MGM reaaly needs to lose the "Photoshop" mentality...

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  1. Keith Paynter

    Keith Paynter Screenwriter

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    Just checking upcoming art at The Bits and there's a crapload of wallpaper passing as DVD cover art from MGM on February 4th:
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    Disney's not doing any better with the "Don Knotts Collection" that looks the same as the "Kurt Russell Collection" and the "Haley Mills Collection" and the...(you see where this is going...)
    If this isn't another tell-tale sign that DVD has just become product, I don't know what else is.
     
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    [cheap shot]Yeah, I sure wish they would give these high-quality films the respect they deserve.[/cheap shot]
     
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  4. Jeff Kleist

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    No, it's just the continuation of the trend that's been going on at least a decade

    Market research (and personal experience) tell that the first thing people ask about a movie is "Who's in it?" SO they create noggin covers to emphasize this.

    Down with noggins!
     
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    Almost as annoying as those "colorized" covers they use for black and white films.
     
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    I thought Saul Bass killed that idea fifty years ago.
     
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    [​IMG] [non-flaming] geez it's only COVERART, I swear some people complain about the dumbest things,IMO if the a/v is good who cares about the stupid art[/non-flaming]
    just MHO about this.
     
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    So what. Theyre $9 discs with pretty good remasters.
     
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    Those look as bad as the James Bond covers.
     
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    I think that cover-art is important. I'm no J6P, and I like sleek, simple tasteful covers. MGM only seem to put effort into their Special Edition titles - The Fog was great, could have been ghastly.
    Just think of the furore if Criterion created covers the MGM-way... [​IMG]
    Sorry to be a grumpy-ass. [​IMG]
    Gordy
     
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    If the original one sheet was good enough for the original marketing campaign, it's good enough for the cover of the DVD. These new covers appear to be desktop publishing job security projects...

    Can you imagine tampering with music artwork on classic recordings:

    The Beatles' White Album - Re-done in frothy colors with the Fab Four positioned "Scream"-style.

    Etc., etc.

    My $.02

    Felix
     
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    Well if those are the original one-sheets, I retract my suggestion. [​IMG]
    (Still think they are ugly though... one-sheet or no.) [​IMG]
     
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    Hey, I'm definitely buying "Mr. Majestyk" on the 4th!
     
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    Mark, can you cite specific covers you're complaining about?

    Great Criterion covers:

    Armageddon
    Hidden Fortress
    Red Beard
    Traffic
    Robocop
    Silence of the Lambs

    and more!
     
  18. Jan Strnad

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    Yeah, this happens when cover Art becomes cover Product. It's also a by-product of shrinking product size. Cover art has never been the same since the (almost) death of the 12" LP.

    Jan
     
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