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Friday, August 23, 2013

Infinite: She's Back (Limited Edition) Single Album Review

I ordered the limited edition of Infinite's She's Back Japanese single from "japanese high quality shop Your favorite commodity will always be found.," an individual seller from Amazon.com for just under $50.  It took about 4 business days to ship and arrived exactly 2 weeks after it had shipped despite estimated arrival time being 3.5 to 6.5 weeks.  While I'm satisfied about the early delivery, I'm so disappointed in the packaging.  My package arrived looking like it had been used as a football, creased and bent on all sides.
Inside, my album took up half of the box while the other half was lightly stuffed with one piece of newspaper, and that's it.  My album ended up with one squished exterior corner and three completely torn corners.  Everything I order is so precious to me, especially because this is worth $50, I really wanted a pristine copy.  I was so excited for my beloved package to arrive, but seeing the damage really dampened my mood while opening it.
While I'm disappointed in the way my package came, the overall design of She's Back is gorgeous.  The exterior has a white gloss finish with sequined blue and matte silver accents.  The cover is very simplistic yet the blue and silver make such an impact.  There is sadly no authentication sticker.
The album arrived in a clear plastic wrap with a  blue sticker listing the tracklist for both the CD and DVD, along with the original price.
The packaging is very similar to that of Infinite's Second Invasion concert DVD, except that She's Back is slightly smaller in width.  The front flap closes with two sturdy magnets at each end.
Inside, from top to bottom, is the beautiful A4 sized photocard (face down), some sticker with Japanese writing, the amazing photobook and lastly the CD and DVD at the bottom.  There is a satin ribbon underneath the photobook for you to easily take out all of the contents.
The photocard is of high quality and has a glossy finish on the back, matte finish on the front.  There are a total of 7 versions, each of a member having fun on the beach and includes a photocopied message written in Japanese and the member's autograph.  All of the members looked like they are having so much fun in their photos!  At first I was sad that I had received Woohyun's (his smile seems so different here), but I think I was only upset because of how awful the condition of my package was.  Even the top corners of my photocard are crinkled.  But thinking it over, I'm happy to have Woohyun's, especially because this is my first Woohyun photocard.
Here is a close up of the Japanese sticker, in case anyone was curious. Included is a web address, but when I tried to access the site, it says "page not found."
This photobook is absolutely gorgeous and is the absolute reason why anyone would pay much more for the limited edition.  It is super thick and is 180 full color pages of Infinite being Infinite.
This is kind of like a family summer vacation photo album, only better because it's of Infinite.  There are lots of photos of Infinite doing random things, and in between are two sets of individual profiles.
The first set (refer to the top image) has the member's name, position, birthdate and blood type, and includes the photocard image as well (which is why I'm not too upset for not getting another member's photocard).  The second set (refer to the bottom image) just includes the member's name and photos from the nature green photoshoot.
Towards the back are the lyrics to the songs.  It looks so cool seeing Infinite's lyrics published in such a big book.
My most favorite section of this photobook is at the back. Dongwoo, Woohyun, Hoya, Sungyeol and L took their own photos and each member has two pages of their own shots.  The bottom image shows L's spread.
Both discs are at the bottom of the packaging.  They are embedded into the bottom of the box with a foam wedge in the center.  The discs are safe and well stored because there is about one millimeter of space between the discs and the top of the blue surface where the photobook rests.  This single comes with three songs: the Japanese versions of "She's Back" and "Come Back Again" and a remix of the Korean "She's Back."  The remix isn't too different from the original but it does offer a new, yet still upbeat and fun vibe to it.  I love both the original and remix versions.  Below is the tracklist for both the CD and DVD, found on the first page of the photobook.
The DVD includes the promotional teaser and official music video of She's Back, along with the making of this album that is about 30 minutes long.  There are Japanese subtitles you can turn on or off. For the making of, there are Korean subtitles along with the name of the member speaking.  Despite not being able to understand Korean nor read Japanese, I still really enjoyed this DVD.  I was able to see Infinite as regular, everyday people in their street clothes, checking in at a hotel, having a ridiculous amount of fun on the beach...I almost felt a part of their fun.  The DVD also showed Infinite shooting their magical music video and photoshoot.

Overall, this limited edition album is a beautiful addition to any Inspirit's collection. But if you're only a fan of the music, I suggest buying the normal edition that just comes with a photobooklet.  

11 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review ^^ I was thinking hard whether to buy it or not since the making dvd came without eng sub. Btw, it is dvd region 2, right? Does it fit to other countries' dvd player? Thank you

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    1. Thank you for reading :) I'm sorry I forgot to mention the region! Yes, the dvd is only for region 2, so it can only play on region 2 dvd players or multiregion dvd players. It is a con that there are no eng subs, but it's still fun to see and the photobook is absolutely gorgeous :D

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  2. Thank you for the information:) seeing the pictures you've posted, I want that photobook~ will the dvd work on laptop?

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    1. No problem :) The dvd will only work if the laptop is for region 2. But I have a cheap dvd player that was originally region 1, but I changed it to make it region free. Sometimes the dvd player glitches now though...

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    2. oh okay thanks for telling me. it can be changed to region free? thanks for all the information. i really appreciate it:)

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    3. It's more like hacking the dvd player so I only recommend it if you don't treasure your dvd player...and online you can look up how to hack specific models of players. Hope you'll end up getting this album :D

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  3. Oh okay thank you~ yes I'm going to buy this album but I'm going back to my hostel next week so maybe I'll buy it when I'm there so it can be sent to my hostel address. Btw, do you have any SNS account? It'll be easier if I need to ask you something. Gomawo ^^

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    1. Yay I'm glad you're going to buy the album :) Do you have facebook? That'll probably be easiest, or else I also have iMessage.

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    2. Yes I have Facebook. What's your name on Facebook? Oh I don't have iMessage. Do you have twitter acc?

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    3. My fb name is Macey Wong with Chinese characters in parentheses. I have a twitter but I only use it to keep up with Infinite lol

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    4. Okay I've added you :) thank you so much~

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