Whenever possible I like to use film props as the basis for a Blu-Ray special edition cases, and for WALL-E I thought I’d use a simple but striking prop seen briefly in the film, the recolonization manual (or Manuel, as the captain called it). It’s a cool-looking book with an illuminated leaf emblem on the cover.
Initially I thought this would make for a neat iPad cover, but it’s size and thickness is more appropriate for a disc case. I also thought a WALL-E robot would be ideal for a Blu-Ray case, but that would be a bit too big in my opinion (much like the R2D2 one I made a few years ago).
The leaf emblem would light on command via button, and would be powered by a replaceable battery. This design has only one disc, but additional flaps could be included to up the disc count to as many as 3.
This is is an update to one of my popular ideas from a few years ago, the Tardis Blu-Ray Case. This time I did my best to make the Tardis look more like its TV show counterpart. The old design started to bother me a bit, now that I have taken up the show since (which I love).
Still the same basic idea, a Tardis case that would contain a bunch of CD-like Blu-Ray cases. It would feature LED lights for the top light and signs.
This time it would have 2 doors instead of one. Because the main case would be full of Blu-Ray cases most of the time (unless you’re watching a Doctor Who marathon), I thought I’d incorporate an image of the Tardis interior along all the spines of the cases stored inside.
Also I did my best to conceal the door hinges, which are still external so the doors can open wider for the disc cases to have enough clearance for removal. Other than that it is the same old design!
In theory this could hold everything from the first 50 years of the show, something I’m sure many Whovians would like. Maybe the BBC can issue something similar to this one day?
Pacific Rim is my most anticipated movie of the year. It will hit theaters in July, with the Blu-Ray release sometime in October or November. That said it’s not too early to offer up what I would like to see for a Blu-Ray case: a design based on the giant transport crawler seen in the trailer.
My intent with this design is not to offer a case-and-action-figure combo. It is create a standalone Blu-Ray case that doubles as a stand for a Pacific Rim NECA figure, which would be sold separately. The Gipsy Danger robot you see above is an approximation of NECA’s 7″ figure that is currently available. Not only do you get a cheaper Blu-Ray case, you’d get to adorn it with your giant robot of choice.
The platform has a tray which slides out like a drawer. The tray rests on some wheels which allows it to glide smoothly when opening and closing. All the tank treads are molded plastic, and would have small wheels embedded within; though I’d only like the treads under the tray to have wheels, making this case stationary.
If additional discs (or booklets) are needed this design can be altered to include additional trays, or the existing tray could have a folding flap on top that can hold a few additional discs.
This is the smallest case design I have posted yet. It is rough 5″ x 5″ x 1.5″. That’s roughly four CD cases stacked together.
My favorite thing about this design: the case is really just a display stand, so even after packaged media goes extinct, it would still be useful.
It would be great if NECA and Warner Brothers could enlist some synergy to release something like this (or perhaps a full-fledged case-and-figure combo even). You seldom see that kind collaboration for Blu-Ray releases, in fact I can only think of McFarlane Toys releasing Walking Dead Blu-Ray sets.
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An obscure but fitting choice for a Blu-Ray case: the media player seen in the film Serenity that River Tam uses to see the plight of Miranda. The size of the player looked perfect, making this case almost a prop replica.
I also want to say right off the bat that this would be ideal for a Blu-Ray player too; might do that another day. For now I decided to make it a case, because the glass casing had this ‘layered’ look in the film, making it appear like a bunch of cases stacked on one another.
A few manual clasps at the side would lock the case shut. With the clasps pried loose, four trays would be accessed, holding a total of 6 discs, enough for the complete television series and the feature film. This can be expanded to 8 discs if needed (added discs could go on the bottom of the 4th tray and the case stand itself). Once opened the trays turn like pages in a book.
A nice touch would be the illumination of the case via a single blue LED light, which would be activated on demand. This is a feature that would be better for the aforementioned Blu-Ray player idea, but still possible for a case. The light is housed in a detachable module that is plugged into the top disc tray (the two side clasps plug into the module as well); it can also remain affixed when accessing discs. This module functioned as the data storage device in the film, so if you’d like to carry it around with you as a prop that is also an option.
What could arguably be a bigger pipe dream than this case is getting FOX and Universal to cooperate and release the television series and film together in one package. FOX owns the TV series while Universal owns the film. To date they’ve done their own respective releases. One possibility is FOX releasing the complete TV series with a few empty slots for the film’s discs, which would be a nice gesture. But then again this media player design is proprietary to the film. *Sigh!*
I usually design Blu-Ray cases here, but for fun I thought I’d design a Blu-Ray player. The best theme for a player in my opinion is the Criterion Collection, something I’m sure many Cinephiles would agree with.
Criterion would look minimalistic and somewhat luxurious, so I enlisted wood paneling and aluminum for the main body. Gone are the electronic LCD panels, instead are a few printed card displays that are illuminated with bulb or LED lights. Buttons are also scarce here, only the power and eject buttons are on the face (the rest could be buried behind a panel elsewhere, I didn’t include it here).
One cosmetic feature is a single-hand clock that would display the progress of the film in lieu of a quartz timer. I personally think it looks really classy, especially with the Criterion ‘C’ on the face. For those who want to see specific time information, that could be displayed onscreen (via remote press – remote not shown).
There are two individual disc trays; for loading the feature disc and special features disc, or two completely different movies. I think this would be better than those 3 or 5 disc trays, allowing you to replace discs without interrupting one that is currently playing. Also you can quickly toggle between the two discs, because they would be loaded simultaneously.
And one feature that I think is really neat is a perch for parking your (empty) movie case. This perch has dramatic lighting to illuminate the case, showing off the case art and making this a theater marquee of sorts. The lights dim when the films plays, and come back on when the film is stopped.
This was just a fun exercise. In all likelihood such a player would look very conventional (cobalt black, LED display, single disc tray). Personally I’d like to see a flat design, something I pitched a long time ago.
This is a really basic design: a cigar case based on the club table the Sons would gather around for planning criminal behavior and voting — not unlike our politicians, har-har. All jokes aside I always liked their table but it wasn’t enough for its own case, thus this cigar case hybrid.
Besides the club logo engraving on top, one touch is a gavel-shaped locket which would enlist a magnet to fasten shut. I always thought it would be cool to use gavel in some fashion, as it is commonly associated with the club table.
Originally I made this case perfectly-shaped for 5 standard Blu-Ray cases, but at the last moment I changed the cases to the smaller CD-sized ones (top picture), so they’d be easier to pry from the box. There would be a spare compartment for other accessories (lighters, cigar cutters, etc.) as a result. If I had a mulligan the case would be bigger or feature a drop-down flap in the front so all the cases are easy to access. A foolish mistake but one that can be addressed.
The original Jurassic Park Blu-Ray case really helped launch this blog from relative obscurity, so it’s something I’ll always look back on fondly. Certainly helped make me feel less silly about posting stuff, that is for sure.
The only change I made from previous incarnations is the Velociraptor cage is more screen-accurate. I could’ve made it 100% exact, but I wanted to keep the cage openings fewer in number and larger in size, so the Raptor eye peering out is noticeable. The addition of the ladder makes this design look more ornate, but less-friendly for sitting amongst your Blu-Ray library – so it is an optional attachment I feel.
The actual cage is slightly wider than this case design, so it could easily be home to four Blu-Ray cases, which could be handy when the 4th film debuts, or possibly for that 3D re-release arriving in Spring 2013 (to mark the 20th Anniversary). That is, if Universal Studios would consider adopting this design. They’re more than welcome to use it!