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Monday
Nov282016

Laserdiscs aren't back - but their sleeves are

No one wants physical copies any more, people don't like packaging cluttering up their house...we've all gone streaming now, you don't really own anything, it's in a cloud somewhere....controlled by someone else. At least that's what people like to tell me. 

Well call me old fashioned (because I am), but I like packaging, I like holding the things I've bought and when I do pass on, I want someone to be extremely inconvenienced by all the detritus I've accumulated during my existence.

One of the things they'll have to figure out what to do with, is an ancient silver disc called a blu-ray...but it's not just a normal blu-ray film in a flimsy plastic box with broken catches and a thing that no longer grips the centre of the disc properly because a couple of the teeth got snapped off in the post....no it's in a big cardboard square the size of a vinyl LP. Watch the video below to find out more. 

I really hope this laserdisc style packaging idea becomes a trend, and while I'm 99.98% sure it wont, I applaud Disney for having the guts to give it a try. Purchasing links below.

Guardians of the Galaxy http://amzn.to/2gOT89J
Star Wars the Force Awakens http://amzn.to/2gzKmIu
Finding Dory http://amzn.to/2gbcvZs
Aladdin http://amzn.to/2fsYib9
Beauty & The Beast http://amzn.to/2gzN5RU
Cinderella (Live action) http://amzn.to/2gP6faE

UPDATE: A few people have advised me that there are a number of Spanish releases of blu-ray titles in Laserdisc sized sleeves - click here to take a look

 

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Reader Comments (4)

Thanks for the review I especially loved this one on Media sleeves by Disney it shows how some people are resorting to physical media as opposed to the download. Now can I find some for the latest Star Trek films and should I build myself a record cabinet ?

November 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy Travis

This was very cool. I also really miss physical media, both for the quality that came with it, and the physical, tactile nature of the music, video or art within. I think something has really gone away with streaming media, and not just the quality.

I would welcome this idea and I only wish they'd thought of it 5 years ago. It seems Blu-ray and everything else is just about totally fizzled out.

Great website thank you!

December 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSean Perrin

Thank you for another great video. I am reminded of my old ELO "out of the blue" double LP*** which, of course, had a beautiful illustrated gatefold sleeve and I believe 20 quid is a pretty reasonable ask as well.

I can see this as a present for my son for his upcoming birthday - I know he'd love the star wars pictures on the wall.

Once again, thanks for this - I had no idea these were available.

Max H, Beverley.

January 20, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermaxy

As a green screen studio owner, video production company and all round geek when it comes to technology - especially video, I was absolutely fascinated by your video on CED and discovering a format I'd never heard of before! So much so, that I ended up buying a few just to put in frames around my house as object d'art!

January 26, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMathew White

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