Do you know what I love about Paramount

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  1. Bart

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    They always (to my knowledge) use the original cover art on their DVD releases. While other companies continually ruin otherwise great cover art, Paramount always seems to use the originals. The reason I am bringing this up now is because I just had a look at the new Indiana Jones DVD covers and I think they're great (minus the name change for Raiders, of course).

    Bart
     
  2. Richard Waller

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    I've always thought the same thing. Give me original cover art over big heads any day.
     
  3. Tim Glover

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    agreed. [​IMG]
     
  4. Patrick McCart

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    Paramount usually has very tasteful covers.

    Top Secret! is a little bit photoshoppy, but the original poster IS kind of bland.
     
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    Have you seen the covers for Friday the 13th 5-8? They are horrible.
     
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    Yeah, when I saw the post, was gonna mention Top Secret! and Friday the 13th 5-8, The Conversation, and now Indiana Jones. I cant think of any others. Other than a handful, Paramount is a minor offender in this catagory. I'll forgive them as long as the keep putting out great transfers.

    MGM is the wost offender in the cover art department, but their disc content is top notch most of the time.
     
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    How true that has turned out to be - at least for Murphy's War -
    I have an older P&S VHS and what do I see but the identical cover art. Well, it does keep the cost down! ( I hope).







    Thems that die will be the lucky ones! Ar matey!
     
  8. Justin_S

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    Their cover for SILVER BULLET is one of the most hideous covers I've ever laid eyes on. They also changed the MY BLOODY VALENTINE art for the worse.
     
  9. Neil S. Bulk

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    Hmmmm, I'm surpised no one has mentioned Star Trek - The Motion Picture yet. The original concept for the poster was retained, but the new poster substitutes actual photos of the cast instead of Bob Peaks painted renderings. Take a look.

    This is the original poster by Bob Peak:
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    This is the re-done artwork for "The Director's Edition":
    [​IMG]

    Also, the Indiana Jones posters have been altered slightly. The Raiders poster is actually a combination of 2 separate posters and The Temple of Doom artwork seems to have condensed the original poster in an attempt to squeeze everything into the frame. I think it looks a little too busy. The Last Crusade cover artwork lops off the pillars, so Brody, Sallah, Elsa and Vogel are not seen.

    Neil
     
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  11. Trevor H

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    Just be happy you don't have to put up with the shit covers Paramount forces on us here in Canada, yes I'm talking about bilingual covers. I've said it many times before and i'll say it again "I will never buy a DVD with a bilingual cover"
     
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    Well, since you brought it up Cees, the weather IS pretty shitty here at the moment. [​IMG]

    I generally like Paramounts covers, except for the cover for Titanic, that's pretty bad. The signatures on it by two TITANIC historians helps though. [​IMG]
     
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    Who cares about the covers (clouds), it's the sun (disc) that matters. For those Canadians who complain about bilingual covers, they should be thankful their trailers have electricity so they can even watch the DVD's. Or maybe they don't, that's why they watch the covers... Those who create or download new covers for discs really ought to get a life, this is beyond pathetic, there surely must be more important and beneficial things to do, just about anything would qualify. Yeah, me bitching about it is useless too, but those whining about covers...why advertise your superficiality?
     
  14. Inspector Hammer!

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    quote...
    "just about anything would qualify."

    How about thread farting?

    quote...
    "why advertise your superficiality?"

    And by the same token, why advertise your ignorance towards those just making small talk? That's not very nice.

    If you had no intrest in this particular subject, why post about it at all? Doing so in the aggressive manner in which you did makes you look bad.

    And, do you personally know anyone here? What gives you the right to call people you don't even know superficial?

    Just kick back and relax. [​IMG]
     
  15. David Lambert

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    I agree they try to get as close as possible, whenever possible.

    They don't always make it:

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    But I AM more worried about the disc inside, so I give them a free pass on the covers! [​IMG]
     
  16. Walt Riarson

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    Paramount used to use original cover art constantly, but for the past two years they've been doing near-Columbia-awful photoshop jobs. Look at The Tenant's artwork. Look at Better Off Dead. And yes, look at Friday the 13th 5-8. Even Trading Places' cover was redone and looked a little cheap. I mean, Top Secret's cover made Columbia's Real Genius cover look brilliant by comparison. I was embarassed to walk up to the counter and purchase it. It made me want to turn the cover over, write "TOP SECRET" in red ink on the white underside and just display it like that.

    If this thread had been started three years ago, I would've agreed wholeheartedly with you, Bart. I mean, Paramount of three years ago even kept the original artwork for Barbarella.

    However, these days, Paramount keeps dropping the ball in the area of cover artwork, in my opinion. Of course, if A-list releases are all one cares about, yes Paramount does them faithfully from time to time.
     
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    Warner Bros always uses the original poster art for its classic back catalogue titles (or at least incredible convincing new designs) and hats off to them for it!
     
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