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-> ''"Limited to the number they can sell."''
-->-- '''Jerry Seinfeld'''
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Films and video games sometimes are released in two versions: the VanillaEdition, and a better, souped-up edition with exclusive BonusMaterial. With movies, you can expect deleted scenes, filmmaker interviews, [[UnratedEdition never-before-seen footage]], commentary tracks and so forth. Video games tend to offer a shiny metal case, developer artwork, bonus characters or the StrategyGuide. Concept art, a "making-of" featurette, background story information, character biographies, [[MultipleEndings alternate endings]] and [[{{Feelies}} trinkets]] are common with both media. All yours, if you pay some extra money.

Worth it? Depends on the individual work, and who you ask. In any case, this is a good marketing strategy, because it feeds into many people's compulsion to own the "best" version. It's particularly clever if you can get people to buy the "ordinary" (some more "[[VanillaEdition ordinary]]" than others) version, discover how cool it is, and then go shell out ''again'' for the Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition.

Occasionally the souped-up edition is the ''only'' edition for the first few months of a new release (or may be received as a PreOrderBonus). Conversely, the special edition might not be released until a couple of months after the regular edition to squeeze more money out of die-hard fans.

Another practice is releasing films both separately and in box-sets with sequels. As more sequels come out, more editions with the entire series come out. The box sets traditionally come with extra features. This is also done with TV series -- four episodes will be on one DVD. Then another four. Then another four. And finally the whole sixteen episodes of the season in a neat little box set. Done to excess, can become (and sometimes is) an example of CrackIsCheaper.

Note that, with regard to video games, this should not be confused with an UpdatedRerelease, because that's when a game is rereleased with brand new content and significant alterations to the gameplay. The Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition comes out alongside the regular edition and just adds bonus content separate from the core game.

'''Remember that Administrivia/ExamplesAreNotRecent.'''

!!Examples Subpages:
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition/{{Film}}
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition/VideoGames

!!Other Examples:


* Anime [=DVDs=]/Blu-rays in general (at least in Japan) ''love'' doing this, with the Limited Edition having limited edition cards, bonus [=CDs=], fancy artboxes, the works. They're also [[CrackIsCheaper hideously expensive]].
** Sometimes, [=CDs=] normally released separately, like {{image song}}s and the soundtracks, are packaged with the [=DVDs=]/Blu-ray, giving more incentive to buy them.
* Anime [[TheMerch merchandise]] also has this tendency, especially figurines; often an altered figurine gets released at the same or later, but the only noticable difference is the paintjob such as non-standard colours for the hair or clothes, though there are also examples where even the skin colour is different (tanned, for example), or a different facial expression. ''Usually'' the super-special version costs the same as the original, thus offering fans a legit choice, but sometimes the special one is only available at conventions or online and then typically ''much'' more expensive.
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}} Ultimate'' does this with multiple releases, there's the single disc version, with just the OVA, there's the Two-Disc Version with commentary and a special features disc, there's also the Two-Disc Steelbox which comes has the two discs in a nice steelbox case, and sometimes comes with an artbook. You can still find the Steelboxes for a decent price brand new, but all the other editions are just as expensive.
* Each disc of the US release of ''The Melancholy Of LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' came out in both a VanillaEdition and a LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition, with the latter version including soundtrack [=CDs=] and bonus [=DVDs=] featuring the episodes presented in original broadcast order.
** This was also done with the US release of ''Manga/LuckyStar'' (except for the last volume). Turned out it was almost a money black hole for the producer.
** Likewise with ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. Aniplex released the series across three [=DVDs=], which is quite normal. The vanilla editions cost your usual $30 or so, depending on where you buy it. Then there is the Limited Edition for all three [=DVDs=] which comes with artbooks, stickers, three soundtrack [=CDs=].. all for the cost of $90. Each.
*** The Italian/German Limited Editions are similar to the [=US=] ones, except cheaper (50 each, something like $55), and with slightly different extras (The boxes included both the DVD and Blu-Ray releases, and instead of the stickers thay had Nendoroid Petites of Madoka, Mami and Homura)
** Aniplex also handled the [=DVD=] release of ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}''. While the [=DVDs=] are split up into your now-standard "Part 1 and Part 2" sets, both of them cost about $70, [[SubvertedTrope and there are no special editions.]]
* When ''Manga/GingaNagareboshiGin'' was released in certain European countries in the 80's, it went through several cuts due to censorship and attempts to fit the series on four VHS tapes. Eventually over 100 minutes of the original material was left out from this release, causing the dubbing to be least of the worries. Later, when Finland and Sweden received uncut DVD releases with original soundtrack and voice acting intact, it was marketed as Special Edition of the series.
** ''Nagareboshi Gin'''s sequel, ''Anime/GingaDensetsuWeed'', got a Collector's Edition box set release in Finland and Sweden, too. In addition to including the entire series it also comes with a Weed phone strap and a leaflet with extra information on the characters.
* With the US release of ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Bandai planned out three different releases, specifically targeting the different levels of anime fans. For casual fans, there's the VanillaEdition single [=DVDs=] and "volume packs" (two [=DVDs=] packaged together). For the real fanatics, there's the LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition, which is a two-pack plus [[AllThereInTheManual a Sound Episode CD]], an official soundtrack CD and a volume of the spinoff manga.
* Although it sometimes occurs with later [=DVDs=], the first volume of most anime series gets released as a DVD-only and as a DVD in an artbox designed to hold the entire series.
* .hack//sign did this when it came out on DVD in the US. They had the [[VanillaEdition regular [=DVDs=]]] and then they had the special edition ones with a Soundtrack CD in each. Except the last two. Second to last had a box to put the previous [=CDs=] in, and the last had an extra disc with a few special features on it.
* Each season set of ''Manga/InuYasha'' came in two versions (at least in America): One was simply [[CaptainObvious the discs of that season in one set]]. The collector's editions came with show related memorabilia such as the Beads of Subjugation (Season 1), hanko signature blocks (2), Kagome's jewel shards (3), Miroku's prayer beads (4), Sesshomaru's scroll (5), Collector's watch (6) and an Inuyasha figure with Adamant Tetsusaiga (7).
* Bandai's release of ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' was handled quite beautifully. On top of the vanilla editions for all 14 [=DVDs=] (covering both seasons,) a special edition was released as well, and it only cost about $10 more. The 14 [=DVDs=] provided 2 figurines of Motoko, 1 of Batou, 1 of Togusa, 2 Jameson units, 3 Tachikomas, 2 Android Maids, a 2nd Gig mousepad, a Laughing Man t-shirt, the first three Original Sound Tracks, a Section 9 Employee badge, as well as Tin [=DVD=] cases to hold the [=DVDs=] in. Also, the 2nd Gig [=DVDs=] themselves came in metal cases, which themselves are stored in a rather fancy tin [=DVD=] case.
* Creator/MangaEntertainment have done this with some of their more popular titles, such as ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'' and ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. This move was actually criticized by some fans and reviewers because it involved taking extras off of the existing US versions (from which the UK releases were based), and in the case of blu-rays downgrading the extras to [=DVDs=] to boot.
* Creator/AnimeLimited did this in the UK with their releases of ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'', with an ultimate edition including a resin replica of the Gate of Truth, an artbook, art cards and even a certificate with the buyer's name and State Alchemist rank, signed by King Bradley.
** Creator/AnimeLimited have done it again, with a collector's edition of ''Anime/EdenOfTheEast'', which features a translated copy of the log book, art cards and three little stickers, all bundled in a nice envelope.
** They've also released a collector's edition of ''NoragamiAragoto'', which came with art cards and a box to hold both seasons on Blu-ray.
** Also with ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub''; a collector's edition with a nice box, stickers and a "photo album" booklet.
** Their Blu-ray collection of ''Manga/Gangsta'' comes with a booklet featuring art and the sign language used in the series.
** The Ultimate Edition of ''Anime/TerrorInResonance'' comes with a unique cover for the Blu-ray case, a tray with a sketch of Nine and Twelve on the back, the "Ultimate Artbook", and a very nice box to hold it all in.
** Anime Limited will also release an ultimate edition of Anime/DeathParade in the UK, with apparently an artbook as well as possible other extras.
* Creator/SentaiFilmworks released LightNovel/BeyondTheBoundary with a plethora of extras, including a pair of Mirai's glasses, a rubber keychain of Mirai, art cards, a lanyard, a poster and a booklet. Averted in the UK, where there was just a regular Blu-ray/DVD release.
** The UK release of the movies came with a poster and art cards.
* Creator/MVMEntertainment released a Limited Edition of Manga/MonthlyGirlsNozakiKun that comes with the Blu-ray and DVD, as well as a third disc with the OST on it, all in a very nice box.
* Creator/MangaUK have released several Kazé titles in the UK in this fashion; ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', ''Manga/Kuragehime'' and ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'', all of which came with extras. For ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', there are little magazines that follow the plot of each boxset part as well as two Hero Cards per boxset; for ''Manga/Kuragehme'', they included a plush keyring of Clara as well as a nice box to hold the DVD s and the keyring in; for ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'' there's a booklet containing character notes and staff interviews; it again comes with a nice box.


* DC Comics with their "Absolute" line of comic releases, which gives the deluxe treatment to well-known classic series like ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', ''Batman: ComicBook/TheLongHalloween'', ''Comicbook/KingdomCome'', ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' - which just might be the only comic-book series to be given this treatment for its entire range in four volumes - and many more. These releases are often housed in a hardcover case and include original scripts, alternate cover treatments, introductions and commentary by the creators of the various series and much more. They're also printed at a larger size than normal, giving the artwork more room to be appreciated. Of course, they come at a premium (most sets cost between $150 and $175).
* Dark Horse Comics released ''ComicBook/SinCity'' in an "Archival Edition", putting all the various series in their own hardcover book (plus a special making-of book), and subsequently housing them in two dustproof hardcover cases. Ponying up the money for the two "Archival" releases will set you back to the tune of $400.
* First, the ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' stories of Archie marrying Veronica and Betty came over the course of seven issues. Then, the parts were compiled in a trade paperback. Seven months after the paperback compilation, the comics received a ''hardcover'' book with interviews with the writers and artists, annotations of pop culture references, and five bonus comics from the 1940s-60s. The price difference isn't that big, but it's still surprising that an ''Archie'' comic would get published in book form twice.
* It was extremely common during the [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks 1990s]] when comic collector sales were at their height for multiple editions of the same comic book. Often they wouldn't be anything more than an alternate cover art, a shiny cover, or just a label saying "collectors edition" on it. However, this mass saturation of the market helped lead to UsefulNotes/TheGreatComicsCrashOf1996.
* ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'' Issue #1's joint Larry's & Jetpack variant [[http://pics.lockerz.com/s/252022729 cover]], which uses the connected rough design production artwork of the Larry's Comics variant [[http://pics.lockerz.com/s/251772299 cover]] and the Jetpack Comics variant [[http://www.jetpackcomics.com/images/excl/mlpjetcoverfull.jpg cover]], will have [[http://boards.collectors-society.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=6086166#Post6086166 only 125]] copies printed. The Jetpack variant itself will be limited to [[http://www.jetpackcomics.com/index.html only 750]] copies.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Parodied in this [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3294476/1/Enterprise-Special-Edition-Season-4 list of Special Edition 'deleted scenes']] from Season 4 of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''.

* Unlike most other media, books are objects whose physical qualities are important to their appreciation. When something first hits the shelves, its earliest editions will be in the larger and more durable trade hardback format, which tends to inexplicably cost about two or three times as much as a pocket paperback. In the more rarified realms of the literary market, there also exists the leatherbound book, which can sell for well above U.S. $100 for a typical novel.
** There are a few reasons why the trade hardbacks cost so much more: they obviously cost more to make, they take up more space than the paperbacks and therefore they can't store as many, shipping costs are higher due to greater mass and volume per copy, and they know the day-one-purchase customers won't mind spending more.
* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'': Numerous rereleases of The Bad Beginning, including one priced higher than the thirteen-book box set. Also, the box sets, which have exclusive artwork. The new paperbacks are aversions because they're much better for about half the price.
* J.R.R. Tolkien's work is a really big offender here: at least five editions of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', three of ''Literature/TheHobbit'', and two of ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' all have some sort of "bonus content", including (but most likely not limited to) introductions by noted authors, footnotes detailing the writing of the book in question, character indexes with extra backstory, and being really shiny.
** One reason for so many editions is that unauthorized editions were printed up by unscrupulous publishers. J. R. R. Tolkien spent some time fixing copyright problems to stop this. Famous words on back of the Ballantine or "Hippie Edition":
---> "This paperback edition, and no other, has been published with my consent and co-operation. Those who approve of courtesy (at least) to living authors will purchase it, and no other." ''J. R. R. Tolkien''
** And then of course you have the various "anniversary" collector's editions, each with their own artwork. The 35th anniversary edition was famous for being illustrated by then-unknown Alan Lee.
** Tolkien also re-released ''Literature/TheHobbit'' with revised and extended description of Gollum's cave, since Bilbo [[OrwellianRetcon "lied"]] about how he came to possess the ring; the original version actually contradicts the premise of LOTR, since Gollum simply gives the Ring to Bilbo and leads him out of the cave.
* A new and improved version of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'' released advertised sparkly new content from Jo Rowling - which turned out to be a single sketch of Snape. Ouch.
** The ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'' special edition seems to have had little more than some new art added. It's still pretty nice, though.
* ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' was re-released for the film in a complete collection with new material detailing what Will and Lyra did, will do, or might do, depending on how canon you take it.
* The Easton Press produces fine leather-bound collector editions of books. These are specially made for bookcollectors and come in landmark series like ''The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written'', ''Library of the Presidents'' and ''Great Books of the 20th Century''
* ''The Last Hope'', the GrandFinale of ''Literature/WarriorCats'', has an "Enhanced Edition" e-book available for purchase alongside the VanillaEdition. The Enhanced Edition contains videos of the author talking about the series, an [[PreviewPiggybacking excerpt of the fifth Super Edition]], ''Yellowfang's Secret'', notes that reveal things such as [[WhatCouldHaveBeen ideas that never made it into the book]] and an exclusive game.
* Subterranean Press's limited edition of Creator/JoeHill's ''Literature/{{NOS4A2}}'' comes with an exclusive alternate ending as well as an entire novella that was cut from the original manuscript.
* Centipede Press's limited edition of Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/SalemsLot'' came with some then-exclusive deleted scenes that King removed from the text. A trade edition with them was later released.
** ''Literature/TheStand'' has the original (already fairly huge) version, then a later release adding ~400 pages left out of the original, along with a few minor revisions.
* The omnibus edition of the two ''Literature/RedDwarf'' novels written by both Grant and Naylor includes some changes to the first book (retooling {{Take That}}s at real celebrities into NoCelebritiesWereHarmed), adding a new ending to the second book, adding the original script for the tv show's pilot and a copy of the original beermat that contains the first brainstorming session for the show.
* The Subterranean Press editions of the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' come in numbered copies, with very nice paper and several specifically commissioned illustrations per book.

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* For the DVD releases of the new ''Series/DoctorWho'' series, three to six episodes at a time are released on '{{vanilla|edition}}' [=DVDs=] with few or no extras just a month or so after broadcast -- longer for North American releases, although the broadcasts have been day-and-date with the U.K since 2011. Full series [=DVDs=] with lots of extras are saved for later.
** There are also various limited special editions ''of the boxed sets themselves''. [[http://www.timelash.com/tardis/display.asp?1584 Series three]] had a normal version, and two retailer exclusive sleeves for Amazon.co.uk and Woolworths (the Cyberman head was a previous Amazon exclusive, the TARDIS box was used for all early S1 boxes).
** The earlier stories "The Five Doctors" and "Remembrance of the Daleks" were both released twice on DVD in the UK. The original DVD of "The Five Doctors" was one of the very first DVD releases of BBC shows to test the market, had no special features at all, featured an new "extended cut" version of the story that is to say the least controversial among fans, and is not officially considered part of the Who DVD release programme. The original DVD version of "Remembrance of the Daleks" had a notorious blooper in which the first and most spectacular use of the "glowing skeleton" Dalek extermination effect was left out because of a remastering error, and also had relatively few special features by later standards. Both stories came out a second time in 2008 and 2009 respectively with much more special features.
** Almost all of the DVD releases from the first two years of the release schedule were later re-released with improved picture quality and new special features, along with a couple of other famous stories released later.
** ''Spearhead From Space'' ended up with three different [=DVD=] editions: the original one, the expanded version released in the ''Mannequin Mania'' box, and a 2013 UsefulNotes/BluRay edition (as the only story made entirely on film other than the 1996 TV movie, it won't look rubbish in HD).
** 2013 saw the release of a humungous "Regeneration" box set containing every Doctor's final story from "The Tenth Planet" to "The End of Time" along with a coffee-table book. Exploitatively, it was released well in advance of the standalone "Tenth Planet" DVD as well as "The Time of the Doctor", which aired at the end of 2013 as Eleven's GrandFinale and was later released as a standalone disc.
** Most of the longer {{Christmas Episode}}s, the 2009 Spring and Fall specials, "The Day of the Doctor" 50th anniversary show, and "Deep Breath" (the Twelfth Doctor's debut) had standalone releases with more bonus content than usual. Most of the Christmas episodes (with their bonus features) were later folded into Complete Series sets, while the 2009 specials were repackaged as "The Complete Specials"...but "The Day of the Doctor", "The Time of the Doctor", and "Twice Upon a Time" remain standalone releases, leaving both Series Seven and Ten '''in'''complete -- ending on massive cliffhangers that led into {{Grand Finale}}s for their respective Doctors! Less seriously, "Deep Breath" had several important bonus features (such as the special that announced Creator/PeterCapaldi's casting) that weren't carried over to the Series 8 box set.
* The re-release of the first season of ''Series/TwentyFour'' (with added commentaries, alternate endings, deleted scenes and short films). The set was first released as a barebones edition to bring in more viewers before the second season première in 2002.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' has the [[http://lostpedia.wikia.com/wiki/Lost:_The_Complete_Collection_%28DVD%29 box set with all the seasons]], in a fancy-looking box, with lots of {{Feelies}} and an extra disk of behind-the-scenes material.
* Several volumes of ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' have mini-statues of the robots like Tom Servo and Gypsy. The 20th Anniversary Edition had the movies, retro-mini posters (standard) and a Crow mini-statue inside a tin case.
** One of their most interesting ''[=MST3K=]''-related release was a special edition DVD of ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S04E24ManosTheHandsOfFate "Manos" The Hands of Fate]]'', which not only contained the actual episode, but also [[Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate the uncut original movie]], two documentaries (one an interview with the [=MST3K=] cast and another the ''Hotel Torgo'' documentary) and the short featured on the episode reconnected with its first half.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' had a very good dvd release, with many commentaries, documentaries, a gag reel, etc. The bluray release, in addition to all the old features and remastered episodes, included a roundtable and extra commentary.
* ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'' somewhat subverts this, because the box set release, done up with a case resembling a metal briefcase and with over 10 hours' worth of extras on two extra DVD's including the movie version of the pilot episode, was for many years the standard (and only) version of this release on DVD. In fact, before 2015, the individual seasons were never made officially available as such; fans wanting a particular season were compelled to search on sources such as eBay or Amazon for sellers who had an individual-season box set (probably removed from the overall collection) for sale.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** Time-Life and Creator/ShoutFactory initially released a massive box set of two box sets, the first collecting all three seasons of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' and the second ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' to ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy''. Both sets are now available separately but for a while this was the only way to get both sets. The massive box set also came with a figurine of Armored Red Ranger (re: Red Ranger with the Green Ranger's gear). Shout Factory also released two more box sets with the third containing ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'' to ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' and the fourth ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' to ''Series/PowerRangersRPM''. Unlike the above, there doesn't seem to be a Time Life bundle for these remaining sets.
** Creator/ShoutFactory also released a ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' limited edition $650 DVD set called, "Power Rangers Legacy: The First 20 Years", which covers all the seasons of 1993-2013 from ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' to ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'' over 92 discs. It also comes with six discs of bonus features (five already appearing on the aforementioned box sets and the last one being an exclusive), a book, and a holder resembling the helmet worn by the red Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. It's limited to 2000 copies. As an aside, since otherwise Shout's ''Power Rangers'' license only goes up to the end of the Disney era (IE: ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'') with duty for mass retail home videos of the Creator/SabanBrands era (''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' onwards) passed off to Creator/{{Lionsgate}}, the ''Samurai'' and ''Megaforce'' discs included on the Legacy collection are exclusive to it, exclusively containing unique CGI DVD menus and the ''Samurai'' episode "Trickster Treat" which Lionsgate wouldn't release on home video for another two years.
* Paramount has a habit of releasing seasons of TV shows with no bonus features, then releasing the complete series in a boxset with a bonus disc. (eg, ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' has [=DVDs=] containing no extras other than the first season's three commentaries and 15-minute retrospective, while the complete series DVD adds ''[[ReunionShow A Very Brady Christmas]]'', some ''[[WesternAnimation/TheBradyKids Brady Kids]]'' cartoons, and the first episode of ''The Bradys''.)

* Certain record labels (for example, Roadrunner Records) have become infamous for releasing an album... then releasing it six months later with bonus tracks... then two years later with a bonus DVD... and it's even got to the point where they are releasing albums 10 years later with very little in the way of bonuses. There are currently at least five separate versions of Music/MercyfulFate's "Melissa" album available, not taking separate mediums into account ([=LPs=], Cassettes) or the astonishing amount of compilations or especially live albums with songs from the album on them. This has become a running joke within the music community to the point where almost no one buys a Roadrunner album upon its release, because they can get it six months later with bonus tracks.
** Music/DreamTheater's newest album is a pretty good example. It hasn't been rereleased with extras (yet...), but on the initial release, three versions were available: The standard album in CD or LP form, a 3 CD version with a disk of cover songs and a disk of instrumental versions of the regular album's songs, and another edition with everything from before, a lithograph from the artist who designed the cover art, a mousepad, and a DVD with isolated tracks for all the audio on the regular album so people could do their own remixes of the songs.
** The "6 months later with bonus tracks" scheme is especially done with R&B and pop music. Several labels will release an album by an artist and then re-release it 6 months later as a "special edition" and release one of the new songs a few months before to radio, basically forcing fans of an artist to buy the album again with the artists' new big hit on it. Sometimes a record company will pull this a ''second time'' by releasing the album with the original tracklist, the 6 tracks from the "special edition" and 2-4 more new tracks just so fans have to buy an artists' album ''again''.
*** And don't try to round it by just buying the new tracks from iTunes or Amazon Music; the record companies will sometimes seal off the new track as being an 'album-only purchase'.
*** British rock bands have gotten in on the "re-release with the new single on it" game. Want "Flux" by Bloc Party, "Kiss of Life" by Friendly Fires or "Heavy in Your Arms" by Music/FlorenceAndTheMachine and don't want to buy the single? Guess what albums you're going to have to buy again?
** There's also been a trend of record labels releasing both a "standard" and a "deluxe" edition for popular music acts at the same time. The deluxe editions usually have different artwork and anywhere from 2-10 extra tracks. Sometimes there'll also be bonus videos of the making of the album, music videos, track-by-track commentary, interviews etc.
* ''13 Tales from Urban Bohemia'' by The Dandy Warhols had a 4 song 2nd disc included in the first pressing.
* ''Renegades'' from Music/RageAgainstTheMachine also had a second disc included in the first pressing.
* As part of its 30th anniversary, the Def Jam label released several albums as "deluxe editions" in 2014, including among others a 2-disc rerelease of Music/LLCoolJ's ''Mama Said Knock You Out'', multidisc reprints of both Music/PublicEnemy albums ''Music/ItTakesANationOfMillionsToHoldUsBack'' and ''Music/FearOfABlackPlanet'', and one massive 6-LP [[GreatestHitsAlbum "Greatest Hits"]] with a T-shirt, a collection of pre-Def Jam songs that contributed to the label founders' production styles, and a bound book with photographs and liner notes that could be ordered in either vinyl or CD format.
* Music/{{Nas}} has had his debut album ''Illmatic'' reprinted twice for its 10th ("Platinum Edition") and 20th ("Illmatic XX") anniversary with bonus tracks (usually remixes) and "rare" photography, and on top of the countless interviews he's done [[UpToEleven he made a full-scale documentary about the creative process behind it]]. It's an in-joke among rap fans to [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment list the three different album releases at their top three albums of all time.]]
* Music/FaithNoMore's ''Album of the Year'' had a weird variation. The original release of the album had the regular version and a 2CD version with a bonus remix disc. The Japanese version featured two non-album tracks added to the end. A German Limited edition called "Competition Edit" added the two Japanese bonus tracks plus four remixes to the end of the first disc. These remixes were different to those on the 2CD bonus disc. So, if you wanted to, you could round up all the tracks by combining the disc from that version with the second disc of the 2CD edition, and have no repetition, but you would have to buy both releases to do it.
* There's a super-limited expensive version of {{Paramore}}'s third album, ''Brand New Eyes''. Acoustic B-Sides, vinyl record, DVD, the works.
* Music/TheSmashingPumpkins (well, [[RevolvingDoorBand the newest version of the group]]) did the same with their seventh album, ''Zeitgeist'', to a ridiculous extent: there are six versions of the album, the bonuses of which are all exclusive. (Ironically, you can't get the song ''Zeitgeist'' unless you buy it at Target.)
** In a similar case of irony, you can't get the song "The Colour and the Shape" on the album ''The Colour and the Shape'' (both by Music/FooFighters, by the way) unless you get the 10th anniversary edition of the album. Like the Pumpkins' ''Zeitgeist'', it includes six bonus tracks; unlike ''Zeitgeist'', they're all on the same version of the album.
* A few Music/DefLeppard albums were like this. For instance, the greatest hits compilation Vault had different tracks on the US, European, and Japanese releases; granted, the lineups were altered to reflect which songs had been hits in which region, so it made a bit more sense that regional albums be tailored, given that some songs that had been top tens in one country barely scratched airplay in others. And the Japanese releases also get bonus tracks not available on the other editions in order to encourage Japanese fans to purchase the domestic edition rather than import other copies. But then the YEAH! album got even worse than all this, mirroring examples above by having bonus tracks that were different depending on if you purchased it via iTunes, Target, Best Buy, or Wal* Mart.
* Sony Records started re-releasing famous albums on major anniversaries of their original release (10th or 25th mostly) with the original album, a bonus CD (usually demos and/or outtakes) and a DVD with a documentary, music videos and some rare/live footage. Examples include ''Music/LondonCalling'' by Music/TheClash, ''The Holy Bible'' by the Music/ManicStreetPreachers and ''Music/WeezerTheBlueAlbum'' [[SelfTitledAlbum by Weezer]].
* Independent label Inside Out (known in some territories as Inside Out Music) is rather fond of this, regularly releasing enhanced editions of albums simultaneously with the regular editions, as well as far more lavish special editions of older albums by their more notable bands.
* A great example of a collector's edition done well is John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers with Music/EricClapton. It contains both the 1966 Mono version and the 1969 stereo remix, it features early recordings of the band, done at the BBC and also early singles and promotional material. You also find alternate takes on songs and even earlier versions of them. Last but not least you get multiple live tracks with the band. You also get a great booklet, detailing the band and also a copy of the original CD booklet. Plus the [=CDs=] themselves are modeled to look like old [=LPs=].
* Music/SufjanStevens' ''Songs for Christmas'' collection got the deluxe box-set treatment: 5 discs, 40 pages of liner notes (including guitar tabs for most of the songs and short stories), an animated music video, a poster with a full-page comic strip on the back, and stickers. There was no VanillaEdition of ''Songs for Christmas''--most of the songs had leaked to the internet a year beforehand, and one suspects that this deluxe treatment was done to give fans some incentive to pay for songs they had already downloaded.
** Similarly, his soundtrack for ''The B.Q.E.'' can either be purchased as a CD / DVD combo pack (including the soundtrack album, the complete film... and a Viewmaster reel) or as a vinyl album (with an accompanying comic book).
* Concept-album Prog Rock band Music/CoheedAndCambria does this, sort of:
** ''The Second Stage Turbine Blade'' has three extra songs; the epic "Elf Tower New Mexico", an acoustic demo version of "Junesong Provision", the demo version of "Everything Evil" and the bonus song "IRO-Bot" moved to it, from the original final song "Godsend Conspirator".
** The band's latest album, ''Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV Volume 2: No World For Tomorrow'', has two versions, both with the same artwork on the front and back: the cheap one, with a thin cardboard CD case; and the expensive one, with a large cardboard box featuring a wide, amazing piece of artwork depicting various portions of a Sci-Fi battle that takes place sometime during the album's storyline, as well as a DVD showing a "Making-Of" video, a collection of photographs, and a bunch of AMAZING acoustic demos, all but one of them featuring semi-animated artwork video (i.e. drawings by the ''The Amory Wars''/''Coheed and Cambria'' artist, with flame effects added in, and pulsing lights, and panning over images)
* Boris and Music/SunnO's collaboration album Altar was released six different times in less than a year, including a single CD release, a double CD release in the US and Japan where both versions include different extra tracks, US and Japan triple LP releases which included DIFFERENT VERSIONS of the same bonus tracks from the CD release, and another 3 LP picture disc release that was sold only at one show in London.
* Music/NineInchNails released the LP set "Ghosts" in 6 different editions, including a vinyl release and a deluxe edition containing 2 CD's, a data-DVD with audio streams broken down for mixing and sampling, a UsefulNotes/BluRay disc of the four albums and an accompanying slideshow, and a 48-page hardcover book. However, the '''Ultra-Deluxe Limited Edition''' was the king, housing everything from the deluxe edition, plus a 4-LP 180 gram vinyl set in a fabric slipcase and two exclusive limited edition Giclée prints, numbered and signed by Trent Reznor.
* Darkwave project Music/SoporAeternusAndTheEnsembleOfShadows released three different versions of their ninth album, ''Les Fleur du Mal'': the CD of the album (~$20), a double-vinyl limited edition (900 copies, ~$60), and a limited edition CD boxset (2000 copies, ~$100) with the album, a 40-page book of lyrics and illustrations, and a 112-page manga about the album.
* The soundtrack for ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'', "The Dethalbum", had a special edition that included a few extra songs and some audio skits. This edition was produced in such limited quantities that people were gouging the price at a minimum of $100.
* A few fans were really ticked at how Music/{{Starflyer 59}}'s ''Ghosts of the Future'' and ''Ghosts of the Past'' were handled. Basically, the super deluxe edition (a vinyl box set featuring cool artwork) was released first, and fans who shelled out $60 or more for it under the impression that these tracks were exclusive to this set were less than pleased when the entire shebang was released as a much less expensive vanilla edition CD a year later.
* The reissue of Music/PearlJam's ''Music/{{Ten}}'' came in a bunch of versions. A two-CD "Legacy Edition" which came with a remastered version of the original album, a new remixed version of the album and half a dozen bonus tracks. The "Deluxe Edition" added in a DVD of their MTV Unplugged show, and a final "Super Deluxe Edition" had all the other stuff, a vinyl LP copy of the album and remixes, also sold on its own, a recording of a live show on vinyl, a replica of the early PJ demo cassettes, and a replica of Eddie Vedder's lyrics notebook. Admittedly, there were a lot of complaints about the mixing/production of the original album, but ''still''. Keep in mind that they're planning to do something similar for all of their albums, leading up to their 20th anniversary as a band. Follow-ups ''Vs.'' and ''Vitalogy'' were packaged together, in [[http://pearljam.com/music/albums/997/studio/18656/vs_and_vitalogy_-_20th_anniversary_editions either]] a regular version with both albums and bonus tracks, an expanded one adding a live album, and "Limited Edition Collector's Boxed Set (5 [=LPs=], 3 [=CDs=], 1 Cassette, Digital Download, Composition Notebook, Memorabilia-filled Envelope)".
* Music/{{Weezer}} started doing this with new albums in 2008: their 2008 SelfTitledAlbum ("The Red Album") had a vanilla version, a deluxe edition with 4 bonus tracks, and a pair of additional bonus tracks for the itunes version, along with different bonus tracks for international versions, and a Japan-exclusive dvd. ''Raditude'' had a similar array of different versions, as well as an iTunes Pass version with remixes, alternate versions and outtakes. To be fair, the physical versions of the regular and deluxe versions for both came out simultaneously, with the deluxe version typically costing only slightly more, but getting absolutely everything including international bonus tracks could still be pricey.
** They also rereleased their debut album (commonly known as ''The Blue Album'') and ''Music/{{Pinkerton}}'' in deluxe editions with bonus tracks and an extra disc with b-sides and rarities. The ''Pinkerton'' reissue was even released with a smattering of bonus goodies, including a diorama of the album's artwork, a reprint of the original lyric booklet, and a copy of the compilation ''Death to False Metal''.
* On September 9, 2009, EMI re-issued every album by Music/TheBeatles; the stereo mixes being released standalone and as a box set. A monaural set (the mono mixes preferred by the band and producer, plus mono mixes of the albums which were originally in stereo... with the albums being "[[http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51wU1%2BXEVjL.jpg mini-LPs]]") was planned as a very limited edition with only 10,000 copies planned for release. Massive pre-orders forced EMI to reconsider. When it finally came out, it had sold 12,000 copies in the United States in its first week. In Japan, it sold 20,000. New copies can still be found at online retailers such as Amazon.
* The re-release of Music/TheRollingStones ''Music/ExileOnMainSt'' got put out in ''four'' different formats. The regular Single-CD version, a Double-Vinyl edition, A Double-CD version featuring 10 bonus tracks to go along with the regular album, or, if you [[CrackIsCheaper really wanted to splurge it]], an Limited-Edition Autographed Version of the album signed by all the band members, which would have set you back around $2000 had you got it when that version was available. A fifth version called ''"Exile On Main St. Rarities Edition"'' which contained just the 10 bonus tracks, is also available at Target.
** Their [[MilestoneCelebration 50th anniversary]] GreatestHitsAlbum ''GRRR!'' had a [[http://i26.fastpic.ru/big/2012/1201/f0/ff6c9266ecc20c2395f2d66d11c0d3f0.jpg super deluxe edition]] with 4 disks compiling 80 songs (the regular, fitting the years being celebrated, has 50 in 3 disks), plus a bonus CD, a 7" single, a hardbook cover, and many collectibles.
* Though trumped by the above in cost, the current title-holder for music may be American metal band Music/LambOfGod. Their 2010 anthology ''Hourglass'' comes in 5 versions: a 3-CD set, a US$100 set with all 6 studio albums on USB drives, a US$120 set with all 6 albums on vinyl, a US$260 set with the vinyl albums, USB drives, the 3-CD set, and an art book. And for the truly devoted, there's a US$1000 set with the vinyl albums, USB drives, 3-CD set, the art book, an autographed 8x10 picture, an "Hourglass" sticker, a 4-foot by 6-foot cloth flag...and a Jackson Signature Series Mark Morton guitar.
* The first soundtrack for ''Series/{{Glee}}'' came in three flavors - one basic 17-track CD, one with one additional song, and one with three different additional songs. They did it again for the ''Showstoppers'' album, this time having an additional ''six'' songs, as well as different packaging between the two.
* Rhino Records releases boxed-sets containing (usually) all or a selection of a group's studio albums with alternate versions, b-sides and the like. They've done it with Music/TheGratefulDead, Music/TalkingHeads, Music/TheDoors, and Music/BlackSabbath, among others. The fact that these sets usually cost upwards of $50 AND are sometimes only part of a band's output is a bit grating, although when some of them include extensive liner notes and surround-sound, it's worth it.
** Rhino also had a sub-imprint, Rhino Handmade, that focused on limited editions (of usually no more than 3000 copies) of rare works of certain artists, or compilations of long out-of-print material. Many of their releases have become collector's items and fetch high prices on eBay. Since 2013, it's been less of a label for rare work than more of a shingle for their collectible mainstream box sets.
* Bauhaus albums have been re-released as Collector's Editions with multiple discs of outtakes, alternate versions of songs and the like. They're all a few cents shy of $30.
* The Special Limited Edition of Music/LadyGaga's ''The Fame Monster'' included that and her previous album ''The Fame'', as well as an artbook, posters, 3-D glasses, a paper doll, and ''a lock of Gaga's hair''. A second limited edition was a Gaga-shaped USB drive that contained the album, artwork, music videos, and remixes.
* Music/{{U2}} has been a fan of this trope since 2004, and their dedication to it has been steadily increasing.
** 2004: The new album ''How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb'' is released in three CD formats: a standard single-CD edition; a Deluxe Edition featuring a bonus DVD with documentary and performance footage; and a Collector's Edition that had an exclusive version of the CD featuring a bonus track (ironically, the song from which the album title was derived) and the DVD from the Deluxe Edition, packaged with a hardcover book. (This does not include the vinyl edition.)
** 2007: The 20th anniversary remaster of their 1987 opus ''The Joshua Tree'' is released in three CD formats: a standard single-CD edition; a Deluxe Edition with a bonus CD of B-sides and rarities, and a box set featuring both [=CDs=], a DVD with documentary and concert footage from the era, a hardcover book, and some photograph prints. There was also a double vinyl edition.
** 2008: The remasters of Music/{{U2}}'s first three albums, ''Boy'', ''October'', and ''War'', are released, each in two CD formats: a standard single-CD edition with newly expanded liner notes and full lyrics (which were previously not available), and a Deluxe Edition featuring a bonus CD of B-sides and rarities. Again, there were also vinyl editions. Notably, there were no bonus [=DVDs=] or hardcover books released this time.
** 2009, February: The new album ''No Line on the Horizon'' is released in ''four'' CD formats: a standard single-CD edition in a jewel case; a single-CD edition in a digipak with a download link for [[TheFilmOfTheSong The Film of the Album]], ''Linear''; a single CD packaged with a magazine that also included the movie download link; and a box set with the CD, movie download link, and a hardcover book. This is again in addition to a vinyl edition, bringing the total number of physical formats up to ''five''.
** 2009, October: ''The Unforgettable Fire'', their fourth album, is remastered as a 25th anniversary edition, and receives the grand treatment of ''The Joshua Tree'' before it: a standard single-CD edition; a Deluxe Edition with a bonus CD of B-sides and rarities; and a Limited Edition Box Set featuring the two [=CDs=], a DVD with documentary and concert footage from the era, a hardcover book, and five photograph prints.
** 2011: ''Achtung Baby'', widely considered to be U2's best album, is rereleased as a 20th anniversary edition (with "slightly cleaned up" audio as opposed to a full remastering, which the band thought unnecessary). This set the bar higher than any album before it, with five physical formats, including a single-CD edition; a Deluxe Edition with a second CD of B-sides, rarities, and remixes; a quadruple-vinyl edition with the same track listing as the CD Deluxe Edition. The last two examples embody this trope to a T. The Super Deluxe Edition includes ''six'' [=CDs=] (''Achtung Baby'', the follow-up album ''Zooropa'', a CD of just B-sides and rarities, ''two'' [=CDs=] of remixes, and a "Kindergarten" version of the album featuring demo versions of each song in order) and ''four'' [=DVDs=] (the related feature documentary film ''From the Sky Down'', the concert film ''Zoo TV: Live from Sydney'', and two [=DVDs=] of music videos and other documentaries), all packaged in a very large hardcover book with ''16'' equally large prints (each one being one "panel" of the album art). The Über Deluxe Edition then outdid even ''that'', with all the content of the Super Deluxe Edition, plus the vinyl edition of the album, five vinyl singles corresponding with the singles from the album, a series of badges, a special edition of "Propaganda" magazine (modeled on U2's old fan magazine), and a ''replica of Bono's "Fly" sunglasses'', all packaged in a magnetic puzzle tile box.
* Music/DanielAmos:
** When their out-of-print albums from the 70s and 80s get reissued on CD, it's usually as a two-disc deluxe edition, with demos and outtakes and the works. And in these cases, there is no vanilla edition. Albums that have gotten this treatment so far: ''Daniel Amos'', ''Shotgun Angel'', ''Music/{{Alarma}}'', ''Music/{{Doppelganger}}'', and ''Music/DarnFloorBigBite''. Their album ''Music/SongsOfTheHeart'' also got a deluxe 10th-anniversary reissue, even though the original was still in print.
** And for Terry Scott Taylor's 2010 solo album ''Swine Before Pearl'', you could buy the vanilla edition, or you could pay an extra $30 to also get a personalized greeting from Dr Edward Daniel Taylor (Terry's crazy radio preacher alter ego). Or you could pay an extra $100 on top of that, to ''also'' get a personalized original song.
* Music/{{Autechre}}'s ''Quaristice'' had a special edition limited to 1000 copies, with a metal case and a bonus CD, ''Quaristice Versions'', which featured extended and alternate versions of the songs. The Japanese version had the bonus track "Nu-Nr6d".
* The 2006 rerelease of Klaus Schulze's ''Timewind'' had a second disc with the previously unreleased outtakes "Echoes of Time" and "Solar Wind", and the 2000 self-tribute piece "Windy Times". The CD's had a vinyl record-like texture.
* Music/{{Covenant}}'s ''Modern Ruin'' has a limited edition with a bonus EP titled ''Wir Sind die Nacht'' (We are the Night), which uses samples from the 2010 German horror film of the same name.
* Hoo boy, Music/DavidBowie reissues. Not only have there been quite a few reissues that count as these, some albums have had more than one, and gathering ''all'' the bonus material a particular album's had over the years may well neccessitate much searching and a deep wallet...
** It started in TheNineties. Most of the Rykodisc re-releases of his 196980 back catalog over 199092 had bonus tracks (alternate takes, demos, unreleased songs, B-sides, etc.), and [=EMI=]/Virgin followed that up by giving his 198389 output the same treatment in 1995.
** At the TurnOfTheMillennium his newest albums had special editions available alongside the standard versions, and most of his solo output from TheNineties had bonus track-heavy and/or 2-disc versions (''Black Tie White Noise'' made it to three discs, but the last was a [=DVD=]). 2-disc reissues of three of his GlamRock albums turned up as well. His first two live albums were given additional tracks and reordered to match the original setlists, and ''Music/YoungAmericans'' included a bonus [=DVD=] of a 1974 TV interview and performance.
** In TheNewTens, there's been two-disc versions of his first two albums from TheSixties and a ''Music/StationToStation'' reissue that, in Special Edition form, includes two extra discs for his much-bootlegged Nassau Coliseum concert from 1976...and in ''Deluxe'' Edition form includes an additional two [=CDs=] (one with the mix the 1985 CD version had, one with the single versions of the songs), a [=DVD=] with a new surround sound mix of the album, three [=LPs=] for the original album and the concert, and from there such items as replicas of the tour's press kit, the official fan club folder, etc. from this period. And there was a ''third'' special edition reissue of ''Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars'' in 2012 (previously, it had been reissued in 1990 and 2002).
** The three box sets released (so far) spanning a certain era of David's career (''Five Years (19691973)'', ''Who Can I Be Now? (19741976)'' and ''A New Career in a New Town (19771982)'' certainly count as well.
* Music/{{Epica}} did this in 2007 with "The Divine Conspiracy" featuring a high-quality hardbound digibook, and again with their 2012 release, "Requiem for the Indifferent." There are a few editions but the super-high-end "Mailorder Edition" includes the album, an instrumental version of the album, postcards featuring album art, and a certificate of authenticity indicating which copy out of a limited run of 500 the customer has received, all wrapped up in a pine box with the Epica logo and album title woodburned into the cover. Interestingly, some early releases went out with an unfinished version of the album's closing track, "Serenade of Self-Destruction", that was missing most of its vocals, and so are considered highly collectable.
* The first ''Film/TheHungerGames'' film has ''two'' different versions of the ''Songs From District Twelve and Beyond'', which was a collection of pop, rock and indie tunes from (if only in the closing credits) or "inspired by" the film. The special edition of the album was little more than shameless marketing: the only new ''content'' you get is a download code (!) for a single bonus song, "Lullaby"; and the {{feelies}} consist only of "nine collector's cards" (basically a nine-piece double-sided puzzle of two of the movie poster designs), and a not-so-exclusive poster, which though nice, is a common promo poster design, not standard poster size, and ''printed on the back of the song guide'', which itself does not have lyrics included to boot. Luckily, said "special edition" is only a few bucks more.
* Music/KingCrimson's 1973 album ''Larks' Tongues in Aspic'' was rereleased in 2012 in several versions, the grandest of which came with ''14 [=CDs=]'' of bonus material, claiming to include "every known note" recorded by the relatively short-lived lineup at the time.
** Crimson one-upped themselves the following year with the set ''The Road To Red'', a box set of live shows from between 1972 to 1974, along with new stereo and 5.1 remixes of the 1974 album ''Red'', which spans 24 discs - 21 [=CDs=], 2 [=DVDs=], and 1 Blu-Ray disc.
* The Postal Service's [[OneBookAuthor only album]] ''Give Up'' was re-released as a two CD "10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition" in 2013. Disc one is a remastered version of the original album, while disc two collects {{B Side}}s, remixes and other previously released non-album material, as well as featuring two previously unheard songs. Making a pre-order of this version or buying a physical copy at certain record stores also got you {{feelies}} in the form of a postcard set featuring photos of the band.
* Within the same year of its regular US release, Flume's SelfTitledAlbum was re-released in a "Deluxe Edition". It was a fairly generous four disc package, featuring the original album, two discs worth of bonus tracks (comprising a "mixtape" where rappers add vocals to previously instrumental songs from the album, remixes by and of Flume, and a LiveAlbum), and a copy of Ableton Live 9 Lite including tutorials and interactive sessions for three of the album's songs.
* Music/MyChemicalRomance's fourth album ''Music/DangerDaysTheTrueLivesOfTheFabulousKilljoys'' was released with an elaborate package available for pre-order, which included a full-color photo book, replicas of the mask and gun used by one of the characters, a bead bracelet, and a bonus EP.
* Music/{{ACDC}} had their box set ''Backtracks'' with a deluxe edition housed in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pW7srJ8qJU0 an operating guitar amplifier]]''. Their "soundtrack" to ''Music/IronMan2'' had also a collector's edition packaged as a hardcover book, featuring an Comicbook/IronMan comic reprint (along with other goodies).
* The Walt Disney Records Legacy Collection re-releases classic Creator/{{Disney}} movies' soundtracks with bonus discs, containing such extra material as deleted songs and demo recordings, and digibook packaging, boasting production notes, lyrics, and pictures both archival and new. Sometimes, the soundtracks themselves also contain pieces of film score that Disney left off of earlier releases.
* Music/JeanMichelJarre:
** The golden Original Master Recording edition [=CDs=] of ''Music/{{Oxygene}}'' and ''Equinoxe''.
** The limited box set ''The Laser Years'' exclusively contained ''Cities In Concert'', an ''In Concert Houston-Lyon'' special variant with all music in full length that is, until ''In Concert Houston-Lyon'' was replaced by ''Cities In Concert'' as part of the regular back catalog during the 1997 remastering.
** The original eleven-track ''Jarremix'' with an additional Laurent Garnier remix has inofficially become that.
** ''The Complete Oxygène'' is ''Music/{{Oxygene}}'' and ''Oxygène 7-13'', the latter with a bonus track called "Oxygen In Moscow", in a tall black cardboard case. Today, the case is the only reason to buy ''The Complete Oxygène'' because the bonus track is actually Claude Monnet's "Oxygène 12" remix also available on ''Odyssey Through O2'', and even then you'll have a hard time fitting that box anywhere into your collection as it's even taller than a DVD case.
** ''Aero'' came out as [[VanillaEdition a CD]], a CD with a video DVD of Anne Parillaud's eyes while listening to the album (as seen on the cover) ''and'' a CD with a 3-D video DVD of Anne Parillaud's eyes.
** ''Oxygène New Master Recording'' also came along with a video disk containing the ''Oxygène Live In Your Living-Room'' performance recording.
* The 2001 (though not the 2009) remaster of the Music/PetShopBoys' ''Introspective'' includes the bonus CD ''Further Listening'', which compiles B-sides, demos, and previously unreleased songs from the album sessions.
* Vicious Pink's self-titled album was rereleased on CD for the first time in 2012, with the addition of various remixes of "Cccan't You See?", the extended versions of "Fetish" and "Take Me Now", and the previously-unreleased "I Confess".
* Music/PinkFloyd first had the 1991 box set ''Shine On'', with eight albums and a bonus CD called ''The Early Singles'', with the songs from the Syd Barrett era. Then in 2011, as their entire catalog was re-released, ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'', ''Music/WishYouWereHere'' and ''Music/TheWall'' all got both "Experience" editions adding a bonus disk (concerts in the case of the former two, work-in-progress versions for the last) and "Immersion" sets with bonus [=CDs=], DVD-Audio versions, videos on a DVD (and in all but ''The Wall'', both [=DVDs=] combined in a Blu-Ray), and {{Feelies}} such as scarves and marbles.
* As fitting for a band with a pirate image, a limited edition of Music/RunningWild's album ''Masquerade'' came in a wooden box which featured the album, the ''Death or Glory'' VHS, and a treasure map. There was also an even rarer edition which came with a bottle of rum.

* Certain machines of the ''Pinball/StarWarsEpisodeI'' pinball had a plaque declaring them "The Final Collector's Series of 100", though there's no other difference between them and the regular tables. Rumor is that they were simply used as a marketing gimmick to sell remaining machines during the closure of Creator/WilliamsElectronics.
* Stern's ''Pinball/TronLegacy'' was released in four different editions, each distinguished by different translite displays on the backbox. The first two releases also allowed operators to install an optional shaker motor in the game cabinet.
* To commemorate its status as the best-selling {{pinball}} machine of all time, Bally released ''[[Pinball/TheAddamsFamily The Addams Family: Special Collector's Edition]]'' in 1994. It included gold elements on the cabinets and playfield, more game quotes, and an expanded set of rules.
* Stern's ''[[Pinball/TheAvengersStern The Avengers]]'' came in four different variations, including a Premium Edition with laser-cut ramps and an all-green "Hulk" Edition with "ramp throwing" action.
* Along with the regular release, ''[[Pinball/SpiderManStern Spider-Man (Stern)]]'' was released in a limited run of 500 "Black Spider-Man" tables, with a different mirrored backglass and chrome metalwork.
* The 2003 machine ''Pinball/TheLordOfTheRings'' got a rerelease in ''2009'' as a Limited Edition, adding gold-plated and brass metalwork, a mirrored gold backglass, support for a shaker motor, and updated software.
* Played with in the case of ''Pinball/DoctorWho'': every game comes with a Dalek topper, but the first 100 units had a version that moved when certain things happened. This proved too expensive to continue, though, so it was discontinued. It's played with because the feature was likely intended from the start, but was removed due to budget limitations.
* In November 2001, Creator/SternPinball and Pinball Sales auctioned off 40 "Platinum Edition" ''Pinball/{{Monopoly}}'' games for the nonprofit charity Boundless Playground. These tables had chrome trimmings signed by Creator/PatLawlor, Creator/JohnYoussi, and Gary Stern, along with a backbox translite autographed by Lawlor, Youssi, Stern, Pinball Sales president Jack Guarnieri, and Hasbro CEO Alan Hassenfeld. The production run of 40 was chosen as one for each space on the Monopoly board.
* Taken as far as possible with Creator/SternPinball's ''Pinball/{{NFL}}'', which was available only in one of nineteen team-specific variations,[[note]]The game was the same, only the backbox translite was different[[/note]] with no "generic" base game.
* Stern's ''Pinball/{{Transformers}}'' machine comes in no less than four different versions: The basic one (called "Pro"), followed by three limited-production versions -- one for the Autobots, one for the Decepticons, and a "Combo" for both factions. The Limited Editions feature exclusive cabinet and translite art, color-coded metalwork, and additional playfield toys and elements.
** There's also ''Transformers: The Pin,'' an InNameOnly version for home markets.
* Zigzagged in Jersey Jack Pinball's ''Pinball/TheWizardOfOz,'' which is already seven grand on its own.
** Played straight with the $9,000 "Emerald City" version, which includes green trim, a mirrored backglass, a shaker motor, flying Winged Monkey, non-reflective glass, motorized Castle gates, and an OLED crystal ball on the playfield that plays various videos during the game.
** Somewhat subverted with the equally expensive "75th Anniversary" edition, which has red metal trim, a tinted mirrored backglass, a new backbox topper, more detailed table elements, and additional playfield toys, such as the Twister and Toto in his basket. However, everything but the metalwork and backglass are available separately, allowing owners to upgrade their existing games to match.
** There are also rumors of a planned "Ruby Red" Edition with rubies and emeralds embedded into the machine. The price has yet to be announced for this version, but it would undoubtedly be astronomical.
* Two years after its release, the ''Pinball/{{NASCAR}}'' pinball was rethemed as ''[[Pinball/DaleJr Dale Jr.]]'', a limited-edition version commemorating racecar driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., with only 600 tables made.
* ''Pinball/{{Avatar}}'' received a Premium Limited Edition game, with a shaker motor, marching AMP Suit, additional playfield toys, and a score-doubling ceramic Powerball.
* Along with the basic game, ''[[Pinball/{{ACDC}} AC/DC]]'' was initially available in a Premium Edition, a "Back In Black" Limited Edition, and a "Let There Be Rock" LE. These added an "Underworld" mini-playfield below the main table, LED lights, a moving bell, animated band members in the backbox, and a premium sound system.
** The Limited Editions also include a shaker motor, custom mirrored backglass art, and laser-cut metalwork. Only 200 "Let There Be Rock" and 300 "Back In Black" machines were produced.
** And then in 2014, Creator/SternPinball released the 2014 "Luci" Preimum Edition, an updated version of the Premium table with new backglass and cabinet art centered around a HornyDevil girl.
* ''Pinball/{{Metallica}}'' came in a basic "Pro" edition, as well as two Premium Editions ("Monsters" and "Road Case"), and a "Master of Puppets" Limited Edition with a run of 500 units.
* Creator/SternPinball's ''[[Pinball/MustangStern Mustang]]'' has the "Boss" Premium and "50 Years" Limited Editions, with a modified playfield, drop targets in front of the [=N2O=] targets, a turntable platform with a scale model car, and four additional songs. The Limited Edition also has a powder-coated blue frame.
* ''[[Pinball/StarTrekStern Star Trek]]'' is available in a basic "Starfleet Pro" model, as well as "Vengeance Premium" and "Enterprise Limited Edition" tables. The more advanced models include different backbox translites, more elaborate metalwork and cabinet molding, metal trails instead of plastic ramps, more elaborate LED lighting, color-changing playfield inserts, a vertical up-kicker and a kickback, and a Starfield laser projector.
* Along with the standard version of ''Pinball/FullThrottle'', a "Limited Edition" is available, with extras such as an autographed alternate translite, a shaker motor, an all-red or red/black cabinet (buyer's choice), and fiber optic lighting. Only 250 Limited Edition tables are made, though Creator/HeighwayPinball has plans to sell most of the components separately so "standard" owners can upgrade their tables.
* Customized versions of Creator/SegaPinball's ''Pinball/{{Baywatch}}'' were given to Creator/DavidHasselhoff and the series' producers. These machines included some voice clips not present in commercial tables, including R-rated language and various {{Inside Joke}}s.
* In addition to the basic table, ''[[Pinball/XMenStern X-Men]]'' was available in Wolverine Blue and Magneto Red Limited Editions, featuring custom translite art, color-coordinated metalwork, a magnetic spinning disc and a swing-out Ice Slide. 250 tables of each version were made.
* The Limited Edition of ''Pinball/TheWalkingDead'' adds a fold-out crossbow launcher, an illuminated fish tank with zombie heads, rust-colored metalwork, and a mirrored backglass translite to the basic package.
* Averted with the ''Pinball/BlackKnight'' Limited Edition; it was essentially a second run of the game, with the only differences from the original being a new sticker on the apron and various changes to the wiring and mechanics.
* Creator/WilliamsElectronics' ''[[Pinball/{{Fire}} Fire!]]'' was available in a "Champagne Edition" of 273 tables. These featured a varnished oak cabinet, brushed brass and gold fittings, and rotating "fire" light cylinders in the backbox.
* ''Pinball/AustinPowers'':
** A number of games sold by the luxury retailer Hammacher Schlemmer featured alternated versions of the playfield characters Mini-Me wears a blue prison jumpsuit, Austin sports a purple ensemble with a silver chain, and Fat Bastard is shirtless. It is sometimes misidentified as a "prototype" version by players.
** In addition, ten "Gold" ''Austin Powers'' tables were released as gifts for the movie's cast members. They featured gold-plated legs, lockdown bars, and metal trim, with each one was individually autographed and numbered by Creator/SternPinball CEO Gary Stern.
* While Dutch Pinball's ''Pinball/TheBigLebowski'' does not include a separate special edition, early purchasers received a ''Lebowski''-themed rug (complete with bowling references) that can be placed under the game.
* Creator/{{Stern}}'s ''[[Pinball/KissStern KISS]]'' comes in a basic "Pro" version, as well as Premium and Limited Edition versions. The latter two feature a "levitating pinball" effect, an animated Starchild figure with amp, and multicolored LED lighting.
* ''Pinball/GameOfThrones'' is available in a standard ("Pro") version as well as Premium and Limited Editions. The deluxe editions add an upper Castle playfield with its own set of objectives, an elevator to ascend the Wall and reach the Iron Throne, improved lighting and animation, different art packages, and laser-cut siderails. The differences are more than superficial; players feel the changes in the deluxe versions make the game notably harder and best suited for veterans.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 edition had their 3 core rulebooks released in an expensive, black leather bound edition. The books included an official foreword, a red ribbon booklayer and the sides of the pages were colored golden.
** Starting in late 2012, Wizards of the Coast has been releasing special new premium reprint versions of several 3.5e sourcebook - yet another copy of the core rules, plus books like the Spell Compendium and Magic Item Compendium. This about 5 years after they had discontinued 3.5 in favor of 4th Edition... and with 5th Edition ("D&D Next") already visible on the horizon. Yes, the new versions have updated rules errata, but there's a certain... blatant cash-grabby feel about the whole thing (especially given there was a significant chunk of hold-outs who refused to move forward to 4th Edition, or stepped sideways to Pathfinder), especially with that "premium" setting the price point at no less than $50 a pop.
* Games Workshop can be notorious for this. They've frequently released special edition books, charging 5 times the amount of the regular book. The only difference between the two books ''is the cover''.
** Just to make matters worse, the special edition books are usually army books, which often end up battered and broken from the wear and tear of regular use on the gaming table. So if you want your expensive special edition book to stay in good condition, you can't even use it for its intended purpose!
* ''TabletopGame/{{Monopoly}}'' ''Gamer'', a ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''-themed variation of the regular ''Monopoly'', comes in both regular and Collector editions. The latter comes with an exclusive Bowser token, replaces the Bowser boss card with a Bowser Jr. one for kinda obvious reasons and haves a different plastic tray in the box, with extra spaces to keep the additional character tokens sold separately.

* ''{{Shadowgirls}}'' [[TheMerch Season 1]] has two hardcover versions [[http://th3rdworld.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=29&products_id=199 available]]: Regular and Artist Edition. The latter comes with a sketch card and a page of original artwork.
* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'': [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2000-08-12 widescreen edition]] ("Catch all the crucial details that were cut out--which is why so many episodes made no sense!"). And [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2000-09-03 Sinfest DVD]] ("[[foldercontrol]]

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* A parody occurs in webcomics that use a "Gold Foil Embossed Collector's Edition" as a {{Filler Strip|s}}. These editions reissue Comic #1 by reducing the colors to a few shades of yellow. Examples include ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' ([[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2004/01/31/8-bit-theater-1-gold-foil-embossed-collection-edition/ link]]) and ''Webcomic/SquareRootOfMinusGarfield'' ([[http://www.mezzacotta.net/garfield/?comic=35 link]]).
* ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'': There are two editions of "Book One". The regular edition, and a [[http://www.topatoco.com/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=TO&Product_Code=OG-BOOK01&Category_Code=OG signed edition]] with a hand-drawn bookplate inside the front cover featuring the character of your choice. The signed edition costs $10 extra and actually is so popular that extra character options have been added over time and often end up sold out.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* When ''WebVideo/ClassicGameRoom'' released a best-of DVD, one of the packages was a Special Edition Laser-Hyper-Vision Album Set, which was the size of a [=LaserDisc=] sleeve, although they couldn't actually manufacture [=LaserDiscs=] anymore so it just contained 3 [=DVDs=] and a Blu Ray.
* ''VideoGame/OedipusInMyInventory'' has a parody advertisement for a Collector's Edition that comes with developer's commentary, downloadable soundtrack, concept art, multiplayer, and gold weapons. Of course, it's a crappy adventure game made in under two hours, so whether one would want any of that...

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Within a span of several years, Creator/WarnerBros released the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Golden Collection'' series, spread across six volumes and covering over ''400'' classic cartoons, hours upon hours upon hours worth of commentaries, documentaries, interviews and historical bonus content in general. However, for the kiddies, a VanillaEdition series of these [=DVDs=] were released called ''Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection'', which were essentially bare bone collections featuring the more well known, family friendly Looney Tunes shorts.
* While initially getting a couple VanillaEdition [=DVDs=], ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' eventually a massive boxset covering the '''entire series''' as well as loads of extras and even gathering all of the commercial bumpers.
* Both of Creator/ShoutFactory's releases of the [[Creator/SunbowEntertainment Sunbow]] series of both ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' have this. There's the season sets which come with the episodes and some extras. Then, there's the complete series collection which comes with all the episodes, the extras included in the season sets, and extra extras that are exclusive only to the complete series collection.
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'' has a particularly annoying take on this, with the ''menu'' of the single-disc edition constantly advertising the two-disc special edition.
* What will you find in the long-and-consciously-titled ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' Deluxe Holiday Collection: Ultimate Collector's Edition? ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas'', ''WesternAnimation/ItsTheGreatPumpkinCharlieBrown'', and ''A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving'' in HD Blu-Ray, three "bonus" cartoons, three short documentaries, standard [=DVDs=] of the specials, window clings, and a snowglobe-shaped lenticular lucite of the gang ice-skating.
* There's an ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' set that's shaped like Zim's house, has a GIR figure in the roof, and comes with a disc of special features. There were two versions of the set: one containing the whole series, and one with just the box, figure, and extras disc, for those who had already purchased the individual [=DVDs=].
* The 30th anniversary of the ''Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse'' toys brought forth a 22-disc DVD box set containing the complete series of ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' and [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002 its reboot]], 10 fan-selected episodes from ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfHeMan'', documentaries, commentaries, a soundtrack CD, and a gold-colored replica of He-Man's sword. The box has a sculpted facade of Castle Grayskull.
* Three words: ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters''. All five seasons, each in their own steelbook case, but the Time-Life edition had the firehouse box with lenticular ghosts in the windows...and the rare "promo pilot," an AnimatedMusicVideo set to a cover of the Ray Parker, Jr. theme tune, and which looked a little more like the movie than the finished series.
* The DVD set ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones: The Complete Series'' contains all six seasons in a box resembling the Flintstones' TV set.

* Very common on Website/{{Kickstarter}} projects. For the unfamiliar, it's a site that crowdsources venture capital for various projects - in other words, anyone can donate to a project they'd like to see happen. You can pledge a token amount of money just to have contributed, while certain minimum pledges are effectively a pre-order for the product to be developed (provided the project is for a product, anyway). Higher pledge tiers work out like various levels of limited edition for the project in question, so while you might pledge $20 to get, say, a digital copy of a video game to be made once funded, you could drop $50 for a physical copy of the game with some extra feelies like buttons or decals. Or $100 for the physical copy in a very nice case with buttons, decals, and limited game art. Or... well, you get the picture. High-tier pledges (usually hundreds if not thousands of dollars) are often very limited in quantity, and have infamously included things like "the game designer for a tabletop RPG comes to your home, cooks dinner, and runs the game for you and your friends."
* The ''Creator/GeorgeCarlin: The Little David Years'' box set. All six comedy albums George recorded on the Little David record label are available as individual [=CDs=], but the purchaser of this box set is treated to special-edition packaging (instead of plastic clamshell cases, the [=CDs=] come in cardboard slipcovers complete with paper inner sleeves, like vinyl record albums, as well as a seventh disc, ''Free Complimentary Extra Bonus Disc Not for Sale Anywhere!'', which contains 19 tracks of previously unreleased material ''and'' a twentieth unlisted track, "The Coney Island Recordings": little routines George recorded at a "Record Your Voice" booth on Coney Island.
* Many automakers will offer special editions of some of their performance or luxury vehicles. Options exclusive to these vehicles can include special badging and paint jobs, performance upgrades, and matching accessory items. The latter can range from specially branded clothing and luggage, to special tools and spares for track use, to access to exclusive racing schools and track day experiences. Additionally, the vehicle may be individually numbered, particularly if the manufacturer announces a specific figure for how many of such vehicles will be made. In an extreme example of this trope, buyers of the Porsche 918 Spyder - a limited production vehicle with only 918 produced - had the option to also receive the 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder, a special edition of the Porsche 911 that, among other features, was numbered to match their 918.[[https://www.autoblog.com/2011/06/24/2012-porsche-911-turbo-s-edition-918-spyder-quick-spin-review/]] Yes, a limited edition car whose perks included a ''second'', equally exclusive car.