Are you still excited about Steels??

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  1. Soundwave

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    I was thinking the other day that my interest in steelbooks has pretty much diminished lately & I think it's down to the sudden saturation of the market.

    I mean it used to be select titles that got the treatment & were worth picking up.

    Now though it seems that everything is getting a release or even re-release in a steelbook & it's just dulling the experience for me.

    I'm not saying I'll stop the collection but I'm just not as excited as I used to be when a Steelbook was due.

    I have more or less cancelled all my pre-orders (I even cancelled Skyfall because I knew I wouldn't watch it & the money would be better spent elsewhere) & now only have these left...

    Platoon
    Nemo
    Roger Rabbit
    Star Trek

    After that I expect my next pre-orders will be the Phase 2 Marvels & Man of Steel

    So is it just me or is anyone else finding there's just too much these days??

    Neil
     
  2. vtrmart

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    I've bought 5 already this year Neil and I don't think I bought 5 for the whole of last year. This is probably due to the fact that there have been more steelbook releases of films I would have bought an amaray copy for anyway. So yes, it must be due to saturation of the market. What was once only produced for "special" or blockbuster releases seems to be applied for even the most ordinary of releases. I haven't quite grown bored yet of the hobby, but all the speculator activity around it is what has taken the shine off for me somewhat.
     
  3. rapta

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    Sometimes excited - Skyfall and Looper were good, looking forward to Django Unchained. Despite enjoying it, I don't think I'll bother getting the Seven Psychopaths as the steelbook's a bit crappy - was hoping it'd be like the film posters, all green and black Trainspotting parody...

    Don't think they bring out enough special editions of some films - was hoping for Killing Them Softly or Zero Dark Thirty to come in at least a slipcase or something, but no hope for non-blockbusters really.

    The best steelbooks I have are the Eureka's Masters of Cinema ones - I have Silent Running and Rumble Fish and they're both excellent efforts. Hoping to get Repo Man or something else soon.
     
  4. Jim Di Griz

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    Repo Man looks nicer in the flesh than it does on a screen - like Silent Running in fact. Really nice booklet too.
     
  5. Jim Di Griz

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    Im excited about steels of films I really like so nothing's changed. Im glad theres more steels around - I dont see why it should be kept to a select few.
     
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    Only recently purchased a BD player, so I'm loving them atm :)
     
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    I am with some but im going to get very choosy. Only preorders I have are
    Life of Pi
    Django (which may be cancelled depending on artwork)
    The Hobitt
    Thats it.
     
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    I'm always excited about a blu-ray release, steelbook or not. Still adore steelbooks and wouldn't mind if every film came out in steelbook form now.

    This is coming from someone who isn't a collector for rare/value reasons/have something only a few have though so I might feel differently about the whole 'saturation of the market' thing. I just prefer the steelbook box/alternative artwork if better than the amaray release.
     
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    I`ve only been collecting for about a year (no where near as long as some of you guys!), but I get excited about `hunting` them down. Whether that be in a variety of 2nd hand shops (like CEX, Cash Convertors and so on) or via the likes of ebay/local classifieds/car boots.

    A large percentage of my modest collection have been bought 2nd hand (most are mint). I`m not in it for profit, but its quite a buzz to come across a rare/exclusive title in a 2nd hand shop priced the same as a standard blu ray, knowing its true value. Very sad to some, but exciting to me. Plus, and most importantly, I love the feel/look of them over standard blu`s (the same reasons as most of you). The same applies to DVD`s/Xbox collectables.

    Even if I sold my collection (which I have no intention of doing), I don`t think I could stop myself if I came across a bargain.

    Yes, I live quite an empty life atm :)
     
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    My experience of steelbook collecting has really changed over the years;

    Phase 1- This was a time when if a new release I was getting had the option of getting it as a steelbook I'd go for it, this goes as far back as DVD times in fact my first experience of steelbooks were with the old WWE PPV DVD's back in 2007.

    Phase 2- This was my hardcore collecting period when I realised people were actually making a hobby out of this and it's at this time I was buying almost everything I could get my hands on whatever the cost. If I had the money I would of no doubt of gone totally mental and got a Futureshop Ironman during this period. Thankfully this period started and ended before the half way stage of 2011.

    Phase 3- This is kinda where I am now in that I will no longer buy multiples of films and keep the steelbooks sealed. Now it's one version of the film (even if there are multiple different steelbook's out there) and that will be the copy I use.

    As for my thoughts on steelbooks now tbh like Neil I dont get a lot of excitement out of them anymore in fact recently my OCD has taken over and I'm more into getting my collection looking right on the shelves than concerning myself with steelbooks case in point Skyfall - I have the steelbook but having it sat on the shelf next to the deluxe Casino Royal and the bog-standard Quantum of Solace looks all kinds of wrong so I've replaced it on the shelf with the foxconnect exclusive slipcover version and now I can sleep easy. I'm also finding a lot more enjoyment out of getting a nice slip cover or boxset to a steelbook, the former two just give you far more variation in their design imo.

    I'll still get steelbooks when they're available as they're still better than a standard amaray's or a standard amaray with a standard slipcover but I wouldn't say I get a buzz over getting them anymore
     
  11. douki

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    The speculating has become a big turn off for me. Steelbooks aren't a fun thing to collect imo, I'd rather spend my money and time collecting something else.
     
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    I have to admit my liking of them has waned in the past month or so. For me I will only buy a steel of a film that I really enjoyed at the cinema and only if it is not hugely more exspensive than the basic version. If the steel artwork looks poor that puts me off as well. Last steel I bought was Skyfall but that was a fantastic steel and film so had to be bought. On the preorder side I have End Of Watch, Django Unchained, Life Of Pi and Who Framed Roger Rabbit waiting and don't intend to buy any others anytime soon. I do feel that the fact that steels are multiplying like gremlins near water is making me more wary of buying them, they don't have the same feeling of exclusivity now.
     
  13. apartridge

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    It's exhausting and expensive.

    Nice items, and some stunning steelbooks out there, but when every film gets churned off a conveyor belt, with little to no thought put into the design, it becomes too much.

    I suppose you could chill out and only buy the ones you think are worth keeping but then, do you really have the time to go through each individual release and decide which one is worth owning, and then go on the hunt for them, which can be fun, but most of the time it's monotonous. All the while dealing with damages/dodgy sellers and buyers etc?

    I'm still buying them atm, but as time goes on, I think I'd rather just spend the time watching movies and other stuff.
     
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    My interest has more or less died a death in the last few months.

    Saturation of mediocre releases
    Scalpers
    lowballers

    So much **** gets the steel treament, then films I want (Dredd 2012) don't get it.

    As tommyh84 put it, I too followed that trend. At the start you buy everything (10k BC :(), to pre-ordering multiples of nearly everything, now only films I really want.

    The amount of crap, sealed films I have is scary. I'm going to cut back to what I really want. First step will be to get under 100. which means selling 150+, but who has the time?

    EDIT: I think this sums it up for me, I went to HMV (wife was shopping) picked up Resi Evil retribution at £17.20, then didn't buy.

    I went into cash converters in Edinburgh, they have a mint, open Resi Ret for £12 & I still didn't buy it. I haven't ordered Rodger Rabbit or Pred 2 even though I knew / know they will sell out. I've turned a corner!
     
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    Hell yeah! I love my steelbooks and look forward to my next few pre-orders!

    I don't think i'll ever part with most of mine as they're all the ones I love and would happily crack open and waste away couple hours enjoying the movie. A friend came over the once and had a good nose at my steels and in his words...

    "mate you've got some awesome films here"

    Every single one of mine is worth a steelbook imo and I haven't bothered with any of the crap titles... I've got about 120 so far with a mix of german and american titles. Some are quite valuable as well and rare to find in steelbook form. :)
     
  16. pmwhelan

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    Is this really that difficult?
    Does it take that long to decide?

    For me its .... do I really, really like the film? Is the steelbook cool? Yes. Buy it.
    Otherwise walk away.
     
  17. Harry Clayworth

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    I like these steelbook editions but i only ever get them for films i really like and if they are well designed, now days my new hobby is to try and find a blu ray as cheap as possible, ebay and amazon are great for this, i have managed to double my collection doing this and paying a third of the price.
     
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    @ pmwhelan, the problem there is, them selling out before the final art / product is released.

    No one knew how good the play Raid, Iron Man, IM2 etc would be before release.

    A more recent example is Looper. The French verion has only just been released & the FS release is widely regarded as the best, but it's long sold out.
     
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    I still enjoy collecting. Sometimes I wish I hadn't started as it is a drain on your bank balance, but it feels like i've gone to far to stop now. I open all of mine and watch as many as I can. If I watch a film once or twice, then that justifies the cost for me since I very rarely go to the cinema.
     
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    Hmmm. The market is being flooded by catalogue titles without much due care or attention. However new titles are still good.
     
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    i think i have to say no, im not.

    maybe 9 years is too long to be collecting them, but now i have so much dread and fear.

    1. will it sell out before release? cant take the chance so preorder everything.
    2. will it be damaged? cant take chance on exclusives so order a spare.

    also a lot of the films now are catalogue titles that have already have releases on dvd steel (thanks fox!)

    i understand how those that havent been in the game long are excited, but im just tired of it all.

    i really thought after play and hmvs demise we might just go back to a few select titles. instead we have zavvi getting exclusives with tiny print runs and a rubbish payment process, amazon ripping you off on prices.

    i get excited about maybe 1 in 10 these days.
     
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    I've only really just started. I will only really buy a film I like e.g. my first steelbook was Drive and I paid over the odds for it. I've got about 15 now, but not looking to stock up on them. I'm not into them as a collector, just for films I like or I could be swung if the artwork is nice (e.g. Taken 2 or the MI steels).
     
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    I still love them. Glad that I was selective from the start to be honest, only pick up the ones I like or blind buys that I want to see.
     
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    I wish I had, but I got caught up in the initial excitment.

    I do love some of them though & not due to value / rarity, though that can be a factor in me refusing to sell some of them :facepalm:

    From now on I'm only buying steels of films I will watch again over the years, or if they are silly cheap :)
     
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    my interest is not as it was either,

    I think the releases last year is what did it. So many were released and at the time I had to buy them all lol and some I was buying spares to trade, so spending £150-£200 a month on steelbooks was a bit much, i know i didnt have to buy them all but they were for the collection

    I didn't bother getting the warner wave that came out in November and may only pick up a few from the fox wave but the exclusives i still have to order lol now if my interest was still there they would all be on pre order

    I'm gonna actually sell my spares as I don't really want to trade them for steels anymore, all are still sealed and as free listing on ebay this weekend they will probably end up there so if you see thor, captain america etc you'll know its me lol
     
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    I've still got a couple on pre order, but I can't be doing with the £20 plus prices on certain titles anymore

    In fact, I'm finding myself putting some of my titles up for sale these days just to get some cash back
     
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    I admit that I'm getting a bit bored with steelbooks, mainly because there's so many of them now that they've lost their uniqueness and specialness IMO. I would sooner have new movies in steelbooks too rather than old ones that I already have in standard cases (but cannot replace with a steelbook version either because the bonus discs are usually missing!) Ironically, some of these include DVD copies, which don't interest me at all now but omit the bonus BDs! Gee, thanks. Also, there are too many steelbook re-releases that recycle the same tired old transfers instead of taking the opportunity to improve them with a better picture and more extras.

    It's a waste really but the cynic in me reckons that the publishers are doing this because it is a far cheaper and lazier way to make more money out of a BD release than selling a Deluxe or Special Edition version with a new transfer and extras like we had with DVD.
     
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    3D versions of titles not being available in SB when the 2D equivalent is.

    Most annoying
     
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    I agree.
     
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    Agreed, there do seem to be a lot of crappy steelies being released recently, seven psychopaths being a prime example however there are still some interesting ones, like django and blow out.

    digibooks on the otherhand.....trying to resist but stuff like this isn't helping:

    Brazil - Digibook Collector Blu-ray + DVD + Livret Blu-ray: Amazon.fr: Jonathan Price, Robert De Niro, Kim Greist, Terry Gilliam: DVD & Blu-ray

    Apocalypse Now - Digibook Collector 3 Blu-ray + Livret Blu-ray: Amazon.fr: Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Dennis Hopper, Sam Bottoms, Laurence Fishburne, Albert Hall, Harrison Ford, Scott Glenn, Colleen Camp, Francis Fo
     

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