. Some of them have a nice look, with Criterion's usual attention to beautiful artwork, but they are flimsy and many of them feel really cheap. I much prefer the scanovo cases. Criterion, however, seems hell bent on digipacks now. All due to multiple DVDs in the package, which is kind of irritating in the first place; and if another reason is the booklets are too big, then reduce the size to fit a scanovo case like they have done so many times in the past. MOC and BFI have been putting out top-shelf quality dual format packages in scanovo cases for years.

One thing I haven't seen mentioned is whether Criterion offers replacement packaging for their digipacks. If you damage a plastic case, they have replacements they will send you, or you can buy a scanovo case and transfer the art work and booklet. But the digipacks? Not sure about that one.
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Old 02-17-2014, 04:19 PM   #23
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Personally I prefer the Digipacks they look better and I feel like more time and effort is put Into them.
The few they had in the past didn't bother me, but imagine if you eventually ended up with 50 or 100 of them. It's almost guaranteed some of them will get destroyed or end up beat to hell.

I'd rather they keep the packaging simple. For shelving purposes it's so much better if they use plastic cases that are of standard size.

edit: also as noted above, the booklets in these things are NOT blu-ray sized. So if you eventually wanted to replace the flimsy case and save the book... too bad, booklet won't fit.
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Old 02-17-2014, 04:21 PM   #24
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For the love of god, plastic cases.

Criterion's digipacks seem like they will eventually start falling apart, or at the very least will start to look "beat up" if they spend any time on a shelf. Plus they are not the same size (are they DVD size?), so they can't even be shelved alongside standard cases. Some of these dual-format releases take as much space as a small box set. It's rediculous.
Yes, plastic all the way. My copy of Night of the Hunter is already looking beat up and I rarely touch it.
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Old 02-17-2014, 04:24 PM   #25
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I was okay with the digipacks when they came along every once in awhile for certain releases like Godzilla or The Battle of Algiers. But since Criterion went to dual format, they have become the norm. Some of them have a nice look, with Criterion's usual attention to beautiful artwork, but they are flimsy and many of them feel really cheap. I much prefer the scanovo cases. Criterion, however, seems hell bent on digipacks now. All due to multiple DVDs in the package, which is kind of irritating in the first place; and if another reason is the booklets are too big, then reduce the size to fit a scanovo case like they have done so many times in the past. MOC and BFI have been putting out top-shelf quality dual format packages in scanovo cases for years.

One thing I haven't seen mentioned is whether Criterion offers replacement packaging for their digipacks. If you damage a plastic case, they have replacements they will send you, or you can buy a scanovo case and transfer the art work and booklet. But the digipacks? Not sure about that one.
The book from thew new packs wouldn't even fit!!! It's not even close in a blu-ray case, however the book from Investigation of a Citizen wont' even fit in a DVD case. If that's the situation with all the rest of them, I have no idea what they are even thinking making them neither DVD nor blu-ray sized. Somebody goofed up big time.
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Old 02-17-2014, 04:25 PM   #26
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Plastic forever.
Except Breathless. That packaging is beautiful.
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Old 02-17-2014, 04:29 PM   #27
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Plastic please. So many of the digipaks arrive damaged.
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Old 02-17-2014, 04:48 PM   #28
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If the artwork looks great, e.g. Foreign Correspondent, Jules and Jim, then they should use a DigiPak. If however the artwork looks pretty ordinary (King of the Hill, Great Beauty, Freshman), then they should use a normal clear case.

So I'd be fine with a mix.
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Old 02-17-2014, 05:12 PM   #29
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Definitely gotta go for the plastic cases only because the majority of what I buy are in the plastic cases and I am a huge fan of uniformity in my blu collection
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Old 02-17-2014, 05:27 PM   #30
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Good poll.
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I don't have much of a problem with the Digipaks, other than they can get a little scruffy looking over time and probably get damaged easier ... but they sure can look beautiful too.

But since we're talking preferences, I'd say plastic ... for the slimmer cases, possible better protection and I've always thought the "Criterion clear case look" has a certain class to it.
So many blurays, so little time.

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Old 02-17-2014, 05:32 PM   #31
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I cannot even begin to give a shit about preferring one or the other. Sure, Digipaks get beat up, but it's not like the plastic cases remain in mint condition either. If the discs are okay, I'll take what I get.
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Old 02-17-2014, 05:35 PM   #32
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I don't really collect Criterions, I own very few. I do have the Godzilla release and wish it was in a plastic case like the Chaplin's and 12 Angry Men that I do have. I don't care for digipaks.
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Old 02-17-2014, 05:37 PM   #33
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Don't care much... but I guess if I had to choose I'd go with the DigiPaks.
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I don't really collect Criterions, I own very few. I do have the Godzilla release and wish it was in a plastic case like the Chaplin's and 12 Angry Men that I do have. I don't care for digipaks.
But the plastic case wouldn't allow for the pop-up Godzilla! If anything Godzilla is the perfect argument for having Digipaks in the first place.
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Old 02-17-2014, 06:33 PM   #35
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Since it's Criterion, I'm quite confident the disc inside is going to be top notch...so I like the digipaks. I always have. I have quite a few in my collection and, when done right, they look really nice, IMO.
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Old 02-17-2014, 06:36 PM   #36
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I definitely prefer the plastic case. I don't think I'd mind the digipak as much if it was the same dimensions as the plastic...it always annoys me to look at my shelves and see ones that are taller or stick out further (that goes for all...not just Criterion). But I do like the plastic better as it holds up a lot better over time than the cardboard.
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Old 02-17-2014, 06:39 PM   #37
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I hate hate hate the 2/3 disc digipacks!
And I also hate the fact that the digipacks take up more space on the shelf.
I too definitely prefer the plastic case.
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But the plastic case wouldn't allow for the pop-up Godzilla! If anything Godzilla is the perfect argument for having Digipaks in the first place.
See, that's an example of Criterion creating a digipak for completely aesthetic purposes, and not for practical ones. In the past, the occasional digipak was fine, but now it's a requirement when there are more than 2 discs. It stops being an aesthetic only thing, and starts being a mandatory one.

I imagine Criterion would save money by the creation of a plastic 3+ disc case. The digipaks all have to be custom designed/printed which must cost them more. than the standard cases, especially when they have to be re-printed in the future.

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Old 02-17-2014, 06:52 PM   #39
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But the plastic case wouldn't allow for the pop-up Godzilla! If anything Godzilla is the perfect argument for having Digipaks in the first place.
No one is advocating get rid of all digipacks. But they have become the norm since dual format came out in November. I never minded them when they came along every few months for releases like Godzilla.
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I don't collect Criterions but in general I much prefer plastic cases. Digipacks are annoying to open and take up too much room on the shelf.
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