Sunday, August 3, 2008

Don't Judge a Film by its DVD Cover

This is interesting:

http://www.thecountryfair.blogspot.com/2008/07/dvd-covers-i-have-hated.html

The fellow who runs this blog, Robert, discusses DVD covers that sabotage their own films and just generally mislead people about the films encased.

He points to No Country for Old Men, The Band's Visit and Once among others as examples of DVD covers gone wrong.

Do you have a particular DVD cover that sticks in your craw? One that made a film look like something at least partly or perhaps even wholly different from what it truly was? Or just a bland, uninspired choice, as many have suggested No Country for Old Men's DVD cover is?

14 comments:

Sam Juliano said...

Interesting topic. I would have to rank that cheesey cover to the DONNIE DARKO disc as being one of the worst and misrepresented, but there are a number of titles from Anchor Bay that are poorly rendered. Of course this is all for starters. I have well over 5,000 original DVDs in this house, so I need to take a comprehensive look at some point.

Alexander Coleman said...

5,000 original DVDs in your house, Sam?

Get started with that comprehensive look! :)

Sam Juliano said...

LOL!!! Aleander. It is an addiction and a sickness, I have already lived up to that. When you visit New York City, remember, Lucille and the gang will host you for dinner here and give you a tour.

Evan Derrick said...

Just a quick correction on your link there Alexander. It should be 'countryfair,' not 'countyfair.'

Alexander Coleman said...

Thank you very much, Sam, I look forward to it. I've always wanted to see New York City, but despite getting as close as north of Philadelphia and Boston, I've never quite made it. One day, though, I'll be sure to visit that city.

Evan--drats! That cursed "r" key of Dark Knight thread infamy strikes again. (There are probably three people who "get" that, haha.) Thanks very much. I had just discovered the link didn't work, and then I looked at the comments and lo and behold, you had an explanation.

K. Bowen said...

One that I've never understood ... how did Milla Jovovich end up on the original poster/DVD cover for Dazed and Confused? She's in the film for, like, 80 seconds.

Alexander Coleman said...

That's a good one, KB. As in, good example. Bad cover.

Chuck said...

There's endless entries in this sweepstakes, but one that I think is most indicative of the sort of unimaginative thinking that dominates is the OUT OF SIGHT dvd cover. Remember the poster? It has a lost, haunting French New Wave or maybe even an Italian vibe-the dvd cover is the usual face plastered unexceptionality.

christian said...

It always pisses me off when they don't use the frickin' movie poster for the dvd cover! They always do these bland photo-shopped jobs. Blu-Ray is the worst.

Alexander Coleman said...

Excellent choice, Chuck. You're completely right about that one.

Christian, I agree, and Blu-Ray does seem to be the worst. Too bad.

As a rule, floating heads almost always are a no-no. So worn-out, so predictable and almost always so poorly put together.

Craig Kennedy said...

Since I rarely buy DVDs anymore (except criterion who generally have fantastic covers) and since I rent mostly from Netflix, I rarely even notice DVD covers...which is as it should be because they're generally aimed at the lowest of the low as far as moviegoers are concerned.

Alexander Coleman said...

Quite true, Craig, quite true.

Alexander Coleman said...

I just saw the DVD cover for Infernal Affairs and it made no sense whatsoever, with a pretty Asian lady holding a gun standing between the floating heads of the two respective protagonists. Completely silly. I suppose sex can always be counted on to sell.

Sam Juliano said...

Again, I completely concur on this observation!