» 5050582790078 (cardboard box)
» 5050582790061 (steelbook)
» 1 Disc
» Horisontal Steelbook
» Tin Bottle
» Outer Cardboard Box
» Unknown amount
» Startup Trailer (in german)
» - The American
» The Book of Eli (movie)
» Interactive Movie Mode (w. index / play all)
» - The Look of Eli (03m 33s)
» - Underpass Fight (03m 11s)
» - Building Carnagie´s Town (03m 16s)
» - The Motorcycle Brigade (03m)
» - Eli Goes to Battle (03m 29s)
» - Eli's Mission (01m 54s)
» - Shootout at George & Martha's (03m 53s)
» - Eli's Weapon of Choice (02m 16s)
» - Solara Causes Mayhem (06m 25s)
» - Apocalyptic San Francisco (03m 28s)
» Lost Tales (motion comics)
» - Billy (05m 03s)
» - The End (05m 08s)
» Starting Over (13m 03s)
» Eli's Journey (17m 54s)
» Deleted & Alternate Scenes (01m 54s)
» The Music of The Book of Eli (04m 59s)
» Making of (13m 02s)
» Interviews (4:3 non anamorphic)
» - Denzel Washington (02m 59s)
» - Gary Oldman (02m 31s)
» - Allen Hughes (02m 45s)
» Trailers & Teasers
» - German Theatrical Trailer (01m 44s)
» - German Teaser Trailer (02m 03s)
» - Original Theatrical Trailer (01m 44s)
» - American Theatrical Trailer (02m 20s)
» Bonus Trailers (in German)
» - Agora (02m 14s)
» - Baaria (01m 56s)
» - Greenberg (02m 24s)
» - Taking Woodstock (02m 06s)
» BD, RB, PAL
» 1080p 24fps
» 2.40:1 Anamorphic
» English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
» German DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
» English HoH, German (see disc notes)
» The Book of Eli
» Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
» Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Jennifer Beals, Evan Jones, Joe Pingue, Frances de la Tour, Michael Gambon, Tom Waits, Chris Browning, Richard Cetrone, Lateef Crowder, Keith Davis, Don Tai
This release is exclusive to Amazon.de and so far it seems no other country has come up with a similar approach. First up we got a pretty but not very sturdy cardboard box featuring a cutout in the front revealing a horizontal steelbook. It bothers me that there is no plastic screen for the front cover, as this leaves the steelbook wide open for shelf-scratches if it's stacked up next to other box sets - a minor detail perhaps but seeing as they put in a plastic screen for the small cutout on the back to keep the little tin bottle from falling out I think a palstic for the front could just as well have been included.
As for the tin bottle this feels somewhat fitting for a post apocalyptic film as story shows a landscape where water is a rarity and it doesn't take a great leap imagination to assume that this is something our hero might actually have on him... even if it's not a featured in the film in any prominent way.
Also in the box is an exclusive notebook printed just as "The Book of" allowing the owner to put in any name he or she wants and just use it as an everyday notebook. Plus, a collector's booklet in german featuring (among other things) a couple of really nice storyboard comparisons.
The steelbook itself is easily the best case I've seen for the film so far. It's a mixed bag of glossy and matte printing in an overall greenish colorscheme and even if I know there's a store exclusive US steelbook out as well I definitely think this one is the better choice when it comes to looks.
The insides offer no artwork and the title on the spine is also printed in the wrong direction which makes this a far from perfect set. The price is also a bit to high IMO but at the same time just looking at the packaging I don't really think there's anything else that even comes close at this point.
The disc comes with optional English HoH or German subtitles for the main feature but for ALL the extras (including the interactive movie mode segments), German subtitles are automatically turned on and there doesn't seem to be a way to dissable them. The only exception to this rule is the trailers, that are presented in their original form, without subtitles (all though for some reason the english friendly tralers are both presented in non-anamorphic for som reason).
When it comes to the extras this release seems to be pretty much the same as the UK version even though the menu systems look to be quite different in structure so it's hard to work out what might be missing.
The second Lost Tales motion comic segment entitled The End doesn't seem to be available on all releases (?) and it's also presented in a non anamorphic presentation, leaving black bars at the top and bottom, together with wide gray bars on each side (where as the the first motion comic is in anamorphic widescreen).
Overall the extras feel very mixed in terms of quality. Some are in widescreen, some are fullscreen, some are anamorphic and some aren't. Menus are entirely in german and come in the form of a sort of flipthrough book for the main sections with a pop-up menu on the side for submenus... Jeez, I don't even know why I started explaining that one. Either way the menu's are still pretty easy to navigare .
Looking at the interview segments these are presented in non-anamorphic with bars on all sides and the picture quality on this is pretty poor. Truth be told they are in fact soundbyte interviews so you have a plain text-on-screen question from the reporter every now and then before cutting back to the actor/director for the answer... and the questions are all printed in German. But you get the actual interview material in English so it's a bit of an odd mixture I guess.
In conclusion I'd say this is a pretty decent edition and probably as good as you're gonna get for this movie, both disc and packaging-wise.
This limited edition is exclusive to Amazon.de but the steelbook can also be purchased separately (and the steelbook is not Amazon exclusive).