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Old 12-11-2014, 08:02 PM   #941
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Pardon my ignorance, but would someone mind posting or PMing me a picture of what the case, artwork, and disc look like. I am very new to criterion collection movies, but the case and artwork don't look that great to me. It's a clear almost rental looking case and the print on the artwork is hard to read. I bought this on Ebay (although from a reputable seller), so I want to double check and make sure I didn't get a fake copy with printed artwork and an aftermarket case.

Mine looks very similar to this one: https://www.google.com/search?q=the+...ml%3B600%3B450 that someone else posted online.
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Old 12-11-2014, 08:03 PM   #942
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Pardon my ignorance, but would someone mind posting or PMing me a picture of what the case, artwork, and disc look like. I am very new to criterion collection movies, but the case and artwork don't look that great to me. It's a clear almost rental looking case and the print on the artwork is hard to read. I bought this on Ebay (although from a reputable seller), so I want to double check and make sure I didn't get a fake copy with printed artwork and an aftermarket case.

Mine looks very similar to this one: https://www.google.com/search?q=the+...ml%3B600%3B450 that someone else posted online.
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Old 12-11-2014, 08:06 PM   #943
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Thanks so much. That solves it for me. I believe mine is authentic. I guess I just expected a better case. My benjamin button has a great looking case, but then again, this is only my second criterion collection film, so as I said, I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to them.
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Old 12-11-2014, 08:11 PM   #944
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Thanks so much. That solves it for me. I believe mine is authentic. I guess I just expected a better case. My benjamin button has a great looking case, but then again, this is only my second criterion collection film, so as I said, I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to them.
Benjamin Button comes in a standard blue case, which is great, but I love the thicker clear Criterion cases. They feel sturdy, for lack of a better term, and look classy. Wait until you see the picture quality of the film itself though. Beautiful.
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Old 12-11-2014, 08:36 PM   #945
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Yes, Criterion universally uses Scanavo plastic cases for their movies that aren't digipaks. It allows for slightly larger artwork, as it doesn't have the "banner" across the front with the Blu-ray logo on it.
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Old 12-12-2014, 12:22 AM   #946
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Benjamin Button is also a "one-off," Paramount was done producing the supplements for the disc when Criterion asked if they could include in their library. Paramount said yes but since the disc was pretty much done... there was not anything of significance for Criterion to do. Paramount also handled distribution of this Criterion title themselves which is why it has the standard case. Its also one of the few Criterion titles to offer multiple language & subtitle options because of this. Warner now handle distribution of this title again with no changes to artwork because it is "technically" a Criterion title.
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Old 12-12-2014, 04:00 AM   #947
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Thanks so much. That solves it for me. I believe mine is authentic. I guess I just expected a better case. My benjamin button has a great looking case, but then again, this is only my second criterion collection film, so as I said, I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to them.
What exactly were you expecting? a paper thin Viva Eco case that most North America releases come in these days? This clear 14MM case and beautiful artwork are about as good as it gets for Blu-ray releases. Criterion releases are top-notch!
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Old 12-12-2014, 12:06 PM   #948
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Pardon my ignorance, but would someone mind posting or PMing me a picture of what the case, artwork, and disc look like. I am very new to criterion collection movies, but the case and artwork don't look that great to me. It's a clear almost rental looking case and the print on the artwork is hard to read. I bought this on Ebay (although from a reputable seller), so I want to double check and make sure I didn't get a fake copy with printed artwork and an aftermarket case.

Mine looks very similar to this one: https://www.google.com/search?q=the+...ml%3B600%3B450 that someone else posted online.

There was problems with the artwork on this release. On mine the title and the front of the artwork are so dark it almost can't be seen. When this first came out a few of us mentioned it. Seems like it's not every copy though. I believe some people even had success with getting a replacement but criterion ignored my email.
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Old 12-12-2014, 11:28 PM   #949
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What exactly were you expecting? a paper thin Viva Eco case that most North America releases come in these days? This clear 14MM case and beautiful artwork are about as good as it gets for Blu-ray releases. Criterion releases are top-notch!
I wouldn't call the artwork beautiful. Plus, a clear plastic case that dwarfs the barely legible artwork on the spine looks rather ugly on my shelf. That's just my opinion of course. To each his own. The film itself is gorgeous though and expertly remastered, which is what I really bought it for anyway, so I'm not disappointed overall in the least.
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Old 12-26-2014, 02:25 AM   #950
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I have always been extremely fond of this film and I was given this version as a Christmas gift. The Criterion version is OUTSTANDINGLY GORGEOUS. I am stunned in the clarity of the transfer. I guess when you come from the DVD version of this; a stark contrast in quality should have been expected. I actually do not own any other remastered Blu's from Criterion. I need to take a closer look at their work...
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Old 12-28-2014, 04:51 AM   #951
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The Region 1 DVD edition of The Game was truly horrendous. And Criterion's remaster is indeed fantastic. To say that it's a night-and-day difference would be an understatement.
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Old 12-28-2014, 04:55 AM   #952
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The Region 1 DVD edition of The Game was truly horrendous. And Criterion's remaster is indeed fantastic. To say that it's a night-and-day difference would be an understatement.
Yes, if the following image is the version you're referring to, it is terrible. I couldn't wait to replace it. The BD is a marvel.

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Old 12-28-2014, 05:38 AM   #953
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Yes, if the following image is the version you're referring to, it is terrible. I couldn't wait to replace it. The BD is a marvel.

i really really like that puzzle cover art though.

it's way better than the one criterion used IMO.

got this movie as a christmas gift
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Old 12-28-2014, 06:07 AM   #954
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The cover for that DVD is nice, yes, as it's the theatrical one-sheet. But the DVD itself is an abomination that I regretted buying. Awful full-screen transfer and an even worse letterboxed (non-anamorphic) widescreen transfer. And Universal's HD-DVD didn't stack up, either. The Criterion LaserDisc was the way to go until it got the bump to Criterion BD...thereby making all other editions obsolete.
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Old 01-05-2015, 12:09 PM   #955
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I just ordered this as well as The Social Network which just about completes my Fincher collection. (sans Alien 3 but I might pick that up soon)
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Old 01-05-2015, 03:46 PM   #956
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The Region 1 DVD edition of The Game was truly horrendous. And Criterion's remaster is indeed fantastic. To say that it's a night-and-day difference would be an understatement.
I had the region 2 SE dvd from Universal before this blu, and it might've looked worse than the US dvd! I never saw the US dvd in action to compare to, but that R2 was pure jagged shit. I literally have highly compressed torrents of vhs ripped pornos burned to cds that look just as good or better than that thing did. Just pixelated blacks and jagged lines all over the place, and all the way through. The blu is the only way to go, and indeed a revelation quality-wise from any dvd it seems.
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