I, on the other hand, don't have the nearly the quantity of movies that she has. However, I have recently been purchasing as many "Ultimate" collector's editions as I can get my hands on. Some of them come with some spectacular packaging and extras.
These are just a few of the crown jewels in my collection.
First is the newly released "Iron Man" Best Buy Exclusive Edition. This DVD set comes with the 2-disc collector's edition of the movie, a miniature bust of Iron Man made by Sideshow Collectibles, and a $50 gift card to Sideshow Collectibles. I used the Gift Card to get a couple of creepy Living Dead Dolls.
Next up is a newer version of one of my all time favorite movies: "Troy." This ultimate collector's edition comes with quite a bit of swag. A letter from Brad Pitt to the directors and producers about how he thinks the Mermidons colors aren't correct...his opinion was actually taken seriously and the movie version of the costumes are exactly what he suggests. The extended Director's Cut of the movie. Pictures from on the set. A hardcover book of photographs and concept art. And some VERY cool packaging.
Next up is the Ultimate Edition of a sci-fi classic..."Blade Runner." This was the first awesome set that I purchased, and it got me hooked on these things. This set comes with TONS of awesome stuff. It's got the 5 disc version of the movie, which includes EVERY version of the movie...from the original to the newly edited final cut. It comes with a lenticular. It comes with a Matchbox type version of the car in the movie, it comes with a statue of the origami weapon in the movie, it comes with a letter from the director, and best of all it comes all packaged in a replica of Deckard's briefcase. Simply astounding.
Next up is one of my favorites. This is the Ultimate Edition of the "Planet of the Apes." This set is even better than the "Blade Runner" set. It comes with pretty much anything "Planet of the Apes" that's ever been put on screen. It's got: "Planet of the Apes," "Beneath the Planet of the Apes," "Escape from the Planet of the Apes," "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes," "Battle for the Planet of the Apes," every episode of the "Planet of the Apes" television series, every episode of "The Planet of the Apes" animated television show, the 2001 remake of "The Planet of the Apes," loads of special features and extra discs. The best part about this thing though, it comes in a fricken ape's head!!! That's right, it comes in a bust of the Caesar who was a character in several of the films. The bust is a good size, all the discs fit inside of it, and it's got GREAT characteristics. The hair on it is hobby quality doll hair. It's very realistic, and to an extent fairly creepy. My dogs are a bit frightened of it. It's wonderful, and it was limited to only 10,000 with numbered certificates of authenticity.
Last, but definitely not least is one that Cathy and I recently purchased together. It's the "Ultimate Edition of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas." It comes with the movie packaged into the bottom of the bust. The bust is enormous, much larger than even the Caesar bust that came with "Planet of the Apes." The bust also comes with a Sandy Claws hat and beard that can be put onto the bust if you wanted to. Best part about it?? It TALKS!!! That's right, a small button on the side of the bust produces 10 or so phrases from the movie. Jack Skellington rocks, hardcore.
There you have it. That's just a small taste of the DVD collection that Cathy and I have worked on. I also have several other collector's sets that are pretty cool...including "Big Fish," "Jaws Anniversary Edition," "American Gangster," and a "Transformers" copy that comes in a transforming DVD case.
On my list of sets to get are the Anniversary set of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and coming soon the Best Buy Exclusive Edition of "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.