I'm a collector of steelbooks but has it ever been found why they never caught on in America like they did Europe, in America, we get an annual one for a classic disney film and maybe a Pixar film which are Best Buy exclusives, and 3-5 other movies get one but thats it. Meanwhile over in Europe, some countries get that amount of steelbooks America gets in a year, in just one month. I've never understood this since America is filled with collectors and hoarders who one would think would love to have a steelbook for every movie they own. Can anyone shed any light on this?
I think the only reason we think it's so big over here is because we can find a handful of people demanding them on the internet, but the sales figures disagree (though I would argue that that's probably because they charge a premium price for them, versus the UK or Canada where there's usually only a $2-3 difference). Best Buy, in fact, started producing G1 (DVD-Sized) steelbooks due to costs, depriving us of Blu sized steelbooks of Fast Five and the Jurassic Park Trilogy.
No big deal though, we can order from HMV for UK steelbooks and Amazon for pretty much all others. The only ones that we'll have trouble getting are Futureshop exclusive ones (like Hangover II). Futureshop has some pretty sweet steelbooks and slipcovers, so this is annoying to collectors.
Just my thoughts on it.