Custom Cover Blu-Ray Custom Cover art thread

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  1. Fritz Nilsen

    Fritz Nilsen Second Unit

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    Much of the work I do I don't display in this thread because it is either not available to share, or just modifications of existing covers.

    I am often asked to use the existing foreign covers and anglificate them, as well as change from DVD to Blu-ray size. This is the sort of "unsung" efforts I spend a lot of time doing for clients.

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  2. Fritz Nilsen

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    Sometimes I'm asked to replicate specific covers for sentimental reasons. A client asked me to do these for Batman and Robocop, all of them based on the old UK VHS covers.

    Recreating old designs can be both fun and challenging as I have to find or recreate old logos and branding that never existed digitally. With these covers the client wanted to emphasise sentimental value over both consistency and accuracy. While I recreated some of these VHSes exactly, he wanted some of the elements removed for a cleaner look.

    As far as possible I try to get the exact same images for the photos on the backs, but for older films some of them plain don't exist on the 'net. That's when my extensive clipping files come in handy and I more often than not can find that particular image and scan it myself.

    Often the main headache is that of obtaining good reference for the old VHS covers. If I can find a cover online, most of the time it is too small for the text to be legible. I spend a lot of time trying to decipher text from the miniscule images. Recreating the text also requires me to do some detective work on fonts, but most of the time the old pre-DTP covers were done in easily available fonts. I've had to resort to vaguely similar alternatives from time to time, but that's not for lack of trying. :)

    I'm including the original VHS covers here for comparison.

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  3. Fritz Nilsen

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    Here's a recent one I did for Oliver! (Sorry, not available to share at this time.)
    The original Blu-ray cover was really atrocious. I am not hard to please when it comes to covers, but this was just "WTF were they thinking?" bad.

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    David Weicker Cinematographer

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    Fritz,I have to say, I like your version a whole lot better than the translated version I did.Its too bad that one isn't share-able.

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  5. Mike Frezon

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    +100 Great job!

    If that status ever changes, Fritz... :D

    I'm not always into the necessity of having custom covers...but, while Italian is kinda interesting I could go English and major-league improved images all in one fell swoop. :laugh:
     
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    I thought you guys might be interested in my own humble attempt to update the cover of the release of the 1972 Liza With a Z TV special:

    That's my little joke from this week's Weekly RoundUp. I thought you guys might appreciate the similarity between the covers.

    When I saw the design of the 3-D World War Z release, the Liza cover came immediately to mind. It seems so...obvious. It really makes me wonder if the designer of the cover of this week's release was influenced (subliminally or not) in any way by the iconic old Liza poster.

    C'mon... Even the helicopter and zombies practically parallel the tilt of Liza's body. :D
     
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    Now that WWZ is top of mind... does anyone have a cover that utilzes the above art (or the colour/blue sky version of same)? The "big brad" version on the regular 2D bluray is rather unappealing!

    Cheers!
     
  8. Fritz Nilsen

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    Some recent work:
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    Masters is of course a recreation of the UK VHS cover. I wash my hands of the wonky layout of the back :)

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    The Halloween cover is meant for the Canadian Alliance three-pack. This is available to share. PM me for link.

    And here's the final version of the Chucky Complete Collection:
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    That Master's of the Universe one is AWESOME!! I don't know if it will hold up once I see it again, but I sure loved it as a child.
     
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    Since we're in the Halloween mood... (Horror seems to bring out the custom cover urge in many fans.)
    I made a conversion of the 35th anniversary digibook into a regular US cover for a client.
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    Also, I recently made an English cover for the Japanese Happinet Blu-ray of Night of the Living Dead.
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    These were both made as commissions, but if there is interest I can enquire whether the client would like them shared or not.
     
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    We all like to complain about the big face covers, but not this one for Halloween. It works.
     
  12. Fritz Nilsen

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    VHS-inspired custom Blu-ray covers for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 and 2 (no 3, sorry).
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    My client would like these shared with forum members, so I'll be taking PMs as usual.
     
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    When I first posted this more than 6 months ago I promised "download options to follow shortly". Sorry about that folks, but we are now finally ready to announce these are available by PM.

    In collaboration with fellow Turtle enthusiast EastX I am proud to present the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cover collection.
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    Yes, Please! I picked this disc up recently and would love to have an English version of the cover.
     
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    The client says okay to share. PM me for a hook-up.
     
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    I've been commissioned to do a full set of Hitchcock Collection covers for the recently released Blu-ray set. My client has generously said that he wants these shared. Once the set is finished I'll announce their availability for anyone interested.

    Here are the first five, with two versions for Rear Window.
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    Those look great Fritz. And thanks to the client for sharing them.
     
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    Oh, how nice!
     
  19. Johnny Angell

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    Oh wow, these are great. Sure will be wanting them when they're available. I really like the first Rear Window, though I wish they hadn't labeled the windows. I know that was done for marketing purposes, but it mars the effect of the image. The blacked out window with the big X, what if they had just put the glow of a cigarette there?

    Edit: Meant to ask why does Harry look like he has no head? He didn't lose his head in the movie, did he? Been ages since I've seen it.
     
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    Those are awesome Fritz. And thanks to your client, I may have to buy some Blu-ray cases and learn the best way to print those instead of keeping them in their current packaging.
     

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