Meet The Collectors #23 – Dan Edwards
Here’s another new installment of Meet The Collectors, and this time steelbook fan Dan Edwards.
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Over to Dan…
How did you first get into steelbook collecting, and what was your first purchase?
When Cloverfield came out back in 2008, HMV released a snazzy DVD Steelbook. This was my first purchase. I had not seen steelbooks before this release but I was really taken by it. Then BluRays became the next big thing in the home entertainment world and DVDs stopped getting Steelbook releases. This was when I moved into collecting seriously. I have forgotten what the first BluRay Steelbook was but I imagine it was something in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Do you have a favourite steelbook in your collection?
I am not sure which is my favourite. I have some odd ones like the Italian release of X-Men: Apocalypse as it was bought for me as a gift off Amazon. Something about the Italian text on the back adds to it. I also have a German release of Iron Man 1 and 2. So I think one of those two might be my favourite but I think I was most excited when the 4K steelbook of Infinity War dropped through the letterbox. Although, I have to say, my complete steelbook collection of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is my pride and joy
Would you ever buy a steelbook just for the art, if you didn’t like the movie?
I am pretty sure I have bought steelbooks for the sake of the art rather than hating the movie, but there are a few films that I have bought the steelbook and not raved about the movie. A few examples are: 10 Cloverfield Lane, This is Spinal Tap, and Edge of Tomorrow. They are all ‘good’ films but I do feel like I bought the steelbook for the sake of it being a steelbook!
Conversely, would you buy a steelbook of a movie you love even if you hate the art?
Well, I think with most steelbooks these days for major releases, the preorders sell out very quickly. Anything Disney or Marvel get snapped up very quickly. So, with that in mind, the Marvel Cinematic Universe steelbooks that get released, I pre order but I may not like the artwork – It’s basically preordering blind. Infinity War does not follow the other two Avengers artwork with the A. Which is frustrating but hey, it’s still a great steelbook.
What movie that doesn’t currently have a steelbook really deserves one?
I would like to see a Back to the Future trilogy steelbook. They have been released individually but I would like to see it as one complete collection despite me owning the Ultimate Collection from the US. Maybe a 4K remaster? One can dream.
Do you store your collection neatly away, or is it all proudly on display?
Some of my collection is. My Marvel Cinematic Universe is complete with spine magnets from drumxass to give them that uniformed look. Seriously, check out his magnetic spines on eBay. This along with my X-Men collection sit neatly under my TV. My other bits of my collection are dotted around in various units.
Do you collect anything else?
I used to collect some comics but I have started collecting the Universal Studios Coins. So far, Jaws, Back to the Future and Jurassic Park. They are just fun little items that add to the collection and they also display nicely.
What do you family and friends think of your collection?
Some of my friends keep an eye out for steelbooks for me which is great. My wife likes it as she is just as enthused as me which is a massive plus. It’s a collection that will continue to grow and I am sure that I won’t want to stop collecting.
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