2009 Reaper Award Winner - Best In Show and Best Packaging
Hellraiser: Boxed Set
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(Apr 21, 2009)
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2009 Reaper Award Winner - Best In Show and Best Packaging
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Now to trash a set that I've been wanting for a long time...
Ever since the UK got their version of Hellraiser 1, 2 & 3 in the Lament Cube, fans in the states have been clamoring for a release. Unfortunately special packaging is rarely released in the US because of complaints of shelf compatibility from both retailers and customers. Some of us, though, find unique ways to display these wonderful rarely-seen gems, and quickly grab them up.
I won't be doing that with this ridiculous set, though. It seems that Anchor Bay has said "OK, here's the packaging you want, but you have to take the total crap that's inside!" Seriously, why do I need the same copy of Hellraiser 1 that I just bought about a year and a half ago? Wouldn't it have been better to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film with the Lament Cube packaging along with the new material? And why do I need 2 copies of the first movie? Completely ridiculous. If I don't have a Blu-Ray player, the 3rd disc is useless to me. If I do have one, the regular copy of the first movie is useless to me. No matter what, the consumer is being forced to pay for something they absolutely do not need, even if they own none of the items in the package.
This release is a total dud, and I can't give it any more than 1 star due to the complete thoughtlessness on the part of Starz / Anchor Bay.
It came well protected in its retail packaging, but the box leaves something to be desired. Made of a cheap lightweight plastic it is noticably lighter than it looks. It gives off the impression that you can rotate the halves of the boxes and in essence "play" with the box, but that is not the case, as the halves only fit together in one way. When put together, the fingers of the box halves have nothing to be supported against at the tip and will flex inward.
The movie quality is as others described it, and makes for an enjoyable experience.
In all i'm still happy with the purchase, although I'll probably put the discs into a binder and add some weights to the box and glue it shut, to use as a paperweight of sorts.
With DVD sales being what they are and the same companies trying to sell you the same thing all over again (hello, Blu Ray), this is a strange box set and most likely not worth it to you.
The 'newest' thing here is the Hellraiser Blu Ray, which will also be made available on its own. Otherwise...you get the cool box. And we've been waiting for a Hellraiser box set that looked like the Lament Configuration, but this isn't it. It's only the first two films, and it's the 20th anniversary edition of each...both of which have already been available.
Basically, if you haven't purchased the first two films in 10 years, since the tin box from earlier this decade had very nice versions of both with pretty much all of the extras you'd need, then this might be a good pickup. (The Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 20th Anniversary disc does have a number of new extras not previously seen, while the original only adds a few non-essential interviews). Otherwise, as has been noted, pick up the Hellraiser Blu Ray if that's what you need, and wait for a ultimage mega-box of all of the films, if they can ever sort out the rights, the format, the versions, and the extras.
I give the films 5 stars but this boxed set only 2 stars because only 2 of 9 Hellraiser films are included (Miramax distributes the rest). The extra copy of Hellraiser is simply padding. We may never get a deluxe or complete Hellraiser box set in North America. The extras are good but there could be much more of them. Those who own the DVD or BD versions of Hellraiser or Hellbound don't need to bother with this release. Watch the price if you really want this set (cool packaging) because you may be better off buying the films individually ($22 can buy both 20th Anniversary DVDs). Despite its limitations this Puzzle Box set has managed to hold its value. It sports a measly 3-star rating on Amazon.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When I ordered this I thought it would have all the movies since it says box set! It only has the first 2 movies!Published 16 months ago by Kindle Customer
Hellraiser and Hellraiser 2 were my favorite movies in the franchise. When I found a boxed set containing a blu-ray of Hellraiser 1 AND a DVD of Hellraiser 2 I just had to have it. Read morePublished on October 18, 2013 by NixBoox
First of all the set comes with 3 films. A blu-ray copy of Hellraiser and a dvd copy of it too. The blu-ray is outstanding with amazing picture and audio, plus a few great extras. Read morePublished on August 18, 2013 by specialkrp
I must start by saying that if you call something a box set then it should have the complete set of movies, but this one only has two movies. Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by robert kramer
You know what you're getting with the movies here, would have been nice to have #2 on blu-ray or replace with #3. Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by Andrew J Harris
I got these for a great price on Amazon ($14.95 each). They were delivered fast and on time.
The Blu Ray quality of Hellraiser is excellent & the DVD quality is good. Read more
Plastic case is pretty flimsy, and there are no inserts (you know, reading material) inside whatsoever.
Definitely NOT a complete collection, as others here have said. Read more
I don't get the price fluctuation here--when I bought this thing a few weeks ago it was $17.99 new, and really, that was a good price for it. Read morePublished on March 13, 2012 by S. Walton
This box is way cool and I look forward to watching it. The transaction was great and the item came in perfect condition. Can't wait to see Pinhead in blu-ray. Read morePublished on January 13, 2012 by M. Metreyeon