07:17:10 PM Jun 26th 2013
I get a bit of a feeling that this should be a Trivia entry. Thoughts?
02:17:46 PM Aug 23rd 2017
Agreed. Same with Pre-Order Bonus.
03:34:26 PM Sep 28th 2010
So I streamlined the page and took out a bunch of examples that didn't seem to fit. I've pasted them wholesale below with reasoning.
- And don't forget to buy the Superbit version — which is a Vanilla Edition that uses the disc space the bonus features would have taken up for improved sound and picture quality.
- The DVD release of Last of the Mohicans is controversial because the Theatrical Cut was suppressed at Michael Mann's request, despite the existence of a superior Dolby/widescreen VHS edition which is already an example of the trope. Fans complained that the 1999 "director's cut" actually removed scenes, music and dialogue while adding others. Sound design was altered, with stock snippets used to pad out the footage; character scenes were removed, and action scenes put back in (along with one good speech) but due to the volume of cuts, the overall length did not change much. To this day, the theatrical cut is only available on VHS or in Europe.
- The Decemberists' album, The Crane Wife, has four different editions with non-overlapping sets of bonus tracks. This means if you want to hear all 14 tracks, you need to buy the album three times. (And god forbid you bought the edition with no bonus tracks at all...).
- Pop-punk band Paramore did this with their latest album, RIOT! - to get all the bonus tracks, you had to purchase the album four times: from Hot Topic, Best Buy, FYE, and iTunes.
- Stephen King's The Stand is literally a "Complete And Uncut Edition", re-released in 1991 and still published with that title, that is an extra 500 pages long, which is how most people read it today.
- Want the full version of the Across the Universe soundtrack? You'll have to get it at Best Buy or iTunes. Otherwise, you'll end up missing two of the tracks even on the two-disc edition.
- A more recent trend is record labels re-releasing albums with a new single and 2-3 other new tracks to make diehard fans buy the album twice instead of making an EP release. Rihanna, Backstreet Boys and Mariah Carey have all done this.
- This trope was also one of the reasons Trent Reznor broke from his label interscope; the album Year Zero had an extra heat-sensitive coating on it so that it would change as it got hot in the CD player. Not only did Reznor pay for this himself (all 83 cents per CD of it), the label advertised the heat-change (which was supposed to be an Easter Egg) and took it as an excuse to tack $10 onto the price in Australia. Dick move, to say the least.
- Subversion: want the latest album by Metallica in the highest quality? Well, you're going to have to steal it.
- Halo 2: Despite the better version being billed as "Limited," brand new copies of it are still readily available on eBay, 2½ years after the game's release.
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, for a limited time, came in gold colored "Collector's Edition" cartridges mainly as a pre-order bonus, then Nintendo also released standard gray cartridges at launch for those who didn't pre-order. What's the difference between the two? Other than some markings and chanting removed due to offending a religion and Ganondorf coughing up green blood instead of red, it's purely cosmetic between the cartridges.
- Actually, some might argue that the gold editions are better than the later releases, because you can do a buttload more glitches on the gold edition than the grey. This troper owns two gold and one grey cartridge and gold looks better.
- Majora's Mask also came in both a "Collector's Edition" cartridge, mainly as a pre-order bonus, as well as a standard cartridge. Both versions in this case were gold cartridges though. What set them apart was that the "Collector's Edition" had a lenticular sticker label, while the normal cartridge had a traditional sticker label. Ironically, in this case the "Collector's Edition" cartridges were so massively produced for pre-orders that the standard cartridge is actually more difficult to find.
- And while we're on the subject of Zelda, Nintendo also offered copies of a Zelda Collection Disc for the Gamecube which contained the NES Zelda games, Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask for a limited time. To get them, you had to have registered an account on Nintendo's website and register 3 PIN numbers from any games you bought that came with them. This means you have to have spent at least $150 more or less just to get a collection of 4 games. Of course as soon as these copies were sent out, they started to appear in Gamestop and the like from previous owners, selling for around $50 or less.
- Or just buy them used in a Gamestop store later on.
- Of course, if you're the type of Nintendo fan that really cares enough about the Zelda Collection Disc or whatever, you'd probably buy three Nintendo games within a relatively short period of time anyway.
- The Collection Disc was also part of a 'Cube bundle.
- It was also offered as an incentive to renew a subscription to Nintendo Power (a $19.99 value, so quite a bit better of a deal...)
- About 6 months after Left 4 Dead was released, Valve put on the market a "Game of the Year Edition" of the game, which was just basically Survival mode tacked on plus all the updates and patches at the time of the release. Luckily for PC owners, you could just update through Steam itself, which is how most people got the extra mode.
- Valve do this regularly, with varying degrees of awesome. Case in Point: Game of the Year edition of Half-Life 2 came bundled with Half-life Source, Counter Strike, and Day of Defeat Source.
- There was also, at least in France, a pack containing Half-Life, the Opposing Force extension, and a shirt.
- Rather than doing New Play Control rereleases for the first two Metroid Prime games in the West, Nintendo decided to pack them in with Metroid Prime 3 on one disc as the Metroid Prime Trilogy Collector's Edition, with Metroid Prime 3's controls and a token system going across all 3 games, in a metal case, for $50.
- Not bad, given that all three games cost 50-60$ each during their respective individual releases.
02:08:23 PM Mar 8th 2010
I deleted this:
- There's the Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum Edition, which included both the broadcast and director's cut versions of all 26 episodes, a somewhat poorly translated booklet containing episode guides, character bios, and angel data, and a rather nice-looking aluminium case.