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« on: May 05, 2007, 03:14:35 AM »

am I the only one that can't stand when movies get new art? this is what I mean:









someone end the madness!!! Sometimes when I see the new DVD I think it's a remake or a totally different movie. The TCM 2 DVD looks like it's trying to be a SAW sequel. It's like they're messing with our fond memories of the classics with this fascist "update everything" mentality
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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2007, 06:24:01 AM »

 WOW! I never seen the original Humanoids from the Deep poster! Nor did I know it was called MONSTER in the UK ( untill I just looked up that info on imdb! )Karma for you!Cool!
 And I agree...not so much because it is confusing...but the original artwork is so much better,than the bland,airbrush type art in  movie ads of today.
Look at the WWonWheels box! Cool werewolf,carrying a half dressed babe (who is holding onto a skull!),coiled by a snake!
The bike is fixing to cruise over a human speed bump,with devil worshippers in the backround! GENUIS!
 I draw,and I usually try to put as much outragous details crammed into each picture...because it gives you something to look at...to roll around the eyeballs.  Buggedout
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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2007, 08:38:49 AM »

Aren't you sort of comparing apples to oranges here?

One is a theatrical poster the other is for a video release.  Thus there has been no "change" in art, rather the type of art used is just different, and with good reason.  The needs of a theatrical poster are much different than the needs of a video cover.  The theatrical poster, once upon a time, had to serve as admat and lure.  That meant the artist had to tell a story with the picture (not always a true story) that would make people decide to purchase a ticket.

Too, and here's something you may not have thought about, are issues of copyright.  The art on those posters may hvae reverted to the artist after a period of time.  Or the rights given by the artist may not have covered other uses.

Besides issues of copyright the video cover serves a different purpose.  It's not as important to tell a story pictoglyphically as it is to have a lurid cover jacket that makes the person walking by curious enough to pick up the video.  The real selling point of rentals were usually the text and screen caps on the rear of the dust jacket, thus the video jacket really should be considered as a whole, not merely as a poster.  Because it's not a poster.

Just my two cents.

That said I agree that some video cover art is just awful looking.  Even more mind boggling is the fact there are even some video covers that used art far more interesting than what was originally used on the posters!  It's what makes collecting these items fun.
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« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2007, 10:11:16 AM »

 I suppose...but the apples STILL are cooler! Smile
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« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2007, 12:51:17 PM »

I was starting to think about the copyright right after I posted this but then I remembered some of these movies still have the original art as an insert in the DVD or even as an extra in the DVD's photo gallery section. I think it mostly has to do with trying to attract modern audiences cause a lot of VHS tapes before still carried the same movie poster. Now with DVDs in a new era, people want some bland computerjob instead of "out dated art". I bet people thought the TCM 2 DVD was a sequel to the prequel, it's like they're trying to mislead people.  Buggedout
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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2007, 01:11:35 PM »

It has a good bit to do with displaying the product in retail stores. In Wal-mart, for example, if someone complains about the cover of a DVD because they feel it is inappropriate for children, or the dept. manager feels this way, every copy can be pulled, or not even make it to the shelf. It is trying to keep product in retail space so it will sell.
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« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2007, 01:13:43 PM »

Definitely agree with the sentiment the classic poster art is superior. I think this trend just reflects the ridiculous and PLAIN FALSE notion that today's computer generated stuff is somehow superior to the old methods. This is also true of films. CGI to me to this day is completely inferior to any and all old methods (including puppetry, suitmation, stop motion FX ,etc.). Bad CGI tends to be out there right in the open for all to see with its lack of mass, lack of realism and video game mentality. Art done on a computer too doesn't beat out the energy and expression that often went into creating a film poster by hand.
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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2007, 12:00:56 AM »

In my fantasy world, you would have the option to order poster art from the DVD producers' websites to replace the sale box versions. Seriously, I'd like nothing better than to get some of the great European or Thai poster arts on my DVD shelf!


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