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What I can't fathom is the price difference between the ultimate collection and the 23-disc collection. The ultimate collection is a whopping 65$-70$ more, but all it seems to include are the HD copies, the EON documentary and a pocket sized version of the 50 Years of Bond Posters book. Honestly, it's 70$ more expensive for that stuff?!?
I will give you an advice: Buy them! :-)
Steelbooks for me are not just...metal casings. The "Steelbook" company, who produces the casings, used to get licenses from movie companies who only wanted big popcorn blockbusters to be released with such casings.
Things have changed considerably though, and now even indie arthouse films get steelbook versions. I myself own steelbooks from "Moon" (Duncan Jones, Sci-fi), "Ex-Machina" (another great indie Sci-fi flick), "Easy Rider" (the cult film whom George Lazenby thought that was going to be the new popular franchise) and Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey".
But most importantly, steelbooks are smaller, more tangible collector's items that either represent movie poster classics or other graphical art that is in any case more beautiful than the cheaper looking blue plastic casings/covers.
And.....steelbooks also vary from how craftsmanship has been performed. The four Bond steelbooks I have so far each have a different finishing touch. The "Casino Royale"-one is completely shiny, whereas the "Skyfall"-one has a more matted steelbrush shine. The "GoldenEye"-one has an even more matted shine as compared to SF. Even the titular font type is completely embossed inside the steel, making it a slightly more difficult to produce steelbook. The "Goldfinger"-one is my favourite: It has the title embossed, but if you put it in the sunlight, you'll see a shiny "50"-logo over a more matted overall shine.
Simply put: Steelbooks are beautiful. And in any case way more better than those cheap cover inlays in blue plastic casings. Yes, I know everything is about the film, and people say one should not be bothered too much about steelbooks. Thing is, we are Bond fans. And Bond fans collect the weirdest stuff, if you ask my mother ;-). I have two framed posters in my flat, but I seriously think steelbooks are the modern-day pocket-sized 'posters' of today.
And on top of that, the 9 new Bond steelbooks look beautiful, but we don't know yet what quality of workmanship has been executed on them. Will they have embossed Bond title logo's? Are they both shiny and slightly steelbrushed? But don't worry, they will look better in real as on pictures. In any case, these four not only look beautiful, they FEEL beautiful too ;-):
Will I consider buying the entire big 23 disc collector's set? Absolutely not. Those extra's (new feature about syndicate S.P.E.C.T.R.E., new feature about Craig storyline so far) will also be included as a code on the 9 steelbooks, so you can retrieve these extras online. And again, steelbooks are IMO the REAL collector's items. If you also keep the steelbooks wrapped in plastic foil, then in 30 years time from now you need to insure your precious steelbooks ;-).
By the way, the old 50th anniversary collector's set is also sold in The Netherlands WITH "Skyfall". Especially the newer releases.
The September set will have one advantage over the Bond 50 set. It will also contain digital HD versions in addition to the blurays. If that's important, I would recommend waiting.
It'll depend on the price the box set is sold and If you're picky about how you organize your film library. Obviously, if you like the idea of all your films being neatly alphabetized in order, then you'll have to purchase them individually.
When it comes to huge collections like Bond (or Hitchcock, Halloween series, etc), I personally just want the discs at the least expensive price, so I bought the Bond 50 set back in 2012. Purchased individually, you'll pay a bit more, even if they're only 9$ a pop.
By the way, where's the CR cover?
Still, I'm looking more forward to the steelbooks. Now those are beauties ;-).
@Creasy47 I agree. SirRog looks too smooth to be real there.
Agreed. Why, even Dalton looks airbrushed in LTK. What's with that? Why can't they just have the from the film? Dr. No looks like they took that frame and brightened it up a bit. Looks perfect, so why not just make them a slight bit better looking, but maintain realism?
Mwaah, I don't find that so much of a problem. At least they are scene shots. Which I like way more as opposed to this one:
I didn't purchase DAF or FYEO. I really dislike DAF a lot, so cool looking cover be damned. As for FYEO, I'm not a huge fan of the cover and I think it's a sham that they retcon that film into being part of the SPECTRE saga whilst omitting DN for a steelbook upgrade. I certainly like FYEO the film, but I guess out of principle (for what it's worth) I'm not buying the steelbook.
Yes, everything from the 2006 ultimate edition DVDs is on there. Not everything has the same video/audio quality. Back in '08 the first wave of blurays actually upgraded the quality of the behind the scenes docs, but not for the remaining blurays that came out in '12 for Bond 50. Regarding, it's all available.
I also just don't care for all that emptiness at the bottom of the case. Like I said, doesn't much matter except for us collectors who put these films on our shelves, but there's my few cents.
I think the Special Edition covers still have the most appealing design.
Makes a bit sense. Cover designs from new box sets always reflect the current Bond era....and all its design interpretations. We now live a a moodier, darker, minimalistic Bond era, devoid of big screaming colors and cheesy loud en crowded images.
Most of them were pretty good. Those are the DVDs I own personally, then I have the Bond 50 set on Blu Ray.