HMV have launched a new Japanese inspired Steelbook series, starting with a pair of Steven Spielberg classics

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HMV’s new steelbook series has launched, with a bit of a twist. These new editions of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws (on 4K & Blu-ray), and Duel (on Blu-ray) feature the original, and little seen in the West, Japanese poster artwork.

So… First of all, this is a GREAT idea – too many steelbooks just re-use the same old artwork we’ve seen before, or divisive, love-it-or-loathe-it ‘pop-art’ style designs. It’s good to finally see a bit of fresh thought going into the presentation of some of our favourite movies. But… we reckon Universal have made the wrong choices when it comes to front vs back artwork. With Jaws especially, the front artwork is too similar the western poster used countless times before. The image on the back is much more effective.

Anyway, gripes aside, we still think this a good idea, and we’re looking forward to see what’s next in the series.

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Showcasing original Japanese theatrical artwork, this essential collection perfectly blends the exuberant stye of the Far East with the iconic art of Hollywood. Each release comes with a replica ‘chirashi’ mini-poster as would have been used to promote the film in Japanese cinemas, alongside the original English Language disc content.

Jaws (hmv Exclusive) – Japanese Artwork Series #1 Limited Edition Steelbook

Limited to 2000 copies.
Special Features:

  • The Making Of Jaws
  • The Shark Is Still Working: The Impact & Legacy Of Jaws: The Restoration
  • Deleted Scenes And Outtakes From The Set
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

Duel (hmv Exclusive) – Japanese Artwork Series #2 Limited Edition Steelbook

Limited to 1200 copies.
Special Features:

  • A Conversation with Director Steven Spielberg
  • Steven Spielberg and the Small Screen
  • Richard Matheson: The Writing of Duel
  • Photograph and Poster Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer

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7 Responses

  1. Just seems a really pathetic cash grab

  2. If it were Jaws vs. Godzilla, maybe. Great art (esp. the back cover) but the writing (kanji?) just doesn’t really fit. I’m not even sure there was a single Asian person in the movie.

  3. Seems like poor timing on the Jaws one, given we only just had the 45th anniversary steelbook.

  4. Jack Huitson Jack Huitson says:

    Love the concept but this movie has had far too many new editions recently ?

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