Firstly, I'm not faulting the music. It's New Order, they're brilliant, but then you knew that.
The packaging, as ever, is by Peter Savile. Need I say more?
The reason this box-set fails is that they handed it over to others to compile. I can see the point in that, but the over-riding impression is one of laziness. If 4 people are going to compile a box-set, it might be an idea for them to speak to each other. That way we might not have had 3 versions each of Fine Time,Crystal,Regret,Perfect Kiss*,Elegia*,Temptation*(*if you have the 5CD version).
There are some excellent box-sets around, and NO need have looked no further than the excellent Heart and Soul for how to compile a box-set. I appreciate that JD's catalogue is smaller, but it's clear that more thought went into it. The Bunnymen's Crystal Days is another example of a box-set compiled with the hardcore fan in mind.
And there's no need for a live CD. New Order are not at their best live, they never have been, and this is not enhanced by a CD of bootleg-quality recordings. Live albums are rubbish at the best of times (OK, tell me a good live album then), and the inclusion of this disc is, well, a waste of a disc.
In short it's a rip off. The first 2 discs are OK, if a little disjointed, the club disc is hit-and-miss, and the live disc is just awful. I don't know who Alan Wise is, but you obviously had to be there. Why is this included on a New Order box-set? Actually, it's entirely in keeping with the shodiness of the whole thing. The bonus disc is the most interesting, and was apparently included as a concession to the like of me, who thought they hadn't included enough rare material.
New Order's music is great, but they have done their catalogue no justice here.