Ok, I'm here to give an official warning:
They WILL release a better, more comprehensive version down the road.
If you don't want to wait for the Collector's Edition that probably won't come out for another year or two, then don't be indignant this time when you realize Sony double-dipped. They are always going to do that. It's been the trend for years now. It's a guarantee.
Be ready for it.
It doesn't really matter if one knows that a second release will happen or not. Consumers still have the right to complain. It means we have a choice between:
a) Buying the first release, and then later on missing out on newer special features/better packaging etc
Waiting for the second release, missing out on owning the film and being able to watch it at home for around 1-2 years.
c) Buy them both which is a good deal of money thrown towards Sony.
There is no perfect solution. I'm getting the CR collector's edition, and I already own two other copies (I got another when I bought the Ultimate Edition box set). If the collector's edition was released one or two months later, I'd hold out, but I'm not waiting two years. That's crazy.
I don't feel crazy. CR rose to the top of my rankings, but I know my budget and I know my wife.
Plus, I personally cannot stand it when filmmakers don't even deign to provide any
form of commentary for the DVD (JAWS, I'm looking at you
). So, I rented a few times and watched online for the past couple years, and now I'm about to get the 3-disc edition. If another edition comes out later, the only thing that could make me buy again is a Craig/Green commentary or something like that.
It's certainly no sin to buy the first edition, and if all I wanted was the film itself, I'd have gotten it, too. But I just posted that little disclaimer for the sake of those who seemed to be shocked and offended that Sony released a more souped-up DVD. They did it for CR, most studios have done it for every big film for 8 years-- They'll do it again this time.