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NOTE: Atlantic recently updated their sleeves, so I have modified my original review to reflect the improvement.
I couldn’t find my big concern addressed on the web: “Do I have to crease the cover art to get it to fit?” If that’s isn’t a concern of yours, buy the sleeves, you be glad you did. If you don’t want to fold the art here are the facts.
FACT: Yes, you will have to crease the sleeve art. If you don’t actually crease the fold, when you insert the art into the Atlantic sleeve it will bubble and not lay perfectly flat. That said, you can do a “soft crease” but the display is less desirable. But don’t despair, read on.
GOOD: By being stored in the DVD clam shell, the DVD paper cover art insert is actually already more creased than you would think. So it’s very simple to follow the natural BACK crease of the sleeve. (This will put the movie title on the spine facing forward.) But I still had to see if I had destroyed my cover art — so I returned it back to the DVD case, flipped it over, and looked at the crease. Wow! The crease is almost unnoticeable. (By that I mean, no one will even see it unless they are directly looking for it.) With the light reflection, it’s seriously almost undetectable.
THE TIGHT FIT FIXED!!: Previous versions of the Atlantic sleeve were just too tight. That sometimes even required cutting the art or folding down the middle of the side spine — BAD. But now Atlantic has updated the sleeves, making them a tad wider, and now they work great! Just make sure you get the box with the “Green Lantern” movie on the cover packaging, and NOT the “Lost” movie — those are the old thinner ones. Fold your art and slip it in the plastic sleeve. You’re off to the races.
THE NOT SO GREAT: Now sometimes DVDs do come in different packaging, and some DVD cases just wont work. The cardboard cover sleeve art (those less-typical boxes with the “clasp” lock on the front and cardboard box for the shell) will simply have to be cut apart to fit. Any large DVD sets (i.e. 3 disc sets) with thick spines, will have to be creased in the middle of those spines. And probably you’ll have to put your TV boxes into storage or you’ll have to totally destroy them to get them to fit. (Though there are websites where you can download DVD cover art if you just want to print off your own sleeve.) But None of this should really be a surprise, I mean, dimensions are dimensions. Still, 80% of cases work great.
SUMMARY: The updated sleeves work well, are affordable, and save major, major space. Definite winner.
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If you are a little OCD about your case inserts, you’ll not want to use these for DVDs. Getting DVD cover art into the main sleeve requires folding the insert exactly in half, creating a crease down the middle of the spine. However, for Blu-rays the size is perfect, allowing the crease to run along one of the pre-existing ones created by the case. Most will prefer folding the insert so the spine is showing with the front cover, as this allows you to store the movie on a shelf as normal yet still read the titles on the spine as you flip through the stacks.
I was fortunate to run across a number of these packs on a clearance table, but even at regular price they are worth the price. For a time I was afraid Target stopped carrying them, but then they showed up again, though it’s likely I’m solely responsible for turning over their stock.
UPDATE: After reading Joel D. Main’s update in his own review of the product, I can verify Atlantic has made a slight increase to the width of the sleeves. However, the sleeves could still stand to be a little wider.
By my measurements, the sleeve interior width is now 5-9/16 inches. Many of the DVD cover inserts start at 5-5/8 inches wide from the left edge of the spine to the right edge of the cover insert. So basically, the interior width is 1/16 of an inch short. Though this means I have to create a new fold slightly inside the spine area in most cases, I can live with it as it’s less laborious and destructive than trimming, I can still read the spine, and I’m meeting my ultimate goal of saving space. Re-inserting the cover art into a DVD case if I ever want to sell the title is also not a concern, as in most cases re-sellers like Amazon, Best Buy or local used media shops will only be interested in having an intact barcode.
Also, Target once again put the sleeves on clearance, which doesn’t bode well for continued local supply, though it did net me a good deal.
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