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Single DVDs cover artwork vs 2 Disc Editions?

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10th October 2008 22:12  #1

7958NHZY Member Join Date: June 2007 Location: United States Posts: 258
Single DVDs cover artwork vs 2 Disc Editions?
Anyone notice this trend where the single disc dvd has the original artwork from the movie poster while the 2 disc edition has inferior artwork?

Examples are Iron Man, Dark Knight, Step Brothers, and Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull.

Can anyone explain why the studios are doing this?

I would think it would be the other way around where the more expensive version of the dvd would have better artwork.

10th October 2008 23:10  #2

Disciple Member Join Date: April 2006 Location: Sweden Posts: 775
I've noticed and it's driving me mad. They probably do it so that they'll sell more single disc releases?

11th October 2008 0:56  #3

Stubby Member Join Date: December 2006 Location: United States Posts: 291
Disciple wrote: I've noticed and it's driving me mad. They probably do it so that they'll sell more single disc releases?

If they really wanted to sell more of the single disc version, they should only release that first and follow up a few months later with a 2 disc special edition.
But I guess the movie studios respect their customers too much to try such an exploitive ploy.

12th October 2008 18:15  #4

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492

Once again, if you don't like the artwork, print out your own, and slip it behind the plastic, covering up the subjectively bad artwork.

This poses a problem for digipacks (which can't be helped) and steelbooks (but if you're getting the steelbook, then the artwork's probably gonna be awesome, or you're part of another grouping of DVD collectors who don't give a damn about artwork, so it works out) though.

12th October 2008 18:52  #5

Jersey Jedi Member Join Date: August 2004 Location: United States Posts: 714
Meh. I agree somewhat, but it doesn't bother me all that much in all honesty. I DEFINITELY prefer the Indy 1-disc (and Clone Wars for that matter), but  actually like the 2-disc Iron Man artwork over the final theatrical art (I've never been a big fan of floating heads, generally speaking). And I'm very torn on Dark Knight: I love the building poster, but I want the joker art also.

I think it's a matter of personal preference (obviously), and it can vary on a case-by-case basis.

12th October 2008 21:15  #6

llama Member Join Date: February 2008 Location: United States Posts: 503
I agree completely, Jersey Jedi. Floating heads are alwways annoying.

28th November 2008 13:07  #7

watcher517 Member Join Date: November 2008 Location: Canada Posts: 92
Single disc editions almost always have better covers, but special features are more important than that.

19th January 2009 21:12  #8

Intergalactic Ponce Member Join Date: April 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,164
Floating heads are annoying aren't they? Always bumping into you at face level going "Mwaaahhh!!!" and dicing with death trying outwit ceiling fans.

8th May 2009 18:19  #9

Pythonofdoom Member Join Date: December 2008 Location: United States Posts: 137
I agree, the 2-disk Iron Man, Dark Knight, Get Smart, & Step Brothers do have good artwork.  However, the 2-disk Dark Knight is good, except for those hearts.  How are those hearts Joker-ish?

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