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Old January 29 2010, 02:23 AM   #1
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Season DVD Packaging

I love Star Trek. I really do. Joining in on the great human adventure aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, U.S.S. Voyager, or space station Deep Space Nine. Yet it seems that my enjoyment of the show that is Star Trek is hindered by something. Something very simple, something that shouldn't even be a second thought. The DVD packaging.

While I haven't had any experience with the packaging for Voyager or Enterprise, I have such experience with TOS, TNG and DS9.

Now, to get it out of the way, the TOS packaging isn't too bad. However, the TNG packaging is just dreadful. Who in the world thought it would be a good idea to stack the DVDs in a folding lineup, and then put them in a box with a closing flap? The cases themselves take up so much room, and the plastic they use has to be the most brittle, cheapest plastic I've seen in a DVD set.

That is, until you try to open the Deep Space Nine DVD season set. Like the TNG set, the plastic is still cheap, and still very breakable. However, the brilliant minds behind the packaging decided to make it in book format, which is good. That's much better than folding lineup sets, but the problem here is that the plastic is just too cheap, and just breaks with ease, leaving sharp edges that cause cuts. I have literally bled over my Deep Space Nine Season 3 DVD set.

Oh, and for the record, I purchased some 8 disc DVD cases from Genesys, and downloaded some well made DVD case covers for those cases, which I'll print (and show the final result) once my inkjet cartridges get here .

Back on topic, who does the planning for the packaging, and why do they still have jobs? What are your experiences with the DVD packaging from any series or season?

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