Before we get into the list, let me explain what I mean by "Coolest DVD Packages". I'm not talking special features or anything like that, i'm strictly talking about the DVD's and in some cases Blu-ray's that have highly clever and unique packaging and/or the ones that come with equally clever and unique little collector's items. This list is strictly all about the packaging and all about releases that give the buyer something more than just the typical discs. That said, let's get on with it!!
These aren't really in any particular order, though they do kinda have increasing levels of coolness as we head down the list!
Guillermo Del Toro Collection Blu-ray - UK
Why So Cool? The three films in the set (Cronos, Devil's Backbone & Pan's Labyrinth) come packaged in a case that folds out to create a pop-up scene straight out of a Del Toro children's book!
Anchor Bay Collection Re-Animator 2 Disc Set - US
Why So Cool? The movie comes packaged with a highlighter made to look like Herbert West's re-agent filled syringe!
Bubba Ho-Tep Hail To The King Edition - US
Why So Cool? This limited edition has a faux leather slipcover, made to look like the case itself is wearing one of Elvis' trademark jumpsuits!
Sleepaway Camp Survival Kit - US
Why So Cool? All three films from the original trilogy are packed into a faux first aid kit! This is the second edition of this release, with the first being pulled off the market and changed due to complaint from the Red Cross.
Masters of Horror Season 2 - US
Why So Cool? Despite the fact that most of the episodes are duds, they all come packaged inside of a skull, which can be opened to extract them!
The Walking Dead Season 1 Limited Edition Blu-ray Collector's Tin - US
Why So Cool? This Best Buy Exclusive, releasing October 4th, not only comes with opening tin 'doors' but also includes a wearable zombie mask, created by KNB FX!
Suspiria Ultimate Collector's Edition - Germany
Why So Cool? Seemingly normal on the outside, the inside case opens up to reveal a cross shaped packaging design!
Demons 1 & 2 Limited Edition Box Set - Japan
Why So Cool? A replica mask is included with the set, as well as a mousepad and even a replica cinema ticket like the ones seen in the film!
Resident Evil : Afterlife Limited Collector's Edition Set - Japan
Why So Cool? Well, just look at it. In addition to a whole slew of other goodies, the Executioner himself resides in this packaging, in action figure form, and complete with his oversized axe!
Evil Dead 2 Book of the Dead Edition - US
Why So Cool? This rubbery Book of the Dead screams when you poke it in the eye, making it even cooler than the similar packaging the first film was given!
City of the Living Dead Limited Edition - Austria
Why So Cool? This extremely rare set comes with a handmade statue, crafted in the iconic image seen on the film's poster. The above picture is from a video YouTube user Trockstar5 made about the set, which you can view here!
Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy Gift Set - US
Why So Cool? Hitting stores October 25th, this gift set edition of the trilogy on Blu comes complete with a T-Rex statue!
Tremors : The Legacy - Germany
Why So Cool? In order to watch any of the three films, you have to first pull them out of the hungry mouth of a Tremor!
The Fly Ultimate Collector's Edition Box Set - UK
Why So Cool? The box which houses the discs is shaped like the teleportation pod that Jeff Goldblum creates in the film!
Texas Chainsaw Massacre Special Edition - Germany
Why So Cool? Chainsaw packaging ... duh!
Hellraiser Puzzle Box - UK
Why So Cool? The puzzle box in this set unleashes the first three Hellraiser films, rather than S&M demons. A similar release hit the US more recently, though the heavy duty cardboard box was replaced with a plastic one and the third film was not included.
Phantasm Sphere Collection - UK
Why So Cool? Phantasm's 1-4 are contained inside The Tall Man's ball ... err ... sphere!
Alien Anthology Egg Packaging Blu-ray - US
Why So Cool? Not only do the discs come inside that badass Alien egg, but the egg also lights up!
From Dusk Till Dawn Collection - Italy
Why So Cool? A resin replica of the Titty Twister bar stands atop a stage, which houses the DVD's under it! This is one you gotta see to believe. Check out a video of the contents over on YouTube!
Zombie Monster Box - Germany
Why So Cool? Limited to only 84 pieces worldwide, this one comes with both a replica piece of wood and a prosthetic torn up eyeball piece, both in homage to the unforgettable scene in the film where a woman gets a large piece of wood thrust into her eye. The above image comes courtesy of a video on YouTube from user TheElektrocity, which you can see here (he highlights Zombie at around the 7 1/2 minute mark). This one is so rare that the only mentions I could even find of it online were from his videos.
Cannibal Holocaust Limited Edition - Germany
Why So Cool? Yep, that's an actual DVD package. In the base underneath the impaled woman are both the movie and the soundtrack CD!
*Update!* Reader Steve Fletcherson just informed me of this Hungarian release of Critters, which has furry packaging! Thanks Steve!!
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