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High Definition DVD covers also suck!

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2nd March 2007 13:21  #1

Cervantes Member Join Date: November 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 172
High Definition DVD covers also suck!
Is it just me, or have studios missed a trick AGAIN, by releasing the new generation of DVDs with substandard artwork, just like the first generation DVDs?  I was so hoping that studios would use ORIGINAL poster artwork this time round, as the original art poster campaigns for the cinema release nearly always seem more evocative than the covers that end up cobbled together for the DVD release.  The awful new "Jaws" DVD artwork is just an example, compared to the original artwork.  Not happy!

2nd March 2007 16:40  #2

Nic Mall Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,202 Send a message via MSN to Nic Mall
Examples would be nice. Sheeeessshh

3rd March 2007 4:50  #3

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
I know it's slightly more difficult, but again, just print out your own covers. Not very difficult if you have a colour printer...

3rd March 2007 8:32  #4

BoBoi Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: Australia Posts: 1,109 Send a message via MSN to BoBoi Send a message via Yahoo to BoBoi
I'd say only some of it are quite bad i.e.Rocky Blu-Ray has a dismal cover, but on the other hand many other movies have a good cover on HD...

3rd March 2007 14:04  #5

Intergalactic Ponce Member Join Date: April 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,150
Original artwork would be good but the original art was designed to sell the film at poster size. Very often it becomes less effective at doing that when it's been shrunk down to DVD cover size. From the distributors point of view it (somethimes) doesn't stand out when it's that small and sitting on a shelf full of other DVD's all clamouring for your money. Plus, the original artist wants paying (again).

None of that excuses some of the really dire cut and paste jobs we see, but as Cheddar has said, you can always print out your own if it really bothers you.

5th March 2007 12:03  #6

Cervantes Member Join Date: November 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 172
Thanks for your opinion Nic, try looking at say, www.moviegoods.com and go to the posters link, then type in say, ten of your favourite films you own on DVD (High Def artwork is shaping up to be similar), and see if you prefer what the front covers look like compared to the original art.  Oh, and I already cited "Jaws" as one example, but look to all the "Star Wars" films as obvious others.  The Drew Struzan art (he has a nice site with a great "Bladerunner" proposal by the way)is BETTER   than what we got.  There are numerous other examples.  While I'm already aware that the art rights involve more cost, I STILL think we got an inferior product over the years (like we did with "bare bones" releases that didn't even give us a trailer!).  Thanks for your helpful suggestion Cheddar Cheese and Intergalactic Ponce however, and I'm already having to do this, as it DOES...  

5th March 2007 16:42  #7

Nic Mall Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,202 Send a message via MSN to Nic Mall
Cervantes wrote: Thanks for your opinion Nic, try looking at say, www.moviegoods.com and go to the posters link, then type in say, ten of your favourite films you own on DVD (High Def artwork is shaping up to be similar), and see if you prefer what the front covers look like compared to the original art.  Oh, and I already cited "Jaws" as one example, but look to all the "Star Wars" films as obvious others.  The Drew Struzan art (he has a nice site with a great "Bladerunner" proposal by the way)is BETTER   than what we got.  There are numerous other examples.  
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Image examples. It would have been nice to read the passage then see an image example.

6th March 2007 23:18  #8

agentofdoom Member Join Date: March 2007 Location: United States Posts: 56
i agree who really cares about how good the picture quality. until the prices go down i don't think people will catch on . the cases are totally lame and i'd rather pay half the price and get a better package.thats just me i'd be down for an HD or Blue ray player if it was cheaper. i have a projector so it's all good for me.

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