Favorite DVD Cover Art? Least?

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  1. Jon C. Allen

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    Well, people just love to talk about DVD cover artwork... So I thought I'd stir it up again with this thread. [​IMG]
    What's your favorite DVD cover art? Why?
    What's your least favorite DVD cover art? Why?
     
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    Notorious (Criterion)

    Image's Charlie Chaplin DVD's

    Universal's "Classic Monster" DVD's

    8 1/2 (Criterion)

    WB's classics with the original poster art (The Maltese Falcon, Arsenic and Old Lace, Ben-Hur, Doctor Zhivago, etc)

    Moulin Rouge

    Least Favorites:

    Snow White (It's not bad, but one of the 1938 posters would have made a PERFECT cover.)
     
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    Here are a few I think are exceptional:

    1/ Evil Dead: Book of the Dead

    2/ Tombstone S.E.

    3/ Doctor Zhivago

    4/ Citizen Kane

    5/ Highlander: Immortal Edition

    6/ T2

    7/ Brazil (Criterion)
     
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    I wouldn't touch that question with a ten-foot-poll.
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    Jon
     
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    OK....um....I'll say:

    Poll-ish Wedding


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    Favorite:

    Tombstone Vista

    Seven Samurai CC

    Rashomon CC

    Simpsons Season One

    Spartacus CC

    Citizen Kane

    Least:

    Pretty much any cover that plasters the actor's mugs all over it instead of any creative artwork.
     
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    Ok, no one is saying WHY they like their covers and so this thread is turning into a boring poll.
    Dr. Zhivago
    2001: A Space Odyssey (Remastered) (with the space station)
    Charlie Chaplin: The Gold Rush
    Rio Bravo
    They all have original hand drawn poster art and look classy. Actually, I'm not sure if Rio Bravo is hand-drawn: the actors faces are pretty photo realistic, but it's not a plain photo.
    I'm also going to go against the grain and say that I like the Cast Away cover, even though it is just a big Tom Hanks head. I think his scruffy, weather-worn, weary look really gives a sense of what the movie is about.
    Oh, and I really like my Disney Treasures (Mickey & Symphonies). Clean, simple lines with a little original art in the middle.
    Finally, I like the White Christmas cover, and I'm not sure why, but it gives me a good feeling.[​IMG]
     
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    Jon, which posters have you graced us with?

    Do the studios order "Look at my noggin" posters, or is that the individual artist's idea? I'm assuming the answer to that is "it depends", but still curious.

    For me, with cover art less is more. When not designing new artwork, use the original poster.
     
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    Ok, I should go to bed...
    But I was looking at the Stagecoach cover:
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    It's not perfect--it's a big floating head poster--BUT it looks so much better than the modern ones. Maybe it's the simplicity in the color palette (I do like limited-palette images) or maybe hand drawn images are more satisfying.
    I'd like to see a hand-drawn/painted movie poster for a modern film (non-animated). That would be cool.
     
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    I love vintage posters - the illustrated poster is a dying art. (I don't like your STAGECOACH example, however.)
     
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    I've never seen that poster for the Majestic before. I like it.
    Both those posters seem to be trying to be nostalgic and are using the "illustrated" style to convey this. Perhaps the public has too much of a old-fashioned connotation with illustrated posters. I don't like the Green Mile poster too much. Just a rather boring emotionless face.
    I do like the Star Wars series of posters, too. I had briefly forgotten about them.
    (How is non-photographic art considered illustrations? Aren't photographs illustrations too?)
    P.S. I didn't say the Stagecoach poster was perfect, just more acceptable. [​IMG]
     
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    One of my favorite posters is The Towering Inferno, an artist's compilation of a burning skyscraper, helicopters rescuing people and fire fighters attacking the fire. An action packed illustration that sums up what the film is all about, albeit in an exaggerated manner.

    There are few modern posters I like because they invariably use photographs of the stars which never look as interesting as an artist's impression. The poster for Conan the Barbarian looks better for having an impression of Arnie because it gives a heightened sense of drama and realism as does, for example, the DVD cover of Rebel Without a Cause, the poster for Papillon or any number of other vintage posters.
     

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