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Thought this might be helpful to new collectors as well as myself.

Since I am still somewhat new to collecting blus and such, I find myself coming across some unfamiliar terms when used to describe the texture, material and effects to slipcovers. In some cases, I even find myself googling the definition of some of these terms.





1/4 - Quarter Slips - Not all slips are the same size. Some of them, most often seen in foreign (Non-US) Steelbooks are just a fraction of the size of normal slips.
-If you look closely, you can see the difference of the Steelbook and the 1/4 Slip at the bottom in the KimchiDVD release of Frozen 3D.
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-Miss March was also released with a similar little slip
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Audible - Slips that have senors or buttons that play music or speak when triggered.
-The most recent example of this is the Target Exclusive for Anchorman 2
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Cutaway - When a slip has an open portion on the face, revealing the case or other artwork underneath.
-Here's the Blufans release of Oz the Great and Powerful, with a cutaway that could frame one of several art card inserts inside.
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-Also seen in the Best Buy Exclusive of Alice in Wonderland.
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Debossed - When images or writing are indented or pressed.
-This Wanted slipcover is a good example of what debossed items look like. You can really see the indentations of the writing.
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Embossed - When images or writing are raised.
-A perfect example of this is the UK release of Jennifer's Body.
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G1 - G1 is refereed to the size of the case. G1's are the standard size of DVD cases. They are taller than the standard Blu-Ray styled cases (G2).


Gatefold - When a slip has a "flap" on the front (sometimes affixed with Velcro), which can open up like a book cover to reveal additional artwork or disc details inside.
-Best seen in the Universal 100th Anv. Slipcovers.
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Glitter - Slips with glitter which gives them a sandy and grainy type of feeling.
-How the Grinch Stole Christmas
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Holofoil - Very shiny and reflective to light.
-This titles shows a lot of the Holofoil effect.
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Lenticular - Plastic cards to give it that 3D effect. Picture will move/change when the slip is moved back and forth.
-The 'Science' behind Lenticular cards -
[Show spoiler]Lenticular images are made from (typically plastic) sheets that have triangular ridges where one part of the image is on the left side of the triangular peak, and another part of the image is on the right side. That is why "moving" the slip back and forth causes the image to move or change.
-There are some, such as Hunger Games / Catching Fire Wal-Mart Exclusive, that actually change the whole image.
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-Also seen on the new Paranormal Activity: Marked Ones Lenticular Slipcover.
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-There are some that only make the images slightly move, such as Gravity 3D Lenticular Slipcover.
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Matte - Dull or flat, without shine. Almost like a velvet type feeling.
-This can be seen in titles like Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
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Metal - Rather than the standard slip, these are made out of metal.
-I have a feeling these are very hard to come by, but very cool indeed. Check out this Australian release of Gladiator
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Pop-up - Slips that open up and have images pop out.
-CA - Hobo with a Shotgun
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Slipboxes - Often used in sets and series. Larger and thicker than regular slipcovers. Covers 5 sides of the case, rather than 4.
-For example, Game of Thrones
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Starburst / Sunburst - This effect is when slips have beams or rays of light like patterns that start from a central point and spread throughout the slip.
-This effect is truly something amazing looking. Check it out in this copy of The Avengers 3D
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-Also seen in this release of Cloud Atlas
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-To see what this effect looks like in motion, check out this short video
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Transparent - Clear or see-through slips that show all or most of the cover art.
-Here's a perfect example of this type of Slipcover
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-Another example of this is the Hairspray Slip. The top half of it is Transparent and you are able to see right through it.
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*Depending on the manufacturers and company, Slipcovers can also be referred to as O-Rings / O-Sleeves & Dust Jackets.



If any of our expert members would like to help out in this thread, please feel free to post and I will update accordingly.


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Old 04-06-2014, 02:52 AM   #2
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Nice thread! This will be very helpful to new slipcover collectors.

How about posting pics next to each lingo? It will give a better perspective for the type of slipcover.
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Nice thread! This will be very helpful to new slipcover collectors.

How about posting pics next to each lingo? It will give a better perspective for the type of slipcover.
Great idea! I'll put some example pics in the spoiler for the corresponding term.
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Old 04-06-2014, 03:20 AM   #4
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Great idea! I'll put some example pics in the spoiler for the corresponding term.
Don't forget Foil slips. I think there are at least Metal DVD slips I can't remember if we've had many BD ones.
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Lenticular - Holographic cards to give it that 3D effect...
Lenticular images are made from (typically plastic) sheets that have triangular ridges where one part of the image is on the left side of the triangular peak, and another part of the image is on the right side. That is why "moving" the slip back and forth causes the image to move or change. They are not holographic; that is a different (photographic) process that can be used to create a three dimensional image. Some slips have a holofoil effect that really isn't a hologram, but rather causes a foil or prismatic effect.
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Great idea for a thread!

I think you should include some of the more basic definitions, like "spine", "ratings logos", etc. May seem rudimentary, but comes into play when discussing aesthetics, for example, the "inverted spine" colloquialism (referring to the text direction). Here's the French Gravity release:



"Cutaway" - when a slip has an open portion on the face, revealing the case or other artwork underneath. Here's the Blufans release of Oz the Great and Powerful, with a cutaway that could frame one of several art card inserts inside:



"Gatefold" - when a slip has a "flap" on the front (sometimes affixed with Velcro), which can open up like a book cover to reveal additional artwork or disc details inside. Here's the gatefold slip for one of the Up releases:

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Lenticular images are made from (typically plastic) sheets that have triangular ridges where one part of the image is on the left side of the triangular peak, and another part of the image is on the right side. That is why "moving" the slip back and forth causes the image to move or change. They are not holographic; that is a different (photographic) process that can be used to create a three dimensional image. Some slips have a holofoil effect that really isn't a hologram, but rather causes a foil or prismatic effect.
Hmm...interesting...didn't know that much went into those cards. Thanks for the info!
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Thanks for making this, it's very helpful
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jd, you should probably also start your OP off with a general definition, and perhaps a description of how slipcovers differ from slipbooks/slipboxes (which are closed on five sides instead of four).
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jd, you should probably also start your OP off with a general definition, and perhaps a description of how slipcovers differ from slipbooks/slipboxes (which are closed on five sides instead of four).
Done and done!
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If you have a pic of the Chronicle slip, that's a perfect example of a holofoil slip.
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Awesome thread. I think it needs a better title, though.

Can a mod get it pinned as 'for starters'?
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I wouldn't consider slips like Casino Royale, Karate Kid (remake) and Rise as matted. These are considered felt/velvet. Remember Me also falls into this a category.

A matted slip would be something like The Last Exorcism. That slip feels like rough cardboard/sandpaper. There are a few others but can't think of them off the top of my head.

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Don't forget Foil slips. I think there are at least Metal DVD slips I can't remember if we've had many BD ones.
Would the Expendables be considered a foil slip?
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How about "audio slipcover"



Great thread idea!
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Hey jd

Here's a good example for your debossed section.....



And for your holofoil section......


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I agree with everyone else here! Great thread! There were a couple terms I was unfamiliar with such as "cutaway," but now I know what to call those kinds of slips!
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Hey jd

Here's a good example for your debossed section.....

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And for your holofoil section......

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You're right, that Wanted one is great to show people what debossed items look like. Can really see the indentations in the writing!

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I agree with everyone else here! Great thread! There were a couple terms I was unfamiliar with such as "cutaway," but now I know what to call those kinds of slips!
Yes, likewise! Gatefold is the one that I always wondered what they were called.
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You're right, that Wanted one is great to show people what debossed items look like. Can really see the indentations in the writing!



Yes, likewise! Gatefold is the one that I always wondered what they were called.
Same here! Gatefold was the other term I didn't know.
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There's another type of finish available on some slips. It's not lenticular- I call it a 'textured' finish which gives off an unusual effect when light is shone on it.
It has been used on many UK releases including the original 'Back To The Future' trilogy boxset, 'Cloud Atlas' and most recently 'Gravity' to name just a few...

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