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Title: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Henry88 on April 07, 2012, 02:23:56 PM
So how come studios continue to pay graphic designers to come up with AWFUL AWFUL DVD artwork when the films already had cool posters?

Examples.


(http://images.wikia.com/headhuntershorrorhouse/images/3/3f/Alligator_(1980).jpg)

compared to this

(http://www.tech2support.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/ee55f_24_6310427292_cb83f0c041.jpg)

or this

(http://ossuary.best-horror-movies.com/m/photos/get_image/file/f6d65e5015fcca56c1f0286a2ae8c0d6.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: MrTorso on April 07, 2012, 04:46:42 PM
Because anything that is "old" isn't good enough. It has to look young to appeal to the consumer.

I am right with you though on DVD art being updated with crap that either has nothing to do with the film or making it look newer than it is. I also hate when they redesign art to make it look like something it is not.

Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: D.B. Barnes on April 07, 2012, 04:50:18 PM
(http://media.comicbookmovie.com/images/users/uploads/10300/Star-Wars-Blu-ray-cover-art-complete.jpg)

Just awful.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on April 07, 2012, 05:09:40 PM
Hey let's try to make a crummy early 80s TV movie look like the next Lord of the Rings.

(http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/DoctorWho99/M_M_DVD.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Bob on April 07, 2012, 07:54:00 PM
Hey let's try to make a crummy early 80s TV movie look like the next Lord of the Rings.

(http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/DoctorWho99/M_M_DVD.jpg)

The hell??!!?!
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: gojikranz on April 07, 2012, 11:09:44 PM
oh man i hate when they do this shit.  I cant think of any of the top of my head but ill take a look at my dvds later. 

they should invest in double sided covers put the shit get fools to buy it cover on the outside and the nice for the collector/true fan of the movie cover on the inside.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on April 07, 2012, 11:17:38 PM
oh man i hate when they do this shit.  I cant think of any of the top of my head but ill take a look at my dvds later. 

they should invest in double sided covers put the shit get fools to buy it cover on the outside and the nice for the collector/true fan of the movie cover on the inside.

Criterion did that for their Life Aquatic release (primarily because the DVD was initially released via them, as opposed to it being one of their usual special releases with one of their usual special covers). One side is the usual movie-poster style you'd expect:
(http://www.coverdude.com/covers/life-aquatic-2004-swedish-r2-front-cover-7667.jpg)

While the reverse is something much more fitting (and the one I keep mine turned to):
(http://pixhost.me/avaxhome/35/15/00101535_medium.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: gojikranz on April 07, 2012, 11:43:16 PM
oh ya ive got that release.  though i think mine is that the slipcase is the regular cover then teh actualy dvd cover is the nice artwork one.  differing slipcases is another way to go.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: gbeenie on April 08, 2012, 01:48:03 AM
Hey let's try to make a crummy early 80s TV movie look like the next Lord of the Rings.

(http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/DoctorWho99/M_M_DVD.jpg)

Imagine being a D&D-loving teenager, eagerly waiting for that movie to come on TV for the first time.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on April 08, 2012, 05:44:38 AM
Hey let's try to make a crummy early 80s TV movie look like the next Lord of the Rings.

(http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/DoctorWho99/M_M_DVD.jpg)

The hell??!!?!

I got that one in a  bin and it was made in 82 and it is one of those TV movie of the week's that tries to make people think that a common product is going kill your kids.  In this case they were trying to tell them that D&D would get their kids lost in a fantasy world and if a kid's D&D character died the kid would kill them self.  They did a two part Adventures in Odyssey that had the same gist when I was a kid.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Rainbow Dash on April 08, 2012, 06:51:13 AM
It's like they made mannequins of the characters, then posed them.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/91qoyJA3t4L._AA1500_.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: mattwnelson on April 08, 2012, 08:20:36 AM
I find particularly bad examples of this on children's films.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/515J7Z0BNTL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

Look at this. The characters are off-model, they're too heavily airbrushed-looking and brightly colored, and the composition definitely leaves something to be desired. Plus, the logo obscures the only clue that might tell you something about the setting of the film.

Compare to the UK release:

(http://cdn.s7.disneystore.co.uk/is/image/DisneyStoreUK/413032493342?$mercdetail$)

See how much classier that is? The character is rendered well, in muted tones, you can see his face, and Big Ben looming in the background gives you an instant idea of where the movie takes place. I even like the font more (though I'll admit that's fairly subjective).

As an animation fan, I can tell you that sometimes looking at my DVD covers just makes me very, very sad. I mean, it's not like you're an animation company with access to hundreds of talented artists or anything. OH WAIT.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on April 08, 2012, 09:29:40 AM
(http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/DoctorWho99/sci_fi_invasion.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: iv3rdawG on April 08, 2012, 10:04:16 AM
Still think the guy on that Three Musketeers cover looks like Michael Cera.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Bob on April 08, 2012, 10:50:02 AM
Still think the guy on that Three Musketeers cover looks like Michael Cera.

He does
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: gbeenie on April 08, 2012, 10:20:58 PM
Hey let's try to make a crummy early 80s TV movie look like the next Lord of the Rings.

(http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/DoctorWho99/M_M_DVD.jpg)

The hell??!!?!

I got that one in a  bin and it was made in 82 and it is one of those TV movie of the week's that tries to make people think that a common product is going kill your kids.  In this case they were trying to tell them that D&D would get their kids lost in a fantasy world and if a kid's D&D character died the kid would kill them self.  They did a two part Adventures in Odyssey that had the same gist when I was a kid.

You should read the terrible book it's based on sometime.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: gbeenie on April 08, 2012, 10:22:39 PM
It's like they made mannequins of the characters, then posed them.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/91qoyJA3t4L._AA1500_.jpg)

Better yet, they completely omitted the one name star of the film (Milla Jovovich) from that cover.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: gbeenie on April 08, 2012, 10:28:26 PM
(http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/DoctorWho99/sci_fi_invasion.jpg)

I dunno. I mean, it is what it is. It's certainly not the worst cover out there for one these multipacks. To wit:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/515857YNPQL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
(full disclosure: I own this set)
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Invader_quirk on April 08, 2012, 10:35:13 PM
Here's one that really gets me.
(http://shenanitims.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/the-host-2.jpg)
This was the poster, I think, and the cover for some versions of the movie (again, I think). It's scary and mysterious. I love it.

Here's the cover of the DVD I have...
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_vZdsXP81QlQ/TQuPpB-oLTI/AAAAAAAABso/vWVSkUpqKMI/s1600/the+host.jpg)
If you've seen the movie, you can see immediately how stupid this is. The children we see here appear to be under a bridge, but that hole where they are taken in the movie is in a sewer-like area underground-ish. They've taken a shot from the movie and crappily photoshopped it onto a bridge support for no reason. We also get a glimpse of the monster which is both too big a reveal for a cover and also very confusing to look at. I also don't even find the concept of this cover effective. Why would they do this?
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 08, 2012, 11:05:04 PM
This (awesome):
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41yNRJg0knL._AA160_.jpg)

Turning into this (meh):
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Wt7n6YsRL._AA160_.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Darth Geek on April 09, 2012, 06:19:54 AM
Hey let's try to make a crummy early 80s TV movie look like the next Lord of the Rings.

(http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/DoctorWho99/M_M_DVD.jpg)

The hell??!!?!

I got that one in a  bin and it was made in 82 and it is one of those TV movie of the week's that tries to make people think that a common product is going kill your kids.  In this case they were trying to tell them that D&D would get their kids lost in a fantasy world and if a kid's D&D character died the kid would kill them self.  They did a two part Adventures in Odyssey that had the same gist when I was a kid.

You should read the terrible book it's based on sometime.
I think the cover makes it look like the next Dungeons & Dragons movie, not LotR. Kind of appropo, actually, both in relation to the movie's subject, and the quality of the Dungeons & Dragons movie.

Check out Spoony's review of this stinker, it's awesome!
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Starman! on April 09, 2012, 02:43:48 PM
(http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/spider-man-blu-ray.jpg)

Yeah.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Darth Geek on April 09, 2012, 02:46:36 PM
(http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/spider-man-blu-ray.jpg)

Yeah.
What the &$#% is Ultraviolet? Did they package it with that shitty Milla Jovovich movie?
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: goflyblind on April 09, 2012, 02:52:04 PM
some sort of digital version of the movie, apparently.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Starman! on April 09, 2012, 02:56:08 PM
It's a stupid streaming service. It's not a digital copy, JUST STREAMING! >:(

That's the cover of the new Spider Man Blu Ray coming out in July I think. Here's the new crappy covers for the other ones.

(http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/spider-man-2-blu-ray.jpg)
(http://x.annihil.us/u/prod/marvel/i/mg/c/c0/4f79f24ad3e7a/detail.jpg)

Those are some of the worst cover I've ever seen.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: goflyblind on April 09, 2012, 03:07:48 PM
(http://x.annihil.us/u/prod/marvel/i/mg/c/c0/4f79f24ad3e7a/detail.jpg)

hey, buddy. hey! psst! don't be alarmed, but there's a black & white version of you right behind you.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on April 09, 2012, 03:30:03 PM
It's a stupid streaming service. It's not a digital copy, JUST STREAMING! >:(

That's the cover of the new Spider Man Blu Ray coming out in July I think. Here's the new crappy covers for the other ones.

(http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/spider-man-2-blu-ray.jpg)
(http://x.annihil.us/u/prod/marvel/i/mg/c/c0/4f79f24ad3e7a/detail.jpg)

Those are some of the worst cover I've ever seen.

That looks like something I would put together in five minutes using the free photo editing program on my computer.  Two characters and a logo on a blue background?!  That has to be the worst cover for any movie I have ever seen.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: gojikranz on April 09, 2012, 03:44:59 PM
i find all blu rays have a issue with the damn blue packaging.  why cant they just realize that it doesn't have to be blu like criterion has realized.  sure maybe a few more idiots would buy them and complain about it not being a dvd but cmon its such a unnecessary impediment to good design.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on April 10, 2012, 02:44:36 PM
Hey let's try to make a crummy early 80s TV movie look like the next Lord of the Rings.

(http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/DoctorWho99/M_M_DVD.jpg)

The hell??!!?!

I got that one in a  bin and it was made in 82 and it is one of those TV movie of the week's that tries to make people think that a common product is going kill your kids.  In this case they were trying to tell them that D&D would get their kids lost in a fantasy world and if a kid's D&D character died the kid would kill them self.  They did a two part Adventures in Odyssey that had the same gist when I was a kid.

You should read the terrible book it's based on sometime.
I think the cover makes it look like the next Dungeons & Dragons movie, not LotR. Kind of appropo, actually, both in relation to the movie's subject, and the quality of the Dungeons & Dragons movie.

Check out Spoony's review of this stinker, it's awesome!

I saw this at Walmart with three other movies for $5, maybe I'll get it.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: SJP on April 10, 2012, 03:18:21 PM
As an animation fan, I can tell you that sometimes looking at my DVD covers just makes me very, very sad. I mean, it's not like you're an animation company with access to hundreds of talented artists or anything. OH WAIT.

I know that feeling all too well.  Secret of NIMH is a horror story for cover art...
For example, here is the original poster/ DVD Cover art, which is awesome...
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

And here's the craptacular 'new' art that has graced the cover ever since its more recent DVD release...you know, to tie it into the sequel which everyone loves, right?
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

But the real reason I went to this thread is because these two graced my desk at work...and hoo, boy, did they drop the ball on them big time.  I mean...just...wow.
Image 1 (Kinda big):
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Image 2 (Even worse, because somebody REDREW much better and more on-model artwork visible on Amazon):
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Darth Geek on April 10, 2012, 03:24:11 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/71Rv--x4WlL.jpg)


Yikes! That makes it look like the sequel.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: mattwnelson on April 10, 2012, 03:47:50 PM
As an animation fan, I can tell you that sometimes looking at my DVD covers just makes me very, very sad. I mean, it's not like you're an animation company with access to hundreds of talented artists or anything. OH WAIT.

I know that feeling all too well.  Secret of NIMH is a horror story for cover art...
For example, here is the original poster/ DVD Cover art, which is awesome...
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

And here's the craptacular 'new' art that has graced the cover ever since its more recent DVD release...you know, to tie it into the sequel which everyone loves, right?
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

But the real reason I went to this thread is because these two graced my desk at work...and hoo, boy, did they drop the ball on them big time.  I mean...just...wow.
Image 1 (Kinda big):
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Image 2 (Even worse, because somebody REDREW much better and more on-model artwork visible on Amazon):
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Yeah, those are indeed pretty awful. If you look at all of those, even the UK version of GMD that I posted, you notice something else that they all suffer from, and that is Massive Airbrush Syndrome. What genius decided that animated films needed a cover that look like you painted them on the side of a van? It is prevalent on nearly EVERY animated film cover, unless that film is CGI, in which case it's 50/50 whether you'll get a good one.

As an example of a really lovely animated film cover, allow me to present:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61T7tBWuQxL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

Just look at that. That's great. Why can't they all look like that?
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Invader_quirk on April 10, 2012, 04:06:50 PM
As an animation fan, I can tell you that sometimes looking at my DVD covers just makes me very, very sad. I mean, it's not like you're an animation company with access to hundreds of talented artists or anything. OH WAIT.

I know that feeling all too well.  Secret of NIMH is a horror story for cover art...
For example, here is the original poster/ DVD Cover art, which is awesome...
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

And here's the craptacular 'new' art that has graced the cover ever since its more recent DVD release...you know, to tie it into the sequel which everyone loves, right?
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

But the real reason I went to this thread is because these two graced my desk at work...and hoo, boy, did they drop the ball on them big time.  I mean...just...wow.
Image 1 (Kinda big):
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Image 2 (Even worse, because somebody REDREW much better and more on-model artwork visible on Amazon):
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

That Fern Gully cover is still not as hideous and appalling as the movie itself.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on April 13, 2012, 12:02:13 PM
As an animation fan, I can tell you that sometimes looking at my DVD covers just makes me very, very sad. I mean, it's not like you're an animation company with access to hundreds of talented artists or anything. OH WAIT.

I know that feeling all too well.  Secret of NIMH is a horror story for cover art...
For example, here is the original poster/ DVD Cover art, which is awesome...
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

And here's the craptacular 'new' art that has graced the cover ever since its more recent DVD release...you know, to tie it into the sequel which everyone loves, right?
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

But the real reason I went to this thread is because these two graced my desk at work...and hoo, boy, did they drop the ball on them big time.  I mean...just...wow.
Image 1 (Kinda big):
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Image 2 (Even worse, because somebody REDREW much better and more on-model artwork visible on Amazon):
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

I saw that last one on Blu Ray in Wal Mart the other day and I noticed that one the Blu-Ray case they airbrushed out the dog and the bat thing so it looks like a period piece that just happens to be animated.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: mattwnelson on April 13, 2012, 04:35:18 PM
As an animation fan, I can tell you that sometimes looking at my DVD covers just makes me very, very sad. I mean, it's not like you're an animation company with access to hundreds of talented artists or anything. OH WAIT.

I know that feeling all too well.  Secret of NIMH is a horror story for cover art...
For example, here is the original poster/ DVD Cover art, which is awesome...
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

And here's the craptacular 'new' art that has graced the cover ever since its more recent DVD release...you know, to tie it into the sequel which everyone loves, right?
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

But the real reason I went to this thread is because these two graced my desk at work...and hoo, boy, did they drop the ball on them big time.  I mean...just...wow.
Image 1 (Kinda big):
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Image 2 (Even worse, because somebody REDREW much better and more on-model artwork visible on Amazon):
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

I saw that last one on Blu Ray in Wal Mart the other day and I noticed that one the Blu-Ray case they airbrushed out the dog and the bat thing so it looks like a period piece that just happens to be animated.

Ye gods and little fishes. Though admittedly neither the dog nor the bat have anything much to do with the story.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on April 13, 2012, 07:34:02 PM
(http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/DoctorWho99/leathal-weapon-box-set.jpg)

As generic as they come.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Darth Geek on April 13, 2012, 07:48:36 PM
(http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/DoctorWho99/leathal-weapon-box-set.jpg)

As generic as they come.
Do they (Murtaugh and Riggs) even use dynamite as a weapon at any point in the movies? And way to make it look like a ripoff of the Mission Impossible movies, guys!
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on April 13, 2012, 07:51:40 PM
(http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/DoctorWho99/leathal-weapon-box-set.jpg)

As generic as they come.
Do they (Murtaugh and Riggs) even use dynamite as a weapon at any point in the movies? And way to make it look like a ripoff of the Mission Impossible movies, guys!

I don't think they do.  Plus it looks like one of those "50 action movies that are in the public domain so we can sell them for $5" dvd covers.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Bob on April 14, 2012, 06:07:44 AM
(http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/DoctorWho99/leathal-weapon-box-set.jpg)

As generic as they come.
Do they (Murtaugh and Riggs) even use dynamite as a weapon at any point in the movies? And way to make it look like a ripoff of the Mission Impossible movies, guys!

Maybe they only used "DYNAM" as the cover displays?
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on April 14, 2012, 06:10:35 AM
(http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/DoctorWho99/leathal-weapon-box-set.jpg)

As generic as they come.
Do they (Murtaugh and Riggs) even use dynamite as a weapon at any point in the movies? And way to make it look like a ripoff of the Mission Impossible movies, guys!

Maybe they only used "DYNAM" as the cover displays?

Wonder what that is?  Maybe they think people will buy the boxset just to find out.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on April 14, 2012, 06:36:25 AM
As I said in the Blu Ray thread I do wonder if they have gone with this design just to keep Mel Gibson's face and name off of the art work.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: SJP on April 14, 2012, 03:29:41 PM
Yes, because clearly it would be a good idea to not have Mel Gibson and his recent history associated with the Lethal Weapon franchise. I mean, a highly unstable individual who is constantly at odds with law enforcement and his own inner demons?  Why, that's not the face we want to put forward!   ;)
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on April 14, 2012, 07:58:39 PM
Yes, because clearly it would be a good idea to not have Mel Gibson and his recent history associated with the Lethal Weapon franchise. I mean, a highly unstable individual who is constantly at odds with law enforcement and his own inner demons?  Why, that's not the face we want to put forward!   ;)

I am not saying it makes sense just that it may be what the studio is thinking.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Darth Geek on April 14, 2012, 08:01:36 PM
Yes, because clearly it would be a good idea to not have Mel Gibson and his recent history associated with the Lethal Weapon franchise. I mean, a highly unstable individual who is constantly at odds with law enforcement and his own inner demons?  Why, that's not the face we want to put forward!   ;)

I am not saying it makes sense just that it may be what the studio is thinking.
Then put Danny Glover front and center, then.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on April 14, 2012, 08:03:53 PM
Yes, because clearly it would be a good idea to not have Mel Gibson and his recent history associated with the Lethal Weapon franchise. I mean, a highly unstable individual who is constantly at odds with law enforcement and his own inner demons?  Why, that's not the face we want to put forward!   ;)

I am not saying it makes sense just that it may be what the studio is thinking.
Then put Danny Glover front and center, then.

This is hollywood we are talking about. Unless it is Will Smith,a movie about gangs,or a comedy with an all black cast they are never going to put a black man front and center on their artwork.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: SJP on April 14, 2012, 09:52:24 PM
This is hollywood we are talking about. Unless it is Will Smith,a movie about gangs,or a comedy with an all black cast they are never going to put a black man front and center on their artwork.

Actually, not true.  You can be front and center if you fight vampires:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Or are a supervillain:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Technically, vampires are a clan, not a gang, and when you're a supervillain, you have henchmen, not gang members.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Henry88 on April 16, 2012, 05:50:45 PM
one of my favorite cult movies, Critters. Here's the poster (actually a VHS cover, but it's almost exactly the same):

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-owiZwoC8Ueo/TbPzUqLLwPI/AAAAAAAAAUc/UkV1CNDsdOI/s1600/critters-poster.jpg)

Then they unleashed this stunningly bad cover for the DVD:

(http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/6410/crittersdvd.jpg)

It's like.... what the hell?! Who the hell approved this? The same Critter (from the latter two movies, no less) cloned over and over? What?! And yet, they used the poster image for the menu. Go figure.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Darth Geek on April 16, 2012, 06:53:26 PM
Fun movie. And yeah, that is some bad art. Although the original makes the Crite look very diseased.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: MrTorso on April 17, 2012, 09:30:14 AM
It is all about the floating heads! That is all Hollywood likes anymore with their poster "art".  Terrible, terrible stuff.

Murder by Death with art by the awesome Charles Aadams!

Theatrical Poster:
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/7f/Murder_by_death_movie_poster.jpg)

Laserdisc:
(http://www.lddb.com/cover/ld/06001-06100/06093.jpg)

DVD:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Stupid!
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Darth Geek on April 17, 2012, 09:35:52 AM
It looks like Peter Faulk is trying to figure out who did the bad cover art.  ;D

Great cast, but I hated the movie. Didn't find it very funny at all.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: MontyServo on April 17, 2012, 09:59:49 AM
It looks like Peter Faulk is trying to figure out who did the bad cover art.  ;D

Great cast, but I hated the movie. Didn't find it very funny at all.

Booooooo!  I loved that movie.  Far superior to the very similar Clue, which I also loved.

There was also a crappy (as far as I can remember) TV movie ripoff from 1980 called Murder Can Hurt You that used the same gimmick but with TV detectives. Victor Buono as Ironside, Tony Danza as Baretta, Gavin MacLeod as Kojak, Jamie Farr and John Byner as Starsky and Hutch, etc, etc.  Wish I could find a copy of this to see if it is as bad as it sounds and as I remember it.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Darth Geek on April 17, 2012, 01:46:45 PM
It looks like Peter Faulk is trying to figure out who did the bad cover art.  ;D

Great cast, but I hated the movie. Didn't find it very funny at all.

Booooooo!  I loved that movie.  Far superior to the very similar Clue, which I also loved.

Oh I love Clue! It was funny. But I think Murder By Death didn't work for me because I don't care at all for mysteries, or mystery novels, so the characters meant nothing to me. Except how in bad taste everything with Sellers as the asian guy seemed. And that Peter Faulk was perfect as the fast talking detective.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: mattwnelson on April 17, 2012, 02:57:34 PM
Loved both Murder by Death and Clue. They should sell those as one of those double-feature DVD or Blu-Ray sets. I'd buy it in a second.

Also, BOOOOO on getting rid of that brilliant Charles Addams cover. Man was a genius.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Henry88 on April 17, 2012, 08:20:46 PM
(http://www.pohrani.com/f/3C/Gk/1S8dJaYQ/leviathan14590.jpg)

vs

(http://imagenes.subadictos.net/afiche/11120.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Compound on April 18, 2012, 04:22:27 PM

There was also a crappy (as far as I can remember) TV movie ripoff from 1980 called Murder Can Hurt You that used the same gimmick but with TV detectives. Victor Buono as Ironside, Tony Danza as Baretta, Gavin MacLeod as Kojak, Jamie Farr and John Byner as Starsky and Hutch, etc, etc.  Wish I could find a copy of this to see if it is as bad as it sounds and as I remember it.

It most likely was. It's been decades since I've seen it, but even as a youth, I remember watching the ending with Ironside on the rooftop crying "I can dance!" over and over while in his wheelchair and thinking "Wow. That's lame."
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Starman! on April 18, 2012, 05:40:36 PM
(http://www.pohrani.com/f/3C/Gk/1S8dJaYQ/leviathan14590.jpg)

vs

(http://imagenes.subadictos.net/afiche/11120.jpg)

Oh yeah, that's bad.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: gbeenie on April 19, 2012, 02:55:40 PM
(http://www.pohrani.com/f/3C/Gk/1S8dJaYQ/leviathan14590.jpg)

vs

(http://imagenes.subadictos.net/afiche/11120.jpg)

To be fair, the poster isn't really that great, either.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Gandalf Lundgren on April 19, 2012, 04:15:38 PM
(http://cdn.whatculture.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Picture-40-239x300.png)
(http://www.hackmovies.com/images/boxart/deadshitnahdvdinsertweb.jpg)
(http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/B000286RNY.01._SS500_SCLZZZZZZZ_V1139662521_.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: MrTorso on April 19, 2012, 05:07:16 PM
All the martial arts movies that Miramax/Disney released suffered from those crappy covers.


(http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRT9AD_lo2TsMjUO0jYRsQOo8e6owm1GvZEXI8Ry4c6xo75h7KG)
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: feinting goats on April 19, 2012, 05:22:54 PM
so fugly

(http://www.covershut.com/covers/Avatar-2009-Wide-Screen-Front-Cover-39347.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: gbeenie on April 19, 2012, 11:29:16 PM
All the martial arts movies that Miramax/Disney released suffered from those crappy covers.


(http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRT9AD_lo2TsMjUO0jYRsQOo8e6owm1GvZEXI8Ry4c6xo75h7KG)

Disney has nothing to do with those. Miramax shoveled the Blu-Ray rights to a bunch of their movies to Mill Creek Echo Bridge Entertainment, whose shitty covers are only the tip of the iceberg to their awfulness.

And I should point out that particular cover is just the cover images from previous releases shoved together.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: gbeenie on April 19, 2012, 11:31:51 PM
(http://cdn.whatculture.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Picture-40-239x300.png)

What's wrong with this cover?

I mean, apart from the GIGANTIC UK rating labels...
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: gbeenie on April 19, 2012, 11:33:47 PM
so fugly

(http://www.covershut.com/covers/Avatar-2009-Wide-Screen-Front-Cover-39347.jpg)

Ah, but is it worse than Avatar? Therein lies the rub.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: MrTorso on April 20, 2012, 07:11:57 PM
Disney has nothing to do with those. Miramax shoveled the Blu-Ray rights to a bunch of their movies to Mill Creek Entertainment, whose shitty covers are only the tip of the iceberg to their awfulness.

And I should point out that particular cover is just the cover images from previous releases shoved together.

That is the same artwork that was used when they first came out on video and later DVD from the Disney/Miramax/Dimension group. I wish these were Mill Creek. Mill Creek's blu's aren't that bad. These blu's as well as From Dusk till Dawn, Hellraiser, and quite a few others are from ECHO BRIDGE. They are absolutley terrible.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: gbeenie on April 20, 2012, 07:22:37 PM
Disney has nothing to do with those. Miramax shoveled the Blu-Ray rights to a bunch of their movies to Mill Creek Entertainment, whose shitty covers are only the tip of the iceberg to their awfulness.

And I should point out that particular cover is just the cover images from previous releases shoved together.

That is the same artwork that was used when they first came out on video and later DVD from the Disney/Miramax/Dimension group. I wish these were Mill Creek. Mill Creek's blu's aren't that bad. These blu's as well as From Dusk till Dawn, Hellraiser, and quite a few others are from ECHO BRIDGE. They are absolutley terrible.

I meant Echo Bridge. My bad.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: The Lurker on April 20, 2012, 07:34:49 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/515J7Z0BNTL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
It also makes the movie look like one of their direct-to-video lineup.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Starman! on April 22, 2012, 08:53:26 AM
(http://www.trebboruk2002.com/Led-Zeppelin-The-Song-Remains-The-Same.jpg)
(http://s3.discshop.se/img/front_large/77498/marilyn_manson_guns_god_and_government_blu_ray.jpg)

And the worst one yet...

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--zbrqk1d0XM/TZ09M83OXeI/AAAAAAAABTw/orCGVG_2_LQ/s1600/rush_in_rio_dvd.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Bob on April 22, 2012, 09:19:05 AM
RUSH cover rocks!
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on April 23, 2012, 07:08:25 AM
This is a good story but you would not know that from looking at the case.
(http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/DoctorWho99/7h-dvd.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on April 26, 2012, 12:44:41 PM
This is hollywood we are talking about. Unless it is Will Smith,a movie about gangs,or a comedy with an all black cast they are never going to put a black man front and center on their artwork.

Actually, not true.  You can be front and center if you fight vampires:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Or are a supervillain:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Technically, vampires are a clan, not a gang, and when you're a supervillain, you have henchmen, not gang members.

They made 4 Blade movies?! I'm shocked.  I always thought the series ended with Blade 2.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Darth Geek on April 26, 2012, 01:16:57 PM
This is hollywood we are talking about. Unless it is Will Smith,a movie about gangs,or a comedy with an all black cast they are never going to put a black man front and center on their artwork.

Actually, not true.  You can be front and center if you fight vampires:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Or are a supervillain:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Technically, vampires are a clan, not a gang, and when you're a supervillain, you have henchmen, not gang members.

They made 4 Blade movies?! I'm shocked.  I always thought the series ended with Blade 2.
They made a Blade 3, which was aweful. I think what he is refering to the fourth one would be the feature length pilot to the short lived TV show.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on April 26, 2012, 01:22:47 PM
This is hollywood we are talking about. Unless it is Will Smith,a movie about gangs,or a comedy with an all black cast they are never going to put a black man front and center on their artwork.

Actually, not true.  You can be front and center if you fight vampires:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Or are a supervillain:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Technically, vampires are a clan, not a gang, and when you're a supervillain, you have henchmen, not gang members.

They made 4 Blade movies?! I'm shocked.  I always thought the series ended with Blade 2.
They made a Blade 3, which was aweful. I think what he is refering to the fourth one would be the feature length pilot to the short lived TV show.

There was a TV show???!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  *head explodes*
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: SJP on April 26, 2012, 03:21:42 PM
Not much of one.  It lasted, oh, maybe a handful of episodes?  I'm not even sure if those made it to DVD or not, though I wouldn't be surprised if they did.  Apparently the only show in existence that will never be released on DVD is Upright Citizens Brigade Season 3, since Comedy Central seems to have an even more intense hatred of fans of that show than they had against Best Brains in Season 7 of MST3K.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: goflyblind on April 26, 2012, 03:26:18 PM
Apparently the only show in existence that will never be released on DVD is Upright Citizens Brigade Season 3, since Comedy Central seems to have an even more intense hatred of fans of that show than they had against Best Brains in Season 7 of MST3K.

*cough*twoguysagirlandapizzaplace*cough*
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Gandalf Lundgren on April 27, 2012, 01:25:55 PM
(http://cdn.whatculture.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Picture-40-239x300.png)

What's wrong with this cover?

I mean, apart from the GIGANTIC UK rating labels...

Just my own personal opinion, always hated this cover.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on May 07, 2012, 08:58:50 AM
(http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/DoctorWho99/0783232047.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Darth Geek on May 07, 2012, 09:10:12 AM
(http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/DoctorWho99/0783232047.jpg)
Damn! That is some aweful art!
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on May 07, 2012, 09:31:40 AM
(http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/DoctorWho99/0783232047.jpg)
Damn! That is some aweful art!

I know I love the movie but despite you saying it is so good I almost didn't get it out of the library because I thought it must be some cheap straight to video knock off of ET and Back to the Future.  It's I good thing they had Brad Bird's name listed in the credits on the back or I am pretty sure I would not have gotten it out.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Darth Geek on May 07, 2012, 12:22:27 PM

I know I love the movie but despite you saying it is so good I almost didn't get it out of the library because I thought it must be some cheap straight to video knock off of ET and Back to the Future. 
;D Or a direct to DVD sequel to Young Einstein.

Since you're apparently taking my suggestions, did you watch Dead Alive yet?
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on May 07, 2012, 01:35:53 PM

I know I love the movie but despite you saying it is so good I almost didn't get it out of the library because I thought it must be some cheap straight to video knock off of ET and Back to the Future. 
;D Or a direct to DVD sequel to Young Einstein.

Since you're apparently taking my suggestions, did you watch Dead Alive yet?

Have not had a chance yet the library didn't have it and I forgot to send my Netflix discs back last week,I hope to get to it next week.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Gandalf Lundgren on May 10, 2012, 12:28:03 AM
(http://images.wikia.com/chrisnolan/images/d/d2/Prestige_poster.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 10, 2012, 09:02:19 AM
 That poster would make a better cover than what's on the DVD and Blu-Ray for The Prestige.  At least it invokes a feeling of magic, the disc covers just have their faces.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on May 10, 2012, 01:11:55 PM
Great movie, love Bowie as Tesla.  Had never heard of Tesla before this.  Did some research on him.

 Horrible picture though
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: The Lurker on May 10, 2012, 04:19:01 PM
(http://images.wikia.com/chrisnolan/images/d/d2/Prestige_poster.jpg)
Narrated by Rod Serling
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on May 10, 2012, 04:21:29 PM
(http://images.wikia.com/chrisnolan/images/d/d2/Prestige_poster.jpg)
Narrated by Rod Serling

In all fairness that would make it one of the most awesome movies ever.
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Darth Geek on May 10, 2012, 06:40:14 PM
(http://images.wikia.com/chrisnolan/images/d/d2/Prestige_poster.jpg)
Should they really have that tag line with that cover?!
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: SJP on May 10, 2012, 09:37:25 PM
(http://images.wikia.com/chrisnolan/images/d/d2/Prestige_poster.jpg)
Jackman: And Vwah-lah, mahgic!
Bale: You're unbelievable, man.  McG, do you want to say anything to this prick?
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: D.B. Barnes on May 10, 2012, 09:49:00 PM
(http://images.wikia.com/chrisnolan/images/d/d2/Prestige_poster.jpg)
Jackman: And Vwah-lah, mahgic!
Bale: You're unbelievable, man.  McG, do you want to say anything to this prick?

"Seriously man, you and me, we're fucking done promotionally."
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: Henry88 on April 03, 2014, 12:15:49 PM
For the new Rocky remaster
(http://images4.static-bluray.com/movies/covers/91738_front.jpg)
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: BathTub on April 03, 2014, 01:49:32 PM
WTF?
Title: Re: The Bad DVD Artwork thread...
Post by: gbeenie on April 07, 2014, 03:44:34 PM
Fantastic show. Who the HELL approved this DVD cover?

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/915tlMCUxlL._SL1500_.jpg)