Warner Bros. to Scrap WWE DVD ‘Digipaks’ in USA, Take Over Home Video Distribution in Canada

May 4, 2018 by Daniel Bee

WWE DVDs will officially return to Canada on June 5th with the release of WrestleMania 34.

After several weeks of speculation surrounding the WWE DVD drought for Canadian fans, it can now be confirmed that WWE was indeed in the middle of switching Home Video distributors. From the WrestleMania DVD onwards Warner Bros. will now distribute WWE content in Canada.

Following WrestleMania 34 will be “Randy Savage Unreleased: The Unseen Matches of the Macho Man” on June 12th. As of now there is no word on the missing WWE DVDs in between – namely “RAW 25th Anniversary”, “Double Feature: Elimination Chamber & Fastlane 2018” and “Twist of Fate: The Best of The Hardy Boyz” – but the release strategy will become clear soon.

Warner Bros. to Take Over WWE Home Video Distribution in Canada


Warner Bros., for those unaware, have been the distributors of WWE Home Entertainment content in the United States since 2015 — but it wasn’t until this year’s Royal Rumble that the Warner Bros. logo started appearing on the box and disc artwork of WWE DVD titles.

A change in packaging style has also been observed since that point, specifically with April’s “RAW 25th Anniversary” DVD. The 3-disc sets have historically been produced with fold-out packaging known as Digipaks but “RAW 25” was instead housed in a more standard keep case with a slipcover.

WrestlingDVDNetwork.com has learned that the current plan is for the new packaging style to apply to all WWE DVD releases in North America moving forward, including WrestleMania 34.

A Digipak will however be produced for the UK’s WrestleMania DVD this year. The licensee for WWE DVDs and Blu-rays in Europe remains as FremantleMedia.

WWE 'Twist of Fate: Best of Hardy Boyz' DVD - Front Cover with Alternate Artwork

The “Twist of Fate: The Best of the Hardy Boyz” DVD that hit stores this week was also produced in this packaging style and not a Digipak. Inside this slimmer case is an insert listing the full content (which the “RAW 25” DVD did not have) and a single holder for all three discs, which is also new.

With a special thanks to WDN reader “TribeFan1988” check out photos of the Best Buy exclusive which features alternate cover artwork. As shown in the pics the artwork appears on a slipcover, whereas the standard version of the Hardy Boyz DVD does not have a slipcover.

WWE 'Twist of Fate: Best of Hardy Boyz' DVD - Photos, Best Buy Exclusive Slipcover
WWE 'Twist of Fate: Best of Hardy Boyz' DVD - Photos, Best Buy Exclusive Slipcover

TWIST OF FATE: THE BEST OF THE HARDY BOYZ

Team Xtreme was the hottest team of the early 2000s, before they parted ways and each achieved individual superstardom. Now, almost a decade since they left WWE, The Hardy Boyz are back and better than ever.

Relive the very best of The Hardy Boyz, from early days with Lita to their singles championship reigns, all the way up to their shocking return and championship victory at WrestleMania. This is the best of Matt and Jeff, The Hardy Boyz.

REVEALED: Full Content Listing for WWE “Twist of Fate: The Best of the Hardy Boyz” DVD…

WWE 'Twist of Fate: Best of Hardy Boyz' DVD - Photos, Disc Artwork
WWE 'Twist of Fate: Best of Hardy Boyz' DVD - Photos, Disc Artwork


More artwork has just surfaced for WrestleMania 34 – the Home Video offering will be available to fans across the United States in less than 2 weeks! And despite the lack of WWE Blu-ray titles as of late WrestleMania will, as usual, be produced on Blu-ray format worldwide.

Click here to pre-order your copy of the WWE WrestleMania 34 Blu-ray.

The newly-revealed back cover design highlights the extras present on the Blu-ray which include the Kickoff Show matches, the RAW after ‘Mania, and moments from SmackDown Live after ‘Mania.

The artwork features action shots of several matches from WrestleMania 34 such as John Cena vs. The Undertaker, Nia Jax vs. Alexa Bliss, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle vs. Stephanie McMahon and Triple H, Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar, and there’s even a Nicholas sighting too!

WWE WrestleMania 34 Blu-ray - Full Front Cover Artwork
WWE WrestleMania 34 Blu-ray - Full Back Cover Artwork

 
Release Dates for the WWE WRESTLEMANIA 34 DVD where you are…

 
USA: May 15th. Pre-order WrestleMania on DVD or Blu-ray right now here on Amazon.com.

Australia: May 23rd. Your WrestleMania DVD pre-order is now live at Madman.com.au.

UK/Europe: June 4th. Pre-order the WrestleMania DVD or Blu-ray now on Amazon.co.uk.
 


You’ve waited long enough.

We’re pleased to report “Randy Savage Unreleased: The Unseen Matches of the Macho Man” is now available to order in the United States, and you can do so clicking here to Amazon.com.

Lock in a pre-order for $18.77 and receive this anticipated collection 25 days from now!


ANTHOLOGIES ON AUCTION: Coming up Monday eBay seller “dominicksparents” is auctioning off all four of the WWE Anthology DVD box sets cheap; WrestleMania, Royal Rumble, SummerSlam and Survivor Series!

$15.50WrestleMania Anthology (1985-2006) Box Set
$31.01Royal Rumble Anthology Box Set
$9.50SummerSlam Anthology Box Set
$0.99Survivor Series Anthology Vol. 1 & 2 DVDs

WWE WrestleMania Anthology 1985-2006 DVD Box Set On Display

 




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26 Comments left on this article...

  1. RabidHeat says:

    “And will Undertaker show up to accept the challenge if John Cena?”

    I don’t understand why they phrase this as a question when there’s a photo from the match taking place to the side of it. I know everyone knows the match happened and I’m not saying it’s a spoiler, but why ask and answer your own question in the synopsis? ‘Taker is even on the front cover. They should just say “Undertaker returns to accept the challenge of John Cena” if they’re going to include a screenshot of the match anyway.

    • LP1 says:

      They do that a lot. There’s been several PPV DVD releases where they ask if someone will win or if someone will retain their title and there’s a picture of that person raising the belt after the match right next to the synopsis. It makes no sense.

    • LP1 says:

      Look at all the downvotes. Must be a bunch of people that enjoy the illogical synopsis questions.

  2. Vincenzzzzzo says:

    I actually really like the new packaging a lot better. The digipak cardboard gets ruined after a while and the new packaging will help preserve the DVDs.

  3. Decky says:

    I hated digipacks. Almost impossible to keep mint no matter how careful you are. I’m nearly afraid to touch my DVD sets because of how delicate they are. Give me a plastic case and a nice slipcover any day of the week like we get here in the UK. I don’t like the DVD’s being stacked like the Canadian releases, though.

    • RabidHeat says:

      I agree for the most part, but the only thing that bothers me with the plastic Fremantle cases in the UK is ordering online (which is the only way I buy really as HMV prices are scandalous). There is nearly always a disc loose and partially scratched by the time it reaches me as there is a lot of room in those wide plastic cases for the disc to come loose from the plastic disc teeth holder part and bounce around during transit, with nothing inside to pad it out. At least that is avoided with digipaks.

      • Decky says:

        Try zoom co uk – they seem to be stocking WWE DVD lately. order as a guest and enter signup10 as a discount code everytime for 10% off.

  4. Johnny W. says:

    Well friends, I think this is it for me. Never thought I would say that, but with the death of digipacks, limited blu rays, and the Network era in full swing, I really just don’t see any reason to collect anymore. The beautiful digipaks were really the only reason I was still in the game at this point. But with them gone, this is a real kick in the gut and I doubt I will get many more DVDs unless it is a truly special release. There is now truly zero benefit for DVD over Blu-ray. The digipaks were the only thing that made them worth it. Three discs on top of each other is really insulting.

  5. andemoine winrow says:

    They need to start recording these events in ‘ULTRA’ high definition a.k.a ‘SUPER’ high definition.

    • LP1 says:

      I agree, but I highly doubt that’s going to be happening any time soon for a few reasons. 1, they don’t even bother selling BDs let alone selling 4K-UHD discs. 2, even if they recorded their shows in UHD, they have no place to air them. The WWE Network, USA Network and all of the other stations that air their shows do not broadcast in 4K. Again, I like the idea, but don’t see it happening.

    • Robin Persaud says:

      LP1 hit the nail on the head.

      WWE Network is powered by the same tech behind MLB network…and WWE Network is limited to 720p content at this time.

      WWE cameras and production equipment are optimized and targeted toward 1080i.

      Moving to UHD (2160p) would require new cameras, lighting, production equipment, software, computing power, network disk storage, etc etc. Unfortunately, won’t happen anytime soon.

  6. dsd says:

    standard definition is junk anyway

    • Robin Persaud says:

      Agreed dsd, but beggars can’t be choosers (they don’t even offer us blu-ray HD or Digital HD via iTunes!). I hope someone from WWE is reading this…give us the discs in HD (blu-ray) or DVD+Digital HD (iTunes preferred, UltraViolet would also work).

      • LP1 says:

        Not sure what you mean. WWE has been selling releases in Digital HD for years. iTunes, Amazon and Vudu have them.

        • Robin Persaud says:

          LP1 – they do, but not with any form of physical media (think “blu-ray combo pack”).

          Those still purchasing DVDs (me!) would love the option to have DVD+Digital HD or BD+Digital HD.

          I have been let down by my purchased digital content going away due to licensing issues (“CinemaNow” died in Canada 1.5 years ago…and I lost purchased movies. Flixster Video, Sony, WB, Universal etc are giving me the run-around).

  7. MikeS_87 says:

    I’ve missed the digipaks since they stopped doing them here in the UK. I’ve never been a fan of the cases they’ve used since then but I will say that they’re a far better option than having a case where all three discs are stacked on top of each other like that. Terrible idea.

    • whut says:

      absolutely agree. just stacking them over each other seems like a recipe for disaster (= scratched discs).

      • David says:

        I recall the last time they had a packaging like this was Tombstone: History of the Undertaker with all 3 discs stacked in a single case. At least for this one and others going forward they could have the style case that has the flipper that houses disc 1 and disc 2 right behind with disc 3 in its own hub. I believe thats what they did with RAW 25th Anniversary.

    • RabidHeat says:

      Do you not find your Fremantle discs become loose in the post and scratch though? Mine always do.

  8. whut says:

    so the US/CA releases have finally “caught up” and look just as bad as the UK/EU/AU ones (all of which had already gone to keepcases instead of digipaks).

    the little (of course somewhat sad) upside is that now I don’t need to import ntsc dvds anymore (which I did because I prefered the more elaborate artwork of the digipaks).

  9. Robin Persaud says:

    I’m torn. Digipacks are BEAUTIFUL and give the appearance of a high-end product, but are *fragile* – I rarely get one from WWEShop.com that is in perfect condition. Always get slanted spines or dings on each corner (am in Canada).

    A standard DVD keep case does not have this problem, and will look like all my other DVDs. BUT…I am sure that WB will use eco cases that are light and feel ‘cheap’.

    I could understand the move if the product were a blu-ray disc (HD!)…but recent WB DVD releases have been very…basic looking.

    • Brandi says:

      I have to agree. While the Digipacks are gorgeous and make buying the DVD’s even more exciting they are also a little bit of a pain in the butt. They damage fairly easily, they don’t stand upright very well and the spines are always slanted and uneven. My Jeff Hardy My Life My Rules set is one of those Digipacks that is just becoming damaged beyond my control despite me trying to keep it in good shape.

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