Here is a first hand look at some of the Cloverfield DVD Editions. Hopefully this will clear up some rumors.
First up is the Suncoast/F.Y.E./HMV SteelBook edition. The case is very cool, and the smashed effect is embossed into the steel cover. Inside the SteelBook cover is a clear plastic liner, which underneath is an extra-wide Statue Of Liberty NY skyline shot. The actual DVD inside is exactly that same as in all the other versions, including all the special features mentioned in my DVD review, it just doesn't come with any "extras", aside from the cool cover. The marked price was $26.99, but it rang up at $21.59 plus there is a $5.00 rebate, which will bring the total price to $16.59! If you don't care about extras, this is the one to get. Grade: A
The Target "Deluxe" edition is a little bit of a trick.
I don't appreciate your ruse, ma'am.
I beg your pardon?
Your ruse. Your cunning attempt to trick me.
The exclusive "cover" is really just a piece cardboard shrinkwrapped the the front of a standard Cloverfield DVD. Shrinkwrapped to the back is the "Rob's Goin' to Japan Party Mix" CD. Considering the $22.99 price, your are basically paying $8.00 for nine songs. Mark sent in this photo of the inside of the CD case, with the faux-handwritten label, which I'll admit is pretty cool. Grade: B-
Last up is the Best Buy edition, with the exclusive 30 minute TJ Miller DVD. The Cloverfield DVD is standard issue, with the bonus disc in a plain white paper sleeve shrinkwrapped to the back. Not all of the DVDs at Best Buy have this, so make sure you check the back, or look for the "Bonus Disc" sticker on the front. These are usually placed in the middle of the store on a seperate display, so ask for it specifically when you go. Unlike Target, there is no additional charge for the bonus edition, but these are very limited, so don't wait until the weekend to get one. I haven't watched the bonus disc yet, but based on the preview clip and the $15.99 price, I think this would also be a good choice. Grade B+
UPDATE: Jason Sharman sent in these pictures from the Canadian Best Buy version. A cardboard sleeve fits over the TJ Miller edition seen above. I'm not sure why they didn't do this in the US, but it is probably a-boot needing everything in English and French. The price is $22.99 CAN, which is only $3.00 more than the standard version.
I almost forgot that Kmart/Sears is giving away a free Cloverfield Ringtone with purchase. I'm not sure why anyone would get this over any of the other extras, when there are some many other places to get Cloverfield ringtones for free, including:
• The Slusho WAP website
• The CloverfieldClues Slusho! Ringtones post
• Free monster sounds from WhenCloverfieldHit.com
If anyone did buy this version, please email me what the back of the sticker says. Thanks!
Borders has a "30 page book with production stuff and a lot of cool pictures", according to Flea, who sent in these pictures. The Borders edition will run you $21.
Lawsae Aquino sent in these additional photos from the Borders website.