- Dec 28, 2017
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One of the World's Worst actors.Any fellow Van Damme fans out there?
I've been meaning to do a set for the Van Damme films for a few years, and it proved to be quite an undertaking. The man has done a whopping 48 feature films, not counting every cameo and voice work etc. I never knew there were so many until I started picking the Blus from my shelves and piled them up. They are presented here in release date order (to the best of my knowledge).
I started with his post-Legionnaire (1988) films because I was very curious to see what artwork would be available for his second tier output. As it turns out, the latter era was the most fun to work on, as there were so many different pieces of art used for the world wide releases of his direct-to-video films. It was a fun journey of discovery on Google, and more often than not I was spoilt for choice. Not so with his older, cinematic output. I found the choices to be far more limiting there. Even if there were alternatives available, sometimes a particular poster was so closely associated with a film (at least to me), that I went with the obvious choice (see Cyborg, Lionheart, TimeCop, The Bouncer). While I took major liberties with many of the posters, often combining several different pieces of artwork or changing things around, I never invented something out of whole cloth. Every piece of artwork has a basis in artwork used for the films in one country or another.
As I've been doing lately, I left the specifics of extras and audio/video specs intentionally vague so people can pair these with whichever edition they may have. As far as I know, The Shepherd doesn't have a Blu release anywhere in the world, but I included it here anyway.
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Hard Target. Iconic poster, but I couldn't help myself from "elaborating" a bit with sparks and streaks. The regular blue background
was clashing with the rest of the cover, so I needed to tone it down anyway.
For Expendables 2, the choice to feature Van Damme front-and-center, and relegate the others to small credits, was more than a little tongue-in-cheek I generally tried to represent Van Dammes contribution honestly, which is why he is relatively modestly featured on the Dragon Eyes and UFO covers.
In Hell. That exploding car is nowhere to be found in the movie, but it was featured on one of the international posters and livened up the artwork a bit, so I left it in.
In the case of JCVD I found a discarded mock up from the advertising agency working on the film's publicity. I had to recreate it from a still from the film, but it was a lot of fun to do.
No Retreat No Surrender. I eschewed painted art and was left with very few alternatives. I wound up recreating a German poster for that one, but with major tweaks.
Kill 'em All. I'm not sure what the origin of that poster is, but it seems to be a fan made submission to a competition on Van Damme's Facebook page. I liked it a lot, rebuilt it from scratch in higher quality and pimped it with a new background.
On The Quest, I made a point of giving Roger Moore over-the-title billing, which he was promised but never received