A Star is Born (Blu-ray SteelBook) (Manta Lab Exclusive No. 25) [Hong Kong]

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Release date: August 23, 2019
Purchase link: July 12th 8PM (HKT, UTC+8) Local Preorder Time HERE
Price: $48.99 (TBC)

MANTA LAB EXCLUSIVE #025 <A STAR IS BORN> STEELBOOK (Extended Edition)
- Numbered, 1-800
(Due to large number of orders, shipping out can take up to 1 week from the release date)

- WEA, Exclusive Steelcase designed by Manta Lab features "Full Glossy" Finish and "Debossed" Title. Steelbook
- Booklet (Full Size)
- Postcards (4ea)
- Character Cards (7ea)
- Envelope with Spot Gloss

- Tip-on with Product Specification

SteelBook:
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One Click:
A Star is Born_one click_beauty shot.jpg A Star is Born_one click_front.jpg A Star is Born_one click_back.jpg

Full Slip 4K:
A Star is Born_full slip_beauty shot.jpg A Star is Born_full slip_front.jpg

Lenticular Slip A:
A Star is Born_lenticular slip A_beauty shot.jpg A Star is Born_lenticular slip A_front.jpg

Lenticular Slip B:
A Star is Born_lenticular slip B_beauty shot.jpg A Star is Born_lenticular slip B_front.jpg
 
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Looking at @pbtour4il pic of the three together, Lenti B looks to be the winner to me.

Still shocked how Manta didn't go all out on a premium finish for this FullSlip too. Usually their Fullslips are a safe bet but this one really surprised me, in a bad way :squint: Another example of why we should see previews before we order, I'd never have ordered the FullSlip had I known it would look as dull as that, with next to no finish. Only thing I'm happy with is it's 4K lol.
 
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famagosta

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Looking at @pbtour4il pic of the three together, Lenti B looks to be the winner to me.

Still shocked how Manta didn't go all out on a premium finish for this FullSlip too. Usually their Fullslips are a safe bet but this one really surprised me, in a bad way :squint: Another example of why we should see previews before we order, I'd never have ordered the FullSlip had I known it would look as dull as that, with next to no finish. Only thing I'm happy with is it's 4K lol.
I see where you and others are coming from. But here is my take: more and more the so-called "full-slip treatment" for premiums consists in taking a front artwork that depicts characters of the movie in question, embossing and glossing those characters (along with movie title, if present) on a matte or still-glossed or whatnot background. That's the increasingly standardized "premium treatment" for full-slips. That's a bit limitative imo, there are other possibilities that can be explored. Ironically, this same apparently dull treatment for A STAR IS BORN full-slip (with only embossed/gold title on sandy paper, if I catch it correctly from pics) is maybe an attempt to deviate from that standard.

I'm not saying I don't like what I called the standard treatment. I'm saying that sometimes something different can be good.
 
I see where you and others are coming from. But here is my take: more and more the so-called "full-slip treatment" for premiums consists in taking a front artwork that depicts characters of the movie in question, embossing and glossing those characters (along with movie title, if present) on a matte or still-glossed or whatnot background. That's the increasingly standardized "premium treatment" for full-slips. That's a bit limitative imo, there are other possibilities that can be explored. Ironically, this same apparently dull treatment for A STAR IS BORN full-slip (with only embossed/gold title on sandy paper, if I catch it correctly from pics) is maybe an attempt to deviate from that standard.

I'm not saying I don't like what I called the standard treatment. I'm saying that sometimes something different can be good.
I too see where you're coming from, and don't disagree with you. Yes, I think on some occasions I too have seen a FullSlip treatment as you describe and it can feel repetitive. But that doesn't change the fact I don't like this FullSlip finish at all nor does it feel very premium to me personally. The steelbook however, yes, star of the show and an absolute knockout for sure, but the slip itself a massive let-down.

Their own description states: "Full Slip: Scratch Resistance Coating + Glossy + Embossing + Gold Foil". By reading that, and looking at the mock-up pics, there's no way of knowing (to me) it would turn out the way it did. For one I expected a punchy gold foil for the lettering which in-hand is actually pretty weak, and the only embossed parts are the titles, text and logos etc.. I assumed the characters themselves would be embossed in some way or something more.

I love Manta as a retailer, and they've proved on numerous previous occasions that they are very creative and like to offer stuff others haven't tried/tested before. But this isn't something different in a good way, it's dare I say boring and if anything screams lack of effort or certain limitations were applied when it came to finishing rather than this was their desired look for the end product. That's my opinion anyway, not saying I'm right. Either way $50 before shipping isn't necessarily cheap when you're always having to take a punt on these things and effectively don't know what it is you're buying.
 

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I got my full slip today. And whilst it is a classy edition, just like others have mentioned, it’s a slightly disappointing full slip

The steel is beautiful, art cards etc are nice too. But that slip is just basic. What annoys me is their listing on their website says “Scratch Resistance Coating + Glossy + Embossing + Gold Foil” and like others I was fully expecting Cooper and gaga to be spot glossed. I have though, noticed that the extremely small names to the left of “is” are spot glossed. The same with the Warner logo and the 4K logo on the spine! I swear if this is why they have stated glossy in the listing then that’s pretty shiiitty!

I still like it but it should of been like the inglorious basterds full slip. Massively missed opportunity. I still prefer this edition to the lentis though
 
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