The Art of Blu-Ray Packaging: From Steelbooks to Collector’s Editions

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People love collecting something they enjoy and making impressive collections. It is, without a doubt, among the oldest hobbies in the world. You can see it depicted in numerous ancient documents. However, the collections people had back in the day are nowhere near our current level. The reason is rather simple; compiling these collections has become more available today. Digital stores have certainly made things much easier.

When we think about collecting, we usually talk about collecting sports memorabilia or something similar. However, we can see that many are interested in collecting movies. Of course, we are talking about collecting Blu-rays. A good example of classic movies now available on Blu-ray is a Japanese classic movie, “Casting Blossoms to the Sky.” Naturally, it is not the only classic movie refreshed and adapted to modern standards.

Of course, DVDs were way more common back in the day. With the progressing technology we witness today, Blu-rays have become the standard. So, collectors don’t have many options. Today, we want to discuss various options regarding the packaging of Blu-rays. We will focus on all the main options but highlight the most important ones, Steelbooks, and Collector’s editions. Without further ado, let us begin.

The Importance of SteelBooks

The first packaging we want to focus on is known as SteelBooks. They have gathered much attention in the last couple of years for many reasons. However, stylishness is among the most important ones. What should you know about these? First, they are not made of plastic, which is the case with so many. Plastic has become a standard for so long, but we can see that this was changed with SteelBooks.

As the concept’s name shows, we are talking about steel-made cases. Naturally, this is not the only thing you should focus on. Furthermore, you will see that the steelbooks also focus on the artwork. They will feature some additional artwork, making the whole concept more interesting. So, the customers will get a higher value for their money, don’t you agree? We believe this has become one of the primary reasons why people enjoy this packaging form.

We are not talking just about the original artwork. Instead, we are talking about numerous images made by artists who enjoy this movie. So, it is not an artwork created by someone paid to do it, but this is also a way for movie fans to give their take on it. The concept originated back in the early 2000s. At first, it was not nearly as popular as it is today. The reason is quite simple: people need time to get used to the new options available on the market.

The Collector’s Edition

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Collector’s edition is among the most popular forms of packaging you will find on the market. They are exceptionally popular for many reasons. However, we want to emphasize that the main reason for their popularity is that they offer different titles in a certain franchise. For instance, you can get complete franchises like “Harry Potter” or “Lord of the Rings.” You will certainly understand how important this is for those who like to collect movies.

You will find numerous companies releasing editions like these. However, they have not been so popular for a long time, especially at the time when we can purchase these online. Having a physical copy is significant for so many people. Since there is a market for these, you will see many people who are interested in purchasing them.

The Cover Size

The next thing we want to talk about is the cover size. The standard packaging of the DVD cover is roughly 180 mm, followed by 270 mm. Naturally, the paper where artwork is printed is somewhat bigger since it needs to cover almost the whole package. As you can imagine, we are talking about Blu-Ray and DVD covers. It has become a standard, and you will see almost no exception to this rule.

However, there are several differences between Blu-rays and DVDs. At first, you will not be able to spot them, but when you closely examine the packages, you will see that the differences are clear. The first difference is that the traditional DVD cover is bigger than the Blu-ray package. Another difference is that DVD packages usually do not have additional content that sparks interest among those interested in these products.

We can agree that both of these styles have people interested in them. Still, DVDs have not been a thing for over a decade. The reason is quite simple: today’s devices do not support older formats. Blu-rays are more original. Therefore, they will stand out in your collection; you can be sure of that. Still, putting both of these packages on the shelf will make it look much better than when it is empty.

Refreshing Old Classic Titles

The last important thing to discuss is the trend of giving old, classic movies a completely new look. The trend started around 15 years ago. It was not possible to play older movies on modern devices. At the same time, classics are classics and will remain popular forever. Therefore, people will always be interested in watching these movies. Furthermore, giving them a completely new look is a good trend.

You will find many companies that specialize in this activity. Naturally, they are different in quality. However, that does not mean that not only a few provide high-quality products to their customers. When you understand the important elements that make a high-quality refreshing. For instance, you will see many black-and-white movies that were completely refreshed, and they even got colorful. Only a couple of years ago, this was not the case.


As you can see, Blu-ray, DVDs, and many other forms are quite important for today’s market. Here, you will see there are many people interested in purchasing these. We are certain you will find this insight interesting, which will make it even more popular in the future.

Written by Joseph Blakeslee