Star Trek: TMP dvd cover art

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  1. MattHR

    MattHR Screenwriter

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    Paramount has once again altered the artwork for a dvd cover. This time it's "Star Trek: TMP". At first glance, it looks identical to the original art. Something about it was bugging me, so I compared it to my framed original one-sheet poster. The original PAINTINGS of the three characters' faces have been replaced with PHOTOGRAPHS of the actors. Even the image of the Enterprise has been altered. While seemingly not a major change, why did they bother? It reminds me of the "Star Wars: Ep. 1" dvd that Fox changed the painting of the characters to photos. Do the studios feel that consumers must see a PHOTO of the actors in order to recognize the product? It's such a shame to lose the original artwork. Most of the pre-1990's films had such beautiful artwork, so it's sad to see so many studios changing them for dvd.
     
  2. Nelson Au

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    The artist that did those poster illustrations is very good. I like his technique using chaulk. I have the same one sheet you refer to. I agree, it's a cool to see art from that era.
    But my take on it is possibly a subtle way to add that extra little umph to the release. If the film has been given that new coat of varnish, why not the art for the cover.
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  3. Neil S. Bulk

    Neil S. Bulk Screenwriter

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    The original was painted by Bob Peak , one of the greatest illustrators of for movie posters.
    The new DVD cover is based on Peaks design, but utilizes photos that he used as reference only. DVDFile had a whole article on the new poster design, but I can't find it.
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  4. Dave H

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    Keep in mind this isn't the original movie. It's a special edition, director's cut - given the changes that have been made, I think it's understandable to make some minor chages to the artwork.
    However, I think the art work looks great and am looking forward to seeing this Tuesday.
     
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    My understanding was that the poster art was updated to reflect the finishing touches that had been put on the film itself. Apparently, this is "what they wanted" for a poster all along. I'm sure I'm wrong, though.
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  6. Nelson Au

    Nelson Au Executive Producer

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    Neil-
    Thanks for the link to Bob Peak's site. I've admired his work but I hadn't realized he does more then movie posters.
    Too bad he's passed away.
    Nelson
     

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