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30th April 2005 5:43  #1

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
Is anyone else annoyed by the two thumbs up comment frequent on many dvd covers?
I find this very annoying that Ebert and Roeper has only three words to say about any particular movie they like - "Two Thumbs Up!". Why don't they have anything else constructive to say about a movie, like it was mesmerising, or get ready to be thrilled, or even Nicole Kidman gives her best performance of her career! Anything you know?

And why can't the studios find any other good critics to put on the cover other than Ebert ad Roeper!

30th April 2005 8:36  #2

Matt Contributor Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 2,113
Quote: Originally posted by Mark Lim
I find this very annoying that Ebert and Roeper has only three words to say about any particular movie they like - "Two Thumbs Up!". Why don't they have anything else constructive to say about a movie, like it was mesmerising, or get ready to be thrilled, or even Nicole Kidman gives her best performance of her career! Anything you know? And why can't the studios find any other good critics to put on the cover other than Ebert ad Roeper!

Because it is Roger Ebert's trademark hail of a good film from the television program "At the Movies" which has been in use for years, ever since the show began way back in 1982 with Ebert and Gene Siskel...and besides, there are plenty of covers that use other quotes from Roger Ebert besides the 'Thumbs Up' that actually come from his print reviews; the 'Thumbs Up is exclusively used in the show, not his writing. If you really think Roger Ebert is the sum of his quotes on DVD covers and has nothing interesting to say about movies then you are missing out on a very talented writer...and if you're looking for insightful comments about a movie from DVD blurbs you're looking in the wrong place to begin with.

30th April 2005 14:02  #3

- - Senior Member Join Date: March 2005 Location: Canada Posts: 594
Matt is right, it is a trademark and nobody else can use that quote.  Think of it like a slogan for a company.

30th April 2005 14:26  #4

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
I happen to be sick of Ebert and Roeper too Mark. I watch their show and think theyre ok, but I rarely agree with either of them. Actually I call them Ebert and Ebert JR cause Roeper looks like his kid.

I really dont want their 2 thumbs up on a cover. Although I don't want anything on the cover but the art and the title.

I also hate the bi-lingual covers we get here, but I won't get into it again. I complain about it all the time...hehehe

30th April 2005 16:25  #5

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
Trademark, eh? did not know that. Another interesting fact. Thanks. But still surely, they can find other good critics and their good comments to put on a particular dvd cover, if they have to. I feel, speaking for all of you that Ebert and Roeper's "Two Thumbs Up" can not be just one of the only critic to market a movie on dvd.

2nd May 2005 21:56  #6

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,443 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
Ebert is fascinating to me. He's truly one of the most intelligent and knowledgable critics alive, and yet he has some of the most bizaar opinions of anyone I've ever read. My favorite will always be his disdain for 'I Spit On Your Grave' based on moral reasons, versus his love of 'Last House on the Left'. Essentially, I see these as morally the same film.

He also gave 'Fight Club' a thumbs down based on his 'moral obligation' as a critic. He was affraid the film was too well made and young men would start copying it based on his reccomendation.

I don't trust his opinions, but do trust his knowledge. It's hard to judge the guy.

2nd May 2005 23:50  #7

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
Quote: Originally posted by Gabriel Powers
Ebert is fascinating to me. He's truly one of the most intelligent and knowledgable critics alive, and yet he has some of the most bizaar opinions of anyone I've ever read.  


You just said it about as well as anyone ever has. I have a lot of respect for the guy, but his opinions are often looney.

3rd May 2005 0:04  #8

Stefano Agostini Member Join Date: June 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 116
They give the 2 thumbs way up to like every movie out there....or at least any movie that has a plot.

3rd May 2005 6:09  #9

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
"They give the 2 thumbs way up to like every movie out there....or at least any movie that has a plot."

See, that's what I mean.

3rd May 2005 8:33  #10

Worst Nightmare Senior Member Join Date: July 2002 Location: Australia Posts: 6,706 Send a message via AIM to Worst Nightmare Send a message via ICQ to Worst Nightmare Send a message via MSN to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Yahoo to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Google to Worst Nightmare
quite simply they do not need quotes on the front of dvd covers. Period.

3rd May 2005 13:49  #11

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
I agree with that too.

23rd May 2005 0:40  #12

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
Originally posted by Jonny "Me You"
"I also hate the bi-lingual covers we get here, but I won't get into it again. I complain about it all the time...hehehe"

HERE HERE! I too am also unfortunate to receive the bi-lingual, reversable covers (I'm in Quebec you see) and I don't see why they can't just put completely English on one side and French on the other, but no, they put English AND French on one side and French on the other Annoyed
Plus if you buy a second hand DVD here in Qc from a Blockbuster (or pretty much anywhere else they rent DVDs), they put a huge sticker around the hole in the disc, so it cuts off a lot of disc artwork....
Well, that's my disgruntled rant for the day

23rd May 2005 1:04  #13

Je Ff Member Join Date: February 2005 Location: United States Posts: 438
Quote: Originally posted by Cheddar J. Cheese
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Plus if you buy a second hand DVD here in Qc from a Blockbuster (or pretty much anywhere else they rent DVDs), they put a huge sticker around the hole in the disc, so it cuts off a lot of disc artwork....
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They do that where I rent videos too, and when you try to peel them off, it leaves a mark that says VOID.  They are a major competetor of blockbuster in my town and they are about half the price.

23rd May 2005 2:57  #14

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
Warning!
When you peel them off, they get stuck in the DVD player (a lesson I learned the hard way )

24th May 2005 10:33  #15

Worst Nightmare Senior Member Join Date: July 2002 Location: Australia Posts: 6,706 Send a message via AIM to Worst Nightmare Send a message via ICQ to Worst Nightmare Send a message via MSN to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Yahoo to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Google to Worst Nightmare
Quote: Originally posted by Cheddar J. Cheese
When you peel them off, they get stuck in the DVD player (a lesson I learned the hard way )
Happened to me too and you must be careful what type of cleaner you use to remove the glue...

25th May 2005 22:50  #16

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
I replaced them with new ones (different movies of course) work fine now.

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