Last week I bought the rather narrow Karate Kid Collection on DVD, a set containing 4 movies in those newer slimpack cases (what's the official term on those, anyway?). It's the same as my recent Seinfeld sets and also the Friday the 13th Paramount collection.
Today I bought Season 1 of HBO's Deadwood and the box it comes in has got to be at least 1 and a half times the width of the newest Star Wars Novel.
Same goes for the recent Carnivale Season 1 that I recently purchased. Not so much with The Wire but that's still a thicker set.
Not long ago, boxsets to be seemed to be (on average) the size of X amount of regular keepcases. Examples from my collection: Alien Saga (first release), Nightmare on Elm Street (despite the use of those horrible snapper cases), Rambo Trilogy, etc. And if they weren't in that format, they were still moderately sized fold out sets like The Simpsons, The Sopranos, etc.
But now I see things going in opposite directions. On one hand I have to deal with these slim packs but on the other hand I have fold out sets larger than books like Deadwood. HBO used to put 3 or 4 episodes on each disc for a 4 disc set, now they are doing 2 (sometimes 3) episodes per disc and making 6 disc sets.
How do I feel about this ? I'm torn.
On one hand, the slim packs have grown on me because
a) at least they aren't snappers or fold outs, so they are more durable
b) they save space on the shelf
But on the other hand, these newer THICK sets look cool on the shelf, despite their fragile and non-replaceable package design.
I guess that ideally I would just choose 100% uniformity in only Amaray style keepcase packaging but I know that is impossible and frankly, too late.
What do you think ? I know there are others like me, those who are very particular about how their sets look on a shelf as well as how delicate they are.