Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition
"Limited to the number they can sell."Films and video games sometimes are released in two versions: the Vanilla Edition, and a better, souped-up edition with exclusive Bonus Material. With movies, you can expect deleted scenes, filmmaker interviews, never-before-seen footage, commentary tracks and so forth. Video games tend to offer a shiny metal case, developer artwork, bonus characters or the Strategy Guide. Concept art, a "making-of" featurette, background story information, character biographies, alternate endings and trinkets are common with both media. All yours, if you pay some extra money. Worth it? Depends on the individual work, as well as 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 "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 Pre-Order Bonus). 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 Crack Is Cheaper. Note that, with regard to video games, this should not be confused with an Updated Re-release, 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. Also known as Black Diamond Masterpiece Gold Classic Favorite Stories Signature Mini Treasures Cartoon Classics Collection Legacy Commemorative Limited Augmented Deluxe Green Super Special Awesome Ultra Extended Premier Combat Commando Alien Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot Vin Diesel Widescreen Collector's Unrated Uncut Kane Ultimate Sean Connery Game of The Year Editor's Choice Edition: Director's Extended Cut: The Lost Scenes: Gold Platinum Diamond Chaotic Lawful Evil Good Saga Battle Chest Megapak Galactic Edition Orange Box Omega Limited With More Dakka: Final Cut Champion Edition Ultimate Match Heartburn International Final Mix Fucking Legendary Spoony Bard Dark Edition X Laser-Hyper-Vision Album Set IN SPACE!... Do you get it because there are tons of these limited edition box sets for a single movie/game/book Edition
— Jerry Seinfeld
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- Anime DVDs 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 hideously expensive.
- Sometimes, CDs normally released separately, like image songs and the soundtracks, are packaged with the DVDs, giving more incentive to buy them.
- 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 Haruhi Suzumiya came out in both a Vanilla Edition and a Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition, 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 Lucky Star (except for the last volume). Turned out it was almost a money black hole for the producer.
- Likewise with Puella Magi Madoka Magica. 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 Durarara!!. While the DVDs are split up into your now-standard "Part 1 and Part 2" sets, both of them cost about $70, and there are no special editions.
- When Ginga Nagareboshi Gin 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, Ginga Densetsu Weed, 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 Code Geass, Bandai planned out three different releases, specifically targeting the different levels of anime fans. For casual fans, there's the Vanilla Edition single DVDs and "volume packs" (two DVDs packaged together). For the real fanatics, there's the Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition, which is a two-pack plus 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 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 InuYasha came in two versions (at least in America): One was simply 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 Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 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.
- Manga Entertainment have done this with some of their more popular titles, such as Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and Attack on Titan. 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.
- DC Comics with their "Absolute" line of comic releases, which gives the deluxe treatment to well-known classic series like Watchmen, Batman: The Long Halloween, Kingdom Come, The Sandman - 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 Sin City 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 Archie Comics 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 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 The Great Comics Crash of 1996.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW) Issue #1's joint Larry's & Jetpack variant cover, which uses the connected rough design production artwork of the Larry's Comics variant cover and the Jetpack Comics variant cover◊, will have only 125 copies printed. The Jetpack variant itself will be limited to only 750 copies.
- 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.
- A Series of Unfortunate Events: 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 The Lord of the Rings, three of The Hobbit, and two of The Silmarillion 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 The Hobbit with revised and extended description of Gollum's cave, since Bilbo "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.
- 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":
- A new and improved version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone released advertised sparkly new content from Jo Rowling - which turned out to be a single sketch of Snape. Ouch.
- The Deathly Hallows special edition seems to have had little more than some new art added. It's still pretty nice, though.
- His Dark Materials 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 Grand Finale of Warrior Cats, has an "Enhanced Edition" e-book available for purchase alongside the Vanilla Edition. The Enhanced Edition contains videos of the author talking about the series, an excerpt of the fifth Super Edition, Yellowfang's Secret, notes that reveal things such as ideas that never made it into the book and an exclusive game.
- Subterranean Press's limited edition of Joe Hill's 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 Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot came with some then-exclusive deleted scenes that King removed from the text. A trade edition with them was later released.
- The Stand 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 Red Dwarf novels written by both Grant and Naylor includes some changes to the first book (retooling Take Thats at real celebrities into No Celebrities Were Harmed), 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.
Live Action TV
- For the DVD releases of the new Doctor Who series, three or four episodes at a time are released on 'vanilla' DVDs with no extras just a month or so after broadcast, with full series DVDs with lots of extras being saved for later.
- There are also various limited special editions of the boxed sets themselves. 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 will end up with three different DVD editions: the original one, the expanded version released in the Mannequin Mania box, and a 2013 Blu-ray 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.
- The re-release of the first season of 24 (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.
- Lost has the 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 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 "Manos" The Hands of Fate, which not only contained the actual episode, but also 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.
- 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.
- The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 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, is the standard (and only) version of this release on DVD. In fact, the individual seasons have never been made officially available as such; fans wanting a particular season are compelled to search on sources such as eBay or Amazon for sellers who have an individual-season box set (probably removed from the overall collection) for sale.
- This also became the first way to get the separate seasons from Power Rangers as Time-Life and Shout! Factory had released a massive box set of two box sets, the first collecting all three seasons of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers and the second Power Rangers Zeo to Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. 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 Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue to Power Rangers Dino Thunder and the fourth Power Rangers S.P.D. to Power Rangers RPM. Unlike the above, there doesn't seem to be a Time Life bundle for these remaining sets.
- Shout! Factory also released a Power Rangers limited edition $650 DVD set called, "Power Rangers Legacy: The First 20 Years", which covers all the seasons of 1993-2013 from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers to Power Rangers Megaforce 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: Power Rangers RPM) with duty for mass retail home videos of the Saban Brands era (Power Rangers Samurai onwards) passed off to 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, The Brady Bunch has DVDs containing no extras other than the first season's three commentaries and 15-minute retrospective, while the complete series DVD adds A Very Brady Christmas, some Brady Kids cartoons, and the first episode of The Bradys.)
- Certain record labels (an infamous example you might be familiar with being 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 Mercyful Fate'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.
- Dream Theater'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 Florence + the Machine 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 Rage Against the Machine 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 LL Cool J's Mama Said Knock You Out, multidisc reprints of both Public Enemy albums It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and Fear Of A Black Planet, and one massive 6-LP "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.
- 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 he made a full-scale documentary about the creative process behind it. It's an in-joke among rap fans to list the three different album releases at their top three albums of all time.
- Faith No More'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.
- The Smashing Pumpkins (well, 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 Foo Fighters, 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 Def Leppard 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 London Calling by The Clash, The Holy Bible by the Manic Street Preachers and Weezer (The Blue Album) 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 Eric Clapton. 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.
- Sufjan Stevens' 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 Vanilla Edition 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 Coheed and Cambria 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 Sunn O'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.
- Nine Inch Nails 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 Blu-ray 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 Sopor Æternus & the Ensemble of Shadows 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 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 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 Pearl Jam's 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.
- Weezer started doing this with new albums in 2008: their 2008 Self-Titled Album ("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 "Blue Album") and 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 The Beatles; the stereo mixes being released standalone and as a box set. A monoaural 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 "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 The Rolling Stones Exile On Main St. 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 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.
- Though trumped by the above in cost, the current title-holder for music may be American metal band Lamb Of God. 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 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 The Grateful Dead, Talking Heads, The Doors, and Black Sabbath, 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 Lady Gaga's The Fame Monster included both The Fame Monster and 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.
- 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 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 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 (modelled on U2's old fan magazine), and a replica of Bono's "Fly" sunglasses, all packaged in a magnetic puzzle tile box.
- Daniel Amos. When their out-of-print early albums get reissued on CD, it's almost always as a two-disc deluxe edition, with demos and outtakes and the works. And in these cases, there is no vanilla edition. But 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.
- 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.
- 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, David Bowie 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 The '90s. Most of the Rykodisc rereleases of his 1969-80 back catalog over 1990-92 had bonus tracks (alternate takes, demos, unreleased songs, B-sides, etc.), and EMI/Virgin followed that up by giving his 1983-1989 output the same treatment in 1995.
- At the Turn of the Millennium his newest albums had special editions available alongside the standard versions, and most of his solo output from The '90s 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 Glam Rock albums turned up as well. His first two live albums were given additional tracks and reordered to match the original setlists, and Young Americans included a bonus DVD of a 1974 TV interview and performance.
- In The New Tens, there's been two-disc versions of his first two albums from The Sixties and a Station to Station 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 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars in 2012 (previously, it had been reissued in 1990 and 2002).
- 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, these may wind up proving valuable in the future, as 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 may be considered collectible sometime in the future. Ebay jockeys, start your auctions.
- Fans of The Hunger Games film have at least three soundtrack albums releases to choose from: the "Original Score" CD (which contains Exactly What It Says on the Tin - the actual scores for the film), as well as two different versions of the The Hunger Games: Songs From District Twelve and Beyond, which was a collection of songs with vocals all of which either appeared in the film (if only in the closing credits), or were "inspired by" the film. The latter includes some lovely indie rock, folk, etc., by people ranging from The Decemberists to Taylor Swift (with many critics noting the latter's tracks were more interesting and "mature" than some of her previous releases), and was overall critically well-received. However, its Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition was little more than shameless marketing: the only new content you get is a download code (!) for a single bonus song, "Lullaby"; everything else is feelies, but they consist only of "nine collector's cards" (which are really just little more than a nine-piece double-sided puzzle of two of the movie poster designs), and a not-so-exclusive poster, which though nice, is both a common promo poster design andprinted on the back of the song guide. Which does not have lyrics included, and which by default means it is not a standard poster size, either. Luckily, said "special edition" is only a few bucks more.
- King Crimson'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 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 Sides, 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 Self-Titled Album 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 Live Album), and a copy of Ableton Live 9 Lite including tutorials and interactive sessions for three of the album's songs.
- My Chemical Romance's fourth album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys 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.
- The Walt Disney Records Legacy Collection re-releases classic Disney movies' soundtracks with digibook packaging, and bonus discs containing such extra material as deleted songs and demo recordings. Sometimes, the soundtracks themselves also contain pieces of film score that Disney left off of earlier releases.
- Certain machines of the Star Wars Episode I 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 Williams Electronics.
- Stern's TRON: Legacy 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 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 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, 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 The Lord of the Rings 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 Doctor Who: 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, Stern Pinball and Pinball Sales auctioned off 40 "Platinum Edition" Monopoly games for the nonprofit charity Boundless Playground. These tables had chrome trimmings signed by Pat Lawlor, John Youssi, 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 Stern Pinball's NFL, which was available only in one of nineteen team-specific variations,note with no "generic" base game.
- Stern's 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 In Name Only version for home markets.
- Zigzagged in Jersey Jack Pinball's The Wizard of Oz, 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 NASCAR pinball was rethemed as Dale Jr., a limited-edition version commemorating racecar driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., with only 600 tables made.
- 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, 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, Stern Pinball released the 2014 "Luci" Preimum Edition, an updated version of the Premium table with new backglass and cabinet art centered around a Horny Devil girl.
- 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.
- Stern Pinball's 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.
- 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 Full Throttle, 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 Heighway Pinball has plans to sell most of the components separately so "standard" owners can upgrade their tables.
- Customized versions of Sega Pinball's Baywatch were given to David Hasselhoff and the series' producers. These machines included some voice clips not present in commercial tables, including R-rated language and various Inside Jokes.
- In addition to the basic table, 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 The Walking Dead 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 Black Knight 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.
- Williams Electronics' 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.
- Austin Powers:
- 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 Stern Pinball CEO Gary Stern.
- While Dutch Pinball's The Big Lebowski does not include a separate special edition, early purchasers will receive a Lebowski-themed rug (complete with bowling references) that can be placed under the game.
- Stern's 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.
- Game of Thrones 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.
- 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.
- Shadowgirls Season 1 has two hardcover versions available: Regular and Artist Edition. The latter comes with a sketch card and a page of original artwork.
- Sinfest: widescreen edition ("Catch all the crucial details that were cut out—which is why so many episodes made no sense!"). And Sinfest DVD ("parental ADVISORY: explicit shit").
- A parody occurs in webcomics that use a "Gold Foil Embossed Collector's Edition" as a Filler Strip. These editions reissue Comic #1 by reducing the colors to a few shades of yellow. Examples include 8-Bit Theater (link) and Square Root of Minus Garfield (link).
- Oglaf: There are two editions of "Book One". The regular edition, and a 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.
- When Classic Game Room 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.
- Oedipus In My Inventory 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...
- Within a span of several years, Warner Bros. released the Looney Tunes 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 Vanilla Edition 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 Vanilla Edition DVDs, The Powerpuff Girls eventually a massive boxset covering the entire series as well as loads of extras and even gathering all of the commercial bumpers.
- Both of Shout! Factory's releases of the Sunbow series of both G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and The Transformers 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.
- Transformers: The Movie 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 Peanuts Deluxe Holiday Collection: Ultimate Collector's Edition? A Charlie Brown Christmas, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, 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 Invader Zim 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 Masters of the Universe toys brought forth a 22-disc DVD box set containing the complete series of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) and its reboot, 10 fan-selected episodes from The New Adventures of He-Man, 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: The Real Ghostbusters. 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 Animated Music Video set to a cover of the Ray Parker, Jr. theme tune, and which looked a little more like the movie than the finished series.
- Very common on 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 George Carlin: 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.