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The 35 Best-Looking DVD And Blu-Ray Steelbooks Ever Made
Metal masterpieces you’ll want in your collection

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Empire forumite Sharm Murugiah designed this exclusive Zavvi steelbook for Nicolas Winding Refn’s controversial carve-up, winning the opportunity on a special competition set up on this very website. You might think we’re biased, putting his work on this list, and you’d be right – but considering Winding Refn himself picked it, who are we to ignore it?

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1 Avid Collector
Great article Empire! I'm a big collector of Steelbooks and it's nice to see an article on them. Unfortunately I only started collecting so missed out on some crackers like the first Iron Man and Thor and now they are way to expensive to buy. For any movie fan, these special editions are a must have and the artwork on most of them (there are a few stinkers out there) is gorgeous. The only gripe I have is that some of them are only 1 Disc versions instead of the full 3 disc editions - a good example of this is Inception. More

Posted by Hugh_Fran on Thursday November 21, 2013, 09:47

2 Metropolitan landscape? (Steelbook #26)
You do know that these things are stored on shelves with just the spine showing? Anyway, who's going to afford £94.99 to buy this? You'll probably have the only one -- as a freebie in part payment for this shameless plug. More

Posted by HEYLOOK on Monday November 18, 2013, 22:42

3 Bland
Yeah, this is pretty much just an advertisement. Some are nice, most are bland. Arrow Video do many far superior steel books to this as do Universal. More

Posted by gregsface on Saturday November 16, 2013, 19:24

4 RE: What a joke
L: dnfoley Please rename this article "35 Steelbooks We Were Paid by Zavvi to Endorse!" his... How the hell can most of these be 'The best looking' when it's just a DVD box art slapped onto a steel case? Considering the price links, its soo totally obvious Empires been paid off to advertise this. More

Posted by GrizBe on Friday November 15, 2013, 19:43

5 Where's Duel SE?
That was the first ever steel book in the UK and was totally original. Rubbish article and completely pointless. More

Posted by chris45rpm on Friday November 15, 2013, 19:25

6 Drive steelbook
What about the h.m.v limited edition one for drive. More

Posted by Sammy Jenkis on Friday November 15, 2013, 19:25

This is a bullshit list. A large number of these are ZAVVI steelbooks that aren't special at all. I've got a bunch of steelbooks which are vastly superior to half of these choices. Do we suspect a Zavvi kickback? More

Posted by carpentersson on Friday November 15, 2013, 18:28

8 its SALMA hayek
SALMA not selma! More

Posted by hadooooooooooooooken on Friday November 15, 2013, 15:11

9 What a joke
This is a joke. A few listed aren't even available yet, and the art on a website sometimes better/worse than when you get it in hand. You're showing concept art for The Little Mermaid when it's clearly not like that design. No mention of the Taiwanese "Lion King", the Canadian "Iron Man", the worldwide release of "The Green Hornet". Please rename this article "35 Steelbooks We Were Paid by Zavvi to Endorse!" More

Posted by dnfoley on Friday November 15, 2013, 14:48

I was rather upset to see the artwork for the Big Trouble steelbook. I think it's terrible. More blue sky? Why is that a good thing? Most of the film takes place either at night in the rain, or underground. The original UK artwork is far superior because it actually captures the mood and tone of the film better. More

Posted by DancingClown on Friday November 15, 2013, 13:54

Think you should check out the Oblivion steelbook. It's lovely. More

Posted by philth123 on Friday November 15, 2013, 13:12

The Reservoir Dogs jerry can certainly looks really cool, but the contents were a bit rubbish. The actual disc sleeve was flimsy and just kind of rattled about. I got rid of it and just bought the regular blu-ray. Quite disappointing. More

Posted by Whistler on Friday November 15, 2013, 13:02

13 What's this?
No Terminator 2? No Total Recall? No Return of the the Living Dead? Shame on you, Empire! More

Posted by Sharky J Mansour on Friday November 15, 2013, 12:21

14 No Rumble Fish!!!?
I cannot see how ( tion/10610300.html?vwo_ppr=a) the Rumble Fish has not made the list. Terminator also. More

Posted by mikeythepikey on Friday November 15, 2013, 12:04

15 RE: My own collection
I've always hated how 'Close Encounters' has bee marketed since 'The Special Edition'...THAT"S THE EFFING END OF THE FILM, YOU FUCK-WADS!!! More

Posted by glaive on Friday November 15, 2013, 10:45

16 My own collection
I started collecting them a year ago and have a fair few now...these are the ones I own and recommend if anyone's looking for great designs and (mostly) excellent quality: Akira (Limited Edition Double-Play Edition) Battle Royale ( Exclusive Limited Edition) Blow Out (Limited Edition) Children Of Men (Universal 100th Anniversary Edition) Collateral ( Exclusive Edition) The Dark Knight/Batman Begins (Numbered Triple-Play Limited Edition) The Dark Knight Rises (HMV Exclusive Limited Edition) Demons/Demons 2 (Limited Edition) Django Unchained (Limited Edition) End Of Watch (Double-Play Edition) The Evil Dead Evil Dead 2 (Zavvi Exclusive Double-Play Edition) Ghostbusters Halloween (35th Anniversary Edition) Hellboy The Hurt Locker (Special Edition) Island of Lost Sounds (Limited Edition Dual Format Edition) Jaws (Limited Edition) King of New York (Limited Edition Dual Format Edition) Lady Snowblood/Lady Snowblood 2 (Limited Edition) The Life and Death oMore

Posted by FoxDhoj on Friday November 15, 2013, 00:33

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