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Old 10-06-2013, 07:58 PM   #1
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Has this, my favorite packaging format, become a thing of the past?

It seems there are fewer and fewer Digis being released these days. I have only added a few Target Disney exclusives to my collection in the last year or so, and it doesn't seem like many more titles are on the horizon.

Too expensive? Insufficient demand? Overall drop in BD sales? Discuss.
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Using the same inferior release for digi releases doesn't help aka unforgiven, even though i bought it anyway. the last non Disney book I bought was full metal jacket I believe. Was a while ago
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Warner is the main studio that's still releasing them at a steady rate, but I think there's been a comparable amount released in the US compared to recent years, if not more. Last year saw more Universal ones because of its 100th anniversary, so that output can't be expected every year.


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The Big Parade
The Jazz Singer
Cabaret
Cleopatra
Man of Steel
Hansel and Gretel
The Little Mermaid
Peter Pan
Epic
Rebel without a Cause
Giant
East of Eden
Schindler's List
The Hobbit
The Right Stuff
Halloween

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Old 10-06-2013, 10:23 PM   #4
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Has this, my favorite packaging format, become a thing of the past?

It seems there are fewer and fewer Digis being released these days. I have only added a few Target Disney exclusives to my collection in the last year or so, and it doesn't seem like many more titles are on the horizon.

Too expensive? Insufficient demand? Overall drop in BD sales? Discuss.
i love digibooks as well and yes they have slowed down quite a bit. in the uk barely anything gets released as a digibook and i blame that on zavvi and there mass producing of steelbooks. i personally think people just want steelbooks>digibooks these days.

seems to me most of the digibooks being released are of really old films that im not really interested in. hopefully next year they will release more of new films as 99% of the time, if there is a digibook release i always choose that
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Old 10-06-2013, 10:33 PM   #5
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I never liked digibooks. I would hate to order one then receive it with busted corners or other damages. A lot of the titles I have no interest in, actor's filmographies and info get out of date, and it's a stange hybrid to me - putting discs into books.

I do have a few, only because I wanted those specific titles, and it's nice to have variety in a collection. But have you noticed that almost all of the movies in digibook, end with the main character dying or have a down note?
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I love Digibooks but only buy movies that I want to own, not simply to collect them. I like the wide, flat spines, since most of the time that's what I'm looking at on the shelves. Once in a while I get a damaged one from Amazon and simply return it for another. I don't read the booklet but once usually, but it's a nice deluxe version to own. I don't see the appeal of steelbooks myself, but to each their own.
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Old 10-07-2013, 02:56 AM   #7
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I've never had any inkling to buy a digibook. It would just look so out of place on my shelf. There's no consistent size to them and the spines are literally book-like. As mentioned above, the hybrid of discs placed in book packaging just seems so odd to me. And not many of the titles are appealing to me anyway, especially if they can be had as a slipcover or steelbook.
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I think there's an interesting unmentioned dynamic in play here...

I think there are about as many NEW RELEASE digibooks as steelbooks, at least as far as I can tell... by which I mean, movies coming out for the first time as either a digibook or steelbook.

BUT...

We have been treated to several waves of Warner and Universal re-releases in steelbooks.

So...

Digibooks seem to be new release only, or at least for the majority... and yes, I know Halloween was just recently a digibook BUT it is a new transfer of the movie so it is not the same one. There are exceptions, like Terminator, Goodfellas, Unforgiven, and a few others that Warner released later as digis...

But... it seems that IF we get a re-release of a catalog movie that has already been released previously... it is more likely to be a steelbook than a digibook IF it comes in special packaging.

Someone can correct me if I'm wrong... but it seems like new releases are coming at a comparable rate... but it's the re-issues that we are seeing a bunch of new steelbooks and not so much new digibooks coming out.

I bring this up because... most of us aren't picking up those re-release steelbooks unless they are really cheap... and I think they can probably produce those steelbooks cheaper than they can the digibooks for those "budget" re-release waves... which probably explains why they do it...

Instead of selling a $5 movie... they put a couple of dollars into a new steelbook package and sell for $10-$15 and many of us will buy again... but I don't think they can make the same profit margin on a re-release digibook.
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There still seems to be a steady release of Digibooks, there just isn't too many newer titles. WB is releasing a lot, which is good because they use the better packaging
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I'm hoping that Gravity will have an optional Digibook release since it's WB.
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I favour digibooks over any other format.

Pity living in the UK means we get a bum deal
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Old 10-09-2013, 08:25 AM   #12
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Quote:
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Has this, my favorite packaging format, become a thing of the past?

It seems there are fewer and fewer Digis being released these days. I have only added a few Target Disney exclusives to my collection in the last year or so, and it doesn't seem like many more titles are on the horizon.

Too expensive? Insufficient demand? Overall drop in BD sales? Discuss.
I think it's a combination of cost to produce, and a very small crowd of enthusiasts.
I agree, as digibook is my preferred packaging and I hope to see more in the future...but again costs vs. small demand!
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I favour digibooks over any other format.

Pity living in the UK means we get a bum deal
Most if not all of the Warner digibooks are region free..you can import them.
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Most if not all of the Warner digibooks are region free..you can import them.
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