Pretty Packaging: Arrow's New HELLRAISER Boxset Is Bloody Stylish

Editor, Europe; Rotterdam, The Netherlands (@ardvark23)
(Maybe I should have put a comma between "bloody" and "stylish", because DAY-AMN...)

Clive Barker's 1987 horror film Hellraiser does not lack for home releases. In fact, some of the past DVD-editions have had gobsmackingly awesome packaging, with the franchise's infamous "lament" puzzle-box having been recreated in cardboard, and sometimes even in plastic.

So I was a bit surprised when earlier this year, UK distributor Arrow announced they would focus on a new home release of Hellraiser, and indeed would create a bells-and-whistles boxset of the first three films in the series, called "The Scarlet Box". New 2K Blu-ray transfers for all three films, booklets, artwork, and tons of extras... the works!

Surprised I may have been, but Arrow has been on a roll for the past few years, so I was quick to pre-order. And a good thing that was too, as "The Scarlet Box" sold out quickly. I still see them being sold on-line, but for three times the amount I paid for it. Phew...

Yesterday, my friendly neighbourhood postman delivered the package, and it looked as great as I had hoped. The absence of a physical puzzle-box is perhaps to be lamented (pun intended), but that doesn't mean this release is a straggler.
So here is a closer look at the packaging job Arrow did, by way of a gallery of shots. Click on the edge of the pictures to scroll through them, or at the center of each to see a bigger version.

And here it is: "The Scarlet Box", adorned by everyone's favorite cenobite Pinhead, courtesy of artwork by artist Gilles Vranckx.

Note that the boxset comes with a wrapper, and all BBFC ratings and such are on the wrapper, not the box itself. Which makes me happy.

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