Kind of an odd question/poll here…
I’ve noticed that while most DVD packaging are fairly straightforward (and sometimes hopelessly generic, like the DVD package for The Shining), there are a few where the manufacturer went the extra mile to create a really nice looking package. I’m not talking about extras like deleted scenes or audio commentaries; I’m talking about the actual physical packaging.
In my collection, the best DVD packages are:
The Godfather DVD Collection. Very well done, high quality work.
Almost Famous: Bootleg Edition
The Sixth Sense…I’m referring to the two-disc set that was recently released, not the single-disc DVD package.
Gladiator…I’ve always liked the cover design in particular.
Some poor package designs:
Close Encounters of the Third Kind. I’m a big fan of the movie, but the package design here is really…odd.
Both Austin Powers DVDs. The covers are a visual mess.
Planet of the Apes…the Charlton Heston version. I don’t actually own this DVD, but I’ve seen the cover art for it…and how dumb is it to give the ending away on the cover of the frickin’ DVD? Never mind that a lot of the people who are likely to see this DVD have probably already seen it or know of the ending…I just think it’s bad principle to spoil the ending on the DVD’s cover.
I’ve noticed that I tend to like package designs that are understated, instead of the ones that are excessively splashy or overdone. This obviously doesn’t explain my liking Fight Club’s packaging.
Anyone else wanna chime in?