King Arthur Limited Box (Korea)
written by Juice / photos by Juice
Here we have one of the oddest limited edition packages coming from Korea,
the King Arthur LE Extended Unrated Director's Cut (DTS). Is this another
press release kit that is being sold? Let's find out.
King Arthur is engraved on the riveted plaque, which is very nice. I suppose you could say that the
style of the watch holder resembles chain mail armor. A stretch, but I'm guessing that is what the
box designers were going for.
|The King Arthur LE was at first thought to be a
fake when posted online. Images showed a boxed set with what appeared to be a can that held pens
and pencils in it, and it was rumored that the edition came with a watch. Obviously both items
have absolutely nothing to do with the movie, so why in the world would a studio create and ok the
release of an edition like this? Who knows, but it turns out the edition is real, and it's not
all that bad!
When you get your King Arthur box, you'll be surprised to see that it's fairly large.
It comes in an oversized box that opens on the side, and is constructed out of thick, sturdy stock
paper. The window in the front allows about a 1/3 of the watch holder to be exposed, sticking out
from the box itself.
The side of the box shows a dreaded sticker, that appears to have to be broken in order to get into
the box. I got an exacto knife and carefully peeled it back from the box without any damage. The
other side simply has text info about the movie, confirming it is the directors cut and is the
"extended unrated version". The back showcases King Arthurs shield and seal, and a couple of
quotes about the movie.
|Opening the box up, we are presented with a
nice spread which was the publicity shot for the movie. It is printed also on a nice, thick
stock paper, and separates each side of the box into it's own compartment.
Opening the left side, you can see the back of the watch holder, which slides out well,
and is fitted nicely into it's slot. Quotes and lines from the movie adorn the inside of
the flap which exposed the watch holder.
Surprise surprise! The watch is actually quite nice. The bottom of the watch tin slides out,
and the watch itself is on a small stand allowing it to stand freely when out of the watch
holder itself. The watch has a picture of King Arthur on it with is billowing red cape
behind him, and has "King Arthur" written across. It's a nice metal watch with a black
leather band. Not something I'd wear, but much nicer than I'd expected. The base of the
stand is a black felt, which makes it a slick looking package when displayed.
Opening the right side of the box, we find the DVD and a custom made King Arthur notebook.
The notebook is a nice black notebook, filled with blank pages and has a green strip of clothe
to be used as a bookmark. This further solidifies my theory that this package was to be given
out to press or the like. The DVD is a 1 disc set in a slipcase, but again we see an annoying
studio sticker which must be broken in order to get into the disc. I used my knife to peel it
back without any damage.
Wow, what an odd but solid limited edition. I'm not sure what the run on this is, but
it's still readily available online if you do some searching. The box, watch, and watchcase
are all higher quality than I expected. This is an LE that won't disappoint you if you get
it at it's original price.
- Juice's Verdict -
- Build Quality: 8 -
Again, the box itself is quite sturdy, a far cry
from the pitiful Hellraiser box which could be crushed by this one. The metal watchcase is nice
and strong, the watch itself is not a cheap, plastic one, and the interior folds and build quality
is on point. A good LE that won't fall apart after time.
- Content and Extras: 8 -
Hard to beat getting a watch with it's on showcase,
but the only other extra is a notebook thatís...well...blank.
- Overall Rating: 8 -
For the original price of release, this LE is
worth it, and will make a nice addition to your shelf. I've had many people ask to look at it
when I open my DVD bookcase, and they're all surprised and pleased with the watch thatís included.
That appears to be the big selling point. I'm still not sure why the studio decided to put a watch in
this LE, but hey, it works!
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