Those looking to pick up the DVD version of the genre-flick (ghost story/horror) at Amazon.com may have noticed the fact there is no cover art on display. The Blu-ray version still has the art, which features Murphy lying in a bathtub with a dead look on her face and a limp arm draped over the tub’s edge. Murphy reportedly died after collapsing from a heart attack in the shower.
So far, as of this writing, there are only 4 Blu-Rays in stock at Amazon. They say “more on the way,” but you can bet the studio will change the cover art by then, plus the discs won’t be coming back in stock any time soon. The art will have to be redesigned and remanufactured. It looks as though the discs themselves would have to be re-done as well. Here is an image of the actual DVD disc:
I think this will become one of the more collectible, out of print Blu-rays, after Criterion’s The Third Man, which is right now the only high-priced collectible DVD, because Criterion lost the rights to distribute it. There are not many out of print Blu-ray releases since the format’s debut a few years back, so this will become quite a rarity in the format.
Though DVD sales are declining as Blu-Ray gains momentum with the movie collecting public, this is a rare sort of recall, and the DVDs may become valuable soon, too. But my money is on the Blu-Ray gaining a stronger after-market price since there are so few rare, out of print or recalled BRs. If you think there are more collectible Blu-Rays than this one will turn out to be, I’m curious so do share…