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What is your preferred DVD packaging?
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 3%  [ 3 ]
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 55%  [ 46 ]
 7%  [ 6 ]
Alphapak/Book format
 8%  [ 7 ]
Funimation Viridian Set
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2011 11:40 pm Reply with quote
Liteboxes are nice, but definitely my fav are the Digipaks. It just seems so satisfying to unfold each disk, and the art is pretty. It just gives me a lot more satisfaction when I buy the series and unfold it for the first time.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 11:08 am Reply with quote
Thinpaks are nice bec they do save on space a lot of the series I buy usually come packaged that way. I have purchased several series in Funi's SAVE collection and for the money saved it was worth buying anime this way.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 8:33 pm Reply with quote
I guess I got spoiled when I was able to buy all those singles with artboxes out of the TRSI bargain bin so I chose singles. Since I own a house space is not a big issue for me. They look the best and they are the easiest to replace if broken.

If, however, cost is the main concern (as it often is) my favorite is whichever costs less.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 4:01 pm Reply with quote
I chose digipaks even though my only experience with one is Funimation's Evangelion 1.11 Blu-ray. (That is a digipak, right?) I like how it looks and doesn't actually snap. Singles and thinpaks would be tied for second since I like the area efficiency of thinpaks but still like the size of singles.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 9:20 pm Reply with quote
I'm fine with nice thinpacks and tolerate liteboxes for reasons of economy. I have a definite soft spot for singles in an art box. I actually went for digipacks, though, because of the way the art is inseparable from the packaging. There's something nice about the fact that it's not just a standard case with a title-specific cover inserted, but that the art is structurally part of the package. (I also like those really one-off packaging designs, like the special Rurouni Kenshin boxes and envelopes.)

Like almost everyone, I despise spindle packs. I also dislike the alpha-pack: the plastic they are made of is in my experience just not up to the the structural demands the design place on it. Hinges break, and stop working properly, and flanges snap off, and the case ends up with shards of plastic rattling around in it and threatening to scratch the discs.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 12:52 pm Reply with quote
Guess I'm not really experienced enough to make an actual vote, so I won't ATM. So far, though, it's either digipaks or thinpacks.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 6:04 pm Reply with quote
Just got the bargain Moribito Bundle from Right Stuff and I'm rather impressed with the Super Jewel Boxes (never had something packed in these before); "Landscape/Letterbox" presentation, everything all nice and shiny, flip open cover with art below the disk, title on the inside of the spine so the booklet is dedicated solely to splashy picture, spine just barely less narrow than a thinpack but easy to read.
Although I guess they'll probably get scratched up and they have hinges that seem easily breakable (like a regular CD Jewel case) It is definitely very sharp looking.

I still support Digipak's as the best multi-volume packaging but I wouldn't kick a Super Jewel Box out of my bed for eating crackers... so to speak.
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 2:16 am Reply with quote
Gonna have to go with thinpaks. Sturdy, durable, look attractive to buy with enough cover art on the cases and save on storage space for my shelves.

My nitpicks with other options:
-Stackpaks are quite inconvenient as a means to store DVDs. While they save on space as well as thinpaks, it's quite troublesome trying to open them up to get the next disc within a title you want to see.
-Alphapaks, at least the earlier ones used by distributors, and singles volumes tend to take up quite a bit of shelf space depending on the length of the anime. In the case of the alphapaks, the way in which they are made feel a bit too bulky than necessary. The ones used by Bandai Entertainment though don't have the bulk of earlier alphapaks, giving them similar benefits as thinpaks.
-Digipaks have greater space-saving potential than thinpaks, but the material used in making them looks fragile. I'm thankful that the few digipaks I own came with protective covers to reduce any wear and damage to them.
-Funi's Viridian Collection sets are as cheap as they say they are. The cardboard material used to store the DVD cases tend to wear out more easily than alphapaks and thinpaks I've collected.
-Liteboxes are my least favorite DVD packaging for TV anime titles. Seeing the inside of them doesn't look too attractive when you have two discs from a set stacked up in the same row with one another which is usually as annoying as a stackpack to handle when sorting and storing discs. The material used to make them seems cheap as I've had some cases of receiving liteboxes where the plastic locks used to hold them in place were chipped or broken and the first thing I see when I open the case to a litebox is the back of whichever DVD wasn't locked in place.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:54 am Reply with quote
I would have to say Alpha packs, like the ones Funimation save editions come in where each plastic insert holds 2 discs (one on each side) and none of them overlap.

I like them because none of the discs touch each other than you can see the back of the cover art Smile plus you can fit 4 discs into a single dvd case which saves on a lot of space!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 6:25 pm Reply with quote
From best to worst:

Thinpacks: Easily the most efficient. Lets you pull out whatever disc you need without any rearranging. Looks the nicest too and makes space for lots of additional artwork on each individual case.

Singles (w/ Artbox): When you think about it this is really just an extra large Thinpack. A little bit nicer looking as a result but not quite enough to be worth the added size.

Alphapack: Not the nicest looking packaging out there but I can't argue with the functionality. In fact, this is probably the most efficient of any option.

Digipack: Certainly looks nice and requires little rearranging. Having a big fold out though is really rather unwieldy so it is at a slight disadvantage compared to Alphapacks.

(Honestly though, I could go either way on these two. For a show I really like I might prefer a nicer looking collector's Digipack. For most stuff I'll take a more efficient Alphapack though).

Litebox: Same as Alphapack but surprisingly annoying to use because the subsequent discs overlap.

Stackpack: The worst obviously. The most plain looking and a massive pain in the ass to get a disc out.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 6:37 pm Reply with quote
You know how the Bleach box sets were for the first 3 box sets? Yes those.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 10:40 am Reply with quote
Thinpacks are the best. The durability and artistic spirit of the artbox singles collection combined with the shelf space sensibilities of other more compact options! That they're usually released as a set and as such have more reasonable prices than buying singles is icing on the cake.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:11 am Reply with quote
Binbogami wrote:
You know how the Bleach box sets were for the first 3 box sets? Yes those.

I would call that a type of "brick," which is not on the survey. I think that they have not been used much recently.
The old bricks were like two or more standard keepcases, with one or two discs in each, glued together. They could be very thick, like a brick.

Those Bleach collection boxes are like a cross between an old brick and a digipak. I think that they are more like a brick that is made with the hard plastic used in digipaks, rather than the softer plastic of standard Keepcases, and they are much thinner than the old bricks.
They probably do have a specific name, but I do not remember seeing it.

EDIT: It looks like I am wrong about the names. Judging from the pictures in the first post what I am calling a brick is really an Alphapak.

I thought that the Alphapak was like the litebox with only one disc on each side of the flapper. Funimation used that case for the Kaze No Stigma S.A.V.E. release. What is this case called?
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