» United Kingdom
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» Cardboard Slipcase
» Plastic Slipcase
» Unknown amount
» The Village (movie)
» Deconstructing The Village (25m 10s)
» 4 Deleted Scenes (with introductions) (11m 04s)
» Bryce's Diary (04m 59s)
» M. Night's Home Video (03m 05s)
» Production Photo Gallery (38 images)
» DVD, R2, PAL
» 1.85:1 Anamorphic
» English DTS-ES 6.1 Matrix
» English DD 5.1 EX
» English DD 2.0 surround (Audio Descriptive)
» English, English HoH
» The Village
» M. Night Shyamalan
» Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver
Hmm, well this is tough. On first glance this may seem like your ordinary case but it's not. This HMV-exclusive edition comes with a limited cardboard sleeve in wonderful yellow, depicting a landscape view of 'the village'. But, on top of this, we get a see-through slipcase that adds some wonderful graphics in the form of treenbranches and a spooky red silluette.
Now, it's a bit of a shame that the cover design is just like a "3D-version" of the regular cover, but on the other hand, it works really well with the design and as far as slipcases go it also stands out as a bit more luxurious than your common standard sleeve.
However, there's still more to tell, and this is where things start to turn ugly. First off, the inside of the cardboard sleeve actually has some interesting design-work in the form of red marking on a black background. I could never understand why this type of "hidden" art still appears inside som non-foldout sleeves. I always thought it was a printing mistake but who knows. Maybe there's a thought behind all this. The "deep end" of the sleeve also has a message written in white on black, and this is plainly visible of you look directly in to it.
Secondly, if we move on to the transparent slipcase, we come upon the oddest detail on this set. If you look closely at the second photo from the left you'll notice that the slipcase has a strange square hole in middle of far side (to the left).
Now, you're probably asking yourselves what the hell this thing is for... and here's the answer. It's actually a security related feature. It seems that some stores use an alarm system in which the dvds much be tagged on the keepcase (kind of), and the hole you see in the slipcase is actually just a way to make way for a small alarm gizom to be attatched to the keepcase inside. Probably one of the stupidest ideas ever in dvd-store security.
Examaning the set disc-wise I come to the conclusion that this edition is just as good as any other. There's nothing to exclusive but nothing really missing either (in comparison to other regions). However, I am surprised that no commentary was done for this film and must say that in the end the extras are a bit slim, even with the Audio descriptive soundtrack and the DTS track accompanying the film.
This release is identical to the standard R2UK set but the packaging was an exclusive design for HMV stores only. It's now OOP and not available in stores anymore.